Westcote Bell Pottery was established in 1983 in a small rural village south of London, England. Co-founders Vaughan Smith and Jacqueline M. Cohen are a husband and wife team. After 27 years exhibiting at shows in the United States and running a gallery in upstate New York, they decided to move to LaHave where Jackie has relatives. The studio and two showrooms are located in a 150 year old boat house that sits on the LaHave estuary. The building sits above the water on large pilings, creating a boat like feeling as you hear the waves crashing under the building. Beautifully situated, looking across the bay to Riverport, the studio welcomes visitors with daily demonstrations in various pottery techniques. The artwork and pottery displayed is all made on the premises and original pieces are available for purchase in all price ranges. Featuring whimsical landscapes and animal imagery, functional dinnerware, wash basins and tile, water colours, prints, books and note cards. Both are award winning artists with over 35 years experience. After visiting the pottery, why not enjoy lunch at the LaHave bakery before you take the LaHave cable ferry across the bay.
Lunenburg county hosts a vibrant array of artists who are attracted by the unique charm, powerful landscapes and rugged shorelines of the area. So it’s no wonder that there is such a strong number of galleries all over the county. Thanks to a dream from Bonnie Misner and Kim Banks, there will be one more opening this month.
Both originally from the Annapolis Valley, Bonnie (who goes by “Bono”) is a recently-retired 35-year Laboratory Technologist in various hospitals including Kentville, Bridewater and Liverpool, while Kim spent many years running a Bed and Breakfast and Farmer’s Market in his five-generation family farm outside of Berwick. Wanting to be closer to the ocean, they eventually settled in East Berlin, a small community outside of Liverpool, NS. It was here that they began to let their artistic creativity flow, and Wavewood was born, which further led them to move to a house in Rose Bay, with a building on the property perfectly suited for their gallery. Inspired by Bono’s daughter, Lynn Misner (who owns Power House Art in Lunenburg), Bono started painting. She mostly works in oils, creating rich landscapes with a special interest in lighthouses and abandoned places. Kim, after years of working with his hands at the farm, has taken to creating impressive sculptures with found pieces of driftwood and rootwood. The uniquely shaped driftwood, washed upon the shores all around Nova Scotia, is transformed into incredible sculpture and furniture such as lamps, tables, benches, mirrors, and anything else Kim’s imagination will allow him to create. The gallery will also feature the work of several other artists, including Lynn Misner, Stephen Ernst, Beverlee Banks Beaudet, Claude Gendron (Quebec) Bruce Henderson (Cape Breton )and Maxine Marshall (Digby). The gallery will include many diversification of fine art including, realism, expressionism, abstract, sculpture and many more.
It will be open during the Summer from Thursdays to Sundays, 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Ukaliq Wilderness offers private guides, tours and treks throughout Nova Scotia as well as outdoor education and training. Our unique approach to training caters to persons of all ages, outdoor enthusiasts both experienced or not. For those wishing to get out and experience Nova Scotias’ unique wilderness at its best, with one of our experienced guides - Let us know, we will put together a cost effective experience unique to your requirements, anywhere, anytime.
Merydie Fjarlie is a Canadian artist working in the specialized medium of Metal Threads. Provocative and dramatic, her symbolic messages in this unique embroidery form have developed both from her desire to stay grounded in her everyday life and a passion to soar among a myriad of themes and issues that pique her interest and evoke corresponding and introspective responses in her audiences. Merydie applies a confident technical hand to create a remarkable art form from this beautiful ancient craft.
Located in the South Shore Regional Hospital’s main corridor. Seventy-five local artists, photographers and woodcarvers display one hundred reasonably-priced original works, changed monthly. The gallery is a fundraising project of the SSRH Auxillary. Never Closes. 90 Glen Allen Drive, Bridgewater. Sales handled by the SSRH Director of Volunteers.
Sattler Stained Glass Studio is your fabrication and restoration studio of stained glass with over 40 years of experience.
With traditional and contemporary designs there are limitless possibilities to express your personal style for your home.
We provide professional consultation services for churches and other heritage buildings for their restoration and new window design needs.
Local Rug Hooking and supplies located in Petite Riviere on the river. Jane Steele also teaches classes. She Invites professional rug hookers to demonstrate at her shop. Look for her events on this Festivals and Events page.
In the heart of Mill Village on the banks of the Medway River at the end of 331, this quaint old-fashion Store is much more than you’d think. Leaning towards local green products with Free Range Meats and other items in the general merchandise category, it caters to the discerning in taste. Our Cafe is one that surpasses expectation with food and atmosphere. It’s one heck of a good place to eat while watching the river drift by. Afterwards, visit our gift shop and pick up gifts created by local artisans, as well as things from around the world.
Whether you want to swim, search for sea shells, or just spend the day relaxing in the sun, Rissers Beach Provincial Park offers every kind of recreational opportunity available at the seaside.
Some of the features of the park include a kilometre long white sand beach and Interpretation Centre and boardwalk along an inland marsh.
Directions to Risser’s Beach are scenic. From the Town of Bridgewater follow King Street South which is Route 331 for 25 minutes. You will be following the beautiful LaHave River the whole way. There are many artisans and the LaHave Bakery to stop and visit. Enjoy!
French colonists planted the first vine in this area in the early 1600’s. In 1994, Petite Riviere Vinyards revived the tradition. Wines from Canada’s oldest winegrowing region are now available at the winery, and at select retaurants in the area.
PETITE RIVIERE VINEYARDS uses only grapes from the LaHave River Valley. Our poor rocky soil and long, mild growing season provide an ideal terroir for quality wines. The wines bear the name of this unique region, “Côtes de LaHave”.
A privately owned 190 acre pristine reserve of coastal forestry. Some of the highlights of the park season are the annual Chapin Music Festival, the unique sea caves, tours, petty zoo, gold panning on Cunard’s beach, the miner’s museum and nightly entertainment by the fire. Great place for the kids to explore and a playground with lots of equipment. Take a dip in the pool or in the ocean at Cunard Beach. Admission charged. Stay for a while and rent a cabin or bring your camper/tent. The kids won’t want to leave.
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.
Welcome to the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Website.
The LaHave Islands Marine Museum is a museum with artifacts and information on the history of the in-shore fisheries and life on the LaHave Islands in Nova Scotia, Canada. Through this website, you can learn about the LaHave Islands and the surrounding area. You can also see photographs of some of the artifacts we have on display at the museum.
In the past, the LaHave Islands was a small fishing community about 30 kilometers from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. It relied on fishing, both in-shore and off-shore, for its prosperity and it was hard to find someone who wasn’t involved in the fishing industry in their day to day lives.
Today, the fishing industry has died down and most of the homes on the islands are used as cottages by summer vacationers.
The LaHave Islands Marine Museum seeks to preserve the memories and artifacts of the past and put them on display for all to see and remember. We are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm in the summer from June 1st to September 1. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The museum can also be opened outside of these times by appointment.
Photographic fine art inspired by our maritime heritage with its wild coastal scenery and changeable weather. Available as numbered-edition prints, individually created using 100% archival materials. Showcased in a charming seaside studio in Dublin Shore overlooking the scenic LaHave coast. Visit the gallery and meet award-winning photographer Kas Stone. You can watch an AV show, join a photo workshop, or just drop by for a chat and a cup of tea.
May to October: open most days 10-5, some evenings; hours vary around workshops.
Off-Season: by appointment or chance.
A commissioned portrait is a timeless heirloom. It can capture the fleeting innocence of youth, celebrate the depth of a special relationship or acknowledge a person, whether in a family context or in business.
• Family • Business • Anniversary • Weddings
James is an elected member of The Portrait Society of Canada (Top Finalist, 2014 National Competition “The Miracle of the Portrait”), The Portrait Society of America, The Canadian Society of Artists and Oil Painters of America. His work also includes landscape, figure and still life. The studio/gallery is located on the Lighthouse Route near the LaHave Bakery and the Fort Point Museum.
We also offer workshops. Why not escape and go outside for some plein air painting on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia. Our workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. We also offer indoor studio workshops/classes in painting or drawing.
Come out to Lahave to enjoy an indoor skate bowl. Skateboards and clothes are sold here. Located above the Lahave Bakery just a short drive from Bridgewater on Highway 331 along the beautiful LaHave River!
A nature enthusiast’s paradise. Categorized as a living beach because the beach moves and shifts at the whim of the ocean. Hirtle’s Beach is ever changing. Here you will find more than three kilometers of white sand, rolling surf, fresh sea air, drumlin cliffs and breathtaking views. Located in Kingsburg 35 minutes from the beautiful town of Bridgewater off route 332 towards Riverport.
We are located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia at Riverport. We are inspired by the environment and able to capture unique interpretations of the wonderful land and seascapes that surround us – from the old world charm of the Town of Lunenburg (UNESCO World Heritage site) to Peggy’s Cove and inland to the Annapolis Valley and indeed far beyond around the world!
Unique, unspoiled promontory of 124 acres separates the LaHave estuary and Hartling Bay. It consists of marine, terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. Both sides of the point have steep cliffs; there are tidal pools where topography becomes gentler; and sand and gravel beaches along the shoreline.
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?
The Fisheries Museum is the ultimate waterfront experience in our UNESCO World Heritage Town. While at the Museum, you will experience life in a fishing community and explore up-close, life at sea. Learn about Rum Running, whales and August Gales. Have a yarn with old salts, get to know the lobsters and enjoy Bluenose memorabilia. Walk the docks and refresh in the salt air as you immerse yourself in one of the best maritime moments in the world. Explore our magnificent aquarium and wharf-side vessels. Take a boat ride or make your way to the Ice House Theatre where films are shown throughout the day. Visit the Salt Store Gift Shop or dine at the Old Fish Factory Restaurant. Browse at your leisure or take a guided tour. Come rain or shine, relax and enjoy! The entire family will surely enjoy their fun visit with us!
This 10 km trail runs between the Chester Connection Trail to the East and the Bay to Bay and Adventure Trails in the Town of Mahone Bay. Access includes hikers, bicycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, skies, and horses.
Earl’s handcrafted rustic chairs, tables, benches, and garden items fashioned from wood and Mary’s realistic paintings are displayed in a new boathouse on the shore of Bell Island. Follow the fish sign at 21 Tumblin Road Bell Island near the LaHave Island Marine Museum.
Connecting the LaHave Islands to the mainland this beach streches out from the shore to Georges Island and provides a popular beach destination for tourists throughout the summer.
Directions to Crescent Beach are very Scenic. Follow King Street south out of the Beautiful town of Bridgewater. This street is also Route 331, part of the Lighthouse Route. About 20 minutes from the town is Crescent Beach. You will be following the lovely LaHave River to the ocean and seeing lots of artisans and the LaHave Bakery where you can stop for lunch or a coffee and a snack.
Locals know this beach is a stunner.
Cherry Hill’s appeal is largely elemental: It offers a direct route to happiness via its empty curve of fine grey sand, exposed water and endless sky.
Wonderful Beach for Surfers or a nice place to walk on the rocks and enjoy an afternoon.
This beach is located off the 331 highway in the community of Cherry Hill. Easy to find off highway 103 turn down Exit 16 or follow the 331 highway from the beautiful town of Bridgewater (King Street south)
Guided sea-kayak adventures and yoga in the renowned LaHave Islands Archipelago on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Paddle among the islands and experience pristine beaches, coastal wildlife, and signature Maritime fishing settlements. Multi-day, Full-day, and half-day tours. Located on Dublin Shore off of the Lighthouse Route (Hwy 331) between the LaHave Bakery and Crescent Beach at 90 Bells Cove Road, Dublin Shore, NS.
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.
Bradford Naugler, well known as a folk artist, is famous for his peacocks, roosters, seagulls, small & large bears, figures, and paintings wit hred and black checkered frames. Turn east on to Hirtle Rd, off Hwy 103 at Exit 16. Sixth house on the left #117. Open Daily. Call anytime. Everyone is welcomed!!
Blue Hog Gallery is located in one of the most spectacular settings.
An area well known to artists who want to capture the essence of Nova Scotia. We are in the heart of beautiful Blue Rocks - a coastal town located just down the road from Lunenburg.
Blue Hog Gallery is one of the first properties you come across when entering the town. The studio and gallery itself is a landmark property that we invite you to come and visit and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. We hope to capture some of the wonder through our artwork and gifts.
Our gallery features our own fine art photography, pencil, charcoal and original watercolours. Handmade jewellery and other hand made gifts - all made in Nova Scotia. We also have a small supply of art materials for the travelling artist.
This 10 km trail along the “Lunenburg Spur” connects the Towns of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay and links with both the Adventure Trail and the Dynamite Trail. Access includes hikers, bicycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, skies, and horses. Parking is available at access points along the trail.
This 14 km trail runs between the Towns of Mahone Bay and Bridgewater and connects with the Dynamite Trail to the East and the Centennial Trail in the Town of Bridgewater to the West. Access includes hikers, bicycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, skies, and horses.
Advent Art is the art of Paul Kelley, a Nova Scotian artist who has lived on the South Shore for most of his life. His figurative artwork is a celebration of the female form and commanding presence in our world; and Paul’s landscape / seascape art extols the beauty that surrounds us along our Nova Scotian coast.
Advent Art is not a “store front” gallery, but interested patrons are welcome to contact Paul directly to make appropriate arrangements.
Never start an adventure without your map and listings of the various artisans and local attractions! Stop at the local Visitor Information Centre just off Exit 11 in Blockhouse to get ready for a day of exploring.
Venturing down Highway #3 from Bridgewater will reward you with a scenic drive along the winding LaHave River. Your destination: the LaHave Ferry on Highway 332. As one of the last remaining cable ferries in Canada, this unique 5 minute journey gives you a perfect 360° view of life on the river.
Relax on our expansive deck enjoying sunrise and sunset. Have your camera or sketch pad ready to capture the ever changing views of the islands and water of Rose Bay. Soak in the whirlpool bath before retiring to the comfort of one of three charming bedrooms.
A five minute drive will take you to two of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Nova Scotia (Hirtles Beach and Sanddollar Beach). On a rainy day visit the quaint towns of Mahone Bay (20 min.) and Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (10 min.). Both provide excellent restaurants, antique and craft stores, museums and artists’ studios. If the excitement of the city attracts you, Halifax is just 90 min. away.
Available all year, The Rose Cape House offers you a home away from your own home, whatever the season, where you can unwind and experience this exquisite part of the world.
The Petite Villa Guest Cottage is spacious and luxurious, exquisitely furnished and decorated. Petite Villa has hardwood floors, a fully equipped kitchen and bath, private patio and lawn, soaring cathedral ceiling, magnificent floor-to-ceiling fireplace; and with two bedrooms and a pull-out sofa bed in the living room, can sleep six comfortably.
The luxury and charm of the Petite Villa make it particularly suitable for romantic honeymoon or anniversary celebrations, yet it’s great for families as well. There’s a large lawn with croquet & badminton sets for your use and enjoyment, and we offer bicycles and a canoe for exploring the region up close.
Join us for an amazing carefree vacation in South West Nova Scotia. Our spacious motel rooms and waterfront rentals are only minutes from the legendary white sand beaches; quaint fishing villages; world class restaurants and artisans, and historic towns that dot Nova Scotia’s picturesque Lighthouse Route.
Open from May through October, our established motel is a brief 10 minute drive from the town of Bridgewater, the hub of the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Here on the banks of the beautiful LaHave River, visitors can relax and absorb all the splendor, solitude and excitement the region has to offer.
Conveniently located in the heart of Bridgewater, the Main Street of the South Shore, and near the local industrial parks and hospital, guests of the Bridgewater Comfort Inn have easy access to all major destinations in the area including the Bridgewater Mall, Eastside Plaza, Bridgewater Curling Club, Wile Carding Mill Museum, DesBrisay Museum and Exhibition Centre and the South Shore Exhibition, better known as the Big Ex. Our modern amenities and friendly staff are the perfect combination for a vacation along the beautiful Lighthouse Route of Nova Scotia’s south shore.
“Where guests are like family, & family is always welcome.”
This Bridgewater, Nova Scotia hotel offers a personal touch. With modern, pet-friendly, non-smoking accommodations and just minutes from Bridgewater’s town center and convenient access to some of Nova Scotia’s most renowned cultural and scenic landmarks the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre is the place to stay. Newly constructed in August 2010, this Bridgewater hotel offers convenient access to many local attractions, businesses and shopping. Whether traveling on business or pleasure, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre has it all!
Each beautifully appointed guest room at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre features modern decor, lush linens, refrigerator, in-room movies and high-speed Internet. During your stay you will also receive free parking and a freshly made hot buffet breakfast to ensure a great start to each day. Half of the guest rooms at this Bridgewater hotel offer beautiful views of the forested LaHave River Valley. Other hotel amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool with corkscrew waterslide, hot tub and exercise facility. This Bridgewater hotel also comes fully equipped with a 24-hour business center, meeting facilities that can accommodate up to 300 people and an on-site restaurant where guests will enjoy a variety of delicious dishes.
Guests staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre are a short drive from beautiful sand beaches, spectacular ocean vistas, historic towns and an endless variety of galleries and shops. Guests looking for a little more excitement can climb aboard a lobster boat, surf or kayak Nova Scotia’s rugged shoreline and sail the Bluenose II when she is in port.
The hospitable staff at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre offers a superior guest experience in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Welcome to our charming seaside Inn with lovely views over Mahone Bay.
Kayak or sail among the islands, hike the trails, cycle the quiet roads,
or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. A peaceful place with comfortable,
spacious rooms all with ocean views.