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beachLocal 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.

Bridgewater's Climate

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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

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lighthouse Lighthouse Media Group
Publishers of The Bulletin, Lighthouse Log, South Shore Living, The Progress Enterprise, and
Phone (902) 543-2457
Fax (902) 543-2228
ckbw CKBW Radio (98.1 FM)
Local radio and news at its best!
Phone (902) 543-2401
Fax (902) 543-1208
eastlink Eastlink Community Television
Ph: (902) 624-8306
Fax: (902) 624-6194
E-mail: click here
Web site:

Points of Interest


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building_desbrisay2 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
Web site:
wile_carding 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:
bigex 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:
centennial_trail 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!
shipyard 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.


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

Destination Southwest Nova Scotia Association
Toll Free: 1-877-552-4040
Phone: (902) 634-8844
Web site:


Service Organizations

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library-thumbBridgewater Public Library
(public access computers & email)
Ph: 902- 543-9222
Fax: 902-543-0514
Web site:


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



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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