Skip the tacky postcards and overpriced T-shirts—Nova Scotia is full of beautiful artisan shops, galleries, and local treasures. Check out the following places and bring home some truly unique finds.
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
Browse through one-of-a-kind creations from over 90 Cape Breton artists at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. The shop sells everything from handmade soap to blown glass to silk scarves. We guarantee that you won’t leave empty-handed!
Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio
Take home a Maritime-inspired hooked rug, or learn to make your own at Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio in Amherst. In addition to rugs, the studio sells wool, supplies, and patterns, and offers on-site and online classes.
Flight of Fancy
As Lonely Planet puts it, “If you want to buy just one unique treasure to take away from Nova Scotia, this is a good place to find it.” This award-winning fine art and craft store in the artsy town of Bear River is a perfect place to find a special memento.
Flight of Fancy, 1869 Clementsvale Rd, Bear River, NS, Canada, +1 902 467 4171
Stop by one of Amos Pewter’s open studios in Mahone Bay, Halifax’s Waterfront, and Peggy’s Cove to watch artists turn molten pewter into beautiful jewelry, tableware, and home décor. Then head next door to choose one of the unique items to bring home with you.
Amos Pewter, 1521 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 800 565 3369
Halifax Seaport Market
You’ll find rows of stalls filled with high-quality Maritime mementos at the Halifax Seaport Market. While the market is open seven days a week, the majority of stalls are open on Saturdays, so this is your best day to go. Browse through everything from beach glass jewelry to local photography.
Halifax Seaport Market, 1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 492 4043
East Coast Lifestyle
The apparel at East Coast Lifestyle is not your average touristy T-shirt. What started as a university project in 2013 has quickly skyrocketed into one of the Maritimes most recognized brands. Today you’ll find everyone from locals to tourists to celebs such as Ed Sheeran rocking ECL clothes! You can find East Coast Lifestyle on the Halifax Waterfront as well as at various stores around the country.
East Coast Lifestyle, 1099 N Marginal Rd #117, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 444 2199
The artists at Seamist Studios in Mahone Bay create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces made from leather, Tahitian pearls, and Nova Scotian sea glass. The pieces are true works of art and are the perfect way to bring a bit of the sea home with you.
Seamist Studios, 504 Main St, Mahone Bay, NS, Canada, +1 902 531 3112
ADJA Studio and Gallery
You’ll find a multitude of unique creations from local artists at this lovely studio in Liverpool. Browse through handmade jewelry, paintings, pastels, ceramics, and more.
ADJA Studio and Gallery, 177 Main St, Liverpool, NS, Canada, +1 902 350 6606