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A destination for unique fashions<br />

and Nova Scotia quilts since 1973<br />

Fashions Accessories Rugs Fabrics Quilts<br />

466 Main Street Mahone Bay<br />

902-624-6177<br />


A Look Inside The Guide<br />

Welcome to Mahone Bay ..........................................................................5<br />

Our Top 10 Ways to Spend your Day in Mahone Bay............................6–9<br />

Cycling Feature and Map..................................................................10 & 11<br />

Daytripping — Our Top 10 Day Trips.................................................12–15<br />

Day Trip Map............................................................................................16<br />

Day Trip Index..........................................................................................17<br />

Our Favourite Beaches...............................................................18, 19 & 21<br />

Where to Shop...................................................................................23–27<br />

Map of Mahone Bay.........................................................................28 & 29<br />

Map Index.........................................................................................30 & 31<br />

Useful Contacts................................................................................32 & 33<br />

Introducing the Haskap Berry...................................................................35<br />

The Mahone Bay Home and Garden Tour...............................................37<br />

How to Eat Like a Local...................................................................38 & 39<br />

Where to Eat......................................................................................41 –43<br />

Where to Stay..........................................................................................45<br />

Fall Adventures........................................................................................47<br />

Scarecrow Festival.............................................................................48–49<br />

Winter Fun..........................................................................................50–51<br />

Father Christmas Festival.........................................................................52<br />

Local Reading List....................................................................................53<br />

A Slice of History......................................................................................54<br />

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The Mahone Bay Guide 2015 is published by Lara Carrigan of Seaside Publishing, PO Box 429<br />

Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0. All content is copyright, 2015 by Seaside Publishing and may not be<br />

reproduced without prior approval. For inquires contact Lara Carrigan 902-717-6718 or<br />

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Cover photo by Tim L’Esperance of Vision Air Services.<br />


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Drop Anchor in Mahone Bay...<br />

You’ve set your course for Mahone Bay and now it is time to drop anchor. Enjoy a<br />

leisurely stroll along the waterfront for spectacular views of our picturesque bay, where<br />

the sun sparkles like diamonds on the deep blue waters. As you walk through town<br />

you will see vibrantly painted Victorian homes and shops, beautiful heritage gardens,<br />

sailboats gently bobbing up and down in the harbour, and our world-famous three<br />

churches, which sit at the waters edge and form the backdrop for one of Canada’s most<br />

picturesque small towns.<br />

Nova Scotia is known for its friendly, gracious people and we extend a warm welcome<br />

to you to stay and play on our shores. Whether your visit is for a few days or a few<br />

weeks, unique adventures and experiences await you.<br />

Mahone Bay is a peaceful, tranquil destination with a captivating seafaring past, based<br />

on shipbuilding and even its fair share of pirates and privateers. Imagine hundreds of<br />

wooden boats, from simple dories to majestic schooners, being built in and launched<br />

from the boatyards which lined the shores of Mahone Bay from 1850 to the mid 1900s.<br />

The same hard-working, hands-on spirit of our founders can be seen in the variety of<br />

unique products available in our local shops and galleries today, such as hooked rugs,<br />

pewter, quilts, clothing, jewellery, pottery, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and more.<br />

Adventures are calling you — whether on the waters of our bay of many islands (365<br />

to be exact), along the rugged beauty of our coastlines on un-crowded beaches, or<br />

along our many pristine walking and cycling trails. Enjoy locally sourced gourmet food,<br />

award-winning wines and lively music. Stay in our cozy inns, B&Bs or hotels. Visit our<br />

museums and our unique shops, and if your timing is right, you may even be in town<br />

during one of our many exciting festivals.<br />

Vacation time is precious and you have come to the perfect<br />

place to relax and renew your spirit. You will quickly<br />

understand why Mahone Bay has been voted as one<br />

of the best small-town destinations in Canada.<br />

Warmly,<br />

Lara Carrigan, Seaside Publishing.<br />


Top 10 Ways to Spend Your Day<br />

In Mahone Bay<br />

Summer in Mahone Bay is quite simply spectacular. You have picked the perfect place<br />

to enjoy your vacation. Our idyllic scenery, architecture, gardens, shops, restaurants,<br />

artisans and community spirit all come together in a town alive with natural beauty and<br />

summer pleasures.<br />

1. Take a Historic Walking Tour of Mahone Bay from 1754 - 21st century<br />

Mahone Bay is considered one of the most walkable towns in Nova Scotia. Our flat<br />

streets, well maintained sidewalks, gorgeous views of the bay, striking Victorian architecture<br />

and rich heritage earn top marks. This<br />

is the perfect place to enjoy a tour of our historic<br />

houses and buildings. The walking tours, by the<br />

Mahone Bay Founders Society are FREE.<br />

Pick up a brochure of the self-guided tours at<br />

the Settlers Museum or download a PDF from<br />

their website. The kids will love the children’s<br />

walking tour, “ Walk About and Check it Out!”<br />

The Settlers Museum offers a chance to learn<br />

about the history of the area as well as traditional<br />

crafts. It is a community museum featuring exhibits<br />

and collections that highlight the rich history of the town. Open daily 10-4pm from May<br />

23-August 30, 2015. FREE admission and children’s activities.<br />

578 Main St. 902-634-6263. www.settlersmuseum.ns.ca<br />

3. Play in Jubilee Park<br />

Jubilee Park, which is home to wooded walking trails,<br />

a duck pond, a children’s playground with picnic tables,<br />

baseball field, outdoor community swimming pool<br />

(open every afternoon and most evenings) and tennis<br />

courts (lessons available). The wooded trails are part<br />

of the Rails to Trails network where you can hike, bike<br />

(bikes are available for rent at Sweet Ride Cycling)<br />

or walk miles of groomed trails. The easiest way<br />

to access the trail is just past the tennis courts on<br />

Hawthorn Hill Rd. There are several points along the<br />

way where you can come back through town.<br />

(Refer to maps on page 11, 28 & 29) There are many<br />

ways to be active in Mahone Bay: yoga, tai chi,<br />

fitness classes, walking clubs, floor hockey,<br />

badminton, softball, sailing, kayaking, rowing, youth<br />

soccer and more. For information on activities contact<br />

the Recreation Department at the Town Hall (902-624-8327).<br />





2. Spend a Day on the Water<br />

The calm waters of Mahone Bay are home to 365 islands and a wealth of bird- and<br />

sea-life. Our dedicated volunteers from the Mahone Islands Conservation<br />

Association work diligently to protect and conserve the natural environment of the<br />

islands and shoreline of Mahone Bay. Nova Scotia’s protected waters make it one of<br />

the best places in the world to sail and Mahone Bay is a favorite boating destination<br />

for many. For one of your most memorable days in Mahone Bay, be sure to book<br />

your tour of the beautiful Mahone Bay Islands with Chris Banfield. He is the owner<br />

and skipper of South Shore Boat Tours and has been in the marine industry for<br />

over 25 years. Visit a local seal colony, see porpoise, seals, osprey, bald eagles,<br />

loons, terns, deer and other wildlife. For those who love fishing they offer full or half<br />

day excursions. Special events & private parties are available. Tours depart daily<br />

from the Mahone Bay Civic Marina at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. Call 902- 527-8544 for<br />

reservations. www.southshoreboattours.com.<br />

Our civic marina has everything you’ll need to enjoy boating here. Located on the main<br />

wharf in town and operated by the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Society, there is a full<br />

range of marina services with an attendant on duty from Canada Day Weekend (July<br />

1) through Labour Day Weekend. If you like to fish then bring your gear along and try<br />

your luck fishing for mackerel or squid with the locals right off the wharf. For those who<br />

want more of workout check out the Mahone Harbour Rowing Club. The club provides<br />

all equipment including dories and oars. If you have your own kayak you can launch it<br />

from the marina.<br />


4. Discover Artists at Work or Become an Artist for the Day<br />

Mahone Bay has a vibrant arts community and is home to many different types of<br />

artists including, quilters, weavers, rug-hookers, felters, painters, printmakers,<br />

potters, jewellers, sculptors and wood carvers. Many of our artists sell their work<br />

internationally and open their studios during the summer months.<br />

Amos Pewter Open Studios<br />

Amos Pewter invites you to<br />

step into their workshop for a<br />

live demonstration where<br />

you can take part in a<br />

hands-on experience<br />

and create a pewter keepsake.<br />

589 Main St. 902-624-9547<br />

Encompassing Designs — The “Main Street Hookers”invite Rug Hooking travellers<br />

to join an enthusiastic group of women who meet at the studio between 1-4pm every<br />

2nd and 4th Wednesday and 7-10pm every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month for<br />

fellowship, coffee & tea. Beautiful collection of rugs, supplies and patterns.<br />

498 Main St. 902-624-0370.<br />

Spruce Top Rug Hooking — This quaint studio is located in a mid-1800’s house and<br />

contains a wonderful collection of rooms featuring some of Nova Scotia’s finest rug<br />

hookers, workshops and supplies. 255 West Main Street 902-624-9312.<br />

Have a Yarn — Bring your knitting and a chair and meet fellow knitting enthusiasts<br />

every Tuesday and Sunday at 1pm for tea and knitting. They offer classes,<br />

workshops and supplies. 575 Main St. 902-624-0569.<br />

Birdsall-Worthington Pottery offers studio tours to learn more about their products.<br />

The owners make all of their pottery from a local earthenware clay and their work is<br />

internationally recognized for their unique slip decoration.<br />

590 South Main St. 902-624-9447<br />

5. Enjoy Live Music<br />

Gather with friends and family to enjoy an evening of music in our famous three<br />

churches. The Mahone Bay Summer Concerts are held on select Friday evenings at<br />

8 pm in three churches: St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. James Anglican Church, and<br />

Trinity United Church. Concert dates are: July 3, July 17, August 7 and August 21.<br />

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Kinburn Pharmasave.<br />

www.threechurches.com.<br />

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band at the Summer<br />

Bandstand Concerts held every Thursday evening in July and August at the<br />

bandstand on Main St.<br />

The Mug and Anchor Pub features East Coast music and live entertainment weekly.<br />

642 Main St. 902-624-6378<br />


6. Shop Till You Drop<br />

Browse our unique specialty stores and galleries including Mahone Bay Quality<br />

Footwear - the Maritime’s largest independent shoe store.<br />

7. Get Pampered<br />

Relax at a day spa boutique (Cocoa Organic Spa or Lotus & Thistle Spa), visit<br />

Atlantica Oak Island Resort for a swim and a spa or have a massage from one of our<br />

many RMTs.<br />

8. Create a Perfect Postcard<br />

The three churches along Edgewater Street are one of the most photographed views<br />

in Canada. Bring your camera to snap your perfect photograph. Great views can be<br />

found across the bay from Oakland. You can also follow us on Instagram and upload<br />

your shots using #mahonebayguide. Send your best photo of the Three Churches to<br />

lara@mahonebayguide.com and your photo may appear in the guide next year!<br />

9. Visit The Mahone Bay Centre<br />

Home to a thriving arts and cultural community, the Mahone Bay Centre offers artist’s<br />

studios, educational events, a fi tness center, dance classes, meditation, as well as<br />

many other enticing programs. Located in Mahone Bay’s old heritage school at 45<br />

School St. 902-624-0890.<br />

10. Mouth-Watering Culinary Experiences<br />

Dine in one of our award-winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and tea shops including<br />

Taste of Nova Scotia recipient, Mateus Bistro. End your perfect day with a glass of<br />

wine from one of Nova Scotia’s award-winning wineries while you watch the sun set<br />

over the bay. Make reservations to be sure of a table.<br />


Cycling Around Mahone Bay<br />

Mahone Bay and the neighbouring communities offer some fantastic cycling routes<br />

for all abilities and surface preferences whether that be road or trail.The road-riding<br />

options provide stunning views of the coast along quiet roadways between Mahone<br />

Bay, Indian Point, Second Peninsula and Lunenburg ranging in length from 20km to<br />

50km. Adding a loop along the LaHave River and on to the town of Bridgewater or<br />

looping inland to return can extend your ride up to 100km.<br />

If you are interested in getting off the roadways, Mahone Bay also sits at the hub<br />

of three abandonned railway “rail to trail” routes connecting the communities of<br />

Mahone Bay, Chester, Lunenburg and Bridgewater. The Trans-Canada Trail is the<br />

world’s longest network of shared-use recreation trails that, when completed, will<br />

go through all provinces and territories in Canada, and stretch more than 23,000<br />

km (over 14,000 miles) from the Atlantic to Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The trail goes<br />

through or near about 1000 Canadian communities.<br />


These inland hard-pack<br />

gravel routes vary in length<br />

from10km to 30km one-way<br />

and can be ridden return or<br />

combined with quiet<br />

roadways to make a scenic<br />

round-trip back to Mahone<br />

Bay. Packed lunches and<br />

snacks are available at the<br />

LaHave Bakery or Jo-Ann’s<br />

Market in season or enjoy<br />

a delicious break at your<br />

destination. For maps, and<br />

detailed information, or to<br />

rent bikes, visit our local bike<br />

shop, Sweet Ride Cycling at<br />

523 Main St.<br />

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Local Trail Map<br />

For more information visit lunenburgregion.ca or cyclenovascotia.ca<br />


Our Top 10 Family Day Trips<br />

from Mahone Bay<br />

1<br />

Kayak Blue Rocks<br />

Blue Rocks is one of the premier sea kayaking destinations in Nova Scotia. Made<br />

up of stratified slate pushed upward by crustal folding, the 50-plus islands in this<br />

archipelago are stunning to kayak through. This maze of islands has passageways<br />

that only kayakers can navigate. Blue Rocks offers many opportunities to see<br />

wildlife above and below its clear waters. Bring your own kayaks or take a guided<br />

trip with Pleasant Paddling. Tel: 902-541-9233 www.pleasantpaddling.com<br />

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Visit a Haskap Berry Orchard, Blockhouse<br />

Learn about the Haskap Berry at the Honeyberry<br />

Hurst Haskap Berry Farm. It is located on a beautiful<br />

drumlin and is the perfect growing environment for<br />

the Haskap berry. With 20 acres of Haskap at varying<br />

stages of growth, from seedlings to fully grown<br />

shrubs, you can learn everything about the Haskap —<br />

its heritage and its potential for Canada. Their resident<br />

experts are available for guided tours with Haskap<br />

product tastings. Please call ahead for more information<br />

and directions. 15 minute drive from Mahone Bay.<br />

Open 9-5 Monday-Friday. Tel: 902 527 2139.<br />

www.haskapa.com<br />


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Explore Ross Farm, New Ross<br />

Plan to spend at least a half day at this working farm<br />

museum depicting 150 years of Nova Scotia farming. See<br />

beautiful Canadian horses, strong and hard working oxen,<br />

Berkshire Pigs, Cotswold and Southdown Sheep and<br />

various heritage breeds of poultry. Try your hand at milking<br />

a cow, ride in a horse and cart in the summer or enjoy an<br />

old-fashioned sleigh ride in the winter, watch a blacksmith<br />

at work and taste home-made candies in the old kitchen.<br />

There are hiking trails around the property and a lovely<br />

lakeside picnic spot. (39 km / 30 minutes from Mahone<br />

Bay ) Tel: 877-689-2210 www.rossfarm.novascotia.ca.<br />


Ride the LaHave River cable ferry & take a drive on Crescent Beach<br />

Drive aboard the Brady E. Himmelman cable car ferry and make your way across<br />

the La Have River. Just past the off-loading area in the village of LaHave you will fi nd<br />

the La Have Bakery cafe (Hwy 331, LaHave 902-688-2908). This is the perfect spot<br />

to enjoy a leisurely lunch and amazing baked goods. While you are there you can<br />

browse the art gallery co-op downstairs. Westcote Bell Pottery (902-693-2042), one<br />

of our favorite studios is close by. From there head west towards Crescent Beach<br />

where you can drive your car on to the beach. The sunsets are breathtaking here.<br />

Discover two great museums in the area: LaHave Islands Marine Museum (100<br />

LaHave Islands Rd.) where you can learn about the LaHave Islands and the history<br />

of the in-shore fi sheries, and Fort Point Museum & Lighthouse (100 Fort Point Rd)<br />

which is a National Historic Site. After a day of exploring drive back to Mahone Bay<br />

via Bridgewater or take the ferry back. (32 km/ 30 minutes from Mahone Bay)<br />




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Take a walk on the boardwalk at Risser’s Beach & visit Petite Rivière<br />

The boardwalk at Risser’s Beach is a great place for a family stroll. Walk one way<br />

along the boardwalk and return along the white-sandy beach. On your way home<br />

visit the seaside village of Petite Rivière, where a collection of unique shops and art<br />

studios await your arrival. Don’t miss the Petite Rivière General Store, River House<br />

Rug Hooking studio and Petite Rivière Vineyards where you can enjoy a wine tour<br />

and live music. As well, be sure to visit the Joy of Antiques and the Maritime Painted<br />

Saltbox folk art shop. (44 km/ 39 minutes from Mahone Bay)<br />

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Pan for gold at Ovens Natural Park, Riverport<br />

The kids will love panning for gold on Cunard’s Beach<br />

where you can rent a pan and try your hand at finding<br />

gold nuggets. Ovens Natural Park is 190 acres of<br />

privately owned pristine coastal forest located along<br />

the scenic Lighthouse Route. Hike along the<br />

spectacular cliff-side nature trail to the famous caves<br />

or “ovens,” naturally created by the pounding surf. A<br />

one-hour walk will take you to Cannon Cave where<br />

you can hear a loud boom that is created by powerful<br />

waves as they enter the cavern. The kids can take a<br />

dip in the swimming pool, play at the playground and<br />

visit a variety of animals. Bring a picnic lunch or dine<br />

at the Ol’ Gold Miner Diner. Adults $8/age 5-15 $4/<br />

age 5 and under are free www.ovenspark.com<br />

(25 km/ 32 minutes from Mahone Bay)<br />


Explore Kejimkujik National Park<br />

If you ask a local where to go to get away from it all you will likely be told, “Go to<br />

Keji” — explore the best of Nova Scotia’s rugged beauty, see a wide range of wildlife,<br />

canoe, kayak, hike or camp. There are guided hikes to Native petroglyphs, and<br />

herbal plant walks. Or take your bikes to explore the woodland trails by yourselves.<br />

There are many campsites, including the new Otentik site at Jacob’s Landing. The<br />

park is divided into two distinct areas. The main park is located 18 km (11 miles)<br />

from the village of Caledonia on Highway 8, and there is Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct,<br />

which lies approximately 100 km (62 miles) southeast of the main park, along the<br />

coast near Port Joli. Both offer unparralled natural beauty.<br />

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/keji (83 km/ 1 hour and 15 minutes from Mahone Bay)

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Discover the mystery of Oak Island, Western Shore<br />

For more than 200 years treasure hunters have made their way to Oak Island to try<br />

to find the legendary treasure that is buried in the “Money Pit”. Many theories exist<br />

about what is buried on the island including pirate treasure, a golden trove buried by<br />

the Knights Templar or the missing French crown jewels once belonging to Marie<br />

Antoinette. Over the years, millions of dollars have been spent digging pits,<br />

even US President Franklin D. Roosevelt has been involved. To this day whatever<br />

it is, remains a mystery. The TV series “The Curse of Oak Island” on the History<br />

Channel chronicles the search. The island is privately owned and visitation is through<br />

guided walking tours. Keep in mind you can’t just show up at Oak Island — you will<br />

need to contact the Friends of Oak Island Society to book your “Walk the Mystery<br />

Tours”, offered throughout the summer and fall. www.friendsofoakisland.com. After<br />

your day of exploring go to Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre for<br />

lunch or dinner at La Vista restaurant (800-565-5075). After dinner relax by the fire<br />

and enjoy live entertainment during their music series throughout the summer.<br />

www.atlanticaoakisland.com (12 km/ 14 minutes from Mahone Bay)<br />

Explore our Museums<br />

Wile Carding Mill Museum, Bridgewater<br />

From 1860 to 1968, this water-powered mill lightened the workload for Nova Scotian<br />

farm families by carding a week’s worth of wool in one hour. See the very machine<br />

that revolutionized carding in the area. 242 Victoria Road, Bridgewater<br />

Tel: 902-543-8233.<br />

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DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater<br />

Discover the collection of artifacts and exhibits that preserve Bridgewater’s natural<br />

and cultural heritage. Founded by Judge Mather Byles DesBrisay in 1880.<br />

Open year round. 130 Jubilee Rd. Bridgewater<br />

Tel: 902-543-4033.<br />

The Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, Lunenburg<br />

This museum dedicated to preserving the rich railroading heritage of the area and<br />

has a world class collection of model trains. 11188 Hwy #3, Lunenburg NS<br />

Tel: 902-634-3184 www.hswmuseum.ednet.ns.ca<br />

Go to the Municipal Activity & Recreation Complex, Dayspring<br />

The MARC is a local gem. This year-round outdoor recreation facility features 100<br />

acres of open space including woods, ponds, brooks and trails, three softball fields,<br />

a BMX bike park, two fishing ponds, a provincial cross-county run course and a kid’s<br />

playground. It is perfect for flying a kite, having a picnic, watching wildlife near the<br />

ponds or exploring the hiking trails for all skill levels.<br />

33 Leary Fraser Road, Dayspring NS B4V-5S7 Tel: 902-543-6207/ weekend &<br />

evenings 902-527-7075. www.modl.ca<br />


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Day Trip Map Index<br />

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Kayak Blue Rocks<br />

Haskap Berry Orchard<br />

Ross Farm<br />

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Risser’s Beach<br />

& Petite Riviere<br />

Ovens Natural Park<br />

Kejimkujik National Park<br />

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Museums<br />

Municipal Activity &<br />

Recreation Complex<br />

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LaHave River Cable Ferry<br />

& Crescent Beach<br />

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Oak Island

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Our Favourite Beaches<br />

Nova Scotia is home to some of the world’s most<br />

beautiful beaches and the South Shore boasts the<br />

very best in the province. With 7,400 kms of coastline<br />

you are sure to find your perfect place in the sun!<br />



Cresent Beach<br />

Is a beautiful 2 km stretch of beach near LaHave and is one of the only<br />

beaches in Canada that you can drive on. This crescent shaped strip connects<br />

the mainland to the LaHave Islands. The beach is very well<br />

maintained thanks to the Friends of Crescent Beach who even look after<br />

the rose bushes we all love.Crescent beach is close to Rissers Beach.<br />

Rissers Beach Provincial Park (Lifeguard on duty)<br />

This beautiful park boasts a long sheltered sandy beach, an interpretation<br />

centre, a scenic boardwalk trail along an inland marsh and two<br />

campgrounds. Amenities: Supervised swimming in July and August, picnic<br />

area, canteen, playground, trails, washrooms, changing facilities with<br />

showers, disposal station, fire grills, wood and ice. Leashed pets permitted.<br />

Directions: Hwy 103, exit 15 to Hwy 331, south 14 km (9 mi). Approximately<br />

35 minutes from Mahone Bay.<br />


Mahone Bay and Area<br />

Chamber of Commerce 2015<br />

Mahone Bay Home<br />

& Garden Tour<br />

July 11 - 12<br />

Great Scarecrow Festival<br />

& Antique Fair<br />

October 2 - 4<br />

Father Christmas Festival<br />

November 27 - December 6<br />

Brought to you by<br />

The Mahone Bay and<br />

Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

For more details visit the MBACC’s website<br />


facebook.com/MahoneBayNS<br />

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Nova Scotia handmade crafts, art,<br />

jewelry, fudge, chocolates,<br />

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so much more!<br />

21 Edgewater St., Mahone Bay 902-624-9097<br />


Our Favourite Beaches<br />

Hirtle’s Beach, Kingsburg<br />

Much loved by locals and visitors alike. The white sand, fresh sea air and protected<br />

wilderness park and hiking trails (Gaff Point) make it one of the finest beaches<br />

on the South Shore. The two shallow ponds, Hirtles Pond and Romkey Pond, offer<br />

a more secure place for the little ones to swim. Pets are welcome on a leash.<br />

Directions: From Mahone Bay head towards Lunenburg on Hwy #3 (Lighthouse<br />

Route). Take a right at the stop sign (Jct 332 ) and stay on the 332 towards<br />

Riverport. Turn left just past Rose Bay General Store and the NSLC onto an<br />

unmarked road (Kingsburg Rd). Follow that road until you see a small sign that<br />

says Hirtles Beach. Take a sharp right at Hirtles Point Rd sign and stay on this<br />

lane. Continue past Lakeview Cemetary and follow the narrow road to the parking<br />

lot. Approximately 35 minutes from Mahone Bay.<br />

Westhaver’s Beach, Lunenburg<br />

Only a 5 minute drive from Mahone Bay this little beach is the perfect place to<br />

hang out for an hour or two before dinner. No amenities. Directions: Take the<br />

Lighthouse Route 3 towards Lunenburg, turn left at Mader’s Cove Road, drive<br />

1.5 km.<br />

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L’Hebert<br />

With beautiful white sand beaches overlooking Port Joli Harbour, Thomas<br />

Radddall Provincial Park is a nature lovers’ haven. The park is just across the<br />

harbour from Keji Seaside Adjunct, and there are four migratory seabird sanctuaries<br />

nearby. With over 1,600 acres the park offers visitors a wide range of outdoor<br />

experiences, including hiking, camping, picnicking and sight-seeing. 529 Raddall<br />

Road Park, East Port l’Hebert. The park is 29 km (18 miles) west of Liverpool.<br />

Directions: Take Highway 103 to Port Joli at the Port L’Herbert turn-off.<br />

Approximately 1½ hours from Mahone Bay.<br />

Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct National Park, Port Joli<br />

An authentic Atlantic experience awaits you at Kejimkujik Seaside which is home<br />

to Saint Catherines River Beach. This shining crescent of sand will enchant you<br />

with its turquoise waters. To get to the beach you can hike through a labyrinth of<br />

dense shrubs on your way to the coast. Gradually, the horizon opens up to an<br />

expansive view of the Atlantic shoreline with headlands, islands, and bays. The<br />

real adventures still await you at the Atlantic’s edge — seals basking on off-shore<br />

islets, one of the last undisturbed nesting beaches of the endangered piping<br />

plover, rafts of eiders and other seabirds, waves crashing on granite headlands,<br />

an abundance of orchids and the traces of the Saint Catherines River sheep<br />

farm. Kejimkujik Seaside will invigorate your every sense. Location: 1188 St.<br />

Catherines River Road, Port Joli, NS GPS coordinates: N 44.73768 W 64.88476<br />

Take Hwy 103 past Exit 21 (Southwest Port Mouton). Turn left off the 103 onto St.<br />

Catherines River Road (watch for this sudden left turn). Travel another 6 km to the<br />

park entrance. Approximately 1½ hours from Mahone Bay.<br />


Unique . Handmade . Elegant<br />

Locally Handmade Jewelry, Accessories, Scarves, Music & More<br />

529 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-3177 inanajewels.com f<br />

492 Main St. Mahone Bay 902.624.1018<br />

www.thedogshop.ca<br />

Professional all<br />

breed grooming<br />

U-bathe dog wash<br />

Selling Canadian dry,<br />

and raw dog food<br />

Boutique featuring collars<br />

& leashes, dog beds, treats,<br />

toys and more<br />

Open year round<br />

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Delight your senses...<br />

Offering full esthetics (including<br />

manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials,<br />

and body treatments), Registered<br />

Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy,<br />

Infrared Sauna Therapy, and<br />

Beauty Boutique featuring some<br />

of the finest natural and organic<br />

beauty lines.<br />

575 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902 531 2626

Where To Shop In Mahone Bay<br />

Amos Pewter-Visitors from around the world enjoy chatting with the artisans at Amos<br />

to learn how they make their award-winning pewter. Book a guided tour through the workshop<br />

or enjoy an impromptu visit. (See ad inside back cover)<br />

589 Main St. 1-800-565-3369 www.amospewter.com<br />

Cocoa Organic Spa-Cocoa Organic Spa & Boutique is a full service spa and beauty<br />

boutique located on Main St. The spa offers full esthetic services, registered massage<br />

therapy and infrared sauna therapy. Take a piece of your spa experience home with you<br />

after your treatment from their retail boutique which features some of the finest natural<br />

and organic beauty products available. (See ad pg. 22)<br />

575 Main St. 902-531-2626 www.cocoaorganicspa.com<br />

Encompassing Designs-Welcome to the wonderful world of rug hooking. This marvelous<br />

shop has it all — a large selection of plaids and textures, spots, abrashed and pot<br />

dyed wools, rovings, dyed yarns, hooks, hoops, exclusive gripper frames, books, scissor<br />

bling, beginner classes and workshops. The studio features beautiful hand dyed wools<br />

and top quality kits. Large inventory of unique patterns by Christine Little, the owner, and<br />

patterns from various local artists. (See ad pg. 36) 498 Main St. 902-624-0370<br />

www.encompassingdesigns.com<br />

Haskapa-Visit the brand new Haskapa store on Main Street and be one of the first<br />

to taste Haskap Berry products in North America. The Haskap berry makes fantastic<br />

juices, cheesecakes, desserts, jams, relishes and ice creams and other mouth-watering<br />

products. Visit the store to sample products and for unique gifts. Bring in the ad on pg.34<br />

for a 10% discount. Worldwide launch spring/summer 2015 (See ad pg. 34)<br />

605-7 Main St. 902-527-2139 www.haskapa.com<br />

Inana’s Jewels-At Inana’s Jewels they aim to make you feel and look fabulous all the<br />

time. This is why they push the norms by mixing semiprecious stones, glass, pearls, crystal<br />

beads, precious metals, plated metals, leather and even hemp in beautiful and unique<br />

combinations. All done so that you can enjoy that special and distinctive piece of jewelry<br />

you deserve. Their philosophy is simple. You deserve to look and feel special, elegant<br />

and unique each day without spending a fortune to do so. (See ad pg. 22)<br />

529 Main St. 902-531-3177 www.facebook.com/inanajewels<br />

Kinburn Pharmasave-This local pharmacy that has served the community since the<br />

late 1800s. A full service pharmacy with friendly, knowledgeable staff, a home health<br />

care department, cosmetics department, huge selection of unique giftware items, books,<br />

magazines and items for all of your travel needs. Monthly, weekly and daily rentals on<br />

items like wheelchairs and crutches. Open 7 days a week. (See ad pg. 17)<br />

522 Main St. 902-624-8347 www.kinburnpharmasave.com<br />


Simple Things<br />

Booksellers and Giſts<br />

In the giſt shop a unique collection<br />

of Maritime made & other fine giſts.<br />

In the book store a carefully selected<br />

collection of adult & children's books<br />

as well as toys, puzzles & more.<br />

Come visit the peaceful place to shop.<br />

Kedy’s Landing, 249 Edgewater St., Mahone Bay (902) 624-8990<br />


Rentals | Sales | Clothing | Accessories | Bike Fitting<br />


902-531-3026 | 523 Main St. Mahone Bay, NS<br />

RENT, RIDE<br />

EXPLORE!<br />


Visit us for a s<br />

hand-made M<br />

giſt items. Al<br />

toys &<br />

V intage Clothing • Accessories • Antique Jewellery • Adornments<br />

Linens • Lace • Buttons • Bows • Always the Unusual<br />

Wednesday • Thursday • Friday • Saturday 11am – 5pm Or By Chance<br />

596 Main St. Mahone Bay 902-531-2064

Where To Shop In Mahone Bay<br />

Mahone Bay Trading Company- People from all over Nova Scotia make the drive to<br />

Mahone Bay to go to this fabulous shoe store. It carries the largest selection of styles<br />

and sizes of the best brands in Atlantic Canada. From Frye to Geox and Mephisto to<br />

Hispanitas and everything in between, you are certain to fall in love with the perfect pair<br />

of shoes here. (See ad outside back cover)<br />

544 Main St. 902-624-8425 www.qualityfootwear.ca<br />

P’Lovers-P’LOVERS has been offering a wide range of eco-friendly products and gifts<br />

that encourage customers to live more sensitively with the earth. Recycled door mats,<br />

stylish linen clothing, organic baby products, eco-friendly home decor and books on gardening<br />

and sustainable living are just some of the items you’ll find in this peaceful store.<br />

(See ad pg. 4) 3 Edgewater Street (The Old Station) 902- 624-1421 www.plovers.net<br />

Peacocks Vintage-Peacocks’ offers you an extensive collection of haute couture &<br />

ready to wear clothing. They feature rare, hand selected pieces. Their collection includes<br />

20th century designers, both vintage and modern. Enticing avid collectors & admirers<br />

alike. They also specialize in fashion jewelry & accessories. Open Wednesday, Thursday,<br />

Friday & Saturday 11am – 5pm or by chance. (See ad page 26)<br />

596 Main St. 902-531-2064<br />

Northern Sun-Visit this inspired store filled with an ever evolving range of unique and<br />

exquisite treasures to inspire and delight. Featuring a rich and eclectic selection of<br />

jewelry, art, pottery, giftware, clothing and much more. Many of their products are made<br />

in the Maritimes, handcrafted by skilled artisans who are passionate about their craft.<br />

They ship worldwide. (See ad page 26) 8 Edgewater St. 902-531-3000<br />

www.northernsungallery.com<br />

Seamist Studio-You must visit this beautiful shop that creates pearl jewellery inspired by<br />

the sea and handmade with love. Featuring hand drilled freshwater and Tahitian pearls,<br />

custom longitude-latitude charms forged of sparkling gold and sterling silver and genuine<br />

Nova Scotia sea glass mixed with traditional sailor’s knots. The owners share their passion<br />

for pearls and respect for the ocean with their fine creations. (See ad pg. 36)<br />

504 Main St. 902-531-3112 www.seamiststudio.com<br />

Simple Things-People love to shop here. Carefully chosen quality gift items, many finely<br />

crafted by Maritime artisans and a wide range of adult and children’s books, games and<br />

stationery. Make sure to visit this beautiful shop for a peaceful shopping experience.<br />

Ample parking. Located at Kedy’s Landing.<br />

(See ad pg 24) 249 Edgewater St. 902-624-8990<br />

Suttles and Seawinds-You must experience the magic of the legendary Suttles & Seawinds<br />

store-known internationally for its splendid “made in Nova Scotia” quilts and unique<br />

Canadian fashions, nighties and gifts. They also offer wonderful clothing collections,<br />

rugs and home decor which, together with their exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful<br />

staff, make for a unique, happy shopping experience. They feature a gorgeous selection<br />

of quality cotton fabrics for quilts and feature a huge rug selection.<br />

(See ad inside front cover) 466 Main St. 902-624-8375 www.suttles.ca 25



northernsungallery.com<br />

8 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay<br />

Unique toys and gifts for babies & toddlers

Where To Shop In Mahone Bay<br />

Sweet Ride Cycling -The owners of this full service bike shop are passionate about<br />

biking and make shopping at Sweet Ride a fabulous experience. They carry a wide range<br />

of Specialized bikes for all kinds of cycling and have a broad range of rental bikes options<br />

for the entire family. From shoes to helmets, and everything in between, they have you<br />

covered and let’s not forget about the huge selection of yummy candy. For maps and<br />

detailed information on the trails make sure to drop by. (See ad pg 24)<br />

523 Main St. 902-531-3026 www.sweetridecycling.com<br />

The Dog Shop-The Dog Shop Bathhouse & Boutique is the result of one dog lovers<br />

passion to create the most wonderful experience for dogs and their owners. They offer<br />

professional all breed grooming, a spa like experience, u-bathe dog wash which features<br />

three fully equipped stations. With a little instruction and an apron, you can do it all<br />

yourself and the best part is you leave the mess behind. They carry super premium dog<br />

products and feature many locally made, Canadian made and organic products. (See ad<br />

pg 22) 492 Main St. 902-624-1018 www.thedogshop.ca<br />

The Teazer-You can count on finding a maritime treasure or two at one of Mahone Bay’s<br />

most popular shops. Nautical, sea and beach themed pieces will give any home or cottage<br />

that inviting east coast feel. For those who love to cook they carry gourmet products,<br />

stunning dish ware, specialty cook books and party favours. The owner loves her pets<br />

and features a fun selection of dog collars, leashes, snacks and specialty products that<br />

will keep tails wagging. (See ad pg 20)<br />

21 Edgewater St. 902-624-9097 www.theteazer.com<br />

Tummy to Mummy-A shop for moms, babies and those who love them. This adorable<br />

kids boutique is a “must stop-in” for anyone with little ones or little ones in the family. It<br />

offers a wide selection of quality, stylish products that run the gamut from the practical<br />

to the whimsical. Drop in and ask one of their friendly, knowledgeable staff to help you<br />

find the latest innovative parenting product, wooden toy or locally-made gift. A play area,<br />

diaper change station and nursing chair offer a welcome refuge to those travelling with<br />

little ones. 479 Main Street 902-624-0882 www.facebook.com/tummytomummyshop<br />

Zack and Nemo Mercantile- A circa 1805 country store filled with all of the items that<br />

make a house a home fine home furnishings, clocks, rugs and floor coverings, pictures,<br />

period lighting, jewelry, country candles, games, fashion accessories and much more<br />

as well as seasonal gifts for Christmas and Halloween and best of all, fresh fudge made<br />

daily in the shop. Make sure to drop by for a sample. Visit their new Nautical By Nature<br />

store at 647 Main St. (See ad pg. 46) 662 Main St. 902-531-2296<br />

www.zackandnemo.ca<br />


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Important Contacts & Map Index<br />


Amber Rose Inn 319 Main St. 902-624-1060<br />

A1 Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre 36 Treasure Drive,<br />

Western Shore NS 902-627-2600 Toll Free 1-800-565-5075<br />

Bayview Pines Country Inn 678 Oakland Rd. 866-624-9970 /902-624-9970<br />

Fairmont House B&B 654 Main St. 902-624-8089<br />

C3 Fisherman’s Daughter B&B 97 Edgewater St. 902-624-0660<br />

Heart’s Desire B&B 686 Main St. 866-624-8470/ 902-624-8470<br />

Just Like Mom’s B&B 20 Pleasant St. 902-531-2048<br />

Mahone Bay B&B 558 Main St. 866-239-6252/ 902-624-6388<br />

Three Thistles B&B 389 Main St. 902-624-0517<br />


Mahone Bay Civic Marina 624-0348<br />

South Shore Boat Tours 527-8544<br />

Mahone Bay Swimming Pool 624-6193<br />

Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre Swimming Pool 902-530-4100<br />

Tennis Club 531-2508<br />

T. Ernst Forest Products (Eco-Forest Tours) 624-6133<br />


Eclectic Garage 531-3333 363 Main St.<br />

Lions Club Flea Market – Sundays at 10 am in the Save Easy Parking Lot 543 Main St.<br />


A. Holloway Studio/Gallery 624-1352 384 Main St.<br />

Amber Rose Inn and Gallery 624-1060 319 West Main<br />

C4 Amos Pewter 624-9547 589 Main St.<br />

Birdsall–Worthington Pottery 624-9447 590 Main St.<br />

D4 Encompassing Designs Rug Hooking Studio 624-0370 498 Main St.<br />

Have a Yarn 624-0569 575 Main St.<br />

Mahone Bay Quilt Shop 531-3335 664 Main St.<br />

Settlers Museum 624-6263 578 Main St.<br />

Shelton House Gallery 624-0174 572 Main St.<br />

Spirit Song Gallery 624-8299 341 Main St.<br />

Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio 624-9312 255 West Main St.<br />

Sub Sea Deco Arts 624-9078 624 Main St.<br />


Bank of Montreal 562 Main St. 624-8355 24 hour ATM<br />

Irving Gas & Convenience 33 Edgewater St. ATM<br />


B4 Mug and Anchor Pub Main St. 624-6378 643 Main St.<br />



C4 Cocoa Organic Spa & Boutique 575 Main St. 902-531-2626<br />

Lotus and Thistle Body & Spirit 440 C Main St. 902-531-3072<br />

Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre Spa 800-565-5075<br />


Nova Scotia Building Supplies 624-8328 459 Hwy 325<br />


St. James Anglican Church 902-624-8614<br />

St. John’s Lutheran Church 902-624-9660<br />

Trinity United Church 902-624-9287<br />

Calvary Temple 902-624-8253<br />

United Baptist Church 902-624-9124<br />

St. Norbert’s Catholic Church – Lunenburg 902-634-3061<br />


Bayview Cemetery Edgewater St. on the corner of Clearland Rd.<br />

Parkview Cemetery private road off Kinburn St.<br />


DIAL 911 / Non-emergency medical Information DIAL 811<br />

Ambulance / Emergency Health Service 1-888-346-9999<br />

Fire Department 902-624-8437<br />

Royal Canadian Mounted Police 902-624-6516<br />


C4 Mahone Bay Trading Company Quality Footwear 544 Main St. 624-8425<br />


Mahone Funeral Home 624-8241 32 Parish St.<br />


Irving 33 Edgewater St. Mahone Bay, NS 902-624-6311<br />


Chris’s Convenience Store 502 Main St. 902-624-8724<br />

Save Easy 543 Main St. 902-624-8044<br />


Alliance Dental 530 Main St. 624-8433<br />

Fluid Motion Physiotherapy 237 Edgewater St. 902-624-0189<br />

Zenith Physio Pilates 529-1331<br />

South Shore Chiropractic Centre 482 Main St. 902-624-6443 Dr. Thomas Lindsay<br />

Laura Bowles, RMT 523-1636 45 School St.<br />

Lotus and Thistle, Bonnie Foster RMT 531-3072<br />



South Shore Regional Hospital — 24 hour emergency service and evening walk-in clinic<br />

(arrive at 4:30 to get a number and wait to be seen in order of arrival) 90 Glen Allan Dr.<br />

Bridgewater, NS B4V 3S6 902-543-4603 (15 km /9.2 miles from Mahone Bay)<br />

Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital — 16 hour emergency service 7:30am–10:30 pm and walkin<br />

clinic during the day (call in advance to check opening times).14 High St. Lunenburg NS,<br />

B0J 2C0 902-634-8801 (10 km/6.2 miles from Mahone Bay)<br />


Eastport Financial Group 531-5433 3 Edgewater St.<br />

Mahone Insurance Group 575 Main St. Unit 5 624-9600<br />

Neighborhood Insurance 624-1700 440 Main St.<br />

LEGAL<br />

Wickstrom-Kinley, Barristers, Solicitors & Notary Public 624-0991 596 S Main<br />


Town of Mahone Bay 493 Main St. 902-624-8327<br />

Mahone Bay Centre 45 School St. 902-624-0890<br />

Mahone Bay Civic Marina 677 Main St. 902-624-0348<br />

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #49 162 Pond St. 902-624-8449<br />


D4 Kinburn Pharmasave 522 Main St. 902-624-8347<br />


Mahone Bay Post Office 534 Main St. 902-624-9550<br />

D4 Kinburn Pharmasave 522 Main St. 902-624-8347<br />


Land and Sea Real Estate Services 902-624-1991 575 Main St.<br />

Neighborhood Developments Ltd. (Hawthorn Hill) 902-354-4563<br />

Tradewinds Realty, Michael Wilson 902-527-3822<br />


Nova Scotia Liquor Commission 372 Main St. 902-624-8300<br />


Bayview Community School 110 Clearway St. 902-624-2120<br />

TAXI<br />

PC Cabs 902-634-8201<br />

Oceanview Taxi & Van Service 902-527-8251<br />

H&R Taxi 902-634-4478<br />

Mercer’s Cab 902-529-0232<br />



Abe’s Furniture 624-8512 644 Main St.<br />

Bluestone Magik 624-9022 586 Main St.<br />

Buchanan’s Music Centre 531-3310 19 Aberdeen Lane<br />

Cosmic Hippie Boutique 624-1400 498C Main St.<br />

C4 Inana’s Jewels 529 Main St. 531-3177<br />

B5 Nautical By Nature 531-2296 647 Main St.<br />

C3 Northern Sun Gallery & Gifts 531-3000 8 Edgewater St.<br />

C4 Peacocks Vintage 531-2064<br />

D3 P’Lovers 624-1421 3 Edgewater St.<br />

Printers Corner 624-0170 Hwy 324 Blockhouse<br />

D3 Seamist Studio 531-3112 504 Main St.<br />

C1 Simple Things Booksellers & Gifts 624-8990 249 Edgewater St.<br />

Sugar Bubbles Bath Bakery 531-7837 633 Main St.<br />

D3 Suttles and Seawinds 624-6177 466 Main St.<br />

C4 Sweet Ride Cycling 531-3026 523 Main St.<br />

D3 The Dog Shop 624-1018 492 Main St.<br />

C3 The Teazer 624-9097 21 Edgewater St.<br />

D3 Tummy to Mummy 624-0882 479 Main St.<br />

B5 Zack and Nemo Mercantile 531-2296 662 Main St.<br />


Nova Scotia Tourism Toll Free 1-800-565-0000<br />

Mahone Bay Visitor Information Centre 165 Edgewater St. 902-624-6151 or 1-888-624-6151<br />


Veterinary Hospital 1255 Oakland Rd. 902-531-3117<br />


1 mile = 1.6 km<br />

Nova Scotia is a smoke-free environment. This includes public places and outdoor licensed<br />

patios. We take pride in our clean roadways and parks – you can be fined for littering so<br />

please take care of your garbage. It is against the law to use your cell phone (unless you<br />

have a hands-free device) or text message while driving. Seatbelts and daytime running<br />

lights are required at all times. The speed limit unless otherwise posted is 50 km/31 mph in<br />

residential areas and 100 km/60 mph on highways.<br />

NOTES:<br />


Visit the new haskapa store.<br />

Exclusive world store launch Spring/Summer 2015.<br />

Home of the new Haskap superberry of Nova Scotia.<br />

Be one of the first to taste Haskap berry products<br />

in North America!<br />

Juices, berries, preserves, chocolates, giftpacks,<br />

recipes and more, made locally.<br />

haskapa 605-7 Main Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.<br />

Tel: 902 527 2139<br />

Naturally inspired<br />

haskapa.com<br />

Prepared<br />

in Canada<br />

Exclusive offer only to Mahone Bay Guide 2015 readers.<br />

10% off on presentation of this advert.

Introducing the<br />

Haskap Berry<br />

The Haskap Berry is part of the Honeysuckle<br />

family; a small oval berry, often likened in shape<br />

to an elongated blueberry about 1 inch long.<br />

The skin of a Haskap is a dark blue, but with an<br />

intense crimson flesh. The juice has a naturally<br />

high sugar content and colours almost anything<br />

it is combined with to a dark burgundy. The taste of the Haskap berry is unique and<br />

has been compared to a combination of blueberry and raspberry with a hint of<br />

elderberry. The name ‘Haskap’ comes from the northern Japanese language ‘Ainu’ and<br />

translated means “Little present on the end of the branch”.<br />

There are about 200 acres of Haskap in Nova Scotia and more people are planting<br />

Haskap orchards every year to produce these extremely healthy berries. With more<br />

than double the antioxidants of the blueberry and with as much vitamin C as an<br />

orange, the Haskap is not only delicious, but also highly nutritious and is known in<br />

Japan as the ‘fruit of life longevity and good vision’. The Haskap can be used in dishes<br />

in much the same way as other berries and makes fantastic cheesecakes, desserts,<br />

juices, jams and relishes.<br />

Our local chefs have created two new mouth-watering recipes for you to try this<br />

summer at their restaurants: Haskap Duck by Mateus Restaurant and layered Orange<br />

Vanilla Cake with Haskap Berry filling by Rebecca’s Restaurant.<br />




Pearls • Precious Metals • Leather<br />

Inspired by the Sea and<br />

Handmade with LOVE!<br />

504 Main Street, Mahone Bay<br />

902 531 3112<br />


Handmade Pearl<br />

Jewellery for<br />

Men,Women<br />

& Children<br />


encompassingdesigns.com<br />

1-902-624-0370 498 Main Street Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia<br />




The Mahone Bay Home & Garden Tour<br />

July 11—12, 2015<br />

A Summer Festival Celebrating our Heritage<br />

The tour features four beautifully appointed homes and three lovely gardens<br />

Programs and workshops are held throughout the weekend with a focus on<br />

heritage, architecture, and shipbuilding. Please visit www.settlersmuseum.ns.ca<br />

for a full schedule of events or call 902.624.6263. Presented by, and in support of<br />

the Mahone Bay Founders Society and The Settlers Museum 578 Main Street.<br />


From the sea to your plate, exciting<br />

culinary experiences await….<br />

From our brew masters to our wine makers, from our farmers to our fisherman, we<br />

have taken the art of cooking to new heights. Nova Scotian’s have a passion for<br />

local food and during your visit you will have many opportunities to taste our<br />

world-renowned seafood, organically grown produce and award winning wines.<br />

What better way to fully immerse yourself in a Nova Scotia vacation than by<br />

experiencing our local cuisine? You can cook your own lobster (fresh lobster sold<br />

from the tank at Save Easy), pack a picnic lunch with a lobster sandwich and<br />

blueberry pie (Jo-Ann’s Deli) or dine in one of our fine restaurants or pubs where<br />

you can enjoy fresh fishcakes (Rebecca’s), Haddock Chowder (Kedy’s Inlet) Indian<br />

Point mussels (Mug & Anchor Pub) or pan seared Fundy Shore scallops served with<br />

Haskap Slaw (Mateus Bistro) just to name a few favorites.<br />

For fresh, local produce go to the Mahone Bay Area Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays<br />

from 10-2pm at the old Blockhouse Elementary School located at 63 School Rd in<br />

Blockhouse (5 minutes from Mahone Bay).<br />

Soon you’ll be eating like a local and taking home a new appreciation for fresh<br />

seafood.<br />


How to eat like a local...Lobster is simple to prepare and can be enjoyed hot or cold.<br />

The traditional method is to cook lobster in boiling salt water from the ocean. We prefer<br />

to use tap water and add the salt, or locally crafted beer or wine for added flavor.<br />

Cooking Lobster at Home<br />

Purchase your lobster from a lobster pound,<br />

grocery store or a local fisherman right off the<br />

docks. Cook your lobster within a few hours of<br />

purchasing it. It must be cooked alive. To ensure<br />

your lobster is alive check for movement. Pull<br />

its tail back to see if it springs back to the curled<br />

position. It should be feisty. Before cooking,<br />

ensure that the elastic bands securing the<br />

claws have been removed.<br />

Lobster can be boiled or steamed. We prefer steaming as it is more gentle, yielding<br />

slightly more tender meat. It preserves a little more flavor and it’s more forgiving on<br />

the timing front. It’s harder to overcook a steamed lobster.<br />

Here is our recipe for a Good Ole fashioned Lobster Boil:<br />

1.Choose a pot large enough to hold all the lobsters comfortably; do not crowd them.<br />

A 4- to 5-gallon pot can handle 6 to 8 pounds of lobster.<br />

2. Put 2 inches of seawater, salted water or your favourite local beer (from any of<br />

these fine local breweries: Garrison, Uncle Leo’s, Propeller, Granite Brewery, Hell Bay<br />

or Boxing Rock) in the bottom.<br />

3. Set a steaming rack inside the pot and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.<br />

4. Add the live lobsters one at a time, cover the pot, and start timing. Halfway through,<br />

lift the lid (careful — the steam is hot) and shift the lobsters around so they cook<br />

evenly. Make sure the pot does not boil dry.<br />

5. Cook for 10 minutes for the first 1 lb (500 g) and 3 minutes for each additional<br />

1 lb (500 g) approximately. The lobster is cooked when it is bright red and the legs<br />

pull away from the body with ease.<br />

6. Melt some butter for dipping, roll up your sleeves, put on a bib and prepare to get<br />

messy! For a great selection of lobster bibs and utensils go to The Teazer on Main St.<br />

Ideally lobster is eaten on the beach around a bonfire, with friends, a few guitars,<br />

fiddles and a glass of Risser’s Breeze wine from Petite Riviere Vineyards.<br />


249 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay<br />

www.kedysinlet.com<br />

902-531-3030 Reservations Recommended<br />

Where the view, great people<br />

and gourmet food meet.<br />

For a traditional English Pub experience<br />

drop by The Mug & Anchor Pub.<br />

• Fresh Local Seafood & Certified Angus Beef<br />

• 17 Imported Beers on Tap<br />

• Friendly service and great<br />

live music<br />

• Prime Location on Main St. in the<br />

old Mader’s Wharf Historic Building<br />

• Spectacular views of the harbour<br />

and Three Churches from the patio<br />

•<br />

642 Main St. 902-624-6378<br />

Open Year Round<br />

Find us on Facebook!<br />

Visit us at www.themugandanchorpubltd.com<br />

Summer Hours<br />

Mon.- Sat. 11am to 9pm<br />

Sunday Brunch 10am to 3pm<br />

Rebecca’s<br />

Restaurant<br />

619 Main St. Mahone Bay<br />

902-531-3313 for reservations<br />

Rebecca's is a quaint restaurant,<br />

specializing in locally sourced food.<br />

Join us on our waterfront<br />

patio for stunning views<br />

of the bay and a meal<br />

you won't forget!

Where We Like To Eat<br />

Bayside Pizza & Donair- 586 Main St. 902-624-1253<br />

For yummy pizzas, donairs, subs, zerotti’s, burgers, fish and chips and poutine<br />

this is the place to go. Gluten free individual pizza’s available.<br />

Biscuit Eater Books and Café- 16 Orchard St. 902-624-2665<br />

Specializing in delicious lunches, weekend brunches, desserts, coffees, teas and<br />

wines that are all served in a unique art and book filled setting.<br />

Eli’s Espresso- 538 Main St. 902-531-3021<br />

Espresso, breakfast, crepes and waffles, lunch, and baked goods.<br />

Gazebo Café- 567 Main St. 902-624-6484<br />

Serving local seafood, pasta, sandwiches and Wolf’s amazing desserts.<br />

Jo-Ann’s Deli, Market & Bake Shop- 9 Edgewater St. 902-624-6305<br />

What started as a simple fruit stand in 1986 has grown into a treasured market<br />

featuring fresh produce, gourmet deli, bake shop, café, jammery and ice cream<br />

parlor. A local favourite with sandwiches named after a few of our more colorful<br />

residents. We love their blueberry scones and fresh broccoli salad.<br />

Kedy’s Inlet Restaurant- 249 Edgewater St. 902-531-3030<br />

Situated at the head of the bay in the Alexander Kedy II House, A Provincially<br />

Registered Heritage Building. Serving locally caught fish, fresh mussels,<br />

NS Vegetables (in Season) Alberta AAA Tenderloin and real butter and cream.<br />

We love their chowders and stir-fries.<br />

LaHave Bakery- 3 Edgewater St. 902-624-1420<br />

Artisan Breads, tasty treats, ready for the oven dinners, coffee, lunches and friendly<br />

service.<br />

Mateus Bistro- 533 Main St. 902-531-3711<br />

For a culinary experience you won’t forget try the Haskap duck. Truly gourmet.<br />

Working with Nova Scotia’s farmers and fishermen, Mateus Bistro delivers fresh<br />

and exciting dishes using local produce, heightened with a European style. After<br />

renovating the 160-year-old building the Bistro looks fresh with refurbished antique<br />

floors and a raw edge walnut bar. The atmosphere of the large patio off Main Street<br />

is enhanced by two new grills. Diners can watch the chef charcoal-grill meals to<br />

order. Weekend Brunch.<br />


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eat fresh. eat local.<br />

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eat fresh. eat local.<br />

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bistro<br />

check out our menus and hours online as<br />

they change with new seasons<br />

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phone: (902) 531 3711<br />

533 main st., mahone bay, ns<br />

www.mateusbistro.com<br />

info@mateusbistro.com<br />

Enjoy award-winning combinations using only the best fresh ingredients from<br />

local farmers, bakers, butchers and wine makers of Nova Scotia. Mateus Bistro<br />

won the 2012 Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award for Restaurant of the Year —<br />

Chef Inspired Casual Dining.<br />

A treasured destination in Mahone Bay since 1986!

Mug and Anchor Pub 642 Main St. 902-624-6378<br />

For a traditional English pub experience drop in to the Mug and Anchor. Enjoy fresh<br />

local seafood, certified Angus Beef , 17 Imported Beers on tap, friendly service<br />

and great live music. With its prime location on Main St. in the old Mader’s Wharf<br />

historic building there is no better place to enjoy views of the harbour and three<br />

churches than from the patio. We love their meat pies and fish and chips.<br />

Rebecca’s Restaurant 619 Main St. 902-531-3313<br />

Located on the water’s edge in the scenic town of Mahone Bay is Rebecca’s, a<br />

quaint restaurant offering locally sourced food and beverages paired with a cozy<br />

and coastal atmosphere. Rebecca’s is the place to find unique dishes and a waterfront<br />

patio alongside live local music and artwork. Try their layered vanilla cake with<br />

Haskap filling. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 to 9pm / Sunday Brunch 10 to<br />

3pm.<br />

The Tea Brewery 503 Main St. 902-624-0566<br />

For truly exquisite loose-leaf teas, coffee and baked goods.<br />

Tim Horton’s 33 Edgewater St. 902-624-0889<br />

Tim Horton’s is Canada’s favourite coffee shop. Founder, Tim Horton, was born<br />

in Ontario in 1930 and enjoyed a 22 year career in the NHL. Serving fresh baked<br />

goods (think Boston Cream donuts and Apple Fritters) coffee, steeped tea, breakfast<br />

and lunch items.<br />

Valentino’s Restaurant 525 Main St. 902-531-3666<br />

For delicious home-made Italian and International cuisine enjoy your dining experience<br />

in a lovely dining room or outside on the garden patio overlooking the Bay.<br />


Only 45 minutes from Halifax!<br />


36 Treasure Drive Western Shore NS B0J 3M0 • Toll Free (800) 565-5075<br />

www.atlanticaoakisland.com • info@atlanticaoakisland.com<br />

Fisherman’s<br />

Daughter<br />

Bed & Breakfast<br />

Your Seaside Escape<br />

97 Edgewater Street 1.902.624.0660<br />


Where To Stay In Mahone Bay...<br />

From cozy B&Bs to Country Inns and Resorts, we have it all...<br />

Amber Rose Inn<br />

319 Main St. 902-624-1060<br />

www.amberroseinn.com<br />

Fairmont House B&B<br />

654 Main St.<br />

902-624-8089<br />

www.fairmonthouse.com<br />

Fisherman’s Daughter B&B<br />

97 Edgewater St. 902-624-0483<br />

www.fishermans-daughter.com<br />

Bayview Pines Country Inn<br />

678 Oakland Rd.<br />

866-624-9970 /902-624-9970<br />

www.bayviewpines.com<br />

Three Thistles B&B<br />

389 Main St.<br />

902-624-0517<br />

www.three-thistles.com<br />

Heart’s Desire B&B<br />

686 Main St.<br />

866-624-8470/ 902-624-8470<br />

www.heartsdesirebb.com<br />

Just Like Mom’s B&B<br />

20 Pleasant St.<br />

902-531-2048<br />

Mahone Bay B&B<br />

558 Main St.<br />

866-239-6252/ 902-624-6388<br />

www.mahonebaybedandbreakfast.com<br />

Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre<br />

36 Treasure Drive, Western Shore NS<br />

902-627-2600 Toll Free 1-800-565-5075<br />

This popular seaside hotel effortlessly blends the comforts of a scenic retreat with all the<br />

fun of an elegant, full-service resort. Enjoy east coast hospitality, pamper yourself in their<br />

spa, sample the inventive menu of La Vista, and raise a toast in the intimate ambiance of<br />

the Fireside Lounge. 15 minutes to Mahone Bay.<br />

www.atlanticaoakisland.com<br />


Circa 1805<br />

Zack & Nemo<br />

Mercantile<br />

presents our<br />

newest location...<br />

Nautical<br />

By<br />

Nature<br />

647 Main St. Mahone Bay<br />

Like us!<br />

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Our original Country and Primitive store is full<br />

of special treasures and is home to our Famous<br />

Homemade Fudge!<br />

Visit our second store, just a few doors down, for<br />

the very best in nautical and nature decor items<br />

for your house, cottage, boat and yard.<br />

662 Main St. 902-531-2296 zackandnemo.com

Fall Adventures<br />

Fall brings Thanksgiving and family get-togethers and all of the mouth-watering food<br />

that comes with it. An afternoon drive around the South Shore is the perfect way<br />

to spend a sunny afternoon. You can enjoy berry picking for cranberries and<br />

at the Terra Beata Farm in Lunenburg or head to Lunenburg County Winery which<br />

offers acres of high-bush blueberries that are easy to pick and absolutely delicious.<br />

Make your own cranberry sauce or pick enough fruit to make fresh pies. However<br />

you choose to spend your day you are guaranteed to enjoy fall in Mahone Bay.<br />


The Great Scarecrow Festival<br />

& Antique Fair, October 2– 4, 2015<br />

Join us for the 19th Annual Scarecrow Festival & Antique<br />

Fair where a fun-filled, family weekend awaits your arrival…<br />

Each year the town comes to life with over 150<br />

hand-made, life-size scarecrows. From the traditional to<br />

a scarecrow version of the Royal Family, you will delight<br />

in these unique and extraordinary creations. The festival<br />

kicks off on Friday night with the annual Pumpkin Walk.<br />

Hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins adorn the pumpkin<br />

path all lit up to create a magical night.<br />

Families can stroll the pumpkin path and see close-up these incredible works of<br />

art. There is always plenty of hot apple cider on hand to keep everyone warm.<br />


The festival draws thousands of visitors each year. Highlights include special<br />

children’s activities and crafts, musical entertainment, historic graveyard tours, book<br />

sales, BBQ’s, yard sales, a car show, the Quilt Jamboree and of course the largest<br />

antique show in the Maritimes featuring the most respected dealers. It is truly one<br />

of the most unique festivals in the province. In 2013 it was featured on CTV’s The<br />

Amazing Race Canada. A full schedule of events can be found online at<br />

www.mahonebay.com and on facebook.<br />


Winter Excursions<br />


Winter in Mahone Bay is breathtakingly beautiful. The brightly painted Victorian<br />

buildings are a joyful contrast to the glistening white snow. Early morning<br />

sunrise on the Bay offers some of the most extraordinary opportunities for<br />

photographs of serene landscapes and abundant wildlife. Winters here are<br />

generally mild with the perfect amount of snow to play in.<br />

Walk, snow-shoe, cross-country ski or snowmobile our extensive “Rails to Trails”<br />

network (see trail map pg. 11). Bring a thermos of hot cocoa or warm<br />

up in one of our cozy coffee shops after an afternoon excursion.<br />

Lace up your skates and enjoy skating on the pond at Jubilee Park or head to one<br />

of three indoor family skating arenas within a short drive of Mahone Bay. For the<br />

truly adventurous try your hand at curling — a popular Canadian winter sport.<br />

For avid cross-country skiers the M.A.R.C (Municipal Recreation & Activity Complex)<br />

is close by. There are 11 well-marked, groomed, cross-country trails of varying<br />

difficulty. The kids may enjoy a game of pond hockey or sledding here, too.<br />

Step back in time and head to Ross Farm where you can enjoy a horse-drawn<br />

sleigh ride through the woods and experience rural farm life as it was in<br />

the 1800s.<br />


Nothing gets your heart racing more quickly than catching a wave on the Atlantic<br />

Ocean after a winter storm and the South Shore is home to some of the best<br />

beaches in the province. Western Head and East Berlin (near Summerville beach)<br />

have world-class point breaks. It is not uncommon to see a pro or two from the<br />

world tour surfing here.<br />

Bridgewater Memorial Skating Arena 902-543-2504<br />

Lunenburg County Lifestyle Center NHL-size arena,<br />

aquatic center & library 902-530-4100<br />

Lunenburg Curling Club 902-634-4493<br />

Ross Farm 1-877-689-2210<br />

The M.A.R.C 33 Leary Fraser Rd. Dayspring NS<br />

B4V 5S7 543-6207<br />




The Father Christmas Festival<br />

November 27—December 6, 2015<br />

Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Mahone Bay’s 11th Annual Father Christmas<br />

Festival. The festival reminds us of days gone by and truly captures the spirit of<br />

Christmas. The festival officially opens Friday night with the annual tree-lighting<br />

ceremony at the town bandstand. Bring your lanterns and enjoy our beloved<br />

bell-ringers and carolers as Father Christmas joins in the fun and leads everyone<br />

to the Mahone Bay Centre for hot cocoa and music. All at no charge.<br />




Everything you need for the holidays can be purchased at our beautiful<br />

shops, all decked out in fresh greenery and lights.<br />

Christmas carolers and the Bayview Mouse Choir stroll the streets, 100<br />

hand-crafted, life-size Father Christmas figures adorn the town, family-friendly<br />

activities such as gingerbread and Charlie Brown Christmas tree decorating will keep<br />

the kids happy, the Yuletide Market at the Suttles and Seawinds Barn is a delight to<br />

the senses and is the place to sample and buy sweets, puddings, pastries, condiments,<br />

wine and more. You will find goodies to fill every stocking. The kids will love<br />

roasting marshmallows and drinking hot apple cider outside the barn. Every year<br />

the barn loft is lovingly transformed into an enchanted, magical world by many<br />

talented volunteers.<br />

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Our Favourite Local Books By Kara Turner<br />

Nova Scotia is home to more than its fair share of fascinating characters, unsolved<br />

mysteries, and storied locations. If you want to read tales set in Mahone Bay and<br />

surrounding areas or catch up on some local history then we highly recommend<br />

these titles:<br />


• A Lady of Lunenburg: Nova Scotia 1752 by Laurel Pardy<br />

• Images of our Past- Historic Mahone Bay by Brian Tennyson & Wilma Stewart- White<br />

• Bluenose Ghosts by Helen Creighton and Clary Croft<br />

• Illustrated History of Nova Scotia by Harry Bruce<br />

• Mahone Bay by Sherman Hines<br />

• Nova Scotia Book of Everything by John MacIntyre and Martha Walls<br />

• Oak Island Family: The Restall Hunt for Buried Treasure by Lee Lamb<br />

• Terry James’ Nova Scotia<br />

• The Lunenburg Werewolf: And Other Stories of the Supernatural by Steve Vernon<br />

• You Might Be from Nova Scotia If . . . by Michael de Adder<br />


• I Spy a Bunny by Judy Dudar and Richard Rudnicki<br />

• My Home Bay by Anne Laurel Carter, Alan Daniel, Lea Daniel<br />

• Oak Island: A Tale of Two Treasures by Mary Anne Donovan and Travis Hiltz<br />

• The Ghost At Mahone Bay by Tom Schwarzkopf<br />

• The Secret Treasures of Oak Island by J.J. Pritchard<br />

• Pirate’s Passage, by William Gilkerson, Trumpeter Books, Boston, 2006. - winner of the<br />

Governor General’s Literacy Award. There is an excellent animated movie of the book<br />

starring Kirk Douglas. www.gilkersonart.com/#!/pirates-passage-2/<br />

The local maritime author/artist is: William Gilkerson. He lives in Oakland.<br />


• A Taste of the Maritimes by Elisabeth Bailey<br />

• Dutch Oven- Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital Auxillary<br />

• Green Shutters Cookbook- by Hilda Zinck<br />

• Out Of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens by Marie Nightingale<br />

• South Shore Tastes by Liz Feltham (recipes from the best restaurants<br />

on the South Shore).<br />


A Slice of History By Bob Sayer<br />

The three iconic churches that preside over Mahone Bay’s famed waterfront are<br />

part of a rich heritage that has deep, deep roots.<br />

The Mi’kmaq loved the area for its mild climate and teeming fi sh, wild fowl and<br />

berries. They gave the Mush-a-Mush River, rich in salmon and eels, its name.<br />

There’s an old native cemetery at Indian Point and one in town.<br />

Then came the French-Acadian and métis groups, who planted fruit trees, kept<br />

cattle and traded in furs and skins and feathers.<br />

In 1754 Captain Ephraim Cooke brought in the fi rst wave of new settlers. Mahone<br />

Bay became frontier territory with soldiers and a blockhouse fort to guard the<br />

pioneers and their newly acquired land lots. The Kedys, Eisenhaurs, Lantzs, Ernsts,<br />

Hysons Veinottes, Burgoynes, Langilles, Maders and others brought their English,<br />

German and Swiss traditions.<br />

By the late 1800s Mahone Bay was celebrated for its wooden sailing ships. It was<br />

a team of ‘Mahone’ men, led by ‘Tom’ Mader that rigged the Bluenose. In 1914, to<br />

celebrate achievement the fi ne academy, now a fl ourishing community centre, was<br />

built overlooking the town.<br />

Times changed: steel ships,<br />

roads and railways,<br />

prohibition, rum running,<br />

Depression and two<br />

World Wars.<br />

Today Mahone Bay,<br />

vigorous and bright,<br />

still shares its beauty<br />

with the world.<br />




EST. 1974<br />

589 Main Street, Mahone Bay<br />


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