Everything you need to know about Nova Scotia's South Shore


103 Reasons to Leave the 103

21. When looking for a place to lay your head, you can rest assured and rest well, because the accommodations in this region are second to none.

Whether you’re a business traveller looking for an overnight stay or you want a weekend getaway at a cosy bed and breakfast, it can be found here on the South Shore.

22. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) operates retail outlets throughout the South Shore.

There are two outlets in Bridgewater, including a liquor boutique at the Bridgewater Mall and a fully stocked store at the Bridgewater Plaza at the top of Dufferin Hill.

Other NSLC locales include stops in Caledonia, Chester, Liverpool, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and New Germany. Other agency outlets are operated locally in New Ross, Riverport/Rose Bay and Middlewood/Italy Cross.

Most locations are open to suit your beverage needs Monday through Saturday.

23. The LaHave cable ferry crosses the river between LaHave and East LaHave every half-hour, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.

The ferry is an integral part of the region’s history, as the service has been available, in one form or another, at this location since 1832 and offers a wonderful view of both shores up and down the riverbank.

While enjoying the cool breeze of the LaHave River, be sure to keep your eyes open for all kinds of sea and shorebirds, including bald eagles and ospreys, which are known to nest in the area.

Even a foggy day, when the view is limited, can provide a spooky backdrop in which the imagination of young and old alike can revel.

But you’d best be sure to enjoy every second of the ride, for the crossing time, under ideal conditions, is only about five minutes.

24. On the way to the Classic Boat Festival: E Beginning on August 2, sailing enthusiasts from throughout the world will descend upon the Town of Mahone Bay for the 18th annual Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival.

The four-day celebration of the town’s water-borne heritage, formerly known as the Wooden Boat Festival, is sure to delight locals and visitors alike.

The main site for the festival, which is organized by a non-profit society dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the watercraft on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, is the Mahone Bay Town Wharf.

Arguably the most popular event of the whole week is the highly anticipated Fast & Furious Boat Building and Race, in which teams of two compete against the clock, and each other, to design and build a boat that they race in competition.

Each team gets four hours to complete their creation from plywood, some spruce lumber and lots of caulking.

Teams are also awarded points for their creativity, spirit, costumes and more — so, expect some crazy action on the waters of the bay!

25. Mahone Bay’s famed three churches: It is not an exaggeration to say that there are few sites more instantly recognizable throughout Canada than Mahone Bay’s famous, picturesque waterfront three churches.

St. James’ Anglican Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and Trinity United Church have stood like guardians, protecting the town at the water’s edge, for decades.

St. John’s, the middle of the three, was the first constructed on the waterfront in 1869. It was renovated and wings were added just after the turn of the 20th century.

Trinity United was originally located above Bayview Cemetery, but was moved to the waterfront in 1885. The church once had a steeple, like its other waterfront counterparts, but it was torn down in 1927 after a series of violent storms weakened its stability.

St. James’ was consecrated in 1887 to complete the trio of churches on the community’s waterfront.

Each of the three have vibrant, dedicated congregations and it would do your soul good to swing by for a service at the denomination of your choosing.

26. There are more than 25 volunteer fire departments in Lunenburg County, and many host monthly breakfasts to raise funds for building maintenance or to buy the latest piece of emergency equipment that could be critical in saving the lives of local residents during an emergency.

Most fire departments serve up generous portions of eggs, bacon, ham, beans, sausage, pancakes and hash browns — just in case you weren’t already drooling at the thought!

27. The Chester and Area Family Resource Centre will host its parade and fun day on August 12. This, the sixth annual parade, will kick off at 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Chester Area Middle School and will be concluded with games, activities and plenty of fun at the rink.
28. Serene walking trails: Walk this way!

Trails for walking abound throughout the South Shore, thanks in no small part to the former Halifax and Southwestern and Nova Scotia Central Railway lines that once spread like a spider’s web throughout the region.

Whether you’re interested in walking the Dynamite Trail from Martins River to Mahone Bay, the Bay to Bay Trail between Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, the Adventure Trail between Mahone Bay and Bridgewater or one of many others, there are plenty of scenic walkways and charming trails to enjoy and explore.

And, if you happen to have some free time on your hands, why not volunteer with the associations that work so tirelessly to keep Lunenburg County’s recreational trails pristine?

29. Cycling offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the South Shore at a slower pace.

With light traffic volumes, you can plan a quiet day trip along rural roads, with enticing and inviting scenery around virtually every bend.

A variety of multi-use trails also provide an option for the off-road cycling enthusiast.

An individual’s choice of bike tours can be tailored to suit the needs and skill levels of the cyclist, or scheduled around special events, such as community festivals.

And, for those travelling light, bike rentals are also available locally.

30. Sure, hotels, specialty stores and grocers are important to keeping us going during the summer months, but oftentimes, the most important stopover for the traveller, whether local or from abroad, is the public washroom.

So, it is quite reassuring that Lunenburg County offers its fair share of public comfort stations, designed to make sure that you can do your business when you need to.

103 Reasons to Leave the 103
  1. On the cover...
  2. Fun at the South Shore Exhibition
  3. If you’ll recall...
  4. Art galleries
  5. Lighthouse Route scenery
  6. The annual Chester Heritage Society’s...
  7. Canada Day celebrations
  8. Mahone Bay celebrates Scarecrow Festival
  9. If you’re looking...
  10. Community bands
  11. Were you ever picked on?
  12. There are beaches...
  13. Our local libraries
  14. The farm market...
  15. Something for the shopper...
  16. Marinas
  17. The Greenfield Dragway...
  18. An island adventure...
  19. Lunenburg’s unique fish signs
  20. Surf city
  21. A place to lay your head...
  22. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation...
  23. The LaHave cable ferry...
  24. On the way to the Classic Boat Festival
  25. Mahone Bay’s famed three churches
  26. Monthly breakfasts
  27. The Chester and Area Family Resource Centre...
  28. Serene walking trails
  29. Cycling offers an excellent opportunity...
  30. The public washroom...
  31. Antiques galore
  32. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep...
  33. Shop ’til you drop
  34. The New Ross Christmas Tree...
  35. Rissers Beach Provincial Park
  36. Fishing for the big one
  37. The South Shore Exhibition grounds...
  38. The New Ross Community Fair...
  39. Glorious green space
  40. sightseeing underwater...
  41. Birdwatching
  42. Mahone Bay Flea Market...
  43. The Ovens Natural Park...
  44. Greenfield’s planked salmon supper
  45. Paint Mahone Bay...
  46. The LaHave Islands Marine Museum
  47. A summer swim
  48. Fort Point Museum
  49. Indian Falls: hidden beauty
  50. Miller Point Peace Park in Dayspring
  51. Need a quick pick-me-up?
  52. Delicious community suppers
  53. Card Lake Park
  54. Lunenburg’s International Dory Races
  55. Oak Island
  56. Old Lunenburg — UNESCO World Heritage Site
  57. Mahone Bay Settlers Museum
  58. Bluenose II
  59. Great Lunenburg Schooner Race
  60. Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
  61. If you’re in the mood for some horsing around...
  62. Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum
  63. Lunenburg Academy
  64. St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg
  65. Best opportunities for paddlers...
  66. Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum
  67. Let’s have some wine!
  68. Lunenburg Festival of Crafts
  69. DesBrisay Museum
  70. Paint Sea on Site in Lunenburg
  71. Chester Playhouse
  72. If sailing is your passion...
  73. The Founders' Monument
  74. Knaut-Rhuland House
  75. Luxurious beaches
  76. Lake Mush-a-Mush
  77. Dances featuring the absolute best...
  78. Starlight Theatre
  79. The former HMCS Fraser
  80. Gus Vickers Memorial Field
  81. Make Sail for Lunenburg
  82. Queens County SeaFest
  83. Lordly House Museum
  84. Graves Island Provincial Park
  85. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
  86. Mackerel Snappers Picnic
  87. Flower Show and Tea
  88. Shipyards Landing
  89. Riverport Rumrunners Sea Festival
  90. The Herring Choker’s Picnic
  91. World Tuna Flat Races
  92. Love of a fine automobile...
  93. Hubbards Barn Association
  94. Wile Carding Mill
  95. Farms, nurseries and greenhouses...
  96. Excellent golfing
  97. Bayswater Family Fun Day
  98. On the water during Chester Race Week
  99. Veterans’ Memorial Park, Bridgewater
  100. Lunenburg Summer Opera Festival
  101. Ross Farm Museum
  102. Walking tour of Lunenburg...
  103. Bert Corkum Memorial 5-mile Road Race
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