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BridgewaterCanada

Visit the largest town in Lunenburg County’s South Shore region and discover some fascinating history and beautiful countryside and waterways.

Bridgewater is a coastal town on the LaHave River surrounded by woods and countryside. Sail across waterways, explore the scenic area on foot or by bike and learn about its early origins.

Learn about the area’s heritage with a visit to DesBrisay Museum located at the southern end of town. An assortment of sculptures brings Bridgewater’s agricultural roots to life along with exhibitions of paintings and fabric work by local artists. Among the museum’s highlights is a collection of rare old photos of the town and its inhabitants.

A short stroll northwest will lead you to Wile Carding Mill Museum, where you can experience more of the town’s history. See a 19th-century waterwheel in operation and watch a demonstration of carding, a process that helps prepare wool for spinning.

With its riverside location, outdoor lovers have a lot of choices of things to do at Bridgewater. Go kayaking, fishing and sailing on the LaHave River. Stroll, play sports and relax in the town's wooded parks, which total approximately 100 acres (40 hectares) of land. During the summer, hike and cycle along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Centennial Trail, which passes through woods, meadows and by the river. During the winter, cross-country ski along the same route.

If you are here toward the end of July, put the South Shore Exhibition on the schedule. Known locally as the Big-Ex, this is a huge agricultural fair with lots of animals, amusement rides and live music. One of the highlights is the International Ox Pull, a race featuring teams from across the world.

Bridgewater is just over a 1-hour drive southwest of Halifax and 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of Lunenburg. In between museum trips and outdoor adventures, stop in one of the cafés and restaurants for a local delicacy known as Lunenburg pudding, a type of pork and beef sausage.

Top Hotels in Bridgewater

Days Inn & Conference Center by Wyndham Bridgewater
Days Inn & Conference Center by Wyndham Bridgewater
2.5 out of 5
50 North Street, Hwy 103 and North Street, Bridgewater, NS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $84 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in the heart of Bridgewater, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bridgewater Mall and Bridgewater Memorial Arena. Wile Carding Mill Museum and Kinsmen ...

3.7/5Good! (588 reviews)

"Fast easy check in, receptionist was nice. Was annoyed that they charge $23/pet since when I first called them they said just $23 flat but the guy was nice enough to only charge us $30. Heater was loud and blowing all night even though I turned the temp way down. Place was very clean and as advertised. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2020

Days Inn & Conference Center by Wyndham Bridgewater
Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
3.5 out of 5
527 Highway 10 Exit 12, Bridgewater, NS
The price is CA $119 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Situated in Bridgewater, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cookville Provincial Park, Osprey Ridge Golf Course, and Bridgewater Mall. Bridgewater Memorial ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (433 reviews)

"Location. Modern. Friendly staff. Clean. Quiet. Excellent experience."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
Bridgewater Hotel
Bridgewater Hotel
2.5 out of 5
35 High St., Bridgewater, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated in Bridgewater, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wile Carding Mill Museum, Bridgewater Memorial Arena, and Kinsmen Field. Woodland Gardens and ...

3/5 (2 reviews)

"Service was friendly but the hotel is very outdated and the beds were the worst. Had a hard time sleeping because the mattress was hard and you could feel the springs."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

Bridgewater Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bridgewater

B2 Lofts
B2 Lofts
4 out of 5
160 Montague St, Lunenburg, NS

Located in the heart of Lunenburg, this aparthotel is steps from Knaut Rhuland House Museum, Gallery @ theLinc, and Lunenburg Opera House. Heckman-Morash House ...

3/5 (2 reviews)

"Our stay, when we were finally able to get into our loft was great. Some things missing however it was a fun stay. Lunenburg is gorgeous, friendly owner of the building. Look forward to returning to the area."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

B2 Lofts
Mahone Bay Hide-Away
Mahone Bay Hide-Away
Mahone Bay, NS

Situated in Mahone Bay, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Mahone Bay Settlers Museum and Mahone Bay Swimming Pool. Bluenose II and Fisheries Museum ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
A Gem

"This is a lovely cottage, beautifully appointed with everything one could imagine needing: a diamond set in the sapphire blue perfection of Mahone Bay. David, our host, proved to be genial and friendly, without being intrusive, and was only a phone call away if we needed anything. If you're going ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2020

Mahone Bay Hide-Away
Beautiful Cabin in the Woods with River Views
Beautiful Cabin in the Woods with River Views
LaHave, NS

Situated in LaHave, this cabin is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Risser's Beach Provincial Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bush Island and Moshers Island. LaHave Islands ...

Beautiful Cabin in the Woods with River Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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Reviews of Bridgewater

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SoleTravelGal

Dec 6, 2019

As I drove around Bridgewater, I wondered whether there was any town planning. I have been to Bridgewater several times over the last two years but every single time I have to use Google Maps to find my way. Beautiful but confusing to get around.

4/5 - Good

Ontario

Sep 23, 2019

Nice quaint little town.... the local pub downtown head excellent food. Too bad this hotel ruined our experience there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 20, 2019

Very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 14, 2019

Born and raised not far from Bridgewater. Went back for school reunion after 30 years. Enjoyed the visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 4, 2019

Drag Racing at greenfield

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 18, 2019

Nice spot Ate at the Wave restaurant for supper and it was close by and had excellent chowder.

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