10 Reasons to Visit Us

Mahone Bay is open year round and boasts a simple yet extraordinary quality of life. Experience-rich, our historic town is a short 50 minutes from downtown Halifax, and the same distance to the Annapolis Valley making it an ideal base for further exploration.

Boating and paddler's paradise

The calm waters of Mahone Bay are home to 365 islands and a wealth of bird and sea-life. Paddle the sheltered waters of the bay and its islands or take a one of the guided tours with South Shore Boat Tours that leave daily from the Civic Marina in season.   

Hiking and biking haven

Experience the great outdoors along 100 miles of groomed trails of the Rails to Trails network. Bikes are available for rent at Sweet Ride Cycling. 

Artists at work

Discover the hands-on design and manufacturing process at Amos Pewter's economuseum. Visit the local Pottery and Rug Hooking studios.  

Great culinary experiences

Award-winning restaurants, cafes and tea shops open year-round, including Taste of Nova Scotia recipient Mateus Bistro. Listen to talented East Coast musicians at the Mug and Anchor Pub.

Boutique Shopping

Browse our unique specialty stores and galleries including Mahone Bay Quality Footwear (the Maritime's largest independent shoe store) and the longest running gift store in the Maritimes.

Picture postcard views

The Three Churches along Edgewater Street are one of the most photographed views in Canada. Bring your camera to snap some of Canada's most scenic landscapes.

Oak Island treasure

Discover the story behind Canada's longest and costliest treasure hunt. Take a walking tour of the island

Get pampered!

Relax at one of the town's spa boutiques or visit Atlantica Oak Island Resort for a swim and a spa.

Historic Harbour

Settled in 1754 and founded on the shipbuilding and logging industries, the history of Mahone Bay is rich in tradition. Spend a few hours at the Settlers Museum and learn the history of the area.

World-class beaches

Mahone Bay makes a perfect base to explore the beaches of the South Shore. From the white sands of Risser's Beach and Carter's Beach to the calm waters of Bachman's Beach and the popular surfing beaches at Cherry Hill and Hirtles.