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!
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.
On site at Village Glassworks we design and craft stained glass panels, lamps, mirrors and many suncatcher patterns. We also feature other Canadian Maritime made gifts including pottery, pewter, candles and cards.
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.
This 122 km trail travels between the Goose Chase Road in New Germany to the Town of Bridgetown in the Annapolis Valley and Caledonia in the Region of Queens. Access includes hikers, bicycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, skies, and horses. Parking is available at various access points along the trail. The trail is groomed in the winter by the Crossburn Snowmobile Club.
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.
Join tour guide Sam Wentzell of Sam’s Woodland Tours for informative guided nature walks and historical walking tours. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of plants, trees and wildlife here in Nova Scotia.
Sam’s Woodland Tours takes place in and around Bridgewater Nova Scotia. The woodland tours are offered on a private woodlot in Upper Branch. The rail trail tours take place on the Centennial Trail in Bridgewater and connects to the LaHave River Trail in Cookville, which runs alongside the scenic LaHave River. These historical walking tours in Bridgewater focus on the railway in the area as well as the role the lumber industry played in the development of the Town of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County.
For more information please visit www.samswoodlandtours.com To book a tour contact Sam by phone: 902-523-5444 or email:
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!
Located inland from the Lighthouse Trail on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, this museum has a wealth of local heritage to share with you. Take a walk through our Museum and Heritage gardens to see how the ancestors of our communities lived. From the Country Store to the Library to the Cobbler’s Shop, we show how the people of yesteryear survived and flourished.
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.
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.
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.
The winery is located at Hackmatack Farm, a commercial highbush blueberry farm.
come take a pleasant drive into the country and visit us, to taste wine, to pick berries,
picnic, or tour the winery and N.S. craft store.
High Bush Blueberry U-Pick
Mid August to Beginning of October
Everyday 9:00am - 6:00pm
This trail will re-create a trail link between the Town of Bridgewater and the South Shore Annapolis Valley Trail in New Germany. Currently, there is 3 km under construction along Wentzell Lake. Parking is available at the Southwest end of the trail. When completed, access will include hikers, bicycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, skies, and horses.
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.
To commemorate the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s 125th anniversary in 2004, Indian Falls was designated as a Municipal Park. The park offers a picnic area, on-site privies, walking trails, rock beach and look off points.
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!
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?
Elmwood Winery is a one hectare small farm winery, growing mainly hybrid grapes, located in Pine Grove.
The vines are grown without use of herbicides or toxic sprays. The grapes are all hand harvested and the wine is made in small batches.
We only use grapes that are grown in our vineyard or from nearby growers in Lunenburg County.
L’Acadie blanc is our main white wine. The reds are either Leon Millot, Baco noir or a blend with Lucy Kuhlmann from Burns Hill vineyard in Upper LaHave.
We are certified with Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a farmer driven organization
We also make mead from our own honey. Mead will be available again in 2017.
We are open on weekends from noon to 5.00 pm.
We are located at 105 Craig Chandler Drive, off the Harold Whynot Road (past Osprey Ridge golf course).
E.I.E.I.O Farm is a family run farm, with a wide variety of products. Our three daughters help run it, by each one concentrating on different aspects. The greenhouses are open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm starting on Mother’s day weekend until the first weekend in July. The farm also sells government inspected beef and pork along with compost for your gardens.
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.
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!
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.
Visit us in the beautiful country and enjoy our displays and items which change weekly, with new items arriving several times a week….
It’s a fun place to hang out with your girlfriends over a coffee and a piece of our famous cheesecake.
Hour are FRIDAY’S 10-5
Saturday’s 10-5 until the end of September.
The site is located at 311 Newburne Road, Newburne. 25 minutes from Blockhouse north on the Cornwall rd. The Church Lake Public Access site includes a parking lot for 3- 6 vehicles, a dock and boat put-in for canoes, kayaks and small fishing boats. The lake is too shallow for big boats. The dock is wheelchair accessible. Research has shown that spending time outdoors helps to decrease stress, increase creativity, lower blood pressure and overall helps us to relax. The Municipality offers a number of outdoor opportunities for residents and visitors alike and are excited to be providing another outdoor opportunity at Church Lake.
“Nature is our ultimate utopia: It refreshes us, inspires us, even heals us.”
For more information on the Church Lake Public Access site, please call the District of Lunenburg Recreation Department at 902-541-1343 or visit our website at www.modl.ca.
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.
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!!
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.
Stay seaside different year round!!
An Oceanfront paradise only 45 minutes from Halifax on Nova Scotia’s Beautiful South Shore. Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island offers the total freedom to make your seaside getaway whatever you want. From a spa escape to a romantic getaway, a family vacation adventure to a corporate retreat, our resort is the ideal setting for whatever experience you desire. We have something for everyone. Our guest rooms have oceanviews and garden views, We have oceanfront chalets. Our hotel is full of activities such as a spa, pool, fitness centre, full service restaurant, lounge with fire place and entertainment. We have outdoor activities that include tennis courts, basketball court, bike and kayak rentals, walking trails, mini golf, outdoor pool, and fire pits to enjoy under the stars. Our hotel also has banquet and meeting facilities for the most beautiful wedding or the corporate Christmas party.