Mahone Bay, NS, Canada

Mahone Bay, NS, Canada

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 72 vacation rentals near Mahone Bay. From 41 houses to 23 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mahone Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Coastal Canadian charms in Mahone Bay

Picture-perfect Mahone Bay offers an idyllic waterfront getaway, where summer vacations are spent shopping on Victorian downtown streets, watching boats bobbing in the nearby harbor and enjoying cozy dinners with family and friends at local pubs. Many Mahone Bay vacation rentals offer views of the coast, perfect for kicking back in an Adirondack chair with a cup of coffee to watch the sun rise over the glistening bay. After you've picked out your ideal rental, it's off for boat rides to surrounding islands in search of birds and sea life, and daytrips to nearby towns like Dartmouth and Halifax to discover more of this coastal Canadian province.

Treasure hunting in Mahone Bay

The small-town charm of Mahone Bay means lots of opportunities to shop local, with boutiques and galleries lining the colorful streets, just steps from the water. Strolling the downtown business district is a sightseeing opportunity, too, and you'll want to bring your camera along to snap photos of the Victorian-era architecture and picturesque facades. After admiring the pottery and artisan creations, popping into quirky specialty shops, sifting through antique stores and picking up locally-crafted souvenirs, you can grab a refreshing ice cream cone to cool off on a warm summer day, before hauling bags full of treasures back to your Mahone Bay vacation rental.

Maritime history in Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay has a rich heritage as a shipbuilding town. To discover more about the area's seafaring past, pay a visit to the Mahone Bay Museum, housed in a picturesque 1875 building with a maritime look. The museum preserves local heritage dating back to the 18th century, with exhibits covering everything from the shipbuilding process to antique collections from early settlers. The attraction is open seasonally, so be sure to confirm the hours before visiting. You'll also want to check out the town's 3 waterfront churches. Why not take a boat ride and admire the captivating coastline views from the water?

Celebrating the seasons in Mahone Bay

Summer awakens Mahone Bay, as visitors flock to the oceanside destination for boat rides from the harbor and hiking on coastal trails. The weather in Nova Scotia typically starts to warm up by late spring, with average temperatures in the 60s by June and rising to the 70s during July and August, perfect for ice cream cones with the kids as you walk the downtown streets. Though the waterfront town is primarily thought of as a summer destination, year-round festivals celebrate every season, so if you don't mind pulling out a jacket and boots, you might find a great deal on your Mahone Bay vacation rental during some of the colder months.

Out on the water in Mahone Bay

The beauty of Mahone Bay extends beyond the charming downtown streets to the bays and ocean beyond, where 100s of islands dot the picturesque coast of Nova Scotia. The best way to take it all in is by getting out on the waves, with local vendors on hand to provide everything from kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to boat excursions to nearby islands. Skimming across the waters, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for resident and migrating wildlife, birds and sea creatures. You might even be lucky enough to spot some of the cute black and white puffins nesting nearby.