Wind your way back up the other side of Chester and continue south to the heartwarming town of Mahone Bay. It’s exceptional scenery features three magnificent Churches along the water, one of the most photographed views in Canada. Steeped in nautical history and even a little piratical intrigue the town’s harbour is carved out of Nova Scotia’s craggy South Shore. Protected waters and magnificent vistas make it a popular sailing, kayaking, cycling and hiking destination. But for us this day, it’s all about the PUB. Easily ranked high in my list of faves in Nova Scotia, The Mug & Anchor English Pub boasts one of the most beautiful balcony views you’ll ever see. Upon entry you’ll find over 17 local and imported beers on tap and a full pub styled menu including fresh, local seafood of course. Brunch is also excellent if you get there on the weekend.
Just a few minutes down Route 3 lies one of Nova Scotia’s jewels, Lunenburg. It was formally established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. 강남달토 Among it’s accolades: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. My accolade goes to The Knot Pub! “It looks like a hobbit hole but it’s a delicious pub”, wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer.
After our day in the salty air, and sensory overload from the stunning architecture and scenery. Time to wind down and relax with a pint. If you’re wondering where the locals go – this is it. It has a decidedly sea-shanty-esque charm. One of the main curiosities as you walk in are the large, horseshoe-shaped seats which look like they would be right at home in the bow of a tall ship. For hundreds of years, oak was the traditional wood used for boat building in Lunenburg and inspired much of the wooden interior. The food is homemade and plentiful; the staff is as friendly as they come, oh and the beer is pretty good too!!
As we head to our last stop in Bridgewater, you might be in need of a nap, or a designated driver, but the fun’s not over yet. Your destination: the LaHave River Ferry on Highway 332 in East LaHave. 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. Carrying 14 cars on a outdoor flat bed, the trip costs a whopping 5 bucks. The cheapest and shortest sightseeing cruise of your life! It departs going to LaHave (the other side of the mighty LaHave River) every half hour on the:15 and:45. Once you’ve “landed”, the museum and lighthouse lovers can take a left for a kilo up the road follow the blue Historic Site signs to Fort Point, the first Capital of New France in 1632. There you can check out the lighthouse and museum.
If you just want to get to the Pub, go right off the ferry on Route 331 for about 15 minutes winding along the river. This turns in to King St. as you approach the town of Bridgewater. You can’t miss our final Pub Stop, the aptly named River Pub at 750 King St, on the right overlooking the water. Enjoy the wonderful patio directly overlooking the River. It is one of the most enjoyable locations on the South Shore to dine or relax with friends. Eight brews on tap, including their own brand. The menu features all the pub classics as well as specialty dishes like the Mariner Mouthful, Rosie Melt, Lunenburger, Potachos, and the list goes on. A great last stop on the Pub Trail. From here, you just follow the signs to the 103 Highway for an easy hour drive back to Halifax.