Paddle Lunenburg/Queens

Lake Routes: Additional lake suggestions

Record #: LQR0047
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 11 Nov 2014


Public Bulletin
Neither South Shore nor the Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association own or control the canoe routes, portages or campsites listed in this guide, and assume no responsibility or liability for the safety of those using the canoe routes, walking the portages, or using the campsites. 
lt is recommended that users approach all canoe routes, portages and campsites in a safe and responsible manner. Conditions can change through fluctuating water levels, natural debris, and logging activity. Arrangements must be made directly with the owners of the portages and campsites. 
South Shore and Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association are not liable for any errors or omissions in this guide.


Located In South Shore Region
Where To Find Us NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County ; Queens County (NS)


Phone 902-275-3490
Contact Chad Haughn, President, LQRCDA

Description & Services

Information Additional lake suggestions 
You don’t have to go far to find a lake in Lunenburg or Queens County. There are literally hundreds and this guide presents some of the best in terms of interesting features, accessibility and wilderness scenery. A few more are briefly described here in case you get the urge to do more exploring on your own. The page and grid number is from A Map of the Province of Nova Scotia, an invaluable reference book for residents and visitors alike (Scale 1:250,000) 
Fancy Lake 
This lake is located very close to Bridgewater and has public access at a tiny provincial picnic park near the north end. Boat traffic may be heavy in summer.The lake has many homes around it but the shoreline is still mostly forested. You can connect with the Petite River (River Route 6 ) via a short portage around the dam. Not far from Fancy Lake, are three other large lakes - Minamkeak, Milipsigate and Hebb Lake. These lakes supply the town’s water and according to municipal policy, paddling and other recreational activities are not encouraged. How to get there - Head west from Bridgewater toward Hebbville on the old highway. Turn left toward Conqueral Mills and travel about one km to the park. 
Indian Lake 
Nova Scotia has its share of Indian Lakes (six) and this one is near New Germany. It is the largest of a three lake chain that includes Lake William and Lake Peter.You can put in at Lake William and paddle down a one km section of moving water to Lake Peter. Lake Peter is connected to Indian Lake by a short channel with lots of cottages. The North Branch of the LaHave (River Route 3) enters and exits from Indian Lake. You can take out at the bridge at the south end of the lake. How to get there - From New Germany, head east to Barrs Corner.About 3 km past there, you’ll see Lake William on your left. Put in at the bridge here or turn left up an unpaved road to another bridge where a stream enters the lake. The exit is about one km east of Union Square. 
Sherbrooke Lake This is a long, narrow lake (about 13 kms) without much shelter north of New Germany.There is no public access at present but the Municipality of Lunenburg is in the process of acquiring property at the north end of the lake. The North Branch Lahave (River Route 3) flows out near the south end of the lake. 
Tupper Lake 
Little Tupper and Tupper Lake are near Caledonia. From the map it looks like it may be possible to paddle from Little Tupper up a stream into Tupper. Another entry point is at the north end of the lake. This lake is quite long (about 5 kms) and appears intriguing with lots of coves and islands. A drive by this fall revealed wide new roads with pipe gates, power poles and names like Birch Island Drive. Explore soon before its all cottage country. How to get there - Turn right off Route 208 just before North Brookfield as you’re heading toward Caledonia. Little Tupper Lake is about one km up this road 
and the end of Tupper Lake is about 8 km. 
Whale Lake 
Whale Lake, north of Mahone Bay, is another intriguing, long lake (about 5 kms) with narrow passageways, and islands in an isolated setting. The shoreline is mostly treed with only a few camps. Access is at a dam at the south end. You will have to carry your boat in from the Walden Road about one km unless you have a truck or suitable vehicle for a rough road. How to get there - Whale Lake is about 12 kms from Mahone Bay. From Mahone Bay, take the road to Clearland. Continue past Clearland and the end of the pavement at about 5 km and travel another 7 km toward Walden. Look for a woods road on your left at a high point on the road. Park here or drive in to the dam if you can.
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Children under 16 with adults - please use own discretion depending on skill level

Special Information

Established 1998
Tags Canoe/Kayak ; Maps ; NS Trail Guide ; Recreation Categories ; South Shore Connect
Categories - General Canoeing ; Lakes and Ponds ; Lakes and Ponds ~ Kayaking ; Maps