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Take a visit to the Heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax

This gem of a maritime village congers up the sound of seagulls, salt tinged breezes and an old world charm.  This is the heart of Lobsterland in Canada, and Halifax Nova Scotia is a sure bet for a day trip, weekend getaway or a week’s stay and play!

For a city with more pubs and clubs per capita than almost any city in Canada, you are bound to have plenty of dining choices.

Why we love it: A beautiful maritime town with waterviews, quaint streets and excellent dining.  

 

 

 

 

 

The Quarterdeck Grill – The drive itself is worth it!

The Quarterdeck Grill

Located along Nova Scotia’s beautiful Sandy South Shore, on the Lighthouse Route. As the name suggests, lighthouses and spectacular views, not to mention the miles and miles of white sand beaches, dot the coastline as you drive to this great eatery.  .

Located virtually half-way between Halifax and Yarmouth, it’s close to historic Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Liverpool, home to Nova Scotia’s 18th Century privateers.  The Quarterdeck Grill has gained the reputation as  one of Sandy South Shore’s finest for fresh seafood.

The oceanside view alone is delicious. You can dine inside or outside on the Grill’s all-weather covered deck.

Try  fresh lobster tails stuffed with scallops and shrimp. Are you a lobster purist? Order steamed Nova Scotia lobster.  The planked salmon is famous on the South Shore, uniquely seasoned and grilled in an outdoor wood fire pit. Or choose bountiful pastas, great steaks, delicately grilled fresh fish or salads brimming with scallops shrimp and lobster.

Why we love it:  Getting there is half the fun with lovely views indoor and out!

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Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar – Lobster Mac n’ Cheese

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

Located in a newly renovated heritage building in the historic downtown core, Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is Charlottetown’s premiere dining location. This new addition to the capital city’s dinner hour restaurant scene offers a wide selection of Island raised beef proprietary to Sims Corner (and seafood galore.)

“Sims Custom Cut” is aged 45 days for optimal taste and tenderness. Sims also offers an impressive all-island oyster bar.  For lobster lovers, lunch offers a lobster roll and dinner a Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese!

The inviting interior lends a rustic elegance encouraging you to linger in one of our comfortable plush booths, or relax in the cozy wine bar. The impressive wine selection is second to none, giving  guests a wide selection of Old and New World wines to accompany their lunch or dinner selection. In addition, we have an on-site 20-person wine cellar dining room available for private functions, family celebrations and business gatherings.

Why we love it: There is a Lobster Mac n’ Cheese on the dinner menu that’s “labeled an out of body experience!”

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Summerside Lobster Festival – Prince Edward Island in July

A Summerside Tradition

The 2016 edition of the Summerside Lobster Festival’s week-long Festival (July 18-24) offers community fun, cultural events /activities and culinary components including celebrity chef demonstrations, food samplings, special themed days, a mini midway for kids and families and much more.

Steeped in tradition of celebrating the community, its culture and history with world famous PEI lobster, this event has been bringing residents and visitors together to enjoy family fun in Summerside for years.

A few highlights:

  • Monday, July 18th – Parade Day
  • Wednesday, July 20th – Celtic Day
    • LobsterBowl Step-Dancing Competition
  • Friday, July 22nd – Acadian Day
    • Special boat tour; information on Lobster fishing, Oyster fishing, Summerside and Holman’s Island

Why we love it:  It’s a week long celebration!  Fun for the whole family. 

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Salty’s – A waterfront eatery in Halifax

Salty’s Restaurant

About as close to the Halifax Harbour as it gets! The casual atmosphere of the Bar & Patio, with  waterfront location make Salty’s a natural for gatherings during the day and well into the evening.

If you desire something quieter then head upstairs to the restaurant, which offers a superb view of Halifax Harbour, and a great selection of local shellfish, fish, steak, lamb and chicken.  The views make the ideal backdrop for a romantic dinner, social occasion, or business luncheon.

Why we love it: You can go casual downstairs and grab a lobster roll or “fancy it up” in the dining room (with a view!)

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Baddeck Lobster Suppers – An authentic dinner experience.

Baddeck Lobster Suppers

A family owned,  neighborhood restaurant featuring, locally fished lobster, salmon, crab and more! They are looking forward to hosting you for an evening of grub and glug on the beautiful Cabot Trail of Cape Breton Island.

 The menu is all about seafood and includes locally fished lobster.  This lobster entree comes with all you can eat rolls, teabiscuits, Cape Breton steamed mussels, seafood chowder, one of our home-made desserts, a non-alcholic beverage, tea/coffee.)  SWEET!

Why we love it:  It’s a total family affair, even down to the family fished lobster!

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Spinnaker Inn – Overlooking Lunenberg Harbor

Nestled in the heart of historic Lunenburg, overlooking the historic Lunenburg harbour, The Spinnaker Inn offers premier accommodation and beautiful waterfront views.

Enjoy the views from your room or take a stroll on the waterfront right outside your door.  Convenient to everything, this antique charmer offers four lovely suite options.

Directly below the Spinnaker Inn lies The Salt Shaker Deli, one of Lunenburg’s best known casual eateries famous for its smoked seafood chowder & mussels. Enjoy great fresh from scratch food, craft beers, and local wine while overlooking the waterfront!

Why we love it:  Stay smack in the center in the heart of beautiful Lunenberg and walk to everything.  

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The Lobster Shack – Amazing Menu of Lobster Eats

The Lobster Shack

Behold a Nova Scotia restaurant  focused on a locally inspired ingredients and of course Lobster!  The Barrington area is often called the Lobster Capital of Canada, where the landed catch of lobster is highest in the country.

Offering sit down and take out, this cute lobster eatery offers an incredible array of lobster items on thier menu.  Start with Baked Lobster Spinach Dip which offers a rich blend of lobster, spinach, cream cheese, green onions and mayo baked with a house blend of cheese.  Or munch on Lobster Nachos, which offers a mountain of tortilla chips topped with peppers, green onion, house blend of cheese and fresh sautéed Lobster!

Entrees include the much loved baked stuff lobster and something called the Ooey Gooey Haddock & Lobster Bake.  What a name! Haddock smothered in creamy lobster & spinach topped with a house blend of cheese.  YUM!

Why we love it:  How can you not love a restuarant with a menu, mainly built aorund lobster.  

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South Shore Fish Shack – Amazing Harbor Views

South Shore Fish Shack

Located in the heart of historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, The South Shore Fish Shack features a simple menu of seaside favourites, sourced locally and classically prepared. With dishes designed to let the fresh seafood shine while you enjoy stunning harbour views from either of their patios.

The South Shore Fish Shack is owned and operated by Martin and Sylvie Ruiz-Salvador, the husband and wife team behind the award winning Fleur de Sel Restaurant and the Salt Shaker Deli – both established Lunenburg hot spots. Martin and Sylvie take tremendous pride in delivering an authentic East Coast experience for all of their guests.

Why we love it: Incredible outdoor patio views, a great shack seafood menu including steam lobster and lobster rolls!

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Lobster fishing handed down through generations

Since he was 8 years old, Dale has been fishing the waters around Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada.  The island, which is near the Maine and Canadian border, boasts about 750 full time residents.  Accessible only by car ferry, Deer Island is surrounded by the Bay of Fundy, which has some of the highest tides in the world.  With up to 28 feet rise and fall of tide every twelve hours, you have to be careful where you leave your boat. Timing is everything when it comes to fishing in these parts of Canada.

Lobster fishing with his son by his side, Dale recounts how his father fished, his grandfather fished and several generations before that fished.  Fishing knowledge is handed down from generation to generation.  “My father and I were best friends. I chased him every day; whatever he was doing, I was doing.”

Life in the lobster business has been good for Dale, who says everything he has comes from fishing.  This includes his wife, who he met when she was on island doing her PhD study on the Deer island fisheries.  As part of her research, she called to interview him.  They were married 7 months later.

The lobster fishing family in Alma, NB

Fishing Family of Lobster Fishermen

Nestled in the beautiful seaside village of Alma, NB, gateway to Fundy National Park, lives a family of lobster fishermen with large boats and even larger hearts. Up and down the Atlantic Coast, fishing families working alongside each other are not uncommon. At the top of this family tree is grandfather Reg Collins, who in 1959 paid only 25 cents for his first lobster license.

A lot has changed since then.  This family of now seven lobster fishermen owns a lobster pound and shop, while the grandsons own and operate the largest custom built lobster fishing vessels in New Brunswick. They own five boats in Alma Harbour and perhaps as a homage to their good fortune and life on the sea, two boats are named “ Grateful One” and “Thankful Too”.

Captain Clinton – Fishes off of Deer Island, New Brunswick

Lobster fisherman Clinton

Lobster is a family affair for Clinton, a lobster fisherman who fishes with his father (Laurie) and grandfather (Allison).  His aunt works for a large lobster processor on the same island, which ships lobster internationally.  Much of the lobster caught in Canadian waters is shipped to far away places like Europe and Asia.  Due to the time of year lobster is caught in Canada, it provides lobster with a hard shell that is ideal for the long journey.

Generations of lobster fishermen in Canada are quite common, as lobster is the lifeblood for many communities along the eastern seaboard.  The coast is dotted with small communities just like the one found on Deer Island.  With approximately 600 residents, Deer Island is linked to the mainland by ferry, the only way on or off the island for those not lucky enough to own a lobster boat.

Interested in a morning commute by boat?

Ever feel tempted to trade your four wheels for floating transportation?  Lobster fishermen are the complete 360 to traditional rows of cars, at the office parking lot.  Instead fishermen line up their transport, in rows at the wharf!  Bet we’d all agree it’s a bit more scenic!

So imagine…no traffic.  No honking horns.  No gridlock.   Just you and and a true convertible.   Trading billboards for seagulls.  The sometimes smog for salty air.  Air conditioning for sea breezes.

The lobster boat commute.  A person can dream right?  The only “burst in the bubble” is the timing of most lobster fishermen’s commutes.  It’s usually before the sun comes up!

 

 

 

 

Rossmount Inn – Wine and Dine New Brunswick, Canada

The Rossmount Inn

The Rossmount Inn, located in St. Andrews NB, is a three story manor house on part of an 87 acre estate set between the forest and the sea. It includes Chamcook Mountain, the highest point in the Passamaquoddy Bay area with breathtaking vistas over the Bay, Chamcook Lake, St. Croix River and the coast of Maine.  Truly the perfect location for your vacation, get-a-way weekend, dinner party, wedding, business meeting or special event.   In fact, the Rossmount Inn offers peaceful lodging and a bed and breakfast stay, so you might go up stairs to sleep after a blissful lobster feast.

Enjoy a wonderful dinner in the lovely casually elegant dining room where Chef and Owner Chris Aerni serves modern fine cuisine with market fresh specialties and seasonal offerings.   Dine by candlelight and order the lobster of the day, which may easily turn out to be the best you have ever had!  Relax in the comfortable old English style Lounge Bar where Single Malt Whiskies are a specialty or if the weather and season allows, sit on the veranda or by the pool for amazing views and an idlyilic evening.   Only minutes away from the historic town of St. Andrews, Chris & Graziella Aerni and their staff will provide you with true Maritime hospitality and ensure that your visit will be a memorable one.

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A very cool lobster couple in Annandale, PEI

Meet Captains Colin and Dawn!

Fishing lobster on Prince Edward Island, married couple, Colin and Dawn – give new meaning to the word teamwork.  Annandale, is where they call home, an island village boasting classic rows of weathered fishing shacks and green wide fields for livestock.

With a family history of lobster fishing, this duo both had parents that fished – including Dawn’s own mother.  The first woman in Annandale to operate a lobster fleet, she hauled her own traps alongside her husband (who also had his own boat.)  Colin also recalls his grandfather as a lobster fisherman.  It’s in his blood, and he just “loves it”, he said.  Adding “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

It’s not hard to understand why, in their quiet seaside location, which is filled with partially built wood framed traps.  The family builds them in the off-season and hundreds are piled up in big stacks.  No loud machinery, no computers, just the sound of hands working.  Whether on land or at sea, peace, is a word (well used), to describe this area of the world.

Meet a Wedgeport, NS lobster fisherman

Meet Capt Lucien!

Home to some 3,800 coastal islands, the province of Nova Scotia hosts the fishing grounds of our hero, Lucien.  Living and working in the scenic town of Wedgeport, Lucien proudly points out the boat building facilities located there – producing many of the boats used by Canadian fishermen.

His boat in particular features large holding facilities for the catch, for several days at sea.  Unlike many lobster fishermen who go out for a hard day of catching lobster, Lucien often fishes in 600 foot waters, and has to stay out on his fishing trips, for several overnights at a time.

As a young man, with a long life of lobstering ahead of him, Lucien wants to help ensure there are plentiful lobsters for generations to come.   He adheres to the laws designed to protect lobster fishermen and the industry as a whole.  As part of strict conservancy efforts, all lobster traps must be equipped with special escape vents.  These vents allow undersized lobsters to escape and also utilize a biodegradable panel, that is designed to release lobsters from traps, if the traps are lost while fishing.