LaHave & Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia
LaHave & Petite Riviere
It’s no surprise that an area filled with beaches is also an area rich with artisans and history. The sounds and sights of the ocean, the sand, the sky and the wildlife act as ever-changing muses to an artist’s fertile mind. Some of Nova Scotia’s best beaches crash ashore here with; Rissers, Crescent, Cherry Hill and Broad Cove.
The area is scattered with artist studios, galleries and museums. This area of Nova Scotia’s lies east of Highway #103 and south of the LaHave River. Communities in this area include LaHave, Pleasantville, Dublin Shore, Petite Riviere and Broad Cove – all awaiting your discovery.
Venturing down the east side of the Lahave River will reward you with a scenic drive along the winding LaHave River. Your destination: the LaHave Ferry. As one of the last remaining cable ferries in Nova Scotia, this unique 5 minute journey gives you a perfect 360° view of life on the river.
Turning left as you drive off the ferry, a stop at LaHave Bakery is a must. Housed in a Victorian-era sea-trading centre in the 17th century French settlement of LaHave. While you’re there, be sure to check out the LaHave Crafters Co-op for locally made treasures.
For a history lesson of the area, visit the National Historic Site of the first capital of New France between 1632 -1636, Fort Ste-Marie-de-Grace. Here the Fort Point Museum paints a picture of life for the new French settlers and their native hosts, the Mi’kmaq.
The beauty and charm of Petite Riviere makes it an inspiring spot for artists and crafters of all types, offering interesting studios and shops for you to explore. The Maritime Painted Saltbox is a breathtaking gallery nestled along the river bank, while Mariners Crafts showcases the beautiful handwork of local artists. Stop in for a latte and find out why Best Coast Coffee Gallery is a local favourite. And be sure to ask for a copy of “Petite Riviere Artisan Map” while you’re there for the insider’s scoop on some of the unique shops and studios in the area.
Finish off your perfect day by journeying to one of oldest wine growing regions in North America with vineyards dating back to the 1630’s and enjoy the majestic view of Petite Riviere Vineyards. Take a winery tour, browse the shop and then relax on the stone terrace with a glass of wine, soaking in the glorious view of the rolling drumlin hills below.
- Visit Fort Point Museum, the National Historic Site of the first capital of New France between 1632 -1636, also known as Fort Ste-Marie-de-Grace.
- Experience the history of the in-shore fisheries and life on the LaHave Islands with a stop at the LaHave Island Marine Museum.
- Bring your skateboard or buy a new one at Homegrown Skateboard indoor bowl located above LaHave Bakery on the shores of the LaHave River.
- Join Cape LaHave Adventures for a guided sea-kayak adventures and yoga in the renowned LaHave Islands Archipelago on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
- Book a winery & vineyard tour & tasting at Petite Riviere Vineyards, or relax on the stone terrace overlooking the vineyards with a glass wine.
- Surf the waves of Cherry Hill Beach
- Bring your camping gear or stroll the boardwalk of Rissers Beach Provincial Park.
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Art Galleries & Artisans
- Westcote Bell Pottery studio/gallery is located on the shores of the LaHave River in a 125 year old boat house. The studio/gallery has two showrooms, a demonstration area and a teaching area for classes and workshops.
- Kas Stone Photographic Art offers photographic fine art inspired by our maritime heritage with its wild coastal scenery and changeable weather.
- Sattler Stained Glass Studio is your fabrication and restoration studio of stained glass with over 40 years of experience.
- River House Rug Hooking offers locally made hook rugs and supplies.
- Mariner Crafts offers locally made sagged bubble glass, silver jewelry, leatherworks, pewter & pottery.
- Maritime Painted Saltbox features contemporary fine art and folk art.
Festivals & Events
- Multicultural Festival at Fort Point LaHave
- LaHave Folk Festival at Fort Point LaHave
- Take the LaHave Ferry to the Riverport Rum Runners Sea Festival
- Rissers Beach annual Sand Castle Competition
- Petite Pallete and Petite Noel
Where to eat
- LaHave Bakery is a must. Housed in a Victorian-era sea-trading centre in the 17th century French settlement of LaHave, the bakery produces traditional breads made from locally grown, fresh milled grains. Sandwiches, soups, coffee and other yummy treats await your road trip cravings. While you’re there, be sure to check out the LaHave Crafters Co-op for locally made treasures.
- Visit Best Coast Coffee Gallery where you can view original paintings (oil, acrylic and watercolour) and photography by South Shore artists in a café setting. Artworks change monthly.
- Green Bay Beach Canteen serves up great fish & chips which can be enjoyed right on the beach.
Discover everything from artisans and antiques to great places to eat, museums, and more when you download the Petite Riviere, La Have & Area map.