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103 Reasons to Leave the 103

41. Birdwatching: Lunenburg County has an abundance of birdwatching sites.

Among the recommended inland areas are the abandoned rail trail in Mahone Bay; Card Lake Park, north of Chester; and Long Hill, also in Mahone Bay.

But, if you want to get a bit of coastal flavour and salty air in your birdwatching diet, Back Oler Farms in Garden Lots, Blue Rocks, Stonehurst, Heckmans Island, Maders Cove, Second Peninsula, Crescent Beach, Petite Riviere, Green Bay, Broad Cove, Cherry Hill and Brooklyn, in Queens County, are among the possibilities.

For more details, contact Bridgewater Bulletin and Lunenburg Progress Enterprise birdwatching columnist James Hirtle at

42. It has often been said that one person’s trash is another’s treasure and you’re likely to find plenty of treasure at the Mahone Bay Flea Market, held each Sunday during the summertime months in the Save Easy parking lot on Main Street.
43. The Ovens Natural Park, located in Feltzen South, is more than 190 acres of pristine coastal land, including rich forests and dazzling caves.

The park also features trails that offer panoramic views of beautiful Lunenburg harbour.

The first cave you’ll encounter on your trek is Tucker’s Tunnel, which began as a natural sea cave, but was extended during gold-mining operations in the area during the 1860s.

Owned and operated by the Chapin family, the Ovens hosts a variety of activities and festivals, particularly during the summer months, and culminating with the Chapin Family Concert, held annually each August.

This year’s Chapin Family Fun Fair is scheduled for the August 17 to 19 weekend. The concert, featuring Tom and Steve Chapin, Big John Wallace and a host of other Chapin family performers, will kick off at 1 p.m. on August 19.

Come join in and sing along as the Ovens Natural Park rings with the proud blend of children’s music, folk songs and favourites from the songbooks of Harry Chapin, who left this world too soon.

44. Greenfield’s planked salmon supper: Shown on the cover, the Greenfield Planked Salmon Supper is a tasty tradition that is sure to whirl your taste buds into a state of excitement.

The annual supper attracts literally hundreds of diners seeking a delicious summertime meal. With planked salmon, done in the traditional style and served with salads and desserts, who could possibly resist?

Organized by the Greenfield and district fire department, this year’s supper is slated to take place on July 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.

To track down the dinner, get off Highway 103 at Exit 13, follow Route 325, turn left at the Chelsea Road and then follow the signs to the Greenfield fire fall.

45. The fourth annual Paint Mahone Bay is slated to take place on July 14 and 15, 2007.

The event is co-ordinated through the Mahone Bay Settlers Museum and serves as a major fundraiser for the Mahone Bay Founders Society — the organization that operates the museum.

Last year, the painting festival expanded, operating bases from two venues. Wet paintings hung at St. James’ parish hall for exhibition and sale, while an exhibit of previously crafted, framed and matted paintings from a variety of artists were on display at the Branch #49 Royal Canadian Legion hall.

Any artist interested in painting Mahone Bay, en plein air, at this year’s event is encouraged to contact the Settlers Museum for more information.

Just imagine what fun you could have with a canvas, brush and palette, and the beautiful gardens, town and streetscapes, and heritage architecture for which Mahone Bay is known.

46. The LaHave Islands Marine Museum: In days gone by, the LaHave Islands was a small, closely knit fishing community, about 30 kilometres from Bridgewater, that relied on inshore and offshore fishing and plenty of hard work for its economic prosperity.

Indeed, there was a time when most everyone living on the islands was connected, in one way or another, to the fishery in their everyday lives.

Today, the LaHave Islands Marine Museum stands as a testament to the days gone by on the multi-island group. Its collection includes an array of artifacts and records that preserve the human, social and industrial history of the LaHave Islands area, from its first inhabitants right up to the present day.

The museum used to be a United church and, when the congregation disbanded in 1975, the building was sold to the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society for one dollar. Three years later, the museum officially opened its doors to the public.

The museum is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from June to September.

47. A summer swim: Why not go off the deep end?

Dive in and cool off in one of Lunenburg County’s four swimming pools.

Whether it’s a dip in the clear blue waters of Lunenburg’s, Mahone Bay’s or Bridgewater’s pools, or in the refreshing salt water of Chester’s Lido Pool, it’s a fine way for the young and the young at heart to get a quick cool-down when the mercury makes its summertime migration upward in local thermometers.

48. Fort Point Museum: Located about 15 minutes from the outskirts of Bridgewater along the western flank of the LaHave River, the Fort Point Museum is one of the few active links in Lunenburg County to our region’s lesser-known French heritage.

In 1632, Sir Isaac de Razilly, the first governor of New France, established a settlement at the mouth of the LaHave River, which included a fort, near the current site of the Fort Point Museum.

An additional settlement was soon founded some 12 miles to the west of LaHave at Petite Riviere.

The settlement at LaHave served as the capital of New France for about five years until, after the death of de Razilly, the fort was abandoned in favour of Port Royal on the Bay of Fundy shore.

The current location of the Fort Point Museum was previously a lighthouse keeper’s home, which was constructed years after the old French fort had been abandoned and Britain had won the battle for New France.

49. Indian Falls, hidden beauty: If you take a drive off Highway 103 at Exit 11 and head north along the Cornwall Road, eventually you’ll come to the community of Newburne.

At the end of that trek of about 25 or 30 minutes you will find one of the newest and most breathtaking public parks in the Municipality of Lunenburg.

Indian Falls Park is located at the end of what was once an old Department of Fisheries roadway.

Until recent municipal upgrades within the past few years, the only way to access the falls was to park your car roadside and enjoy a bit of a hike through the woods.

But now, thanks to municipal efforts, you can park your car near the falls and have only a short walk to what is, without doubt, a misty and roaring site.

50. Miller Point Peace Park in Dayspring: If you’re looking for a chance to enjoy the solitude of nature, there is perhaps no better place in Lunenburg County than Miller Point Peace Park, on the beautiful LaHave River, along Highway 3 in Dayspring.

Established by the Municipality of Lunenburg, Miller Point offers gorgeous views, walks on wooded trails and marshland glimpses.

Depending on the time of year, and your luck, you may see a squirrel in a tree, lady’s slippers peeking from the woodland floor or even a great blue heron resting on the shoreline.

Interpretive information on the flora and fauna native to the park is included on panels placed near the parking area, and guided walks are available upon request.

The park is also home to many annual events put on by the municipality, including Miller Point Peace Park Day, which is the second Sunday of each June.

For those with genealogy on their mind, the adjacent Dayspring Cemetery has a section of old settlers’ graves dating back to the early 19th century and a panel listing all those buried in the cemetery near the entrance.

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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