I have a soft spot for Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia. It was the first place John and I purchased a home – though it was a few miles up from the actual harbour. I hadn’t been back in roughly 30 years – and with the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound now in existence I had an excuse to visit. I planned to be in the area to do the fantastic hike to Cape Split and wanted to end the day with a lobster dinner.
Where is Halls Harbour?
Halls Harbour is an easy and pretty 30 minute drive from Wolfville via Port Williams and Highway 359. Time your visit to coincide with either lunch or dinner at the Lobster Pound. In July and August the restaurant is open from 11:30 AM until 9 PM. It’s a seasonal operation, so it’s only open between May and October. I wish the pound had been around when we lived so nearby.
The Halls Harbour Lobster Pound
Upon arrival in Halls Harbour park your car and head for the gift shop – smart marketing in my opinion – because you have no choice but to wander through the gift shop to read the menu. Decide what you want, whether it is a fresh lobster in which case you can pick your own – or choose from lobster bisque, lobster cakes, lobster rolls and more. If for some weird reason you don’t like lobster, there is always chicken.
If it’s a fresh lobster you’ve chosen, walk your lobster around in a plastic container to the cook shack – just around the corner. The fellow in charge there strokes their heads – which supposedly puts them to sleep – before dunking them in boiling water. You’ve got some time before it’s cooked – so wander around the docks, or enjoy a glass of wine inside the restaurant.
Visit the rocky beach
After your meal take the time to walk the rocky beach at Halls Harbour. It’s on the Bay of Fundy – which boasts the highest tides in the world. Be sure to check out the fishing boats at the docks too; they’re left high and dry twice a day at low tide.
Other posts related to my Nova Scotia trip you might like:
- Kayaking the World’s Highest Tides in the Cape Chignecto Area
- 45 Random Observations About Nova Scotia
- A Phenomenal Kayaking Trip Near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
- Visiting Nova Scotia: Don’t Miss Peggy’s Cove
- A Guide to Biking the Cabot Trail
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