135 Water St
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
B0T 1W0 Canada
tel: 1 902 875 2729
toll-free: 1 800 646 1577
What a lovely place to spend our week here in Nova Scotia.! The view of the harbour is spectacular. We've enjoyed a glorious week of Indian Summer traveling along the lighthouse trail. A few favourite slights were Peggy's Cove and Mahone Bay and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market in Halifax. Enjoying a soak in the hot tub after driving all day was so relaxing. Great week!
Ocean Vista Cottage is a very comfortable, easy to "be at home" in! The view is breathtaking and an easy stroll to the wharf and beach. It's great!
Sai Beach house is one of the most luxurious and beautiful places we've stayed at and we've stay at a few! Great design only bettered by the view.
Castaway Ocean Lodge was a honeymoon haven for us on our first trip to Nova Scotia; a wonderful way to start married life. Some highlights included basking in the hot tup, kayaking round the bay, morning coffee on the decking with the resident heron, a visit from a raccoon who tapped the window when watching tv! Great food in the Beandock Cafe and Quarter Deck Grill and beaches and walks and much, much more. Castaways was a special place for us. We loved it.
What to Bring
For me, packing for our vacations is both a pleasure and a curse. I love the thought of leaving, but hate the activity of getting ready. Suitcases line my bedroom floor for days ahead of time. I put things in and then take them out. It’s hard to plan the perfect “go-with-everything wardrobe”. There is so much to think about, especially when you have children! The new airline rules for the number of suitcases and carry-on-bags you can take with you just add another frustrating dimension to this task!
GroceriesAll the cottages are stocked with basic condiments at the beginning of the season. All food in the fridge was purchased this season. You are welcome to use the food that is in the fridge and cupboards.
There are grocery stores in all the major towns: Liverpool, Lockeport, Shelburne and Barrington. The Sobey’s in Shelburne stays open until 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and is also open on Sundays. The Atlantic Superstore is a good grocery shop and can be found close by in Yarmouth, Barrington, and Liverpool. There are also independent fish markets - Mr. Fish in Shelburne has a good supply. If you see someone selling seafood from the back of their pick up truck, it is safe to buy. It is most likely a fisherman or his family. The seafood will be fresh.
Wine, Beer and SpiritsNSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation) stores can be found in all major towns close by – Barrington, Yarmouth, Liverpool and Shelburne. Stores usually stay open until 9 p.m in the summer.
Towels and Bed LinensHand, face and bath towels are provided. The homeowners would prefer that bath towels were not taken to the beach, so please bring a beach towel with you. Bed linens are provided in all cottages. If you require a “special” pillow in order to sleep, please bring that with you.
Toiletries and MedicationsBring all personal toiletries and all prescriptions with you. Pharmacies are usually open quite late during the week and on Sundays if you need over the counter medications.
ClothingNova Scotia’s summer weather pattern is typically warm days with cool nights. Being on the coast, you should plan for some rain. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a windbreaker/raincoat, and a warm sweater for the evenings and sun hats, shorts, sundresses and bathing suits for the days. There can be some cool days in the spring and fall. Warmer sweaters and coats are advised.
Sports Equipment and GamesKayaks and canoes can be rented locally. Most of the cottages have some games on hand – cards, backgammon, cribbage, etc.
Camera EquipmentFilm and regular batteries can be purchased locally. It is not always easy to find the right battery for your camera. So, to avoid the disappointment of a ‘dead’ camera, it might be a good idea to bring an extra camera battery with you. Hint: If you are leaving the country, proof of purchase of expensive camera equipment can avoid customs problems.
Sun Screen and Bug RepellantBoth can be purchased locally. An insect repellant with the active ingredient DEET is the most effective at repelling mosquitoes. While West Nile Disease is not widespread in Nova Scotia, Heath Canada advises that to be on the safe side one should minimize outdoor activities where mosquitoes are likely to be encountered, especially at dawn, at dusk and at night.
Paper ProductsPaper products such as paper towel, napkins and toilet paper are supplied.
WoodIf the cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, wood is supplied. Wood is not supplied for fire pits or beach bonfires. Most often wood for these fires can be found on the beach or in the woods around the cottage. All outside fires must not be left unattended and have to be fully extinguished before going to bed.