Many of our guests ask us where to stay and eat on the South Shore before and after their paddling adventures. There are tons of great options nearby, depending on your preferences. Here’s what we recommend:
LaHave and Petite Riviere Area
These rural coastal communities boast beautiful coastline and an incredible concentration of sandy beaches to enjoy. Accommodation is mostly self-catering cottage rentals, as well as camping at Risser’s Beach Provincial Park (book well ahead during summer months!).
You won’t need to travel far if you want to prepare a picnic or cook up an evening meal; the area has a bustling Saturday farmer’s market in West Dublin. The Petite Riviere General Store and local cafés and restos also stock farm fresh produce and cooking essentials. Lovers of delicious sourdough breads and decadent butter croissants MUST stop by Ploughman’s Lunch in West Dublin, which also serves up heavenly soft-serve ice-creams and fresh mozzarella made with local water buffalo milk. The LaHave Bakery - a longstanding cornerstone of the community - is also famous for their delicious baked goods, serving up brunches, lunch fair and deserts from the historic outfitter building in LaHave. Make sure you check out the bookstore, craft coop and skateboard manufacturer also housed in this incredible oceanfront hive of activity. For dinners out, there are a few take-out restaurants that make for great evening picnic on the beach. We recommend the scallops and fries from MacLeod Canteen, or a freshly baked pizza from Beachside Pizza.
Car rental is available in nearby Bridgewater. Rhumb Line Bicycle Rentals (in Lunenburg) also rents bikes, and will deliver to the area.
Mahone Bay & Lunenburg
The nearby historic seaside towns of Mahone Bay (35min drive to LaHave) and Lunenburg (25min drive to LaHave) are also great places. Each town offers a wide selection of B&Bs, restaurants, museums and unique shops. They are both very walk-able towns, full of colourful historic streetscapes that make for a pleasant stroll. Of course, if you stay in Mahone Bay you can walk over to rent a SUP or kayak from our waterfront location on Main Street. You can also rent bicycles from Sweet Ride Cycling in Mahone Bay, or Rhumb Line Bicycle Rentals in Lunenburg. There are great trails to check out too!
Some of our favourite restaurants:
The nearby town of Bridgewater is located just off of highway 103, on the beautiful LaHave River. There are several B&Bs, as well as larger name brand hotels. It's also home to the bigger grocery stores in the area, and it's a great place to stock up on supplies. Don't forget to grab a bite at Fancy Pants Café, sample some local microbrew at FirkinStein Brewing & check out the newly developed Pijinuiskaq Park on King Street.
You can find more Nova Scotia travel planning resources here. We look forward to welcoming you to our stretch of coast. Sea you soon!