This trip requires some driving but it's worth it. Get onto Hwy 103 W and take exit 15 through Italy Cross and Crousetown. Head towards Petite Riviere and stop in at the Maritime Painted Saltbox, a cheerful contemporary art gallery with artist–owners who can’t wait to greet you or take a tour and sample some local wine at the French-style Petite Riviere Vineyards (reservations required).
Inhale the salt air with a stroll along Green Bay or venture along the stunning boardwalk at Risser’s Beach (a pristine white-sand beach with lifeguards on duty during the summer months). Watch the kite surfers on Crescent Beach as you make your way back towards the LaHave Ferry in the afternoon.
Before you cross the river on one of the last-remaining cable ferries in Nova Scotia, make sure you grab a bite and an espresso at the deliciously authentic LaHave Bakery (and browse the wonderful bookshop and gallery downstairs).
Once on the other side of the river on trunk 332, you can take the direct route back to Mahone Bay via Indian Path Road or indulge a bit more in a scenic detour through Rose Bay.