Tucking into a lobster feast is one of the quintessential Nova Scotian experiences and you’ll get a chance to sample lobster all over the province, whether it’s served with lemon and hot butter for dipping or as a lunchtime treat in a lobster roll.
Prices vary with market rates but despite its indulgent and luxurious reputation, lobster dinners in Nova Scotia are surprisingly affordable.
For about $30 you can get a whole lobster plus all the trimmings like fresh mussels, salads, deserts and coffee or tea.
Our favourite way to try lobster is to attend a traditional lobster supper and one of the best is at the Shore Club in Hubbards. What started as a local feed put on by a dairy farmer in 1936 is now a Nova Scotia institution. Between Halifax and Chester, this is an easy stop on your way down to the south shore or after visiting Peggy’s Cove. Address:250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards Telephone: 1-902-857-9555
Another fine choice is in the tiny fishing village of Halls Harbour, in the Annapolis Valley. The Halls Harbour Lobster Pound is also very traditional and from the restaurant you can watch the action of the world’s highest tides, lifting ships up and then dropping them on the mudflats in the Bay of Fundy. Telephone: 1-902-679-5299
If your timing is right, you might also find a lobster festival going on. The south shore town of Shelburne and Pictou in northern Nova Scotia both hold celebrations in July. The Pictou Lobster Carnival has been going for 75 years!
Not content with just eating lobster? There are lobster tours too, where you can go out with a fisherman to the fishing grounds and learn how to haul up a trap. Lobstermen Tours in Lunenburg have a good reputation for this.
And of course if you want to take some home, you can do that too. Get some at a seafood market before you head to the airport or stop at Clearwater Fine Foods in the Halifax International Airport itself. They can pack the live lobster up in an insulated box that you can carry on board.