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A Visit To Halls Harbour, NS For Lobster And Beaches

A Visit to Halls Harbour, NS for Lobster and Beaches

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. 

It's a pretty drive to reach Halls Harbour

It’s a pretty drive to reach Halls Harbour especially in summer with all the flowers

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.

"Lobster pound sign in Hall's Harbour"

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.

The lobster guy at the Halls Harbour Pound

The lobster guy

"Lobster roll from the Halls Harbour pound"

Lobster roll from the Halls Harbour pound

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.

Halls Harbour boats at low tide

Low tide in Hall’s Harbour – timing is everything with the world’s largest tides on the Bay of Fundy

The beach at Halls Harbour at low tide

The beach at Halls Harbour at low tide

Looking towards Halls Harbour

Looking towards Halls Harbour

Hang out down by the beach while your lobster is cooked

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A Winning Combo: Lobster and Beaches in Hall's Harbour, NS

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. Oh, I think it was Hall’s Harbour that we visited when I was a kid — I remember the tides! It’s a good thing that I was already eating lunch while I read this or the pic of the lobster roll would have me totally craving one. Really want to get back to Nova Scotia someday.

  2. I haven’t been to Hall’s Harbour in years, but it’s as pretty as I remember. If the weather ever goes back to sunshine, maybe I’ll take a jaunt down there before I go back to Korea. A person can never eat too much lobster!

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