Paddle Lunenburg/Queens

River Route 1-2: Lahave River

Record #: LQR0025
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 05 Nov 2014


Public Bulletin
Neither South Shore nor the Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association own or control the canoe routes, portages or campsites listed in this guide, and assume no responsibility or liability for the safety of those using the canoe routes, walking the portages, or using the campsites. 
lt is recommended that users approach all canoe routes, portages and campsites in a safe and responsible manner. Conditions can change through fluctuating water levels, natural debris, and logging activity. Arrangements must be made directly with the owners of the portages and campsites. 
South Shore and Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association are not liable for any errors or omissions in this guide.


Located In South Shore Region
Where To Find Us
Dayspring, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County ; Queens County (NS)


Phone 902-275-3490
Contact Chad Haughn, President, LQRCDA

Description & Services

Information LaHave River Two - Bridgewater to LaHave (no map) 
This tidal section of the LaHave, flowing past historic homes and Miller Point Peace Park, can be paddled year round. 
Skill Level: Beginner, Class 1- Flatwater 
Time: Half- day 
Distance: 11.6 km 
Start: Bridgewater or Dayspring 
Finish: LaHave Ferry Boat Ramp 
This route provides a scenic tour of riverside homes with opportunity to see osprey, muskrats, loons, ducks and seals. Two km past Bridgewater on the left side of the river is Miller’s Point Peace Park, a 7.6 ha (19 acre) municipal park. You can land here and explore along the two km of trail past a salt marsh, beaver dam, old cemetery and foundation.  
Paddle into hidden Horseshoe Cove by sticking to the left shore as it curves back into the cove. An interpretive brochure is available at the trail head sign.  
A little further on is Synder’s Shipyard and one km past that is the Dayspring Public Boat Ramp. This spot has easier water access than the dock in Bridgewater (E3 above). 
Try to time your trip with the outgoing tide so you aren’t paddling against it.  
The wind can also be quite strong but is usually blowing down the river. Take out at the LaHave Ferry Ramp in the community of LaHave or East LaHave across the river.  
Parking is available on both sides.  
Check out the popular bakery in LaHave just a short walk from the take out for some treats to recharge your energy. 
Topographic map - Lunenburg 21 A/8
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Children under 16 with adults - please use own discretion depending on skill level

Special Information

Established 1998
Tags Boat Launch ; Canoe/Kayak ; Maps ; NS Trail Guide ; Recreation Categories ; South Shore Connect
Categories - General Canoeing ; Kayaking ; Maps ; Recreational Rivers