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River John | Nova Scotia

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Rushton’s Beach Provincial Park

Looking for a beach with warm salt water, large sand bars and Salt Marshes, Rushtons Beach is perfect for swimming. The salt marshes attract loads of birds for the bird watchers in the family.

Make sure to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the many shaded Picnic tables.

Keep in mind that the beach is a bit of a walk from the parking areas, but visitors say it’s well worth the walk.

Photos: Google Maps, Alex B; https://www.novascotia.com/see-do/outdoor-activities/rushtons-beach-provincial-park/1984

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Read by the Sea

Recommended by Katie Scott

June – July

Read by the Sea is a literary festival started in 2000 in River John, which happens mid-summer each year. There are tons of activities over the 3-day event, including ones specifically for younger children, middle schoolers, and young adults.

In the main stage, authors give readings of their works and conduct Q&As. I’ve personally attended this festival, and even though I’m not an avid reader, it was still a fun experience being able to meet the authors and hear more about the ideas behind the stories.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/readbythesea/

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River John Sunday Market

In their own words, the River John Sunday Market includes “vendors with products they grow, make or bake,” in addition to live music, BBQ, and wagon rides run by the Lismore Sheep Farm. Unlike most markets, the Sunday Market in River John opens in December for a special Christmas-themed version.

We love to see any opportunity to support locals.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/RiverJohnSundayMarket/

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Janice Murray Gill Memorial Library

Recommended by Katie Scott

The River John Janice Murray Gill Memorial Library has activities, events, and programs running all year round, and they’re completely free. You’ll want to register online since sessions can fill up fast. The library offers weekly drop-in children’s playtime, after-school games and crafts on Thursdays, conversation clubs for languages like French and Spanish, knitting circles, board game nights, and many more.

It’s not all just for kids! One of my favorites is “The Banned Books” book discussion club. There is always something on the schedule, so everyone can find something that interests them.

Photo: http://www.parl.ns.ca/locations/riverjohn.php

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Shelby Ranch

For all things horse-related, Shelby Ranch is where to go. They have the expected services like horse-riding lessons (for kids and adults), riding excursions on different trails, pony rides, and wagon or sleigh rides. However, they offer unique experiences they call horseback riding adventures, which differ depending on the season and time of day.

It’s not just about the horses, though; the ranch offers a Petting Farm and axe throwing! And who doesn’t want to give the old mechanical bull a shot? There’s an indoor play place called “RanchLand” and what they describe as a “bouncy Velcro sticky wall.” Plus, if you’re around in October, you can go on a haunted wagon ride that takes passengers through a spooky haunted trail with live actors.

Photo: https://www.shelbyranch.ca

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Coastal Spirit Expeditions

Another exciting outdoor adventure comes from Coastal Spirit Expeditions. This kayaking activity tours Cape John where past paddlers report seeing large groups of seals, some that follow the kayaks along, and a wide variety of birds like eagles, blue herons, and waterfowl. Instructor Peter Whaley comes with rave reviews.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066617349092

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Lismore Sheep Farm

Such a friendly and fun-loving place to visit, featuring everything wool related that you could imagine, including a nice selection of yarns at an affordable price. Lismore Sheep Farm Wool Shop will be a hit with the whole family with live, friendly animals for the kids to pet and loads of great information about wool. There is a gift shop full of items made of wool. If you are going to make the trip, it is suggested that you go on Saturday so that you don’t miss the amazing market with live music and delicious food being sold.

Photo: https://lismoresheepfarmwoolshop.com/pages/about-us

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Seafoam Lavender Company and Gardens

Walk through endless fields of lavender and experience the amazing smell, all the bees hard at work and monarch butterflies. Seafoam Lavender Company and Gardens provides a magical experience like no other, a great place for a peaceful walk and a calm picnic. Enjoy the smiling staff offering harvesting tours and a fantastic gift shop.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/seafoamlavender/

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Anna Swan Museum at the Creamery

There is something special about this small-town museum, with a variety of things to do and look at, activities to keep children engaged, and plenty of interesting information for the adults; you are sure to learn a boatload at Anna Swan Museum. Anna Swan was a famous Giantess, and the museum honours her life as she was born and raised in the Tatamagouche Region of the North Shore in Nova Scotia. Visitors claim that the lady working here is knowledgeable and very kind. This is a must-visit location in River John, NS.

Photo: https://www.tatamagoucheheritagecentre.ca/anna-swan/

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Caldera Distilling

Featuring a charming tasting room and knowledgeable and personable staff, visiting Caldera Distilling will surely be a hit with the whiskey lover in your entourage. Don’t miss this unassuming place as you drive by; stop in and enjoy the upbeat and friendly service this Distillery offers. With its big taste and smooth finishes, even non-whiskey drinkers will be impressed.

Photo: Google Maps, Rick McCaskill

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The Overstreet Cafe

Coffee! The Nectar of the Gods, if you’re in the area and looking for the best cup of joe, stop by The Overstreet Cafe. Enjoy your Java and check out the Delicious Bakery items the Cafe offers, including many gluten-free options. With an open and fresh atmosphere and great service, you won’t regret stopping by this Gem!

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North Shore SUP (Stand UP Paddling)

If you like beaches and nature, North Shore SUP will have you in heaven. Sandy beaches, warm water, this quiet and out-of-the-way beach is the perfect place to take the family swimming. Rent some boards and take them out on the river, or if you’re feeling brave, you can head out onto the open ocean.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/northshoresup1/

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