Visit Our Winery
There are so many amazing places to visit and discover along the South Shore. You could spend weeks exploring everything our coastline has to offer, however, we will leave travel suggestions for those staying a long time as well as a short time!
How to find us
1. The Scenic route- Route 331
Drive south along highway 103. Take exit 12 and drive through the town of Bridgewater. Cross over the bridge and turn left to follow the LaHave River towards the ocean (this is the start of route 331). You will drive along small riverside communities and local shops until you reach the LaHave River Cable Ferry – Make sure you make time to stop at the LaHave Bakery! The museum at Fort Point is also a great side trip and is about 1 Km past the bakery. Continue to drive route 331 past Crescent beach and Risser’s Beach Provincial Park – both outstanding, white-sandy beaches. You will drive across a small bridge (over the Petite River) and through the community of Petite Riviere! Turn right at the Petite Riviere General Store (which is also a great pit-stop for local goods). Drive a few minutes upriver and you will pass ‘The Maritime Painted Saltbox’, which is a fun art studio worth checking out. Continue to drive another couple minutes along the river into the community of Crousetown. You will see signage that will lead you to our winery on the left hand side of the road! Total time from Exit 12 without pit stops ~40 minutes.
From Yarmouth or Liverpool
Drive along highway 103 and take exit 17- this is the start of route 331! Drive through small fishing villages, such as East Port Medway, Voglars Cove and Cherry Hill. There are countless beaches along the entire coastline that you can explore along the way. Conrad’s Road next to the Cherry Hill Fire Hall is the entrance to Cherry Hill Beach (this beach is a stunner, and great for surfing). Another 5 minutes of seaside driving and you will reach the charming community of Broad Cove. Here you will find a local café called ‘Best Coast Café’ that serves delicious and healthy lunch dishes made with local ingredients, as well as a variety of coffee and teas. Continue along the 331 for another 5 minutes until you reach Petite Riviere. Take a left on Italy Cross Road and drive another 3-4 minutes through Crousetown. You will see signage that will lead you to our winery on the left hand side of the road! Total time from exit 17 without pit stops ~25 minutes.
The Lighthouse Route
This route starts in Halifax and runs along the entire coastline of the South Shore until Yarmouth. The entire route is 339km (211 miles) including Trunk 3, highway 103 and routes 309, 329, 330, 331, 332 and 333. However, you can hop on and off the Lighthouse Route whenever and wherever you like from highway 103!
A few towns and communities that are worth visiting:
From Halifax- Peggy’s Cove and all the communities surrounding St. Margaret’s Bay, Oak Island, Tancook Island, Chester, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Riverport, LaHave and Petite Riviere.
From Yarmouth- Cape Sable Island, Barrington (and the entire Acadian shore), Shelburne, Lockport, Port Mouton, Summerville, Hunts Point, White Point, Liverpool, Port Medway, Volgars Cove and Broad Cove
We just off the Lighthouse Route, about a 4-minute drive from the Petite Riviere General Store! Veer off the Lighthouse Route into Crousetown to refresh yourself with a wine tasting!
3. The Fastest Option
For those running a little late, taking exit 15 from highway 103 is the fastest. The winery is 6.5 km (~5-6 minutes) from the exit on the right hand side of the road. You will see our signage along the route!
Total time from Halifax without stopping ~1 hour and 15 minutes
Total time from Yarmouth without stopping ~2 hours
Quick Map Take Highway 103 towards South Shore, then take exit 15. Follow Italy Cross Road, Petite Riviere Vineyards will be on your right.
For a Google Map, click here.
There are a few local businesses close to the winery that you should add on your 'must-do' list. All are located in the Petite Riviere/Greenbay/Broad Cove area.
1. The Maritime Painted Salt Box (Petite Riviere) is a classic display of local artist creativity. Tom and Peter are brilliant artists that work with canvas and wood to produce fine art, folk art and heritage reproduction furniture. The array is worth the stop!
2. The Joy of Antiques (Petite Riviere) is located on Route 331 just down the road Rissers Beach. This antique shop is filled with a variety of furniture, carpets, lamps and decretive items collected during the owner's travels. It is definitely worth a browse!
3. The Petite Riviere General Store (Petite Riviere) at the corner of the 331 is a fun general store and community gathering spot. This is as local as local gets. The wonderful staff can help you find anything in the area. They have a gas pump, ice cream, freshly brewed coffee, local goods and products, camping food and supplies, basic groceries and a NSLC (liquor store), which may have some Petite Riviere Vineyard’s wines for sale!
4. River House Rug Hooking (Petite Riviere) includes a rug hooking gallery and the opportunity to join in on a rug hooking workshop!
5. The Mariner Craft (Petite Riviere) at the corner of Drews Hill Road is a unique craft shop that has been producing handmade crafts since 1986. The owners and workers of the Mariner Craft produce their own Sagged Bubble Glass and handcrafted leather goods.
6. MacLeod's Canteen (Green Bay) is a take-out or eat-in canteen with local seafood, burgers, chowders and their famous fish and chips! They also have a large selection of ice cream and other homemade desserts. Take a walk on the beautiful beaches of Green Bay, then head on to the canteen for a bite to eat!
7. Best Coast Cafe (Broad Cove) is a friendly cafe open for lunch that serves delicious home-made dishes made with local ingredients. They make amazing summer salads, sandwiches, chowders, burgers, fishcakes, soups and much more! You can grab freshly brewed coffee or tea then take a walk down to Broad Cove beach! On Friday evenings you can call to reserve a spot for their three-course dinner.
If you are planning part of your trip on the third Saturday of the month, you should consider hitting the road early and trying the local Petite Riviere Fire Hall breakfast. We never miss them!
A bit further away on our shore...
LaHave Bakery (LaHave) is found right beside the LaHave River Cable Ferry and is hard to miss. The bakery is known province-wide for their homemade bread and baked goods. They also serve amazing, healthy lunches made with all local ingredients, as well as hot and cold drinks. LaHave Bakery is a MUST!!!
Port Grocer Cafe & Art Space (Port Medway) is a community hub focusing on quality local food, products, service and entertainment. They serve lunch on a daily basis, and dinner on Friday's with live entertainment!
Bob & the Boys Farm Market (Hebbs Cross) is found right on highway 103 between exit 14 and 15. Stop in for flower baskets, seeds, local fruits and vegetables, jams, pickles, syrups, homemade crafts, Fox Hill cheeses, Meadowbrook meats and Farmer's ice-cream!
If you wish to stay in the area, here is a great website for selecting a spot, http://www.lunenburgregion.ca/
People from near and far away have enjoyed the magic and beauty of South Shore. Here are some videos for you to enjoy. Plan your trip so you get to see these sites and even more when you visit Petite Riviere Vineyards.
South Shore Beaches
Risser’s Beach – Risser's Beach Provincial Park is a great place to camp (tent or RV). It has a beautiful 1km white sand beach that is guarded during the summer months. The park also has a boardwalk that wraps around the perimeter and makes a wonderful morning or evening walk! 6 minutes (5.7km)
Green Bay Beaches - A serious of small, white sand beaches that dot along the coast of Green Bay all the way to Broad Cove. 7 minutes (6.6 km)
Crescent Beach – A 2.5km crescent-shape beach with white sand that is flat enough to drive on during low tide! Crescent beach connects the mainland to Bush and Bell Island. 8 minutes (8.3km)
Broad Cove Beach- A cute beach nestled in a small cove. Take a 2 hour hike along the rocky shore from the furthest driving point in Green Bay all the way to Broad Cove! 9 minutes (9.7 km)
Cherry Hill Beach - A crescent-shaped beach tucked away from the main road that is awesome for surfing. 13 minutes (14.8km)
A bit further away on our shore...
Hirtles Beach (Kingsburg) - Across the LaHave ferry past Rose Bay
Beach Meadows Municipal Park (Beach Meadows) - Exit 18
White Point Beach (White Point) - Exit 20
Summerville Beach Provincal Park - Exit 20
Carter's Beach (Port Mouton) - Exit 21
Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Adjunct (Port Joli) - Exit 22
Petite Riviere and the surrounding communities are enriched with history, dating back to 1604. Two local museums that preserve our area's history include:
1. Port Point Museum (LaHave) - Discover how Samuel de Champlain and other French explorers anchored in Green Bay in 1604 to map out Cape LaHave, Petite Riviere and the surrounding communities on their quest to permanently settle in 'The New World'. With over 400 years of history, Fort Point shares the story of early French and European settlers, along with the history of our original settlers- the Mi'Kmaq.
2. LaHave Islands Marine Museum (Bell Island) - Make the beautiful detour behind Crescent Beach, through Bush Island and on to Bell Island to learn about the area's fishing and boat-building history.
Petite Riviere Fire Hall - Look into the social calendar of the community Fire Hall
Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail
Petite Riviere Vineyards is one of the 50+ destinations on the Nova Scotia 'Good Cheer Trail' that spans from Yarmouth all the way to Cape Breton. The 'Good Cheer Trail' is made up of Nova Scotian Wineries, Craft Distilleries, Craft Breweries, Local Brew-Pubs , Cideries and Historical Experiences. Bring your 'Good Cheer Trail Passport' to Petite Riviere Vineyards; taste our wines and we will reward you with a stamp! For more information please visit the link below. Cheers!