Mahone Bay

Settled in 1754 and founded on the shipbuilding and logging industries, the history of Mahone Bay is rich in tradition. Discover the story at the Settlers Museum and pick up a free historic walking tour pamphlet, then find your favourite spot along the historic harbourfront to capture one of the most photographed views in Canada: the Three Churches of Mahone Bay.

Mahone Bay is open year round and boasts a simple yet extraordinary quality of life. You will want to experience it all from, history, to unique shops, artisans and culinary experiences, to outdoor adventures. Recently named as one of Canada’s top ten most beautiful towns by, Mahone Bay is a must-see town on the coast of Nova Scotia.

44.4489° N, 64.3819° W, located on Nova Scotia’s spectacular South Shore:

50 minutes from downtown Halifax or the Annapolis Valley
2 hours from the Yarmouth ferry or the Digby ferry
15 minutes from Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to See and Do
The Mahone Bay Home and Garden Tour: A warm Mahone Bay welcome awaits as homeowners open the front doors and garden gates to greet you at selected properties for this self-guided tour in support of the Mahone Bay Settlers Museum. Ship’s captains are on hand at the municipal wharf for visitors to board and view their vessels.
Great Scarecrow Festival and Antique Fair: Happening each October, the town comes alive with more than 150 handmade life-size scarecrows created by local artists to delight and amuse visitors of all ages. At the same time, the largest antique show in the Maritimes fills three venues with respected and sought-after vendors. This is a Nova Scotia Don’t Miss Event.
Father Christmas Festival: Late November and early December Mahone Bay comes to live with family friendly and beautiful larger than life-sized Father Christmas figures, horse drawn rides through town, a tree lighting ceremony with bell ringers, gingerbread decorating, and Father Christmas and carolers strolling the streets. This is a Nova Scotia Don’t Miss Event.