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Photo Credit - Dean Casavechia Photo Credit - Cailin O’Neil Ovens”. Home to dozens of naturally created sea caves, Ovens Natural Park is an unforgettable stop on your Nova Scotia itinerary. Hiking the trails and going into the caves is one way to see them, but you can also rent a kayak and enter from the water! Ovens Natural Park also offers gold panning on Cunard’s beach, a small muse - um, and live music and camping in the summer months. The park is dog-friendly as long as your furry four-legged best friend stays on the leash.

Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region with a population of over 8,700 people. The beautiful LaHave River runs through the town, feeding into the Atlantic Ocean. Bridgewater is located roughly twenty kilometres inland, nestled into LaHave River Valley. Prior to European settlement, the Mi’kmaq inhabited the area for more than 6000 years. The nearby Petite Riviere also has an extensive history between the Mi’kmaq and later the Acadians, leaving an ancient burial site of both Mi’kmaq and Aca dian people to be discovered in Petite Riviere in the late 1990s. To learn more about Bridgewater and the surrounding area, we recommend visiting DesBrisay Museum. Originally a personal col- lection, the DesBrisay Museum expanded to become a lively space filled with First Nations artwork, Folk Art, Model Ships and more. DesBrisay Museum is actively growing their collections and hosting events. Inside the museum is a gift shop that offers a

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Don’t miss out on opportunities to get outside and have fun in Bridgewater! Head to the South Shore Exhibition when it arrives each summer. Operating since 1891, it is the largest agricultural exhibition in the province. Tak - ing place on 43 acres of land, the exhibition includes horse competitions, arts and crafts, 4-H competitions, live music, rides, food vendors and so much more. There is truly something for the whole family at the South Shore Exhibition. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat during your road trip, Bridgewater has Arby’s, and it is the only one in Nova Scotia so if you are looking for a delicious sandwich later in the day while you explore the town Arby’s is your place. We also recommend staying at The Riverport Inn B&B. Built in 1906, The Riverport Inn B&B is an adult-only ac - commodation that is rich in history. Only a short distance from beautiful beaches and the LaHave ferry, you won’t be disappointed with the activities available nearby to enjoy before leaving for your next destination.

range of local artwork and books about the area. The DesBrisay Museum is located within the grounds of a lush park. Bridgewater Woodland Gardens was donated to the town in 1921 to become a recreational park for the public to cherish. Due to the woodlands, aquatic pond and the parkland, Woodland Gardens has a diverse, wide range of wildlife to inhabit the park. The park is available to the public year-round as well as the DesBrisay Mu - seum, but the hours of operation are reduced during the winter months. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the beautiful LaHave River running through Bridgewater and go for an adventure along the LaHave River Trail. The trail is well-maintained for both walking and cycling through the woods during the warmer months, with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails in the winter. Enjoy the scen - ery and peacefulness of the LaHave River Trail, which is only a short distance to Wentzell Lake Provincial Park.





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