Fort Point LaHave Museum

Fort Point LaHave Museum

Region: Beaches & Artisans

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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Nearby attractions

Crescent Beach

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.   

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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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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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The Maritime Painted Saltbox

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

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Petite Riviere & Area Map and Special Events Brochure
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Henriette’s Fibre Art Studio/Gallery

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

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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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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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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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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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Something Fishy Studio

Mission
Save our planet
Leave it better than we found it
To create unique art that makes people happy
To share our love of the sea

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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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Wavewood Design Fine Art Gallery

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.

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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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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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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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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

Lunch, Dinner & Evening Entertainment

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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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Ko’s Restaurant

Ko’s Restaurant

Ko’s Restaurant offers authentic Chinese food in the heart of Bridgewater.  Located on King St. along the LaHave River, Ko’s is open daily, with a lunch special from 11:30 AM to 2 PM.

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Little Red Barn Restaurant

Little Red Barn Restaurant

Old Fashioned Oven-Baked Subs
Freshly made local ingredients, open Tuesday - Saturday located in Wileville off exit 13 on the 103 Highway.
Pizza
Spaghetti
Lasagna
“Delly” Cakes
Cookies
Sticky Buns

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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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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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Tastee Freeze

Tastee Freeze

Take-Out
Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

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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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Atlantic View Motel and Cottages

Atlantic View Motel and Cottages

A peaceful seaside destination in a woodland setting; just one minute from historic Lunenburg.

You’ll hear the waves lapping at the shoreline from your choice of accommodation - a cozy cottage, housekeeping unit, or comfortable motel room. In the morning have coffee on the beach or in our pond-site sitting area while the sea gulls and red-winged blackbird greet the day.
Families will love the Atlantic View’s ample green space and beach where children can run, play in the waves ands swim. Small pets are welcome.

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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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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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Lily Front Motel & Cottages

Lily Front Motel & Cottages

The Lily Front Motel & Cottages, only four minutes away from the historic Town of Lunenburg, is situated on its own private peninsula. We offer our guests a choice of two spacious cottage units, four motel units, or escape to the “Romantic Suite”. All units contain fridge, CBTV, clock radio,  microwave, toaster, and coffee maker, kitchen and cooking utensils. Pets are welcome (deposit may apply). Weekly & monthly rates available. Enjoy your stay!

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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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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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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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Rise Again Cottage

Rise Again Cottage

CANADA SELECT 3 1/2 STAR RATING!  Licensed by NOVA SCOTIA TOURISM!

Rise Again Cottage, at 175 Second Peninsula Road, Lunenburg, with only a quiet road between you and an ocean cove, is a real Maritime home with brightly coloured, cheerful rooms, linens, furniture and accessories.  The cottage is well supplied with an open fireplace, 39-inch flat screen HD TV, DVD/CD player, ShawDirect satellite, high-speed internet, telephone, and a library of DVDs, CDs, and books, plenty of towels, down duvets, extra pillows, hand-made quilts and blankets, an espresso/ cappuccino machine, and comfortable furniture, some of it crafted locally.

The cottage accommodates 6 people in three bedrooms.

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Salty Rose Oceanfront Cottages

Salty Rose Oceanfront Cottages

Cape Cod cottages with all the conveniences of home…
the ocean at your doorstep, the scent of roses,

unique details, thoughtful touches describe the decor…

each cottage has a glass front wood stove and

all are equipped for housekeeping (well

equipped kitchens), all linens, wireless

internet, CTV, DVD, gas BBQ

on your screened deck ...

enjoy hydra massage whirlpool baths

.....just bring the groceries

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