Pictou Lobster Hatchery – Adopt a Baby Lobster!

Pictou Lobster Hatchery

Part of the Northumberland Fisheries Museum, this amazing place offers an operational lobster hatchery accessible to the public.  Come & visit the lobster babies (Stage I – Stage IV lobster larvae) and you can even adopt your own baby lobster!

Learn about the lobster fishing industry, lobster fishermen and even see how a traditional lighthouse keeper lived.

Why we love it:  Amazing to see super young lobsters as they just start to grow. Incredible!!

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Take a visit to the Heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia


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.  






Dave’s Lobster – Great Place for a Roll in Halifax

Dave’s Lobster

Open 7 Days a week, Dave’s Lobster is the place to go for fresh, deliciously amazing lobster rolls loaded with 4 ounces of meat that spills over the bun!   A casual, counter-service eatery, Dave’s Lobster is a “must do” when you’re in town.

Choose from The Local – Cold PEI lobster, a light touch of mayo, diced celery and a few special herbs served on a special split-top roll, buttered and grilled.    Some Fancy – PEI lobster warmed in a pan of butter, lemon and garlic served on a special split-top roll; or the Lobster Taco – PEI lobster in a light mix of mayo, lime and cilantro with just a heat of chili peppers, served on a soft shell tortilla and topped with special coleslaw!

Pair your lobster meal with local craft brew or a glass of wine – and you’ll be happy as a clam!

For those who are not huge fans of lobster – Dave’s Lobster offers Grilled Cheese sandwiches made with PEI’s award-winning Cow’s Creamery Extra Old Cheddar.  Yum!

Why we love it:  They give you a choice of cold or warm lobster rolls.  The yin to the yang!  And, they offer outdoor seating – perfect on a nice, sunny day.

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Rusty Anchor – In the Heart of Cabot Trail

Rusty Anchor

The Rusty Anchor is located in picturesque Pleasant Bay often known as the “half-way point” on the Cabot Trail. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in the heart of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park it is a place you should stop, relax and recharge. Great place for a Cabot Trail Lobster Roll!

There are many more beautiful sights to await you as you enjoy this little piece of heaven on earth. Featured in the “National Geographic Traveller” magazine as the best place to get Lobster Rolls on the Cabot Trail.

The Rust Anchor offers a beautiful patio area with a great ocean view.   Just a great place to stop amidst spectacular mountains and ocean.

Why we love it: Pop in for a relaxed and delicious lunch and then head off for more of the spectacular scenery.

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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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DesBarres Manor Inn – Luxurious lodging and dining

DesBarres Manor Inn
From the moment you enter the beautiful grounds, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Located in the charming seaside village of Guysborough on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore, the DesBarres Manor Inn welcomes you with affordable boutique hotel accommodations.  It is an hour from the Cabot Trail!

Built in 1837 the historic inn has been meticulously restored to its original. Casually elegant common spaces, luxurious guest rooms, original art, fine antiques and genuine maritime hospitality surround you in comfort and relaxation.

Yes, there are the awards for the DesBarres Manor Inn Restaurant – six consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, Nova Scotia’s Cuisine of the Year and twice on the Canadian Wine Annual’s Where to Eat & Stay in Atlantic Canada. But the dining experience at DesBarres Manor Inn remains authentic and East Coast relaxed.  Try the Nova Scotia Lobster Cakes with Mango Rhubarb Salsa!

Why we love it: DesBarres Manor Inn is a leisurely 4 hour drive from Halifax along the Eastern Shore following the scenic Marine Drive Trail.


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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Ye Olde Argyler Lodge – Views of a Scenic Lobster Bay

Ye Olde Argyler Lodge 

A unique lodge situated on a private beach, Ye Olde Argyler Lodge offers comfortable accommodations and outstanding ocean views.  A Canada Select property with consistent high ratings from TripAdvisor reviewers, Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, has an adjoining pub style restaurant featuring mostly seafood. For all you Lobster Lovers out there, book a Lobster Lovers package and induldge!  You’ll go out with Chef Jonathan Joseph to meet the boat and pick your own lobster, Select the Lobster Bay Culinary Adventure and learn how to perfectly boil a lobster!  Fun!

Why we like:  Focused on lobster.  Wonderful sunset views!

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  • Seasonal
  • 52 Ye Olde Argyler Road, Lower Argyle, NS
  • (866) 774-0400


The Shack Oyster Bar – Home of the Crobster Roll

The Shack Oyster Bar 

The Shack Oyster Bar  is the antithesis of a greasy fish ‘n’ chips joint—all of its seafood is freshly shucked or steamed. The Crobster Roll is bursting with a creamy lobster and snow crab salad, heightened with fresh dill and mustard seed. This waterfront snack is perfect on a sunny day. Go to any Maritime fishing village and you’ll see the waterline inlets dotted with ruggedly built wharfs where fisherman tie up their boats. Small ragged shacks usually adorn these wharves. It’s where the fisherman store their gear, mend their nets, have a few drinks of rum when they get thirsty and cook up a pot of their catch when they get hungry. The owners have taken one of those shacks (fancied it up a bit) and placed it in a spot where everyone can enjoy the true simplicity of a fisherman’s catch.

Why we love it:  Innovative lobster rolls – like the Crobster!  Try the Black Point Oysters.

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  • Seasonal
  • Open 7 Days A Week – Weather Permitting.  11:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • 1751 Lower Water Street, Queen’s Wharf, Halifax, NS B3J 1T3


The Pebble Bed & Breakfast – Close to the Waterfront

The Pebble Bed & Breakfast

A 5 Star Canada Select property, this B&B  is located in a quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac.   Just minutes from the Halifax waterfront, The Pebble Bed and Breakfast is nicely appointed and the hosts are gracious and knowledgeable about the area.   A home away from home!

Why we love it: Close to the working waterfront and maritime shops

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The Old Fish Factory – Enjoy Lobster Wharfside

The Old Fish Factory Restaurant and Ice House Bar

Housed in a former fish processing facility, The Old Fish Factory Restaurant  and Ice House Bar is located on Lunenburg’s historic waterfront inside the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic!  With outstanding views of Lunenburg’s Harbour, the menu features a wide variety of the freshest local Atlantic seafood including lobster, scallop and mussels!   The Ice House Jam features Live Music weekly and the Rum Club features legend, lore and tastings on Thursday nights.

Why we like it:  Great views, patio dining and weekly live entertainment!

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The Living Wharves – Lessons by Local Fishermen

The Living Wharves

Visit one of the many “Living Wharves” along Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores and listen to the many fishing stories of retired and active fishermen.  Hear all about working conditions and what it is like to brave the elements in the name of lobster and other species. Try your hand at splicing or braiding ropes for lobster traps!

Daily demonstrations from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What we love:  Conversations with the fishermen who catch our lobster dinners!   

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Shore Club – Home of the Famous Lobster Supper

Shore Club

For more than 75 years, the Shore Club has been offering fresh caught Atlantic lobster as part of  their world famous lobster suppers!  After serving more than one million suppers, this is a Maritime “must-do” experience. Enjoy a lobster tradition at the same tables where Prince Charles and Lady Diana dined in 1983.   The Shore Club Lobster Supper includes an all you can eat salad bar and unlimited local mussels!   Kids meals are available.   Visiting on Saturday night?  Enjoy live entertainment in the Dance Hall!

Why we love it: Traditional lobster dinners with unlimited local mussels!  That’s right – all you can eat!   Delish!

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Salt Store Gift Shop – Nautical Themed Gifts for All Ages

Located at the entrance of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, The Salt Store Gift Shop offers an exciting array of items attractive to every shopping desire and budget. It occupies the first floor of the oldest building in the Museum complex. Originally built by W. C. Smith and Company Limited in 1899, the structure was used as a salt storehouse for the fishing industry, as well as a warehouse and cooperage.

Why we love it:  It’s better to give than to receive.  Lots of gift items for friends and family!

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Rum Runner Inn – Directly Across from the Harbour

Rum Runner Inn

Directly located on the waterfront, this inn offers 13 individually appointed rooms. Enjoy the panoramic view of Lunenburg’s harbour, golf course and the local architecture. Indulge in  Rum Runner’s innovative seasonal menu showcasing the best of the local flavors incorporating organic elements where possible. TripAdvisor reviewers love the Rum Runner Inn!

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Why we love it:   It’s location right across from the waterfront!

♥ More inspiration: Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub – Beer Brewed Onsite



Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant – Beer Brewed Onsite

Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub

With 18th-century beamed ceilings and thick plank floors, Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant is a favorite of visitors and locals alike! Soak up the ambience as you dine on fresh seafood and sip premium brewed beers, brewed onsite at southwest Nova Scotia’s only microbrewery restaurant. Just a five-minute walk from downtown, this business is famous for its fresh seafood, excellent service and spacious wrap-around deck overlooking Yarmouth’s waterfront. A 12-slip floating dock marina is located on the property for the convenience of nautical guests.

Enjoy fresh boiled Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner or a hot lobster roll.

Why we love it:  The wrap around deck for warm summer nights!

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♥ More inspiration:  Peggy’s Cove Bed & Breakfast –  A Warm Welcome

Peggy’s Cove Bed & Breakfast – A Warm Welcome

Peggy’s Cove Bed & Breakfast

Peggy’s Cove Bed and Breakfast offers a warm and comfortable place for some well-deserved rest and relaxation! A home away from home, this property was originally owned by famed Peggy’s Cove artist William de Garthe and is tastefully decorated, highlighting its heritage and spectacular location. All five rooms have off-room decks, queen beds, private bath, quality bed linens, local art works, highlighted with William deGarthe prints. Enjoy the panoramic, breathtaking views of the Cove, St. Margaret’s Bay on the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Lighthouse!

Why we love it: Magnificent views of the famous lighthouse and cove!

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Murphy’s Gift Store – Souvenirs and Nautical Items

Murphy’s Gift Store

Murphy’s the Cable Wharf offers a newly renovated gift ship designed to offer something for everyone. With the largest gift shop on the beautiful Halifax waterfront. Murphy’s has a large handpicked assortment of nautical items, Halifax and Nova Scotia merchandise, and special collections including Theodore Tugboat and Harbour Hopper merchandise. All of these souvenirs and gift items are just minutes away from the central location at 1751 Lower Water Street! A must stop.

Why we love it:  Tons of nautical items to choose from!

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♥ More inspiration?  How to cook and eat your lobster? YUM! 

Murphy’s Cable Wharf – A Traditional Maritime Meal

Murphy’s Cable Wharf Restaurant 

Open year round, Murphy’s Cable Wharf Restaurant was the former home of the Cable Ship Terminal built in 1913. Nearly 100 years later, it is now a boathouse styled restaurant featuring an incredible patio sitting directly over the water. While dining in the restaurant, guests will enjoy an unobstructed view of the water from every angle. Guests will enjoy a live lobster tank featuring 300 lobsters where you are able to net your own lobster, and a touch tank featuring native marine life. The restaurant’s menu is a combination of traditional maritime favourites and time honoured recipes from the Murphy’s kitchen with a modern touch. The majority of the menu is seafood based. Favourites include our Signature Lobster Roll, Runner Up at the 2012 Savour Food and Wine Show, and our Green Lane Farm Seafood Chowder, Winner of the 2012 Best Seafood Chowder in Nova Scotia competition. Guests can enjoy meals indoors or on the patio and the extensive menu includes Lobster Dinner – of course!

Why we love it:   A true maritime dining experience!

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MacKinnon-Cann Inn – Close to the Yarmouth Ferry

MacKinnon-Cann Inn

Built in 1887, the MacKinnon-Cann Inn is an example of an Italianate Victorian style manor home that offers spacious and nicely appointed accommodations. With seven gorgeously appointed guest suites, each one has been meticulously crafted to represent the elegance of each decade 1900 through 1960. This property is very close to the Yarmouth ferry!

Why we love it:  Beautifully restored and close the Ferry!

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Halls Harbour Lobster Pound – Doesn’t Come Fresher

Halls Harbour Lobster Pound and Restaurant

Does lobster taste better if enjoyed outdoors? Halls Harbour Lobster Pound & Restaurant offers a great chance to do so! Nestled on the Bay of Fundy, in a small Nova Scotian fishing village, the smell of lobster mingles with the scents of pine and sea wrack at low tide. It’s authentic “LOBSTER IN THE ROUGH”. Halls Harbour dates back to 1779 and is named after Captain Hall who used the natural harbour with his privateers as home base. Today the restaurant has lobster pounds on site, so ask for an informative tour and learn more about lobster! In fact, the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound now serves as one of the largest lobster holding facilities in Canada with a capacity of up to 65,000 pounds. With waterfront dining room and tables on the outside deck, Hall’s specializes in cooked and live lobster, this is also the perfect place to buy and take home.

Why we love it:  Lobster everywhere!  Authentic lobster eating experience.

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Guest-Lovitt House – Lovely B&B Near the Ferry

Guest-Lovitt House

With glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, Guest Lovitt House is one of the most popular places to stay in Yarmouth. Comfortable, spacious and well maintained, this B&B was built in 1874 and is a Victorian masterpiece! The innkeepers are very accommodating and they will even pickup you up at the Yarmouth airport or ferry terminal – just phone ahead to let them know when you are arriving!

Why we love it:  The hospitality can’t be beat!

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  • 12 Paradise Street, Yarmouth, NS B5A 3A4
  • (902) 742-0372

♥ More inspiration?  Marvel at Canada’s Natural Wonder – the Bay of Fundy

Five Fishermen Restaurant – Exceptional Dining in Halifax

Five Fishermen Restaurant

For a chance to get fancy, Five Fishermen is recognized annually as one of the best dining experiences in Halifax, and located in one of downtown’s most historical buildings with connections to the Titanic and Halifax Explosion. With a full menu they serve up lobster-inspired starters like lobster empanadas and crispy corn-crusted lobster claws. Yum! With dark wood and exposed brick, this is romantic and historical choice in a maritime town. The building that was originally constructed as a schoolhouse in 1817 and is across the street from St Paul’s Anglican Church (the oldest building in Halifax, built in 1750, the year after Halifax was founded.) Insider Tip: As Nova Scotia is as famous for lobster as it is scallops, we’d suggest trying the lobster stuffed Digby Scallops. Expensive? Sure. Worth it? The reviews clearly agree, this one is a keeper!

Why we love it: One of the best “fancy” yet comfortable dining experiences in Halifax!

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Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake – Close to Everything

Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake

The Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake is the 2013 Canadian Hotel of the Year by Choice Hotels Canada and Halifax’s #1 rated hotel on Tripadvisor! Located in Bayer’s Lake Business Park, historic downtown Halifax and its many sites and shopping are only 10 minutes away and many of Nova Scotia’s premier tourist destinations, including Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay, Lunenberg, Exhibition Park and Granite Springs Golf Course are all just a short drive away.Strategically located along the major highways, this hotel is ideal for those looking to rest, before or after a flight, with Halifax Stanfield International Airport a 25 minute drive from the highways.

Why we love it:  Conveniently located and 10 minutes from the major sites!

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Colby House B &B – Cape Breton Hospitality Awaits

Colby House Bed & Breakfast

Built in the early 1900s, Colby House offers exceptional service, comfortable accommodations and is within easy walking distance of downtown Sydney. Highly rated on Tripadvisor, Colby House is nicely appointed and with spacious rooms and outstanding breakfasts! Hosts are knowledgeable and quite hospitable. Many call this property, a home away from home!

Why we love it:   Within walking distance to downtown Sydney!

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  • 10 Park Street, Sydney, NS B1P 4W4
  • (902) 539-4095


Cape Breton Lobster Adventure Tours – The Big Catch

Cape Breton Lobster Adventure Tours

Join Captain Brian of Cape Breton Lobster Adventure Tours on an educational and biological study of lobsters.Catch giant lobsters and learn about their habitat. Some lobsters caught have weighed in about more than 25 pounds! Now, that’s a keeper! While on the Bras d’Or Lakes, see Alexander Graham Bell’s estate, the sunken ship Yankee, bald eagles and seals.

Why we love it:  See lobsters at the source.  Great way to learn about lobster fishing!

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