The Charming Town of Mahone Bay
Mahone Bay, NS, incorporated as a town in 1919, has a current population of about 1000. The Town of Mahone Bay is located on the “Lighthouse Route” of Nova Scotia’s southern shore, 10 km northwest of Lunenburg. A quiet residential community and retirement haven, it is known for its beautiful bay, dotted with hundreds of islands. Its name is derived from the French mahonne (barge), referring to the long, low boats used by pirates who frequented the area. In 1754 Captain Ephraim Cook brought English, French and Swiss settlers to the area. Farming and fishing were typical mainstays of life until the mid-1800s, when shipbuilding became an important industry. Mahone Bay has adapted to a modern economy by concentrating on specialized manufacturing, service and tourism industries. The town’s Settler Museum and annual Classic Boat Festival celebrate the area’s shipbuilding heritage.
OLD TOWN LUNENBURG
Old Town Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Considered to be the best surviving planned British colonial town in North America, you can still see the tall ships moored off the port and hear the smith’s hammer, while guided tours tell tales of lives lost on the ocean, and the spirits that return to haunt the living.
Lunenburg’s harbour-side streets are lined with unique shops and restaurants that blend with the well-preserved and colourfully painted historic homes, much of it like a living museum from the 18th century.
Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax and the international airport. Experience our way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities.
Bridgewater – BEST COMMUNITY FOR YOUNG FAMILIES
Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region. While the majority of the South Shore’s economy is based upon the tourist trade, Bridgewater is more a commercial and industrial centre.
Which “ing” is your thing?…
Hiking, Biking, Walking, Golfing, Kayaking, Sight-seeing, Shopping, Exploring, Fishing, Sailing, or maybe just Relaxing? Regardless of which ‘ing’ is your thing, the South Shore of Nova Scotia has much to offer and Bridgewater is the perfect place from which to launch your adventure!
Bridgewater is split in two by the LaHave River, with the majority of the town’s land area situated on the western bank of the river. The town spans the LaHave River Valley and is dominated by hills that lead down to the river. The LaHave River is traversed by two bridges in the centre of the town, and a 103 highway overpass and a foot bridge (formerly a railway crossing) towards the northern limits.