Neighbourhood of the Lodge

Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay

A stroll down our quiet dead end country road the river opens up into the bay and offers amazing views.

You can access the beautiful Dynamite Trail through a trail behind the barn of the lodge. Enjoy the complimentary guest bikes to bike 9km to Mahone Bay along bays and lakes.

Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay - The Three Churches

Voted as one of the best small town destinations in Canada. Mahone Bay is a tranquil  destination with spectacular views of our scenic harbour. As you walk through town, you’ll see vibrantly painted  Victorian homes and shops, colourful heritage gardens, and our  world-famous three churches, which sit at the water’s edge and form the  iconic backdrop for one of Canada’s most picturesque towns.



  UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, Communities in  Bloom's Most Beautiful Small Town and winner of Prettiest Painted Places  in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel  Writers' Award recipient.  

Guided Freshwater Fishing Tours

Peter Lavender -  Sweetwater Fishing Guide

 Fishing on a beautiful lake or river is sure to be a highlight of your trip. You will be fully guided and in excellent hands with Peter - a licensed and insured local fishing expert - who will make every effort possible to ensure you leave with lasting memories of this once in a lifetime experience. 

Peter will tailor the trip to suit your needs, whether you are a hardcore tournament angler, novice, family or group of friends. While fishing, you’ll experience maritime nature at its best, with the sights and sounds of local flora and fauna surrounding you. You might just see a bald eagle circling above, a family of deer from afar, or that smallmouth bass you’ve always dreamed about catching! Rates are very reasonable.

Ask Frauke to inquire and/or arrange your fishing trip.

The Curse of Oak Island

Oak Island from the Curse of Oak Island Show

 River Ridge Lodge is located only 5km from Oak Island. For over 200 years, Oak Island has enthralled, delighted  and frustrated those who have dug in its famous Money Pit looking for  the renowned Oak Island Treasure.

Oak Island is one of over 350 islands that dot picturesque Mahone  Bay. This unassuming dot of land was paid little attention until 1795,  when a teenaged boy discovered a circular depression in the ground and  started digging.

The Oak Island tours by land usually sell out within minutes, however, Salty Dog Sea Tours offers daily charters to explore the mysteries of Oak Island by boat. 

Guided Kayak Tours and Rentals

Guided Kayak Tours and Rentals - Lunenburg Paddling Adventours

 Nature for a Day. Memories for a Lifetime! For an unforgettable experience enjoy a safe, stress-free and fun kayaking tour surrounded by natural beauty. Whether you are a newbie or hard-core kayaker, young or old, Mike, your local guide, will tailor the perfect trip just for you! If you want, he’ll even stop to explore some of our many islands.  Mike knows where to find the calm waters and spectacular wildlife. You will most likely see seals, ospreys and eagles. Depending on when you head out, you can even see the Lunenburg skyline backlit by the sunset, if the weather cooperates.  You can start your steps at River Ridge Lodge’s dock, or from Lunenburg back harbour, only 10-15 minutes from the lodge. Ask Frauke to arrange a memorable trip or a rental kayak for you. 

Saltbox Brewery


 Sample craft beers at Saltbox Brewing Company in Mahone Bay . A great spot to meet the locals. Salt Box Brewing Company celebrated the development  of the skills and artistry required to create fresh, full-flavoured  beer for consumption by the local community.  Their motto:  “think social,  and drink local”.

The Barn Coffee & Social House

The Barn Coffee & Social House in Mahone Bay

 The space is a fantastically restored  barn on Main Street. A coffee shop, with  rustic charm yet comfortable seating and free wifi. There is a 2nd level loft with open space  and chesterfields for people to relax away from the busy serving area.  They serve coffees and teas along with a  great selection of pastries and breads.

Peggy's Cove

Peggys Cove Lighthouse

 World famous Peggy’s Cove Village and the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.  Nova Scotia is home to over 160 historic lighthouses, but no beacon is  as photographed as the one in the vibrant fishing village of Peggy’s  Cove. Built in 1915, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse still keeps watch over  surging ocean waves and working lobster boats. Scramble over giant rocks  worn smooth by the sea and share in the view.  

South Shore Beaches

Crescent Beach

With 7,600 km of shoreline, it's no secret that Nova Scotia is home to some pretty awesome beaches. From favourite places to spend a day in the sand to sweet surf spots. Along the South Shore you can find beautiful white sand beaches which look like tropical get-aways.

Ross Farm Museum

Ross Farm Museum in New Ross

 An authentic, living heritage site, much of the farm remains the same as  it was in the 1800s. From historic Rose Bank Cottage where the Ross  family lived, to daily activities such as wool spinning and ox shoeing,  the museum gives visitors the chance to experience yesterday’s  traditional farming methods, while learning sustainable ways of living  for today. Chat with costumed interpreters, hike the scenic nature  trail, take a wagon ride or winter sleigh ride, and meet the animals who  live and work on the farm as you connect with Nova Scotia’s rural  heritage.

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

 Kejimkujik National Park Seaside is a wild and isolated 22 km² stretch  of coastline west of Liverpool in the South Shore region with two scenic  trails – Harbour Rock Trail (5.2 km return) and Port Joli Head Trail  (8.7 km return). The trails bring hikers to glacier-carved headlands,  secluded rocky coves and broad sweeps of silver sand. Seals and  shorebirds are frequently observed just off shore. Other features include interpretation exhibits, telescopes, and benches.  Open year round as  conditions allow; there is no admission charge.

Lobster Hall and Dances

The Shore Club Lobster Hall in Hubbards

 The Shore Club in Hubbards is Nova Scotia's last great dance hall, offering dancing  with live entertainment every summer Saturday night since 1946. The Shore Club is also known for its “World Famous” lobster suppers. 

Petite Riviere Vineyards

Pettite Riviere Vineyards in Crousetown

 Experience the wines and take a tour of Petite Riviere Vineyards, known as one of the oldest grape-growing regions in North America.


Bonfire at River Ridge Lodge

 Depending on the weather and burn restrictions we might make a bonfire to relax and mingle. 


Cycling on the Dynamite Trail between Martins River and Mahone Bay

 Pedal through beautiful country side along scenic bays, rivers and lakes. River Ridge Lodge is very close to the Trans Canada Trail that you can cycle to Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and if you are so inclined all the way to Yarmouth. Cycling into the other direction brings you to Chester and further to Hubbards, or enjoy amazing views of the shore cycling the quiet coastal roads along the water. The beautiful Rum Runners Trail brings you to picturesque Mahone Bay to enjoy a craft beer at the popular Saltbox Brewery or a coffee at The Barn Coffee and Social House, at both you are sure to meet countless smiling locals. 

Farmers Markets

At the Lunenburg Farmers Market

 Farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia never seem to have a problem gathering crowds. Nova Scotians' love to support their local artisans and planters by getting up early once a week and visiting what is always a lively farmers' market experience, full of awesome music and delicious food. 

Lunenburg - Thu 8am-12pm (all year)

Bridgewater - Sat 9am-1pm (Jun-Oct)

Hubbards - Sat 8am-12pm (May-Oct)

New Ross - Sat 9am-12pm (Jun-Thanksgiving)

Ovens Natural Park

Sea Caves at The Ovens Natural Park

Hike the spectacular trails along the cliffs to view the famous sea  caves, or "ovens" for which this park was named. Pack a picnic lunch  with your favourite snacks, or enjoy a meal in the restaurant!

Gaff Point Hike


 Gaff Point and Hirtle's Beach is a 6.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverport, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. 

Sensea Northern Spa

Sensea Northern Spa in Chester

 Sensea Nordic Spa offers the first Nordic Spa experience in Nova Scotia. They offer Thermal and Hydro therapies, a unique relaxation experience inspired by the Nordic culture, stimulating all your senses. 

Blue Rocks


Near Lunenburg and less than a 20 minute drive from River Ridge Lodge, artists, photographers and kayakers alike will be delighted with the undeniable natural beauty of the fishing village of Blue Rocks, still a working fishing village. The little community of Blue Rocks is advertised as “Lunenburg’s answer to Peggy’s Cove”, its blue slate rocks on the edge of the ocean makes it an artisan and photographers muse. 

La Have Bakery


Walking inside is akin to walking into a storybook of some kind. The smells wash over you, the sights give you so much to take in once you settle on a treat and a cup of coffee, you'll be so thrilled to nab a spot at the window and watch the activity of this little place for a while.  There is also a book store and a local craft store downstairs and a pottery next door.

Sail and See - a Sailing Experience


 Coming soon...

Explore Mahone Bay from on board Oak Haven, a 35 foot full-keeled, cutter-rigged sail yacht.  Learn about our local history, legendary mysteries, and natural environment,  and if you’re interested, learn a bit about sailing too.  Open your senses to the sea and to all that the Bay has to offer.  

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