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


103 Reasons to Leave the 103

31. Antiques galore: If you’re looking for a remnant from yesteryear, Lunenburg and Queens counties are the ideal place to be.

With timeless products galore, there’s something for every collector at the bevy of antique shops that stretch to all corners of our counties.

Whether you’re looking for a turn-of-the-century bean splitter, an old-fashioned milking stool or the wheel from an old-time hay wagon, there are resources aplenty for every collector.

32. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep under the stars and the South Shore of Nova Scotia provides many campgrounds for the nature lover.

Whether your camping mode of preference involves a tent, an RV or a sleeping bag on the ground beneath the night’s sky, there’s an appropriate campground for anyone with their own idea of roughing it.

33. Shop ’til you drop: So, do you want to shop or do you want to shop?

Well, the South Shore is the place to do it, as many gift and craft shops abound throughout the region.

Whether you’re looking for locally made items for the home, clothing, jewellery, pottery or just about anything else, it’s all available in our wide selection of quaint shops, which come complete with über-friendly staff to enhance your shopping experience.

34. The New Ross Christmas Tree Interpretive Centre was opened on May 3, 2005.

The centre was the result of a partnership between the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers’ Association, the local regional development agency and the community of New Ross.

The centre brings to life the history of the Christmas tree production industry through a visual display that was once featured at the DesBrisay Museum in Bridgewater, but is now currently on display in New Ross.

The Christmas tree industry has changed over more than a century of operation, since the first loads were shipped from Yarmouth to Boston by schooner in the 1890s. It is hoped that the New Ross Christmas Tree Interpretive Centre will stand as a testament to the greater Nova Scotia community about not only where the industry has been, but also where it will go in the future.

35. Rissers Beach Provincial Park: At just a scant 26 kilometres from Bridgewater, beautiful Rissers Beach Provincial Park is open from mid-May into the month of October.

Equipped with two campgrounds, featuring over 90 sites in total, picnic areas, a canteen, change house and complete with shower facilities adjacent to the supervised beach, Rissers truly is one of the finest beach and park areas in all of Atlantic Canada.

Both campgrounds have water outlets and trailer dump stations.

The North Rissers campground, while not located directly on the ocean, has access to washrooms, showers and a playground.

Be sure to enjoy the boardwalk, the soft sand and the energizing tides.

Camping reservations for the season opened on April 2, 2007.

36. Fishing for the big one: From the recreational fisher to the serious sportsman, Lunenburg and Queens counties’ lakes and streams are well-stocked for the summer months.

Whether you’re in it for the serenity, the camaraderie of heading out onto the lake with friends of old, or even if you’re just out to catch your own supper, as others have in years gone by, there’s plenty of reason to participate in the fishing season.

And don’t forget to pick up the appropriate licence before heading out to snag the big one!

37. The South Shore Exhibition grounds in Bridgewater will host the amazing 17th annual Hank Snow Tribute on the August 16 to 19 weekend.

This year’s event will take on a slightly different shape than usual, as the 10th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame induction night will be held on September 15 in Bridgewater, and not during the Hank Snow Tribute weekend.

However, the Hank Snow Tribute will still have plenty of excitement for old-time country music fans. In fact, the weekend celebration will kick off with a performance by George Hamilton IV on August 16, and other events include the “Sounds Like Hank” contest, a guitar-picking competition, a yodelling demonstration and a lot more!

For more information, phone 354-4675.

38. The New Ross Community Fair is more than just a fair — it’s an annual icon for the sense of spirit and unity that permeates New Ross and its surrounding communities.

Sponsored by the New Ross Farmers’ Association, the first fair took place in 1943. Since then, over the course of six decades, generations of New Rossers have made the fair their own.

This year, the 64th annual, promises to be as exciting as each of those that came before.

With horse and ox pulls, homemade supper, musical entertainment, bingo and plenty of games for the kids, there truly is something for everyone and experiences to delight the senses of those from near or far.

There may be trophies and prizes for those with the endurance, strength and skill to win in competition, but ask anyone who’s been to the fair and they’ll tell you that community bragging rights are the most valuable prize of all.

The New Ross fairgrounds are located off Highway 12.

39. Glorious green space: Lunenburg and Queens counties are filled with wonderful greenspaces, with everything from public parks to remote trails and seemingly untouched forest lands that are made to be enjoyed.

And, if you’re looking for an area where you can be comfortable pursuing an athletic pastime, you might want to check out the Municipal Activity and Recreation Complex (MARC) in Dayspring, or any one of the athletic fields located in major communities from Hubbards to New Germany to Liverpool.

40. If you’re interested in doing your share of South Shore sightseeing underwater, there are plenty of incredible adventures to indulge in along our coastal communities.

For example, since the former HMCS Saguenay was scuttled in Lunenburg harbour in 1994, Nova Scotia’s first underwater park has become one of the most popular dive sites in the entire Atlantic region.

The 366-foot decommissioned destroyer now rests between Cross Island and Sculpin Shoal and is a point of potential exploration fun that ought not be missed by divers.

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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