Attractions

  • Boar's Head Lighthouse, Tiverton

  • Point Prim Lighthouse

  • Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Majestic whales. Photo by Mariner Cruises

Majestic whales. Photo by Mariner Cruises

The Digby Area and specifically Digby Neck and Islands are one of the best places in North America for whale watching. The massive amount of untapped energy of the Bay of Fundy is the fuel for a fragile ecosystem that provides a nutritious food supply to numerous species of birds, fish, bottom-dwellers like lobsters and scallops, and of course whales. By late springtime Finback Whales, Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoises are the first to arrive from their southern migration grounds. In June, the Humpback Whales return and by late June these whales are abundant in the Bay of Fundy. White-sided dolphins are also often seen. Other whales that consider the Bay of Fundy their home are the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, Pilot whales, Sperm and Blue Whales. White Beaked Dolphins, Bluefin Tuna, Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks have also been sighted.

Some of the many bird species at the Bay of Fundy include the Atlantic Puffin, piping plover, several varieties of gannets, and many more.

Whale Watching Companies:

Our members:

Who is watching who. Mariner Cruises picture

Who is watching who. Mariner Cruises picture

Mariner Cruises Whale & Seabird Tours
Westport, Brier Island
1-902-839-2346
1-800-239-2189
whales@novascotiawhalewatching.ca
www.novascotiawhalewatching.ca

 

A whale up close. Photo by Ocean Explorations

A whale up close. Photo by Ocean Explorations

Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises
Tiverton, Long Island
1-902-839-2417
1-877-654-2341
office@oceanexplorations.ca
www.oceanexplorations.ca

 

 

Humpback whale. Picture by Petit Passage Whale Watch

Humpback whale. Picture by Petit Passage Whale Watch

Petit Passage Whale Watch
3450 East Ferry, Digby Neck
1- 902-834-2226
petitpassage@eastlink.ca

 

 

 

Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises
Westport, Brier Island
www.brierislandwhalewatch.com

Other local whale watching companies:

Humpback whale breaching. Picture by Welcome Aboard whale watch

A humpback whale breaching and putting on a show for the Welcome Aboard whale watch

 

Freeport Whale & Seabird Tours
Freeport, Long Island
www.whalewatchersnovascotia.ca

 

Kayaking

Kayaks at Gilbert’s Cove

The Digby Area offers great opportunities for both sea kayaking and wilderness canoeing. When planning your kayaking trip, make sure to check the tides first though: dragging your kayak across the ocean floor in order to get back is not the best experience!
Depending on your experience and what you are looking for there are several options.

Digby Area Lighthouses

Boars Head Lighthouse

Boars Head Lighthouse at sunset

Boars Head Lighthouse at sunset

Boar’s Head Lighthouse stands high on the cliffs of Long Island at Tiverton, Nova Scotia along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. The lighthouse still operates today aiding vessels in their travels as the Bay of Fundy around Long Island can become hard to manoeuvre through at times.

Standing at a height of 33 feet, the light atop shines across Petit Passage in the Bay of Fundy for 12 nautical miles, flashing every 12 seconds.

The lighthouse is often closed off by a gate to stop vehicles from entering, but visitors are welcome to walk to the cliffs and admire the historic lighthouse and enjoy the scenery. There are several picnic benches set up and a new look off trail to the Althouse Lookoff can be found about halfway up (watch for the walking bridge at the first sharp left turn in the road). Coming off the ferry, turn right or park in the harbor parking lot on your right and simply walk up.

Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse

Gilbert`s Cove Lighthouse

Kayaking at Gilbert’s Cove

Gilbert’s Cove just 18 – 20 km west of Digby on the 101 Highway is a charming spot. Stopping there on a hot summer’s day and feeling that pleasant ocean breeze is like coming upon an oasis. If you enjoy historic buildings, you can wonder around inside the old lighthouse itself. It was built in 1904 and had only two light-keepers throughout its years of service, both being from the same family. Stop by for some refreshments, or to learn more about the history of the lighthouse and surrounding area, ask our friendly staff. This is also a good spot to sit around in the evening and watch the sun as it sets over Saint Mary’s Bay and Digby Neck, the sunsets are spectacular.

The lighthouse is open 10:00 am to 4 pm Monday to Saturday; Sunday noon to 4 pm. from mid-June to mid-September. The Lighthouse Family Picnic is held on the 3rd Sunday in July, focusing on local musical talent, good food, prizes and fun for all. Visitors are free to tour the lighthouse which houses archival displays, genealogy information, an active quilting room, local crafts and a tearoom. The picnic grounds and surrounding shore are freely accessible. You can enjoy a walk along the shoreline and when the tide is out, you may find small shells and rocks covered with barnacles, or just relax and listen to the ocean as the waves roll in.

http://www.gilbertscovelighthouse.com

Point Prim Lighthouse

Sunset at Point Prim Lighthouse

Sunset at Point Prim Lighthouse

Point Prim lighthouse is located about 8.5 kilometers outside of Digby, at the end of Lighthouse Road.

Overlooking the Bay of Fundy right at the entrance to the “Digby Gut”, the currents are an awesome sight. It is also a spot where seals, porpoises and whales are regularly sighted right from shore. Just bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the view!

At Point Prim you will find several shorter hiking trails, or you can choose to hike along the rocky shore for a bit. The rock formations are quite unique, and the information panels at Point Prim will tell you how these formations came to be.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Point-Prim/137408952950898

For a listing of all Digby Area lighthouses you can visit:

http://www.nslps.com/AboutLights/visit-lights.aspx

Vineyards

The Annapolis Valley offers the perfect conditions for vineyards

The Annapolis Valley offers the perfect conditions for vineyards

Our local vineyards have garnered international acclaims and rewards for the unique quality wines produced with passion. Situated on one of the cooler climate limits for vines, Nova Scotia’s soil and meso-climates create some of the most distinctive premium-quality grapes in North America. Our warm summers and long falls create crisp wines with bright acidity and aromatic complexities.

Digby Area vineyards

Bear River vineyard

http://www.wine.travel

Annapolis Highland Vineyard

annapolishighlandvineyards.com
2635 Clementsvale Road
Bear River East, NS

Tours and Experiences

Exploring the Bay of Fundy Shores with Gael Tours

Exploring the Bay of Fundy Shores with Gael Tours

Gael Tours

Come with me to the edge of the Bay of Fundy to discover what brings the giant whales to the Bay in our Plankton, Periwinkles and Predators adventure. Hopefully, you will give us the opportunity to take you on a stroll through our town as we recount the tales of settlers and seafarers in our Stones, Steeples, Ships and Seafood tour.

 

 

imageAnnapolis Basin Charter Tours
Sunrise / Sunset Cruises – Island Picnics / Photography / Diving – Annapolis Royal / Flounder / Mackeral Fishing – Bear River
Call #902-308-9799 / Email: skipper@abchartertours.ca
Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Club Marina

 

 

AnyBody Yoga
YOGA Retreat & Studio

Wander with Wonder
YOGA & Walking Tours
East Ferry, NS B0V 1E0; Tel. 902-308-1669

Unique Shopping

A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop
3 Warwick Street, Digby
A gathering place for all quilters and quilter wannabes to come in, relax, share and enjoy all that this wonderful craft has to offer. Finished quilts, cotton and wool fabrics, notions, classes, inspiration and lots of fun!

Nova Scotia Quilts
8779 Hwy 1, RR2, Digby
Beautiful cozy handcrafted quilts will warm and brighten any room in your home.
A quilt makes a wonderful gift and will become a family heirloom.

Crooked Timber Books
17 Water Street, Digby
Crooked Timber has about 17,000 books for sale on its shelves. We have another 40,000 partially inventoried books in storage. Our stock is generalist, but we do have significant holdings in Irish literature and history, Jewish studies, American and British literature, economics and mysteries. We have an on-going interest in expanding our holdings of maritime books and in particular books about Nova Scotia.

In addition to books, we have a changing assortment of postcards, handmade note cards by local artists, some local folk art, vinyl and glass records, books on tape, some old maps, African masks, stuffed animals (mainly Gund), scarves (mainly silk), an extensive collection of VHS movies (still in the process of being catalogued), vintage jewelry along with locally made bead necklaces, and other interesting things. Our knitting area with specialty yams and knitting supplies, including our extensive collection of vintage knitting and crochet patterns, is still a work in progress.

The Artist’s Mark Shop
9613 Hwy 217, Rossway
Tel. 902-482-2188
Email: ptoceanwaves@gmail.com
Across from sandy Seawall Beach on beautiful Digby Neck. Watch the artist create abstract paintings and beautiful, museum-quality jewellery crafted from polymer clay and local agate, sold in the gift shop.

Conway Workshop
The Conway Workshop is a unique business within the Digby Area. It is a social enterprise offering vocational and residential services to people with disabilities. Beyond this, however, they offer a line of services and products. Looking for a picnic table, a nicely made garbage box for outside, lumber, or split firewood? The Conway Workshop can help. Looking for freshly produced baked goods? The Conway Workshop provides these to local businesses as well as individuals. Visit their website (see link in the title) for contact information and further details.

Flight of Fancy
Fine craft for artful living.  The Flight of Fancy is an acclaimed art gallery and craft shop in the heart of Bear River, Nova Scotia, Canada.  We offer a unique shopping experience at studio prices with something for everyone, from the work of over two hundred artists. Just follow the river to our door.

Bear River’s Artist Studios. Visit some of Bear River’s finest artists shops and find yourself
some stunning and unique souvenirs or gifts.

Fancy Jewellers
NATURAL & ETHICAL, UNIQUE, HAND-MADE & ELEGANT.  The scallop pearls in our jewelery are sourced by the local fisherman of Digby, NS.  There is no question as to their origin. Deep under the waters of the bay of Fundy, these treasures are hidden within their shells as they develop naturally over several years.  We find the pearls, and display them in complimentary settings where their beauty can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Marshall’s Gifts & Souvenirs
Giftware, apparel, souvenirs.  We have something for every occasion and we’re located right in downtown Digby!

Ram Computer Systems
All of your computer needs right in downtown Digby!

Royal Propane & Hearth, Inc.
Propane Natural Gas and all your propane needs!

Clare Dodge
For all your new and used vehicles!

 

Golfing

The Stanley Thompson Championship Golfcourse

The Stanley Thompson Championship Golfcourse

Digby Pines Stanley Thompson Championship Golf Course
Digby is blessed with one of Canada’s finest golf courses designed by Stanley Thompson, the famous Canadian architect responsible for such world-class courses as Banff Springs, Jasper Park and the Highlands Links in Cape Breton. With ingenious routing, the course winds through picturesque pine trees and over a meandering brook which widens into ponds on holes two and sixteen.

Parks & Trails

Digby-Area-Trails – directions prepared by DATA

Digby
Admiral’s Walk
The Admiral’s Walk can be found right downtown Digby, along the waterfront. It offers beautiful views of the fishermen’s wharf and the sunrise in the mornings.

Fishermen’s Memorial Park
This little park just beside the fishermen’s wharf is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the views over the Annapolis Basin. There is a small playground for the children. Admiral Digby’s well can be found here as well.

Rail trail
This trail is suitable for both hiking and cycling and starts right in Digby and follows along the water into Smith’s Cove. You can get onto the path at the south end of town. Depending on how far you wish to go, you can get as far as the Bear River lighthouse located at the far end of Smith’s Cove (11 km one-way), or stop and relax at one of the beaches along the way. There are some beautiful views of Digby and the Digby Gut along the way as well.

Provincial Annapolis Basin Lookoff
This Lookoff point can be found along Shore Road, on the way from the ferry to Saint John. It is a wonderful spot overlooking the Annapolis Basin.

Digby Pines Trails
The Digby Pines located right along Shore Road has 3 kilometres of trails running across their property. All are welcome to make use of these trails; all they ask is that you please respect their grounds. You can walk to a nice little look-off point overlooking the Annapolis Basin, or follow the trail along the exercise stations and get a great outdoor workout in at the same time!

Digby Neck

Lake Midway Provincial Park
A great spot for a picnic and a swim, this Park can be found about halfway down Digby Neck.

Sandy Cove beach
Coming from Digby, Sandy Cove Beach can be found by turning right onto Bay Road in Sandy Cove, along Digby Neck. Follow this road to the end to arrive at a beautiful sandy beach. This is a great spot to go for a stroll along the beach, find some sea glass and colourful rocks, or go for a quick swim. Mind you: the Bay of Fundy waters are cold anytime of year, but the warm and sheltered sandy beach more than makes up for the cold waters.

Tommy’s Branch Lookoff
At Little River on Digby Neck turn right onto Tommy’s Branch Road. Park here and follow the short trail past the “Loving Trees” to a beautiful little lookoff point. You can also walk down to the Fundy Shore here, but be aware the trail is rough. Good walking shoes are required.

Long Island
Boars Head Lighthouse and Althouse Lookoff
Coming off the ferry turn right and follow the road up. At times the road will be closed off, in which case you can simply park your car at the start and walk up. At the first sharp left turn in the road you will see a small footbridge. Walk across here and follow the trail to the Althouse Lookoff, overlooking the Bay of Fundy and Petit Passage. Be amazed by the churning tides and you might be lucky and see porpoises, seals or even whales.
When following the main road all the way to the end you will get to Boars Head Lighthouse, sitting at the top of the cliffy shores. There are some picnic tables here and awesome views over the Bay of Fundy.

Balancing Rock Trail
The Balancing Rock Trail, just outside Tiverton on Long Island, is one of the signature trails of the area. This 2 kilometre long trail winds its way through forest and bog lands to the shoreline. Some unique flora and fauna can be found along the way, with signage explaining some of the unique plantations. The last part of the trail is stairs going down the Cliffside leading to the Balancing Rock. You will find picnic tables at the parking area at the start of the trail, and some seating along the way and at the end to catch your breath.

Central Grove Provincial Park
Located about halfway down Long Island, this Provincial Park provides a small roadside picnic area with tables scattered through open fields. There is a picturesque walking trail to Bay of Fundy, 0.8 km (0.5 mi) each way. Great photo opportunities and rocky beach walks!

Fundy View Trail at Freeport
The Fundy View trail offers parking and washroom facilities (in season). It is easy to find this trail, you’ll see the signs and parking on the right hand side of the road coming from Digby/Tiverton direction. Coming from Brier Island, the trail is located on your left hand side about 1 kilometre from the Brier Island ferry. How much time to spend here and distance depends on how far you go. If you only go out towards the viewing platform you will not need much more than 20 minutes. If you decide to hike out towards Beautiful cove, calculate about an hour total.

Brier Island
Seal Cove
Seal cove on Brier Island is a particularly nice hike out to, yes, a seal colony. It’s not a very long walk, but do take some time to enjoy watching the seals. Of course you are overlooking the Bay of Fundy, increasing your chances of seeing whales as well.

Once you get off the ferry, turn right towards the Coast Guard Station and lighthouse. From Brier Island Lodge, it is a 20 to 30 minute hike, about 10 minutes from the Coast Guard Station and lighthouse. Make sure to wear proper hiking boots. Depending on recent weather, the trail can get wet and soggy, so keep this in mind. Tip: low tide offers the best seal spotting opportunities and bring binoculars!

Brier Island Coastal Trail
Visitors to Brier Island are encouraged to walk the cliff-top hiking trails. Trails wind from Northern Light all the way along the coast past Western Light to Pond Cove (except for a detour around Whipple Point as it is a bird nesting area). Several small, interesting paths and gravel roads connect the trails along the Western side of Brier Island with the Village of Westport on the Eastern Side.

The majority of hiking trails on the Island are privately owned or on Nature Conservancy of Canada land. The residents of Brier Island love their island and enjoy sharing the beauty of their home with visitors. Hikers and walkers are welcome to enjoy the trails with respect for the land and environment. Most of the trails on Brier Island are unmarked and not maintained so conditions may vary. Just ask around locally if you are worried about trail conditions.

Digby to Weymouth
Missing Links Trail
The Missing Link Trail runs 27-kms west from Digby (trail head: 262 Jordantown Road) to Weymouth. This multi-user trail is an un-groomed snowmobiling & cross-country ski venue.

Gilberts Cove Lighthouse

Savary Park
Savary Provincial Park located in Plympton (7401 Highway 1) in the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley region is an open and hardwood-treed picnic area overlooking St Mary’s Bay. At low tide you can beach comb along the rocky shoreline.

Weymouth Storybook Trail
The trail represents the five founding cultures in less than 1 km of trail through stories of the past displayed on interpretive panels designed to replicate an opened story book. You can enjoy the inspiring stories of the Mik’Maq, the Black Loyalists, the United Empire Loyalists, the New France Settlers and the Acadians.

You can indulge yourself with a pleasant walk on the trail or you can bring your whole family. You can enjoy the picturesque waterfront while osprey and eagles soar over head and other types of wildlife are sighted from the gazebos which are located along the trail. The trail is complemented with playground and fitness equipment ideal for children and adults which are a compliment to a great family outing.

Sentier de Clare Trail
The 42.4-km multi-use Sentier de Clare Trail winds through woods & crosses rivers from Weymouth to the Yarmouth County Line. Although not winter groomed, the trail offers winter opportunities. The trail has major trail heads in Weymouth (4626 Highway#1) & the Little Brook Station, (588 Little Brook Road), which are located near amenities. The trail reflects the area’s Acadian Heritage through interpretive kiosks. The Annapolis Valley Trail System ends but the trail continues 29 kilometres to the Town of Yarmouth.

Joseph et Marie Dugas Park and Piau’s Boardwalk
Located on Highway 1 at Belliveau Cove, this park offers the chance to explore the fully operational lighthouse, or the 1st Acadian cemetery and church all located there. The Piau’s Walking trail starts in the park and proceeds through forest and shoreline and past an old Acadian cellar. It will take you about an hour to finish this loop. It is a very interesting seaside trail and has boardwalks, benches & interpretive panels along the way.

Smiths Cove
Rail Trail
This trail is suitable for both hiking and cycling and connects Smith’s Cove to Digby. You can get as far as the Bear River lighthouse located at the far end of Smith’s Cove, or go the other direction towards Digby. There are several places where you can stop and relax at one of the beaches along the way. There are some beautiful views of Digby and the Digby Gut along the way as well.

Bear River
Waterfront Park
Located right in Bear River, this short trail along the Bear River offers some nice views and the perfect spot to sit back and relax, or enjoy a picnic lunch.

Museums

Digby
Admiral Digby Museum
95 Montague Row, Digby
A taste of Digby’s Heritage. Housed in a mid 1800s Georgian home, the museum features period rooms containing artifacts, and archives that relate to the interesting Maritime & Pioneer history of Digby/Digby County, its people and industries.

Trinity Anglican Church
www.anglicanpdw.ca
109 Queen Street, Digby
Although not actually a museum, this church is a Heritage property with a unique architecture. Guided tours are offered during the summer months.

Bear River
Bear River Heritage Museum
www.facebook.com/Bear-River-Historical-Society-Museum
1913 Clementsvale Road, Bear River
The Museum features displays of the shipbuilding industry; Bear River being one of the great shipbuilding towns of the province, as well as agricultural, social, community, education, household and native M’ikmaq displays.  A small admission fee is charged.

Smith`s Cove
Smith’s Cove Old Temperance Hall Museum located in the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley region (Route 1, off Highway 101, Exit 24 or 25). Situated in the “Old Meeting House” (c 1834), the Old Temperance Hall Museum displays historic artifacts of the community of Smith’s Cove, as well as genealogical records of residents. The museum features Mi’kmaq displays, household exhibits of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as old photos of buildings, resorts and citizens. Genealogical records include scrapbooks and cemetery inscriptions. There are special exhibits each year as well as a summer long hand-hooked rug show.

Cornwallis
HMCS Cornwallis Military Museum
The museum is a tribute to the men and women who not only built the base during wartime conditions, but to those who were trained in Cornwallis and went on to serve their country in times of peace and of conflict.

Weymouth
Sissiboo Landing
Sissiboo Landing is a Cultural Interpretive Center based on a wealth of information about the five cultures that founded Weymouth and continued to work and live in harmony. This Center is a great addition to the historic downtown with a beautiful waterfront that is frequented by eagles, osprey, wading birds and aquatic wildlife.

Digby Neck, Long Island and Brier Island
Island Museum at Tiverton

Musical Spaces

Mazel Musical Arts Society
The Old Bank Building, 4614 Highway 1, Weymouth
Enriching the lives of people through musical arts, with an emphasis on technical proficiency in their instruments and/or voices, musical writing and reading skill. We offer musical workshops that will focus on music literacy, with different techniques of music notation, composition, arrangement, film scoring and improvisation. See our website for more details.