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8100 hwy 103
Art Gallery
link to craft site
coming events

Remember what happened if you fell asleep in class
We invite you to fall asleep in ours

The area was named Port au Mouton by explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1604 when upon arriving in the bay a sheep fell over board and drowned.
The safe harbour protected by the big island, now Port Mouton Island, proved favorable for wintering over and despite many false starts the area has remained settled ever since.

This is a view of Spectacle Island and Carter's Beach today.

Here is a map drawn during that early expedition

The Backpackers hostel is located in the lower level of the former Port Mouton Consolidated School.
The school opened in 1961 to bring together under one roof
all of the areas single room school houses.

We can sleep up to 30 guests and offer both a large dorm for 8 people

or 4 semi private rooms like the one shown below.

We provide all bedding and pillows PLEASE do not bring sleeping sheets or sleeping bags into the hostel.
Cost is $30 a night cash,credit or debit.
Laundry can be done for $1.50 a load

We have a large fully equipped kitchen area

And large common area to accommodate both a large group or several smaller groups that are sharing the hostel but want some space to kick back and relax perhaps to talk about the next days activities.
Bird watchers and artists are nicely located anytime of the year but particularly during the migration times where, after a day of shooting pictures with your digital camera you can easily compare notes and show off your best shots with the group using our BenQ projector. With great scuba diving at our doorstep it is a natural place for experinced or new trainees where their final class could be held here, then it's out to the harbour for their Open Water test. This room could also be used for Yoga or meditation groups who want to hold a retreat in a quiet setting where members could do group work in the class room then head out to commune with nature. Having a kitchen makes it handy for groups that may have specific dietary needs, such as vegetarian, as you can cook your own meals that are not usually available in restaurants. Nearby Liverpool has two grocery stores.

If your not in the mood to cook there is the Seascape Restaurant within walking distance. Seascape is also a convenience and liquor store.

Hours for Store: 11am-8pm, Restaurant: Daily 11-8pm.

There are also several restaurants in Liverpool only a few minutes drive from us

We are a quiet rural hostel located half way between Halifax and Yarmouth and are just 20 Km from Liverpool and only 5 Km from Carters beach. Rated as some of the best beaches in Nova Scotia. Backpackers can get here by bus however most of our guests find having a car is best for touring in a rural area.

Carters beach is three crescent shaped beaches in a row and in this sky view you can see the tropical look of our waters.

For those interested in Geocaching the two visible points hide treasures.
With these clear waters and 31 shipwrecks scuba divers will be in their glory.
While many are too old to be worth diving on the most recent wreck is the Matthew Atlantic sunk in 1998 for an artificial reef.

Our beaches are made of very fine soft white sand.

Seen here at low tide there is plenty of room to roam

or just stretch out to bask Summerville Beach Provincial Park is only 2km away and a pleasant walk along the Rail Trail to get there.

If you get hungry at Summerville Beach
drop in to the Quarterdeck for some great food.Quarterdeck Grill

Once the weathers too cold for lying around there's only one thing to do.

Surfing at Westernhead   or White Point 

Of coarse all this great coastline means great sailing kayaking, canoeing and of coarse sport fishing
An excellent resource is thePaddle Lunenburg Queens guide written by Sheena Masson.
Port Joli is just down the road from us and has the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct and the Port Joli Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Just past that is the Port L'Hebert Pocket Wilderness looking out over the Port L'Herbert Migratory Bird Sanctuary .The Thomas Raddall Provincial Park is also in the area.

There is also plenty of great hiking away from the shore, where the sea air mixes with the aroma of Balsam as
you head farther inland to follow the many trails that lead to secluded lakes and rivers.

Kejimkujik National Park has many options from hikes that take a couple hours to trails that take several days to complete. There are many kilometers of rivers and lakes for those who prefer the water and there is Liverpool Adventure Outfitters at the park where you can rent your canoes, kayaks and other equipment.

To see the topographic lay of the land open the book

For less rugged vacations there is also Summerville Beach Provincial Park known for its expansive white sand beaches and a Rails to Trails path which goes from Summerville Centre to Liverpool. These trails are where the old railway lines use to run from Halifax to Yarmouth until 1984, perhaps the name "Hellish Slow and Wobbely" gives a clue as to why it was discontinued. The trail passes through Hunts Point and White Point.

If you head northeast on highway 3 from the hostel you will find the exit to Rissers Beach Provincial Park and the lovely resort community of Green Bay. Here you will find the Broad Cove trail. If you like scenic walks by the ocean with sea birds soaring over head and the sounds of waves and the breeze in the grass this is for you. If your kayaking in this area you can head up the Lahave river to Bridgewater and farther.
Although smack dab in the middle ofShelburne County it is worth mentioning Shelburne's lovely Rail Trail and the town itself which is only an hours drive away and has many historic sites.

To see more beautiful pictures of the area click here Scenic Photos Nova Scotia

In the school the upper level classrooms have been converted into a craft co-op store
art and photo gallery and Yard Sale shop.

           Artist studios
are available for rent throughout the year.
please call for availability and cost.

There is also a C@P (Computer Access Point) site where for a small donation you can make use of high speed internet on four computer stations or through our wireless.

Community Events

At Coastal Queens Place

Craft shop opening for the season May 15th
Bake sale May 17-18th
10 to 5 daily


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