The Great Outdoors at the MARC

Date July 16 2017

Region Coves & Inlets
Category | Kid Friendly | Outdoor Activity

The Great Outdoors – Sunday, July 16, 6 – 8 pm, at the MARC in Dayspring. Bring the whole family for canoeing and a traditional campfire. Bring your campfire blanket and be ready songs and fun! It’s free! Donations to PRO Kids welcome.

Phone 902-530-3265

Nearby attractions

Bull Run Trail

This 24 km trail connects to the Centennial Trail in the Town of Bridgewater and to the Region of Queens.  This trail features a covered bridge in the community of Hebbville along with various restaurants and services along the route.  Parking is available at access points along the trail.  Access includes hikers, bicycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, skies, and horses. 

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DesBrisay Museum

While visiting the south shore, you will want to include a visit to DesBrisay Museum. Learn about Bridgewater’s growth as a lumber town, and the terrible fire of 1899 that nearly destroyed it.  Explore the First Nations Gallery with its famous porcupine quill cradle, and learn more about Mi’kmaq culture.  Appreciate folk art from Lunenburg County artisans; and discover some of the oddities collected by Judge Mather Byles DesBrisay in the late 1800’s.  The research centre is a valuable resource for genealogists and historians, and the gift shop carries a good selection of books on the local area. Kids are encouraged to be ‘history detectives’ as they tour the museum and enjoy kid friendly activities throughout the museum. Situated in Woodland Gardens Park, with walking trails, a duck pond and picnic area, there is plenty of free parking, and the museum is certified Senior Friendly.  We are looking forward to your visit! 

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Fancy Lake Provincial Park

Day use park with fresh water swimming, kayaking, canoeing.  Small beach for having a picnic or relaxing on a beautiful day.  Lots of parking, near many shops and restaurants in Bridgewater.

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Fort Point LaHave Museum

The First Capital of all of New France from 1632 - 1636.

Before beginning your walk on beautiful Fort Point, imagine that today’s date is May 8, 1604. Look southwest across Dublin Bay toward the Atlantic Ocean. Beyond the islands you may see the good ship Le Don de Dieu as it drops anchor for the first time in the New World. Samuel de Champlain, the man who would change Europe’s understanding of this vast continent, stands on the foredeck sketching the first of his famous maps. Do you see him waving to you?

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Halifax and Southwest Railway Museum

Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich railroading heritage of the area.

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Indian Garden Farm

U-Pick Options*

-Strawberries
-Raspberries
-High Bush Blueberries (limited amounts)


*In season (varies depending on berry)

Come enjoy the experience of picking your own farm fresh berries right off the vine!

Indian Garden Farms U-picks take place while berries are in season and offer our customers the chance to get right into the action of harvesting their own fresh produce. 

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Miller Point Peace Park

Located just off Hwy 3 in Dayspring, this is a 5km. looping trail system with interpretive stations, picnic tables, benches and outdoor washroom facilities. Trails are level, smooth and wide with plenty of parking available at the park entrance. Beautiful views of the LaHave River are an attractive feature of this trail system. Use of these trails is limited to hikers, bicycles and skiers.
You can see hundreds of lady slippers and other wild flowers along the 5 km of walking trails. The trails are all level, smooth, and accessible to walkers, strollers, and wheelchairs. The inner parking area is open from early spring to late fall, but visitors are welcome all year long.
In the spring you will be able to see hundreds of lady slippers and other wild flowers. In the fall, the changing of the colors are absolutely beautiful. This park has a long history of being an old local settlement, which is indicated by the remains of stone foundations throughout the site.
The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m to dusk.
Special events are held in the park throughout the year and are open to the public. Watch our Recreation Guides for information or call 902-541-1343.
Dogs are welcomed, as long as they are on a leash to be respectful of other park users, and don’t forget to pick up after your furry friend!
Please note: All sites are unsupervised and there is no winter maintenance.

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Municipal Activity and Recreation Complex

Spring/Summer/Fall Fun at the MARC
  Do you like to bird watch, hike, mountain bike, fly kites, or sit in a quiet spot to read? Check out the Municipal Activity and Recreation Complex (MARC) in Dayspring!  Facilities include: three ball fields, fire pit, 6 km of trails, ponds, beautiful views of the LaHave River, disc golf and plenty of open green spaces!
  Bring your bike and try out our BMX Park and Mountain Bike Trails. Helmets are required.
All of these outdoor areas are open to the public free of charge every day, with the exception of the ball fields.
  Winter Fun at the MARC
Do you like to skate, ski, snowshoe or toboggan? Check out the Municipal Activity and Recreation Complex (MARC) in Dayspring this winter!
 Pond available for recreational skating. Lit until 11:00 pm when ice conditions are good. The pond is available on a drop in basis. Fire pit available for use.
 6 km of trails await you for hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Levels of difficulty range from beginner to advance. Maps are available on site and at www.modl.ca No Winter maintenance.
 3 hills of varying slope await your toboggan or sled.
All of these outdoor areas are open to the public free of charge every day!
Parties at the MARC
The MARC is a great place for a birthday party or other celebrations and events! Lots of indoor and outdoor space for games, dancing and theme ideas. For information or to book a room, call Chasidy Veinotte-Dorey at 541-1343.
For group activities or if you need indoor space, please call 541-1343, for rental information or to book a space.

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Tillicum Adventure Tours

Join us as our guests on the fishing schooner Tillicum in the sheltered waters of the LaHave River.  Listen to tales and adventures while visiting this historic area.  Try your hand at hoisting sails or tillering.  Sing a shanty or two.  Immerse yourself in nature.  Make friends and memories!  Bring your family or friends or sail alone, Tillicum is always ready to create an adventure.  Perfect for celebrations, day events, and fun times!
Afternoon picnic and sail from 1pm to 5pm with refreshments and light snacks provided.
Sunset photo trips from 6-9:00pm with refreshments and appies are available – please call.
Book your birthday, BBQ, anniversary, and special celebrations.  Options Galore!

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Wile Carding Mill

Take the opportunity to experience industry as it was in 1860 at historic Wile Carding Mill Museum, a Part of The Nova Museum.  Enjoy a personal tour, learn how the machinery operated, the importance of wool and the life of the early women workers.  Experience hands-on activities, and watch the giant water wheel turn, weather permitting.  Bring the family and enjoy a picnic lunch in our peaceful park like setting.  Don’t forget your camera.  Our waterfall is an excellent backdrop for family or wedding photos. We are open 7 days a week until September 17.  Come for an hour, or stay for the day!

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Blarney Stone Restaurant Ltd.

Blarney Stone Restaurant Ltd.

The Blarney Stone Restaurant is a small family owned establishment featuring local seafood and hearty meals.  We are located on Highway 103 just west of Exit 14 at Hebb’s Cross.  From our famous seafood chowder to our clams and fries our extensive menu has something to offer everyone.

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Boston Pizza

Boston Pizza

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Diner 325

Diner 325

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Take out and Delivery Available
Homemade Turkey dinners and Soups and chowders
Easy to find off the 103 hwy at exit 13

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Old Black Forest Cafe and Gasthof

Old Black Forest Cafe and Gasthof

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Pizza Delight

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Tastee Freeze

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The River Pub

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Is the sun out?  Then it’s a perfect day to relax on the licensed patio of the River Pub, directly on the LaHave River.  All the pub classics are on the menu, as well as a bar well-stocked with domestic and international beers.  Take out is available if you’d like to take your fish and chips with you.

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Turkey Burger

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There are lots of outdoor games and two great spots in the river for swimming. Campers gather at the Shelter for picking and singing, games, parties and, on occasion, suppers.
This is our service building that houses the office and camp store, washrooms, and laundry.
We invite you to come camp with us in Newburne this summer anytime from May 15th to October 15th
Looking forward to meeting you.

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