River Runners is proud to support our local community! Here are a variety of things to see and do that are handy to us, and tons of fun:
Walton Lighthouse Walton, NS
The Walton Lighthouse overlooks a rugged harbour that, until 1978, was a busy loading point for ocean – going gypsum and barite ships. Visitors can climb the three – storey structure to take in a panoramic view of the Minas Basin and surrounding shoreline. There are also picnic tables and a scenic coastal trail.
River View Herbs
8907 Highway 215, Maitland, NS, B0N 1T0
Display gardens feature over 300 varieties of herbs, 11 greenhouses and basil pesto processing facility, garden centre, playground, gift shop. 1-902-261-2274.
Lawrence House Museum
8660 Highway 215, Maitland, NS, B0N 1T0
From his parlour window, William D. Lawrence would have watched his bustling shipbuilding yard on the shore of Cobequid Bay. The largest full – rigged ship built in Canada, The William D Lawrence, was built and launched here in 1874. Exhibits provide background on the Lawrence family and the shipbuilding heritage of the area. An interesting introduction to Nova Scotia’s first Heritage District, Maitland. 1-902-861-2628
East Hants Historical Museum
Highway 215, Lower Selma, NS
In the former United Church. Original Presbyterian Church (c 1865) with a unique interior of decorative plaster painted by Lewis Baillie of Newport. Collection of shipbuilding and farming tools, personal mementos and genealogies, area photographs of shipbuilding events and scenes of days gone by and school photos. Open June 24 – August 31 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Anthony Provincial Park
Highway 215, Lower Selma, NS
An open picnic park at the edge of the Bay of Fundy. Exposed red sand area at low tide offers a great opportunity for walking and wading in the warm water. Open May 19 – October 9
Burntcoat Head Park
The official site of the World’s highest tides. At Burntcoat Head Park, visitors can explore a reproduction of the original Burntcoat Lighthouse. Interpretive displays highlight the history and importance of Nova Scotia’s lighthouses. The park also offers a picnic area, trails down to the rocky shore and look-offs that offer views of wave sculpted sandstone formations and the powerful Fundy tides.
Mastodon Ridge & Showcase
At exit 11 off Highway 102, Stewiacke, NS
Life size replica of 89,000 – year – old Mastodon, whose bones were discovered in this area. Museum features brief audio – visual presentation on Nova Scotia’s past, mini – theatre with 10 minute film highlighting the breathtaking scenery of the province, indoor fossil discovery area for children. 18 hole mini – golf. 1-902-639-2345
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
5 km south of Highway 102 at exit 11, Shubenacadie, NS
A 50 – acre park set in natural woodlands. Many native animals & birds, and a few exotic species. Park animals are wild; children must be accompanied by adults. Creighton Forest Environment Centre provides static and interactive displays on wildlife & their habitats, tree growth and wetlands; photographic exhibits of the animals in winter. Large picnic park and playground. 1-902-758-2040 or 1-902-424-5937
South Maitland Historical Association Caboose Museum
The Historical Caboose Museum houses the History of South Maitland, which encompasses the time of the Natives to present day, focusing upon such industries as Shipbuilding, from the latter 1800′s to the turn of the century, and the Railway which spanned close to 80 years, from 1896 to 1979, when the line was closed down. In its heyday, South Maitland was quite a bustling little community, with a population of close to a thousand, which was made possible through the afore mentioned industries, plus mining of gypsum, (South Maitland was also known as Rockville years ago), lumbering and farming. You will find that a few surprising events have taken place here, so come and see for yourself when we open in May! Hours 11 am – 4 pm.
Inklings In Wood Shop
Artistic wood turner, Ben McLellan is located on the picturesque Glooscap Trail, in the village of Maitland, NS. Inklings in Wood Shop and studio is open to the public to see the process of woodturning from conception to finish. The adjacent gallery presents an opportunity to browse the finished pieces. Ben’s unique woodturnings range from utilitarian bowls and various hollow forms. Only hardwoods native to Nova Scotia such as maple, birch, ash, beech, oak, elm and locust, as well as cherry, plum, apple and pear are used.