South Shore and Annapolis Valley

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  • 1. Amicus Gallery

    Fine art, jewelry, stained glass, and other crafts by Maritimes artisans can be found here, along with the owner Paula MacDonald's own pottery made in her on-site studio.

    20 Pleasant St., Chester, Nova Scotia, B0J 1J0, Canada
  • 2. Amos Pewter

    Inside a former boatbuilding shop that dates to 1888, the artisans at Amos Pewter design and create pewter items using traditional methods. Jewelry, sculptures, tableware, and pewter renditions of shells and other natural objects are among the items for sale, along with a new original-design Christmas ornament each year. Interpretive displays explain the history of pewter and Amos Pewter's involvement with the "Economuseum Network," which emphasizes traditional skills. If watching the artisans at work gets your creative juices flowing, you can participate in the Hands-On Experience (C$5), and take home what you make.

    589 Main St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J 2E0, Canada
  • 3. Annapolis Cider Company

    Local apples are used to create a range of tasty, award-winning ciders, which you can sample on-premises or ready-bottled to take with you. 

    388 Main St., Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1C9, Canada
  • 4. Beales' Bailiwick

    Maritime-designed clothing, pewter, and jewelry are among the crafts sold here. The adjoining coffee shop affords one of the best photo ops in Peggy's Cove, and the renovated red schoolhouse next door is a venue for summertime theater and concerts.

    124 Peggy's Point Rd., Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, B3Z 3S2, Canada
  • 5. Block Shop Books

    Run by authors and book enthusiasts, this independent bookstore has a hand-picked selection with a focus on fiction, poetry, small press, graphic novels, young adult, and children's books. They run writing workshops in addition to a monthly book club, and also host author readings and book signings.

    125 Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
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  • 6. Bluenose II Company Store

    Official merchandise from the ship Bluenose II is sold here, along with other quality crafts. You can pick up all kinds of nautical memorabilia, from a splendid model of the Bluenose to a jaunty cap, and there's art, clothing, pewter crafts, and much more.

    121 Bluenose Dr., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
  • 7. Catfish Moon Studio

    Whimsical earthenware made on-site is sold here, as well as fun local crafts and folk art.

    170 St. George St., Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada
  • 8. Dots and Loops

    This bright and spacious store stocks crafts, ceramics, and affordable artworks from emerging Canadian artists, as well as fun and funky giftware and apparel. 

    183 Lincoln St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
  • 9. Hands On Crafts

    Local artisans make all the cool jewelry, knitwear, birch-bark soap, and other items sold at this downtown co-op.

    314 Main St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 1E4, Canada
  • 10. Ironworks Distillery

    Load up on liquid souvenirs here. Named for the old marine blacksmith's shop it occupies, Ironworks produces hand-distilled vodka from Annapolis Valley apples and luscious liqueurs from local berries. Tours (C$35 per two-person booking) are offered Wednesday to Sunday mid-May–early September.

    2 Kempt St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
  • 11. Jim Smith Fine Studio Pottery

    The earthenware pottery at this studio is as cheerful as the bright yellow-and-green building on the front harbor in which it's housed.

    Corner of Duke and Water Sts., Chester, Nova Scotia, B0J 1J0, Canada

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Open by appointment
  • 12. Lucky Rabbit & Co

    This collection of artisans in a heritage home showcases ceramic works, leather goods, jewelry, and other fine locally made crafts. 

    15 Church St., Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada
  • 13. Peer Gallery

    On Lunenburg's gallery row, this contemporary artist-cooperative gallery represents more than a dozen artists and has been recognized by the provincial government for its contribution to local art and culture.

    166 Lincoln St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
  • 14. Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio

    Leave room in your luggage for the hooked rugs, rug-hooking supplies, and hand-dyed woolens sold at this store, named after a popular rug pattern. You might see a "hooker" at work here, and classes are sometimes held.

    255 W. Main St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J 2E0, Canada
  • 15. Suttles and Seawinds

    Renowned worldwide for its distinctively designed, high-quality quilts and fashions by Nova Scotia designer Vicki Lynn Bardon, the company displays its colorful goods on two floors of a heritage building.

    466 Main St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J 2E0, Canada
  • 16. Tangled Garden

    This fairytale-like store where flowers and herbs dry in bunches hanging from the ceiling sells jams, jellies, and vinegars made on-premises, as well as delicacies such as rose ice cream. You can tour the acres of delightful gardens and a seven-circuit flower labyrinth for C$10.  

    11827 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, B0P 1M0, Canada

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Apr. Garden closes late-Oct.
  • 17. The Biscuit Eater Cafe and Books

    Housed in a period building, used books line floor-to-ceiling shelves in rooms filled with overstuffed chairs and antique furniture. There's also a great selection of new books by local and Canadian authors. The cafe is quite lovely, serving afternoon tea as well as truly delicious baked goods and excellent coffee. 

    16 Orchard St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J 2E0, Canada
  • 18. The Woven Basket Boutique

    This bright and modern store stocks beautiful clothing, purses, and hats, but also carries locally made handicrafts, apparel, jewelry, and carefully curated gift items. 

    258 St. George St., Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada
  • 19. The Yarmouth Wool Shoppe

    For a gift or something to keep you warm on chilly Nova Scotian evenings, this local institution, open since 1883, has you covered. Much of the inventory consists of high-end imported items from England, Ireland, and Scotland, including duffel coats, mohair throws, cashmere shawls and sweaters, Harris tweed caps, Guernsey fisherman-knit sweaters, and tartan robes. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever T-shirts are another local find. If you'd rather create your own garment, they also have knitting yarns.

    352 Main St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 1E6, Canada
  • 20. Yarmouth Farmers' Community Market

    This Saturday morning market is the perfect spot to pick up local produce and handicrafts, as well as tasty treats that you can eat out by the waterfront. 

    15 Hawthorne St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 1M8, Canada

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