Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
On Nova Scotia’s South Shore, a one-hour drive from the Halifax International Airport, is Mahone Bay – for many visitors the “New Martha’s Vineyard.” The area is known for its shipbuilding; the hospitality of its residents, and a historic village of the same name that looks like it’s straight out of a storybook. Mahone Bay’s Main Street features upscale restaurants and shops, art galleries, outdoor plazas, a marina, and the three signature church spires of St. James’ Anglican, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Trinity United. There’s lots to do and lot going on in this little town of just over 900 inhabitants. The Pirate Festival and Regatta is held at the end of July/start of August each year and brings many visitors to the town, as does the Scarecrow Festival in the Fall. This quaint fishing community is a postcard perfect maritime town.