I truly love this area of Nova Scotia. I call it "The Gateway to the South Shore" A gateway to maritime heritage and the roadway to coastal living. But there is more than just seaside shanties and lobster fishermen in this beautiful little spot. The Aspotogan Peninsula, is home to some world class cycling, ocean faring adventure, hiking trails, unrivalled beaches and locally sourced, culinary delights. It is also, my home.

I moved to the Hubbards area permanently with my family in the spring of 2022. It was a dream for my family and I to make this move at some point. Before then, we had been spending our summers on Fox Point Lake since we arrived back home in 2012. It is also where my partner spent her childhood summers. She used to talk about and share stories of her childhood in Hubbards and on Fox Point Lake all the time before we made the move. She would say, "I can’t wait for you to see and experience the lake!" When I first visited upon our arrival back home, it did not disappoint and I instantly understood why she loved it so much.

When the opportunity came to make the move, we jumped at it. We sold our house in the city and bought our dream on the lake. Since that fateful day back in the winter of 2022, we have never looked back. I know, I’ve shared this story before but it is only to reiterate how it was all worth it. Hubbards was worth it; IS worth it.



Nestled at the top east corner of the picturesque Aspotogan Peninsula in Nova Scotia, Hubbards has seen many changes over the decades (centuries?) including but not limited to fishing, lobstering and logging. Today, Hubbards is a popular summer destination with cottages, inns, campgrounds, activities, beaches, restaurants and of course, it’s iconic Shore Club. Nova Scotia’s last great dance hall. Hubbards is an idyllic destination and a fantastic place to explore, reside and create unforgettable memories.

Hubbards boasts a captivating landscape with pristine beaches, rugged coastline, and lush forests. Crystal-clear waters, like Queensland Beach and Hubbards Beach, invite you to relax, swim, or partake in water sports. For nature enthusiasts, the Aspotogan Peninsula offers scenic hiking trails, such as the Rails-to-Trails system, where you can immerse yourself in breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean but, what truly sets Hubbards apart is its close-knit and welcoming community. The village exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere, making it easy to connect with locals and form lasting friendships.

With great community organizations and local businesses working together to create and provide an environment that is welcoming to all, Hubbards’ doors are always open and waiting for you to walk in and stay a while.

The Community

Hubbards Farmers' Market

Located at Hubbards Barn and held every Saturday during the summer and fall season, this market offers an opportunity to support your local artisans, farmers, and vendors while experiencing the local culture. Various community events, festivals, and concerts throughout the year ensure there's always something happening for residents and visitors alike.

Rosa Rugosa 

Situated in the heart of Hubbards, Rosa Rugosa is a charming café and bakery that embodies the essence of local and seasonal cuisine. Indulge in their freshly baked goods, artisanal bread, and delectable pastries. The café also offers a cozy atmosphere where you can savor a cup of locally roasted coffee. 

Hubbards Sailing Club 

The Hubbards Sailing Club located just off the 329 as you come down from Hubbards, is an amazing, not-for-profit organization that has become a pillar in the community. Kids from all over attend sailing classes here every summer. Kids on summer break, local residents and visiting friends! Sailing programs are usually taught by students of the sailing program themselves. My kids have been experiencing sailing ever since we moved here and they love it. I keep telling them, "This is something that, as you get older an meet more people, most of your friends will have never experienced! So take advantage. Side note, they were racing boats on their own by the end of the first week. 

Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course 

The Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course is a beautiful, nine-hole executive golf course with luscious greens and rolling hills. Located just off of Hwy 329 a few short minutes from the centre of town. The Apsotogan Ridge Golf course is a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours outside taking in the sights and sounds of nature while whacking away at your little ball. 

Black Harbour Distillers 

For those who appreciate fine spirits, a visit to Black Harbour Distillers is a must. Specializing in small-batch, handcrafted spirits made with locally sourced ingredients. Sample their premium spirits, including their many flavoured vodkas such as Strawberry Shortcake, Moon Mist, Toasted Marshmallow and Blueberry. Fancy gin? They have you covered with their 329 Gin and let us not forget about the rum! Their 902 rum is the perfect "day-rum" as coined by a dear close friend. The distillery also offers a charming tasting room and an expansive, sunny patio where you can relax and enjoy the unique flavors of their creations. Visit Black Harbour Distillers when you are in town and take in some of the live music you can often find there on a sunny and warm weekend. 

The Savary Plate and The Savary Pit 

The Savary Plate is located in the old Hubbards mall, and they serve some of the most delicious breakfast I have ever had and their gourmet, home made chocolate chip cookies are the size of dinner plates and taste like melted gold, sprinkled with ferry dust. To. Die. For. And the Savary Pit, on-site at Black Harbour Distillers, offers up fresh takes on old BBQ classics! The Savary Plate has been a pillar in the community always hiring and working with its youth.  They are also one of the few eatery’s to remain open during the winter months so if you ever find yourself in Hubbards during the cold winter months, order up one of their famous Dill Pickle pizzas and cozy up by the fire! 

Tuna Blue 

Tuna Blue captures a little bit of everything in Hubbards. From it’s perch up on the hill overlooking Hubbards Cove serving up some delicious pub fare to the beer garden down below serving crisp, cold local beverages on those warm summer days. You can arrive by bike, car, boat or paddleboard! Looking for a place to spend the night?  The Tuna Blue Inn offers a selection of well appointed suites for you to catch some much needed rest. 

Trellis Café 

The Trellis Cafe is a culinary gem known for its innovative dishes and use of local ingredients. The café sources fresh produce from nearby farms, ensuring that each dish bursts with flavor and quality. With a menu that changes seasonally, you can experience a variety of culinary delights, from creative salads to mouthwatering seafood dishes. 

And finally……. 

The Shore Club 

Situated in the heart of Hubbards, The Shore Club stands as a cherished landmark and a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Aspotogan Peninsula. With a history dating back over 75 years, this iconic establishment has become synonymous with unforgettable lobster dinners, lively dance parties, and a welcoming community spirit.

Established in 1946, The Shore Club quickly gained a reputation as a premier entertainment venue, attracting renowned musicians and performers from near and far. Over the years, it has hosted an impressive lineup of world-famous artists, creating a legacy that has left an indelible mark on the region's cultural landscape. From jazz legends to rock icons, the stage at The Shore Club has witnessed the talent and energy of a wide range of musical genres.

Beyond its role as a venue for entertainment and dining, The Shore Club holds a special place in the hearts of the local community. It has been a gathering place for generations, fostering a sense of community pride and unity. From Mother's Day brunches to community fundraisers, The Shore Club has continually played an integral role in supporting and strengthening the fabric of the Hubbards community.

As Nova Scotia's last great dance hall, The Shore Club continues to be a beloved institution that showcases the region's cultural heritage and provides unforgettable experiences for locals and visitors alike. It serves as a living testament to the power of music, good food, and community connection. Whether you're stepping onto the dance floor, indulging in a lobster dinner, or simply basking in the lively atmosphere, The Shore Club offers a unique and treasured experience that reflects the heart and soul of the Aspotogan Peninsula.

Of course, there is more to explore…

… and discover in Hubbards. There are boutique shops and many more culinary delights waiting to be experienced such as Scotia Curry. Ben, who is the owner/operator of Scotia Curry has elevated Hubbards’ restaurant offerings by producing world class food experiences. Be sure to stop in and say ‘hi!’ and order some curry! And of course, this blog entry wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the Hubbards Campground owned and operated by the Harnish Family (a local family going back generations in the Hubbards area). Hubbards Campground is booked solid every year by transient and full time campers and is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the area (more on that further down). It is also the location of the very popular Moonshine series.


Get Outside!

The Aspotogan Peninsula is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a plethora of trails that cater to biking, hiking and four-wheeling adventures. Whether you prefer the quiet solitude of a scenic bike ride, the adrenaline rush of off-road exploration on a four-wheeler or the peace and quiet of a walk through the trees, the area has something to offer for everyone. Here are some notable trails to explore:


Hwy 329 

Hwy 329 around the Aspotogan Peninsula is renowned among cyclists for its scenic beauty and cycle friendly roads. Hwy 329 offers breathtaking coastal views, rolling hills and a tranquil atmosphere. The road is attractive to cyclists as the traffic is light allowing for a safer ride and being unimpeded by constant passing traffic. Down along the southern point of the peninsula you can take in the awe inspiring views of Northwest Cove and Bayswater Beach. Feeling hungry and thirsty at the ‘turn’? (Blandford) Stop in at The Deck and grab a quick bite and beverage. Feeling adventurous? There are plenty of side roads and trails for you to explore off the 329 as well. Don’t feel like riding a bike but still want to take in the sights? Drive! (that’s what I do!). 


The Rails-to-Trails system is a network of former railway lines that have been transformed into multi-use trails. These well-maintained and relatively flat trails provide an excellent opportunity for biking enthusiasts to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Aspotogan Peninsula. The trails wind through picturesque forests, charming communities, and offer breathtaking views of the coastline. These trails are used by cyclists, hikers and ATVs. Use caution when you are on the trails and respect other peoples use of the trail. 

Castle Rock Trail 

Located near the community of Hubbards, Castle Rock Trail offers an exhilarating experience for all who use it. This trail takes you through rugged terrain, dense forests, and provides stunning panoramic views from the summit of Castle Mountain over looking the ocean. It offers a thrilling and challenging experience, showcasing the natural beauty of the area and providing an unforgettable adventure. The trail ranges in difficulty from Easy – Moderate – Difficult. I took my 10- and 11-year-old who do not have a whole lot of experience in hiking and they did just fine. 

But there is more! 

Hubbards serves as an ideal base for exploring the wider region. Take a scenic drive along the iconic Lighthouse Route, visiting nearby attractions like Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Mahone Bay. These destinations offer a wealth of historical sites, charming boutiques, art galleries, and delectable restaurants. 

The Beach is that way…

Unbeknownst to many outside the province, Nova Scotia is home to some world class beaches. It may not be the type of beach destination you are looking for in the cold months of winter (unless you like to ride the waves at Lawrencetown!) but during those loooong, hot summer days in July and August, our beaches with crystal clear waters and sandy bottoms are a hot destination! No pun intended. And the best part?! Hubbards is in close proximity to three of the most stunning beaches! Each one offering its own unique charm and natural beauty.

Queensland Beach 

This picturesque beach is known for its pristine sandy shoreline and crystal-clear waters. It's an ideal spot for beachcombing, sunbathing, and swimming. But this is a VERY popular destination for city dwellers who are looking to spend the day lounging and frolicking as it is not too far from the city. So get there early and make a day of it! 

Bayswater Beach 

Bayswater is located right at the most southern tip of the Aspotogan Peninsula. It is an expansive sandy beach offering breathtaking views of Mahone Bay. Bayswater Beach is known for its soft white sand, gentle waves. The water is a little bit cooler as it is exposed to open North Atlantic but it is shallow and a hot day, it’s a great place to cool off. Bayswater is sometimes overlooked because of it’s location and so tends to be a little less busy then Queensland. The beach is perfect for picnicking, beach volleyball, or simply relaxing while enjoying the panoramic vistas of the bay. 

Hubbards Beach 

Located right in the heart of Hubbards, Hubbards Beach offers a convenient and accessible coastal escape. This family-friendly beach is great for swimming, building sandcastles, and enjoying a day in the sun. With its close proximity to amenities and Hubbards' vibrant community, it's a popular spot for both locals and visitors. 

Life’s a Beach!

Want to drive a little farther? You can visit Cleveland Beach, Carters Beach, Crescent Beach and more! 

- Queensland Beach


Escape that hustle and bustle of city life and embrace the peaceful and relaxed lifestyle that Hubbards has to offer. Whether you choose to live here year-round or seasonally, the village's tranquil setting provides the perfect environment for rejuvenation, creativity, and a slower pace of life. Wake up to the sound of crashing waves, enjoy stunning sunsets, and embrace the simple pleasures that coastal living brings. Hubbards, Nova Scotia, and the surrounding area on the Aspotogan Peninsula embody the essence of coastal living at its finest. With its breathtaking natural beauty, vibrant community, diverse recreational opportunities, rich history, and proximity to other attractions, Hubbards offers a remarkable experience for visitors and an exceptional place to call home. My home.

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