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


103 Reasons to Leave the 103

91. The World Tuna Flat Races have been held in Hubbards for more than two decades.

A tuna flat is a large boat that, under normal circumstances, is pulled behind a fishing boat, but during the World Tuna Flat Races teams of four rowers are expected to paddle these cumbersome crafts over a set course in the safety of Hubbards Cove.

The tuna flats are only found in St. Margarets Bay and they originally acquired their name because three or four men could stand together on one side of the “flat” and haul tuna up into the craft without capsizing it.

This year’s event kicks off at noon on July 28 and features divisions for male, female and mixed teams. In addition to the races, many other land-based activities are slated to occur around the event, including a barbecue, a beer garden and plenty of local entertainment.

92. Lunenburg County and the greater South Shore region is known for its love of a fine automobile. That’s why it shouldn’t come as any surprise when you catch a glimpse of a cavalcade of cars cruising the coastal scenery during the sultry summer season.

One local organization, the Coastal Cruisers, was formed by a dedicated group of local car enthusiasts in 1986. The original name was the Nova Scotia Auto Hobby Club, which was changed in 1995 to the current moniker.

The Coastal Cruisers host an annual car show, the Autofest Show ’n’ Shine, every Father’s Day. This year’s event is slated for June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the MARC in Dayspring.

The cruiser crew also holds regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the community room in the Bridgewater Atlantic Superstore.

For more information, visit the organization’s web site at

93. The Hubbards Barn Association is a non-profit organization that was developed for the benefit and betterment of the community of Hubbards and its surrounding areas.

The Barn was constructed to promote a wide variety of community-based activities.

With a farm market, running from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday during the months of May through October; walking paths; venue rentals; and a host of special events throughout the year, including the Hub-Arts Show and Sale and community movie nights, the Hubbards Barn has truly become, in every sense, the cornerstone of the community.

The property is owned by the Aspotogan Heritage Trust (AHT), which leases the property to the Hubbards Barn Association. It was the intent of the AHT to protect and preserve the beautiful agricultural property for use by both the surrounding community and visitors to the region — a goal they have definitely accomplished.

94. Wile Carding Mill: Decades after it closed its doors as a business, the Wile Carding Mill, located on Victoria Road in Bridgewater, still stands as a testament to days gone by and a different way of life.

Once upon a time, the upper reaches of Victoria Road were part of Bridgewater’s thriving little industrial district, known to locals as Sebastopol.

Founded in the 1860s, the mill was an integral part of the town’s infrastructure for years.

Women workers operated machines designed to card wool at a pace that was considered remarkable for the 19th century — it was said that just one of the machines could card in one hour the same amount of wool that one person could card in an entire week.

Today, the Wile Carding Mill is a living museum. Its open season begins on June 1 and runs through September 30, with hours running from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

95. Local growers operate farms, nurseries and greenhouses to produce bountiful plants and vegetables throughout much of the year.

Many are family-run businesses, accessible through the duration of the growing season, specializing in perennials and specific vegetables or fruit trees.

These uniquely green establishments offer an assortment of quality bedding plants, shrubs, trees, grasses, herbs and potted plants — none of which should be missed!

96. Excellent golfing: Shown on the cover, if you’re looking for some good fore! play, then hitting the links at one of the South Shore’s great golf clubs should be on your radar.

You can take the challenge at Osprey Ridge Golf Club or Hilltop golf Club in Bridgewater, Sherwood Golf and Country Club, Chester Golf Club, the Bluenose Golf Club in Lunenburg or the Liverpool Golf and Country Club in White Point.

Come on! Why settle for a subpar summer vacation? Grab your clubs and tee it up at one of the local clubs — or why not all six?

97. If there’s one thing that we here in Lunenburg County know plenty about, it’s how to spend a nice summer day at the beach.

But why just kick back and relax in the sand when you can spice things up a little and have a tonne of family fun in the process?

The Bayswater Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Municipality of Chester, will be held later this summer at Bayswater Provincial Park.

The day of fun is designed to have a little something for every member of the family and includes a mega sand sculpture contest, knobby knees, plenty of ice cream and more.

The event also includes plenty of zany games and races, music and much more.

98. On the water during Chester Race Week: The annual Chester Race Week, held on the waters off the seaside village during the month of August, attracts thousands of interested observers and participants, both local and from afar.

The concept for the race week traces its history indirectly back to the 1850s, when the first sailing regattas were held off Chester on the waters of Mahone Bay.

Since that time, the Village of Chester has become known as a sailing centre, with a wildly successful youth program at the Chester Yacht Club that has produced sailors who have represented Nova Scotia in competition throughout the world.

This year’s festivities, hosted once again by the Chester Yacht Club, will kick off on August 15, pitting a host of different captains and crews in competition against each other.

The closing ceremonies will end the festivities on August 18.

99. Veterans’ Memorial Park, Bridgewater: In a town with lots of green space to go around, Veterans’ Memorial Park, the newest addition to Bridgewater’s green scene, offers a peaceful reminder of the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

When it was discovered, in 2004, that the existing cenotaph was in desperate need of repair, the cenotaph committee of Bridgewater’s Branch #24 Royal Canadian Legion decided to proceed with a large-scale project to revamp the area. Not only would existing monuments be renewed, but a park-like setting would be created, one in which tranquility, introspection and respect would be encouraged.

By the time the park was unveiled in August of 2005, the original cenotaph had been cleaned; the park area had been expanded, thanks to a lease agreement with the Town of Bridgewater; and permanent black granite monuments were erected to honour all local veterans who have served in the pursuit of freedom and peace.

100. The third annual Lunenburg Summer Opera Festival will be held on June 22 and 23 at the glamorous Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg.

Two shows will be featured: the first, on Friday evening, is “‘With a song in my heart’: The music of Richard Rodgers.” This exceptional showing will feature works sung by Vanessa Buhr-Rountree, Nina Scott-Stoddart and Ross Thompson, with accompaniment by Kate Carver.

The Saturday evening show will be “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi. Starring Janna Pardy as Violetta and Keith Klassen as her new admirer, Alfred Germot, “La Traviata” tells the sordid tale of a woman who first sacrifices herself and her lifestyle, then, ultimately, the relationship she has built with Germot in an effort to right his family honour.

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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