In the Heart of Wilderness Nova Scotia

Welcome to Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat, a four season wilderness resort whose creators combine a love for the earth and a vision of a unique nature experience accessible to all people.

Embedded within the magical woods of Nova Scotia, in the heart of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO Site) and just 5 km from Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site you will find Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat.

Our seven secluded chalets/cottages are nestled along the Mersey River and where the river enters Harry Lake, three Sioux style tipis offer accommodation for the more adventurous. Four comfortable rooms in our lodge allow you to view Harry Lake through a stand of old growth hemlock trees. Once your settled into your accommodations, you can explore the local waterways in kayaks and canoes, available for no extra charge.

Overlooking the Mersey River, “The Cascades” is a great place to start your day with a healthy breakfast. Bring the kids over for an ice-cream or enjoy a refreshing beverage outside on our picnic tables. You can relax by the large granite fireplace in the centre of the panoramic facility while enjoying a great cup of coffee. A central gathering place, "The Cascades" is a wonderful place to take a break from your adventures or meet new friends. Please note, The Cascades now only offers a continental breakfast on request during peak season.

Only a two-hour drive from Halifax and 40 minutes from the historic town of Annapolis Royal, Annapolis County, our resort offers unique Nova Scotia vacation experiences year round including kayaking, canoeing, lake and river swimming, boardwalk and nature hiking trails, bird watching, fishing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and eco tourism packages in cooperation with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute.

As an ecotourism destination we are committed to sustainable tourism practices and would like to share our beautiful surroundings with you and invite you to learn about flora, fauna, including species at risk, and our cultural heritage.

So whether you are looking simply for a relaxing and peaceful retreat or for numerous outdoor activities we are sure you will enjoy your stay and leave with a memorable experience.

I was visiting the website as a reminder of our visits to Mersey River and thought I'd take the opportunity to add a comment. We have had the extreme pleasure of staying at Mersey River Chalets twice. It is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places we have ever stayed, and hope to return yet again. The Chalets are very comfortable and well-furnished, the Cascades Restaurants is fantastic, and all of the folks who run and work at Mersey River are truly friendly. We will always cherish the time our family has spent at Mersey River Chalets and truly consider it to be one of the many gems of Nova Scotia. Thanks to Tim and everyone at Mersey River Chalets!

—Patrick & Dianna McSherry