Sawpit Wharf

Sawpit Park

Record #: MDL0124
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022
Last Full Update: 08 Dec 2020


Located In Garden Lots
Where To Find Us
28 Back Harbour Rd
Garden Lots, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County


Phone 902-541-1343
Contact Trudy Payne, Director of Recreation, Parks & Tourism; Phone: 902-541-1333; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Municipality of the District of Lunenburg 
10 AllĂ©e Champlain Drive 
Cookville, NS B4V 9E4

Description & Services

Information Located in Garden Lots, Sawpit Park is a waterfront area that allows water access to Lunenburg's Back Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. 
The park has a boat launch, picnic and parking areas, benches, a privy and a wharf that you can walk out on. 
Struck in January 2012, the Sawpit Wharf Advisory Committee has been very busy putting plans for the site into action. With $26,000 in funding from the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency, announced in January 2013, these plans have now become a reality. 
The Sawpit Wharf by-law was approved by Council on March 26, 2013. 
One of the biggest changes has been the implementation of a floating finger wharf system. The recreation department has created a permitting system and fees for tie-ups, a new development at the wharf which will increase water access and safety for residents and visitors alike. The floating wharves are for punts and tenders of 12 feet and under. While space for recreational boaters will be allocated based on a permitting system, there will still be some public tie-up spots for day use. Contact the Municipal recreation department for dock permit applications and more information on the floating wharf permitting system. 
There have also been major improvements to parking facilities at Sawpit Wharf, with the paving of a new upper parking lot. This upper lot will provide better access for vehicles and trailers who wish to stay up to 72 hours, or longer with a permit from the Municipality. Trailers and vehicles can also be parked in the lower parking lot, but for day use only. 
Did you know that Sawpit Wharf offers more than just boating opportunities? There is a great amount of green space right on the water, with picnic tables and lots of area to play. Come and enjoy the water from the land! Visit Sawpit Wharf for an excellent spot to access the beautiful islands off our beautiful coastline. And remember that this is a pets on leash park!