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Local wisdom has it that all roads on the South Shore end up at a beautiful, silver sand or cobblestone beach. Bridgewater is only minutes away from some of the regions finest salt water beaches; Crescent Beach, Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Hirtle's Beach, and Kingsburg as well as numerous fresh water beaches.

The road that led Brian and Yvonne Morgan to Bridgewater took a little longer...

"After 35 years of working in the oil industry, our life journey towards the goal of "freedom 55" led us from Borneo and everywhere in-between, to Bridgewater... Not only do we enjoy the leisurely pace, we find the quality of life here encompasses everything we always wanted in our "last best place", especially the excellent range of outdoor pursuits that are available. Retirement means something different to everyone. For us, it was also an opportunity to do something different and start our own business, Mail Boxes Etc. We even made our business arrangements from halfway around the world thanks to technology and the co-operation of the Town and the Bridgewater & Area Chamber of Commerce. We've seen the world. Bridgewater is definitely a place we're happy to call home."

Brian and Yvonne Morgan, Retired and Owner Operators of Mail Boxes Etc., on why they chose Bridgewater as their wise retirement location.

Bridgewater's Climate

According to Environment Canada: " Nova Scotia owes everything to the sea, especially its climate. Robust winters, reluctant springs, fresh summers, and lingering falls; reliable precipitation and lavish snowfalls; misty sunlight, thick fog, and expansive sea ice -- all of these, and many more, are a part of Nova Scotia's maritime climate. The influence of the sea is not surprising. The province is virtually a peninsula surrounded by seas: the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Fundy to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east." Here's what contributes to Bridgewater's attraction:

  • On average, only about 15% of Nova Scotia's total annual precipitation originates as snow
  • Summers are relatively cool in Nova Scotia. Afternoon summer temperatures reach 25C in the interior, but along the coast are frequently 4 to 6C cooler
  • The ocean remains a cooling source, minimum night temperatures along the coast about 2 to 3C below temperatures inland
  • Climate allows for an unparalleled 12 month construction season in Bridgewater
  • The South Shore is second only to British Columbia as having the most temperate climate in Canada
  • Provincial average full days of sunshine: 160 days per year. Average annual rainfall: 1261mm


Media Services

Lighthouse Publishing Limited
Publishers of The Bulletin, Lighthouse Log, South Shore Living, The Progress Enterprise.
Phone (902) 543-2457
Fax (902) 543-2228
E-mail: mail@lighthouse.ns.ca
Website: www.lighthouse.ns.ca
CKBW Radio (98.1 FM)
Local radio and news at its best!
Phone (902) 543-2401
Fax (902) 543-1208
E-mail: ckbw@ckbw.com
Website:  www.ckbw.com


Eastlink Community Television
Ph: (902) 624-8306
Fax: (902) 624-6194
E-mail:  pseaman@eastlink.ca
Web site: www.eastlink.ca


Points of Interest

DesBrisay Museum
Open year round, it is nestled in the 25 acre Bridgewater Woodland Gardens, a pleasant natural setting with cultivated wildflowers, native flora, and birds. A duck pond, waterfall, and extended wood area enhances the setting for the museum. One of Canada's oldest public museum collections, the DesBrisay presents a unique glimpse of Lunenburg County's history, heritage and geography.
Phone: 902-543-4033
Fax: 902-543-4713
E-mail: museum@town.bridgewater.ns.ca
Web site: www.town.bridgewater.ns.ca/museum.htm

Wile Carding Mill (1860)
It is the oldest surviving industrial building in Bridgewater. This Provincial Museum features costumed interpreters, working water mill and offers hands-on programs.
Phone 902-543-8233
Web site: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/wcm/

South Shore Exhibition
Bridgewater is home to one of the oldest summertime exhibitions in Nova Scotia, the South Shore Exhibition which draws up to 60,000 visitors annually. A combination of agricultural and livestock displays, craft shows, food booths and Midway. The 'Big Ex' also features the International Ox Pull.
Web site: http://www.geocities.com/ssbigex/
The Centennial Trail
This 8-kilometer multi-use trail is ideal for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. It meanders through forested areas, meadows and parks along the river and offers an opportunity to run errands as it loops around the town center and its many amenities. A spectaular view of the river is afforded from high atop the restored railway bridge!
Shipyards Landing
Everyone enjoys watching boating activity on the river! On the west bank of the LaHave River at the south end of town Shipyards Landing offers residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade and watch the boats, or launch watercraft from the slipway.
HMCS Fraser
A decommissioned naval destroyer of historical significance is docked at the Bridgewater Wharf.

For more information on local area attractions, festivals, and events please contact:

Bridgewater Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commission
60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, NS. B4V 3X9
Phone: (902) 543-2274
Fax: (902) 543-6876
E-mail: recreation@town.bridgewater.ns.ca

Bridgewater Visitor Information Centre (operates seasonally)
45 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater, NS
Phone: (902) 543-7003 off-season call (902) 543-4263

South Shore Tourism Association
P.O. Box 380, Mahone Bay, NS, B0J 2E0
Phone (902) 634-8844
Web site: www.ssta.com


Service Organizations

Bridgewater Public Library
(public access computers & email)
Ph: 902- 543-9222
Fax: 902-543-0514
E-mail: ansbs@nsbs@nsbs.library.ns.ca
Web site: http://ssrl.library.ns.ca

Bridgewater has over 200 active not for profit community organizations and support groups including:

Big Brother & Big Sisters




Royal Canadian Legion


Lions Club


A more complete listing of community groups and service organizations can be found at http://www.town.bridgewater.ns.ca/prgroups.htm.



Blessed Hope Baptist Church Salvation Army
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Seventh-Day Adventist
Holy Trinity Anglican Church St Paul's Lutheran Church
Jehovah's Witnesses St. Joseph's Roman Catholic
Lighthouse Christian Fellowship United Baptist Church
New Life Christian Pentecostal United Church
Open Bible Church


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