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The beach at Halls Harbour Nova Scotia

Halls Harbour Nova Scotia for Beaches & Lobster

I have a soft spot for Halls Harbour Nova Scotia. It was the first place John and I purchased a home (all of $24K with five acres) though our house was a few miles up from the actual harbour. I hadn’t been back to this picturesque fishing hamlet 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 Halls Harbour Nova Scotia area to do the fantastic hike to Cape Split and wanted to end the day with a lobster dinner. However, if the pound is closed, it’s still worth the trip for the beaches, artists studios and galleries featuring artisans and antiques.

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 Nova Scotia?

Halls Harbour is an easy and pretty 30 minute drive from Wolfville via Port Williams and Highway 359. From Halifax, it’s a 122 kilometres and a 90 minute drive.


The Halls Harbour Lobster Pound

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 nearby.

Upon arrival in Halls Harbour Nov Scotia, 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.

Hall's Harbour Lobster Pound
Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound
The lobster guy at the Halls Harbour Pound
The lobster guy
Delicious lobster roll from the Hall's Harbour pound
Delicious lobster roll from the Hall’s Harbour pound
Me holding a 17 pound, 75 year old lobster
Me holding a 17 pound, 75 year old lobster at the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound

Walk the rocky beach 

After your meal take the time to walk the rocky beach at Halls Harbour Nova Scotia. 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

Further reading on Nova Scotia

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


Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 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 7 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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