Events Archive

Sat, October 13, 2018

Nova Scotia Forest Festival

Grab Your Plaid and Head for the Woods! 

We are excited to bring back the Nova Scotia Forest Festival, a showcase of the many ways Nova Scotians connect to the Province’s forests for their livelihood, housing, recreation, food, and heritage. Come and enjoy an array of activities in the fresh fall air! 

After working up an appetite, head on over to the Cookhouse where we will be serving traditional lumberjack meals on enamel plates and bowls, just like back in the day! ($10 for your choice of a bowl of Soup or Baked Beans, along with brown bread, gingerbread, and a beverage. All cooked and baked according to traditional recipes!) 

Explore the Woodworkers Craft Market with local artists and artisans.

The Nova Scotia Forest Festival is rain or shine, so come on out no matter the weather!

Demonstrations & Activities

  • Guided Forest Walks with interpreters from Parks Canada and the N.S. Museum of Natural History
  • Campfire with live entertainment (and marshmallows for roasting!)
  • Axe-Throwing Instruction (10 AM - 12:30 PM) and Tournament (1 - 3 PM) 
  • Canoeing on the Pond
  • ATV Rides
  • Chainsaw Round-up
  • Maple Syrup Tasting
  • Wildnerness Survival Tips and "Learn-to-Camp"
  • Crafts and activities for forest-lovers of all ages
  • Wood Stove Cooking in the Homestead

In addition to these hands-on activities, there will be demonstrations of our operational shingle mill, belt-driven woodworking equipment, and more!

Guided Walk Schedule

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Skin: A Guided Walk with Nova Scotia Wildlife – Presented by Michelle Dauphinee of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
LOCATION: Just beyond the back gate of the village, next to the ATV Trail 

Nova Scotia is home to a diverse array of wildlife, from bullfrogs to black bears, each leaving its own unique sign. Join a Nova Scotia Museum Naturalist as we follow animal tracks, identify scat, discover bones, listen for vocalizations, and much more. Bring your curiosity and get ready to take a walk on the wild side! 
9:45 a.m. – Private tour for ISANS group
10:30 a.m. – Private tour for ISANS group
11:30 a.m. – Open tour
1:30 p.m. – Open tour
2:30 p.m. – Open tour

Living Off the Land: Guided Walk with Nick Whynot of Kejimkujik National Park
LOCATION: Starts at the Mine Camp and comes out just beyond the back village gate, across from the Eastern Shore Ground Search and Rescue Bus

For thousands of years the Mi’kmaq thrived off of this land without the use of modern tools commonly seen today. Through hands on activities, explore the traditional methods of the hunters and gatherers of 1000 years ago, test your tracking skills, and interact with the various Mi'kmaq components.
10:30 a.m. – Open Tour
12:15 p.m. – Open Tour
1:45 p.m. – Open Tour
2:45 p.m. – Open Tour
*Please note that the trail being used for Nick Whynot’s tour is also available as a self-guided walk when one of Nick’s walks is not already in progress. Along the trail, various items traditionally made from forest materials will be on display.

1st Annual Eastern Shore Golden Axe-Throwing Tournament (1PM - 3PM)

Find out if they have the chops!

Support our local businesses while they go axe head to axe head to see who will take home the 'Golden Axe' (and bragging rights until next year)! Grab a brew from the Sober Island Brewing Company Beer Truck and cheer on your favourite team. Presented by Champion Lumberjack, Darren Hudson of Timber Lounge in Halifax. Grab a beer from the Sober Island Brewing Truck and cheer on the competing local businesses. Stick around after the tournament for a special lumberjack performance by Hudson himself! 

Competing Local Businesses:

Please Note: Memory Lane Heritage Village has free-roaming farm animals on site and does not allow pets within the Village grounds


Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: Free admission, donations welcome

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Cookhouse Menu - $10
(Served from 11AM to 3PM)
Choice of a bowl of:
Beef & Vegetable Stew or
Tomato Vegetable Barley Soup or
Baked Beans
Served with two slices of brown bread and dessert (gingerbread with lemon sauce) and a beverage.

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