In this extraordinary year, we believe that the Christmas season will be a wonderful time to thank the community – in Mahone Bay, in Nova Scotia and in the wider Atlantic bubble – for their support of local businesses.
As our gift, Mahone Bay will be decorated and open for visitors to celebrate the holiday season! We will reimagine the Christmas season safely and have some fun. There will be Wish Lists, festive flavours and unique boutique shopping to enjoy as you stroll the town and take in the sights and sounds of the season.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Drop Anchor in Mahone Bay...
Nova Scotia is known for its friendly, gracious people and always extends a warm welcome to stay and play on its shores. You’ve wisely set your course for Mahone Bay — voted as one of the best small town destinations in Canada. Now you've finally made port and it’s time to drop anchor!
Mahone Bay is a tranquil destination with spectacular views of our scenic harbour, where sailboats gently bob and the sun sparkles like diamonds on the deep blue waters. As you walk through town, you’ll see vibrantly painted Victorian homes and shops, colourful heritage gardens, and our world-famous three churches, which sit at the water’s edge and form the iconic backdrop for one of Canada’s most picturesque towns.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and discover the same hard-working, hands-on spirit of our founders in the variety of unique products available in our shops and galleries. Many items of the same type crafted by our forebears — hooked rugs, pewter, quilts, and pottery — are still being produced right here. Our vibrant artistic community creates both contemporary and traditional pieces in diverse mediums — from ceramics, sculpture and painting, to jewellery and textiles, and much more.
Savour locally sourced gourmet food, award-winning wines, or get social with the locals at our outstanding microbrewery where you’ll hear live music you won't soon forget. Your busy day will end peacefully in one of our cozy inns, B&Bs, or our hotel.
If your goal is to be more active, unique adventures and experiences are also calling you! Our ocean-side playground is naturally dazzling and entertaining — sail or paddle on the bay, weaving through the 365 islands that grace it; unwind in the rugged beauty of our coastlines on un-crowded beaches; or meander through the trees along our pristine walking and cycling trails.
We’re proud of our captivating seafaring past founded on shipbuilding and we’re not afraid to mention it featured its fair share of pirates and privateers! Imagine hundreds of wooden boats, from simple dories to majestic schooners, being built in and launched from the boatyards that lined the shores of Mahone Bay for over a century. Visit our museum and, if your timing is right, you may even be able to catch one of our many exciting festivals. There’s always something happening!
Vacation time is precious and you’ve come to the perfect place to invigorate, relax, and renew your spirit all at once. As our town sign says, we love the beauty around us and welcome you to share it. See you soon!