Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

Region: Beaches & Artisans

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.   

Nearby attractions

Crousetown Cottage Studio

Traditional Nova Scotia Rug Hooking.

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LaHave Island Marine Museum

The history of the in-shore fisheries and life on the LaHave Islands.

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Mariner Crafts

Sagged Bubble Glass, Silver Jewelry, Leatherworks, Pewter & Pottery.

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The Maritime Painted Saltbox

The Maritime Painted Saltbox Heritage Reproduction Furniture and Fine Art Gallery .

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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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Petite Riviere Vineyard

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”. 

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Rissers Beach

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!

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Vissers Farm

We’re a family-run strawberry u-pick focusing on recreational pickers. We are located just off Highway 103 in Newcombville near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and on the way to Kejimkujik National Park.

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Bradford Naugler’s Folk Art

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!!

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Cherry Hill Beach

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)

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Homegrown Skateboards

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!

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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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James Middleton - Portraits by Commission

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.

PHONE (902) 693-2093

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Sattler Stained Glass Studio Ltd.

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.

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Westcote Bell Pottery and Studio

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. 

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Advent Art Inc

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.

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Broad Cove Beach

Beach in Broad Cove off the 331 highway near many artisans

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Cape LaHave Adventures

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.

Cell Phone (902) 298-2628

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CWatercolour Studio

Original watercolours and matted reproductions by Dennis Curran, specializing in Nova Scotia coastal scenes.
Custom framing in rustic wood.
By appointment only, please - (902) 523-3974, Cash or Cheque

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Dockside Woodcraft and Mary’s Studio

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.

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Henriette’s Fibre Art Studio/Gallery

Hand hooked and wet felted pieces for your home crochet pieces mounted on driftwood

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Jan March Antiques

4863 Hwy 331 Crescent Beach

Open:  May Holiday Weekend to Labour Day
Thursday through Sunday, 10am-5pm. Chance/Appt.

Specialties:  NS hooked mats, NS furniture and smalls, pre-Victorian porcelain and smalls

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Joy of Antiques

Features pine country furniture, gifts, art, persian carpets and unusual furnishings.

Open Spring to Fall Sat & Sun only 12 - 5.  In season, Sat and Sun 12 - 5.  Also by chance or app’t.

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Kas Stone Photographic Art

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.

Season/Hours

May to October: open most days 10-5, some evenings; hours vary around workshops.
Off-Season:  by appointment or chance.

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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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River House Rug Hooking

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.

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Riverbank General Store and Cafe

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.

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Square Peg Studio Gallery

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.

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Village Nursery

Village Nursery has been a destination point along the beautiful LaHave River for 36 years
We are situated just off Rte 331s in Pleasantville, watch for the bright yellow signs with our Dazee logo

We open to the public in April from 8:00-5:00 with extended hours during May & June
We carry a full range of potted & bedding plants with gorgeous hanging baskets & ready to go patio containers

Village Nursery is the “GO TO” Nursery for all your spring & summer gardening needs

Stop into Village Nursery & pick up one of our VIP FREE club member cards

Hey EVERYONE !! We now have a “VIP CLUB”
To enter simply text
NURSERY to 75309 using your cell phone

 

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Perfect Petite Riviere

Perfect Petite Riviere

Your adventure starts by taking Highway 103 past Bridgewater and turning down Italy Cross Road.

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A Day in LaHave

A Day in LaHave

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.

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Best Coast Coffee Gallery

Best Coast Coffee Gallery

Coffee Shop and Art Gallery

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LaHave Bakery

LaHave Bakery

From our authentic turn-of-the century shop, choose from a wide variety of breads, rolls, cakes and cookies, made only with traditional ingredients.

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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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Macleod’s Canteen

Macleod’s Canteen

MacLeod’s Canteen, seating 35, known for homemade chowders, soups, sandwiches, local fish, clams, etc

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27 South Restaurant, Lounge & Catering

27 South Restaurant, Lounge & Catering

27 South Restaurant is a stylish lounge offering casual dining, perfect for business lunches or late night cocktails and wine. 27 South proudly serves an eclectic mix of local and international cuisine with some new twists on old classics. The main dining area seats 28 with more seating available at the bar along with booths along the side wall. There is also a private patio for your next outdoor dining experience. Catering your next special event or convention is another side to this South Shore restaurant. See you soon!

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Boston Pizza

Boston Pizza

Lunch, Dinner & Evening Entertainment

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Tastee Freeze

Tastee Freeze

Take-Out
Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

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Pizza Delight

Pizza Delight

Pizza Delight is the place for pizzas, oven-baked pasta, donairs, panzerottis, and fresh salads too.  Dine in or take out.

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Pizza Town

Pizza Town

Classic, gourmet, and build-your-own pizzas. 

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The River Pub

The River Pub

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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Lighthouse Motel

Lighthouse Motel

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.

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MacLeod Cottages

MacLeod Cottages

MacLeod Cottages and Canteen Limited offers 23 housekeeping cottages on the shores of Green Bay, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The cottages range in size from two to four bedrooms and most are separated from its neighbour by more than 25 meters. Each has an equipped kitchen; living room with a brick or Franklyn type fireplace or airtight stove; and 3pc bathroom with shower.

The immediate area offers:
-MacLeod’s Canteen, seating 35, known for homemade chowders, soups, sandwiches, local fish, clams, etc.
-sandy beaches, Provincial park
-supervised and non supervised salt water swimming
- non supervised river delta swimming
- antique stores, boat building, glass and leather crafts, lobster pound
- deep sea fishing, boating, kayaking, wind surfing for expert or novice
- hiking, birding, sea shells, tidal pools, wild flowers
- deer and pheasants on the lawn, stars and moonlight never seen in the city

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Petite Villa Guest Cottage

Petite Villa Guest Cottage

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.

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Best Western Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre

Best Western Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre

“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

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Bayview Pines Country Inn

Bayview Pines Country Inn

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.

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Fisherman’s Daughter Bed and Breakfast

Fisherman’s Daughter Bed and Breakfast

Fisherman’s Daughter Bed and Breakfast is one of Mahone Bay’s premier heritage homes.  Restored to the original wood floors and trim.

Fisherman’s Daughter boasts four tastefully decorated rooms, all with private en suite bathrooms,  air conditioning and flat screen TVs. 
Our home is a non-smoking environment. Free WiFi,  and a complimentary beverage and snack bar.
 
Guests enjoy a continental breakfast, consisting of fresh fruit, baking.
 
We are a couple, with the profound understanding, that travel is as much about where you are going, as it is about the people you meet when you get there. 

This is our philosophy! Bruce and Lisa Chiasson

902-624-0660 House
519-803-2345 Cell

 

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Kip & Kaboodle Backpacker Hostel

Kip & Kaboodle Backpacker Hostel

Looking for comfortable-yet-affordable accommodation on Nova Scotia’s Bluenose Coast/Lighthouse Route, near Mahone Bay and Lunenburg on Nova Scotia’s South Shore? Look no further! Come and stay at our small backpackers hostel located on the main road between Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, only one hour from Halifax. Clean, comfortable beds for only $25 per night—and that includes taxes and breakfast. Second & subsequent nights are only $20pp/pn.

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Little Lake Campground

Little Lake Campground

Dear Campers!
We would love to see you and the family come to Little Lake Campground for one of your summer camping trips!

Our Weekends are always full of fun with many activites. We have dances with Local talent, bands and a DJ every second weekend. We dance and sing from 8:30 pm until 12:00 am. We also have magic shows, fireworks and many special theme weekends like Christmas in July, Halloween, Pot luck meals, yummy Breakfast meals etc. A men’s Talent show (now thats a must to see) Don’t miss out on the good times, for young and old.

Little Lake has an outdoor swimming pool with a shallow end and a deep end. We have a canteen where bundles of wood for your own campfire   can also be purchased; lots of candy and kool aid slushies. and also other small grocery items.We have a Landry room as well   as toilets & showers. We have a playground for kids, where Basketball and Badminton can also be played. We have a games room with a pool table and a Jubebox.

Little Lake is a Tenting,and RV park we will take any shape and size of a tralier!  Hope to see you at our campground.

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LaHave River Campground

LaHave River Campground

We offer you fun camping at our secluded riverside campground. Located in Newburne on the north branch of the LaHave River, we lie at the foot of a hill 250m (700 ft.) away from the highway. No road noise!
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 1st.
Looking forward to meeting you.

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Lunenburg Ocean Chalet

Lunenburg Ocean Chalet

We offer six log chalets, three are one bedroom and three are two bedrooms, (one being Wheelchair Accessible).  These units have full housekeeping, full kitchen, 4-pc bath, air jet tubs, queen beds, double foldout sofas, TV, VCR, DVD, High Speed Internet.  Relax in front of a cozy wood fireplace.

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Bridgewater Comfort Inn

Bridgewater Comfort Inn

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.

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Oakhill Pines Camp & Trailer Park

Oakhill Pines Camp & Trailer Park

60 total RV sites, can accommodate RV’s up to 45ft, full hookups, 20/30-amp service, WiFi, Restrooms with hot showers, laundromat, picnic tables, fire pits, public telephones, game room with pool table, canteen, ice, wood, mail service, swimming pool, playground, tenting sites, horseshoe pit, basketball area, mini-golf, theme weekends, and hiking trails. Located eight miles from Lunenburg and one mile from Bridgewater.

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