Digby Neck and Islands



Digby Neck

Travel back in time...

 Where does Digby Neck start? Actually, there are different thoughts about that! Is it Middle Cross Road, Roxville, Gulliver's Cove? You'll feel it, though -  it is the gateway to a narrow peninsula that will take you centuries back in time.

This is a "community of communities", eleven individual villages that stretch approximately thirty-five kms. on a narrow spit of land less than two wide. And when you run out of road in East Ferry, there's a short ferry ride to Long Island, then another to Brier Island...

Bounded on the north by the famous Bay of Fundy and the south by St. Mary's Bay, replete with gently rolling hills, lovingly preserved old houses and friendly, welcoming people , The Neck is a paradise for visitors and locals alike.

There are a number of families who trace their ancestors here back to the 1780's, when land was granted by the King to Loyalists who left America after the Revolutionary War. Denton, Frost, Morehouse, Gidney and Tidd are just some of the names and they are very proud of their heritage.

There are small coves and cozy harbours, refuge for the lobster and fishing boats that have been harvesting the bounty of the local waters for 250 years. Discover them yourselves - turn almost anywhere off the main road (Hwy 217) to the villages and the vistas of sea and cliffs, bays and beaches .

Stay for a couple of days at one of the Bed & Breakfasts, hike the many trails and get up close to the huge whales which spend the summers here.

There is much to see and do on Digby Neck & Islands, memories to create and new friends to meet...

More than whale-watching

The whale-watching here is spectacular, 'world-class'. And no visitor should miss the adventure. But there are other things to do as well. Visit Balancing Rock, walk the many trails, visit the galleries, meet the welcoming people who call this pretty place home...

Check out the aerial video of Little River!   


Visitors Guide to Digby Neck



A marvelous and eclectic selection of places to stay await you, from camping to fully hosted AirBnB, from secluded cabins to inns and hotels. Scroll below for links...

Whale watching


There is one whale watching adventure in East Ferry at the end of Digby Neck (see below) and more on Long Island (a three-minute ferry ride) and Brier Island  (a further ten-minute ferry ride).

Galleries & gifts


Many creative and artistic folk live here. Come and see how local artisans interpret the raw beauty that surrounds them, at the local galleries. 



Choices are limited on Digby Neck: The Schoolhouse Cafe and Petite Passage Cafe (see links below); you can also buy sandwiches at Walker's in Centreville and at The Little River Trading Company.



From easy strolls through picturesque villages and hardy hikes to the sea, The Neck offers beautiful vistas for everyone. Choose your own route or be part of a guided tour...

beaches and bays


On both sides of The Neck are empty, quiet beaches and coves to explore or have a picnic. And often there will be whales cavorting just offshore... 

Visitor Related Businesses



WHOLE CABIN. Look across Sandy Cove to the Bay from your secluded cottage - a perfect, peaceful getaway.

The Lewis Cabin

PRIVATE APARTMENT. Located on the lower floor of a lovely log home overlooking St. Mary's Bay, in Sandy Cove.

Oceanview Cottage

OFF-THE-GRID CABINS.  'Morning Glory' and 'Jessie Bay' sit atop a hill with breath taking panoramic views of St. Mary's Bay and the small fishing village of Little River. 

ottoview cabins


A place where space, peace and serenity refresh and revitalize. 


HOUSE. THE LITTLE HOUSE IN WHALE COVE.  A small 1950's home with lots of original charm. 

little house

HOUSE. AMAZING TIDES!  This relaxing vacation home is in a 10 year old, 2 bedroom split level executive home with everything you need to enjoy your stay. 

amazing tides

RED ROOF CAMPGROUND   is on our farm at the entrance to Digby Neck, NS. It has 5 RV sites- 3way hook up & 3 bunk houses that sleep 3 or 1 bunk house that sleeps 6.  

red roof campground

COTTAGES. Four cozy cottages, a private beach and a truly spectacular view of St. Mary's Bay.

Graham's Retreat

INN. Offering a warm, cozy feeling of home, its colonial style architecture confirms its place as Nova Scotia's oldest seaside inn.

The olde village inn



THE PASSAGE PROVIDER leaves the port of East Ferry twice a day, at 9:30am and at 1:30pm. Each cruise lasts about 3 hours but could stretch to four. 




THE ARTIST'S MARK SHOP. Exquisite, unusual jewelry, custom made from local rocks. Also,  an everchanging inventory of unique, hand dyed luxurious wool and accessories that can be shipped worldwide. 

artist's mark

RUBY-RED GALLERY.  From local painters to knitting, painted driftwood to books, this new and eclectic gallery stands out on many levels! You can't miss the bright red building in Little River. Take home a unique memory!


THE LITTLE GALLERY is a project of The Digby Neck Collective Society. A space for local professional artists. Partners with The Schoolhouse Cafe in Sandy Cove. The Gallery is open whenever the Cafe is open. Summer hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8am - 2pm.

TROUT COVE ART STUDIO is a small art gallery located in Centreville.  Showcasing original art work, including jewelry, turned wood bowls, stained glass, custom furniture, paintings and photos by a selection of local artists inspired by the heritage and landscape of Nova Scotia. 

Trout Cove Art Studio



THE SCHOOLHOUSE CAFE. A Social Enterprise project of the Digby Neck Collective Society, whose profits are returned to benefit Digby Neck Communities. Run by volunteers, it  serves a menu of fish chowders, soups, panini, and sweets made from local, organic ingredients, when available, and with options for vegan or gluten friendly alternatives. Take out available. At the school, just west of Sandy Cove.

July-August, Tuesdays-Saturdays,  9-2. September-June, Saturdays, 9-2


PETIT PASSAGE CAFE.  Located directly across from the ferry in the village of East Ferry. The Café boasts a wonderful variety of seafood on their menu. 




TRAIL HIKES.  From coastal walks along the Bay of Fundy to forest trails and pathways, to ancient canoe routes and portages, the Digby area is blessed with an abundance of beautiful open spaces to explore. 


FUNDY ERRATICS.  Let's go for a walk... monthly group walks in or near Digby County. 


LOWER CROSS ROAD. Take Lower Cross Road (Roxville sign). Park near shore. Walk length of dyke.

GULLIVER'S COVE.Park at beach, walk up to headlands. Beautiful view.




KATHLEEN'S TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. Will pick you up in Halifax and drive you to Digby Neck. Narrated area sightseeing tours, airport runs, parcel pick-up and delivery, by a very nice woman! 902-249-0086    

kathleen's tours

GAEL TOURS.  Explore the spectacular rocky shore while we take a close-up view of the flora and fauna and discover the effects of the giant tides of Fundy. 




Regular ferries make the short hop from the end of Digby Neck to Long Island and Brier Island. The boats run hourly and around the clock. Fares are cheap – free for foot passengers and just $7 return for vehicles.

Ferry service