Weather in Nova Scotia can be unpredictable, but this past weekend we lucked out! We had planned a family trip to Rissers Beach area to stay in a family friend’s cottage. It was a 3 bedroom, winterized cottage with views of the ocean and surrounded by farmland, walking trails (and this may sound creepy but…) a beautiful graveyard from the 1800’s. We went with my husbands parents and his sister, her husband and their daughter.
In the evening before bed and early in the mornings, Nana and Papa took the girls for a walk to find deer and they spotted some each time. They apples from the trees along the way and loved their time being wrapped up in blankets and carried on their little adventure. Saturday was warm and sunny. Warm enough that when we went to the beach, my little bug immediately wanted to get in the water. She gleefully ran in and out of the waves as if she didn’t even notice that it was freezing cold water! The first beach we went to was Crescent Beach with white sands that appear to go forever. It is one of the few beaches in Nova Scotia that you are allowed to drive on. A few cars were there, and a small plane flew by but didn’t land. Later there were people horseback riding as well. One of them looked exactly like Nicole Kidman, but I’ve googled this fact and can’t find any information that she may be visiting this weekend.
Not far down the road is Rissers Beach, with a campground that has sites right on the ocean. Sites 21,22 are good ones, because they have trees for privacy but are also still on the ocean. Washrooms are nearby. In between beaches there are antique stores and a kayak adventure business. Kayaking would be perfect for families with older children as there are many coves and islands nearby to explore. A little futher down the road is Petite Riviere where we visited The Maritime Painted Saltbox which was a quaint barn housing paintings, folkart and furniture created by the owners of the property. There is also a vineyard and a river for fishing in the area. Green Bay is a road leading along the ocean again, with many cottages for rent. It offers beautiful scenery and small sandy coves to sunbathe, swim and walk. This is where we ran across local celebrities, ‘Ricki and Julien’ from the Trailor Park Boys television show and movies. They were apparently there to celebrate a friends birthday that weekend, but this picturesque setting was far removed from the trailor park we see them in on T.V.!
Overall, I highly recommend this area of the province. There is lots to do with the kids in nearby towns of Bridgewater and Lunenburg. On the way home on Sunday, we took the Lahave Cable Ferry across the river and took the scenic lighthouse route back towards Lunenburg. In October the leaves are brilliant colours of orange, yellow and red. It is a great time of year if you enjoy hiking and outdoor activities. Alternatively July and August would be great for a beach holiday. If you want any more information about the area, feel free to post a comment!