• Welcome to River John, Nova Scotia

    Welcome to River John, Nova Scotia

    "A small Community with a BIG spirit"
  • Beautiful Sunsets on the River John

    Beautiful Sunsets on the River John

    Come and experience all River John has to offer.
  • Beauty in Every Season

    Beauty in Every Season

    Tour our country roads and experience the beauty of our landscape.
  • Lobster Fishing Season

    Lobster Fishing Season

    Come and enjoy our famous lobster suppers!
  • River John Festival Days

    River John Festival Days

    Summer festivals and events full of fun and activites for the whole family.
  • Beautiful Gardens and Farms

    Beautiful Gardens and Farms

    Unique arts and crafts from our local farms.
  • A Peaceful Row on the River

    A Peaceful Row on the River

    Enjoy the quiet beauty of the River John.
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Welcome to River John - a small community with a BIG spirit!

River John is rich in natural beauty and friendly welcoming people. Stay at our cosy seaside accommodations and enjoy our beaches. Take time to do some kayaking, boating, seal or bird watching. Take a peaceful drive along our country roads. Enjoy fresh produce from our local farms. Sample the fresh delicious taste of lobster caught of our shores by our lobster fishermen and served at our famous lobster suppers. Walk, bike or hike the Trans Canada Trail as it passes through our community. The beautiful surroundings inspire our many artists who produce unique arts and crafts. Enjoy our annual festivals and discover our rich history. River John is a unique coastal treasure.
Come to visit - come to stay.

Discover River John






Local Webcams


State of the art webcams located in the heart of River John.







River John Library

River John Library

The Janice Murray Gill Memorial Library serves the needs of River John and surrounding community.




Upcoming Events








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  • Wooden Ships of River John +

    From 1828 to 1918, shipbuilding was a very important industry in River John. Read More
  • American Lobster Project +

    Lobster fishing - a valuable part of the River John economy. Read More
  • Lobster Fishing on the Susan B +

    An award winning animated children's storybook about lobster fishing. Read More
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  • The Pioneer Newsletter +

    A non-profit quarterly newspaper published by the River John Community Action Society. Now Available! The next edition will be Summer 2018 Read More
  • Pictou Antigonish Regional Library +

    Access books, eBooks, services, programs, digital collections & more. Read More
  • Plan of River John & Vicinity, 1841 +

    An interesting plan Indicating land grants and their owners. Read More
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Cape John as painted by Nova Scotia artist Joy Laking.







Come to visit. Sit back - relax- enjoy all River John and surrounding area have to offer. There are many beautiful accommodations available for your stay with us.

Amet View Chalets

Amet View ChaletsContact: Leah & John Pembridge
Address: 646 Amet view Ln, RR#3 River John
Marshville, NS
Phone: 902-351-3462
Fax: 902-351-3215
Website: ametview.com
Enjoy our six cedar log chalets overlooking Sunrise Trail, Northumberland Strait "The perfect place to enjoy year-round Nova Scotia hospitality. Come relax and enjoy the peace and quiet beauty that is Amet View."


Anchor Park Campground

Anchor Park logoAddress: 316 Route 6 Sunrise Trail
B0K 1N0
Marshville, NS
Phone: (902) 890-3413
Website: anchorparkinc.business.site




Emily’s Oceanside Cottages

Emily's Oceanside CottagesContact: Eric & Jeanette Romkey
Address: Eric Romkey Lane, RR#4 River John
Seafoam, NS
Phone: 902-351-2892
Website: http://www.emilyscottages.com/  
Pien May 15-Oct 15
Six beautiful cottages located on over twenty acres of ocean front private property in Seafoam, Nova Scotia, on the shores of the Northumberland Straight overlooking Prince Edward Island.
From each cottage you can enjoy the stunning views, sunrises, and sunsets. All are brand new construction and offer most of the comforts you'll ever need. Now offering free Wifi Connections!

Heritage Cottages

Heritage CottagesCivic Address: #4261 Highway 6 (Sunrise Trail), Brule, Colchester County, Nova Scotia
Mailing Address: RR#1 Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, B0K 1V0
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Toll-Free Call: 1-866-684-1864
Local Call:902 657-2922
Website: http://www.heritagecottages.ca
Rent cabins, housekeeping and overnight units, access to the beach, Satellite television and much more.


McLeod’s Cottages

McLeod's CottagesMarshville, Route 6
B2N 5G6
Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 351-2212 (cottages)
           (902) 893-2266 (off season)
           (902) 890-4434 (cell phone)
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Website: http://www.mcleodscottages.com/index.html
Beach-front cottages. Ocean swimming, sandy beach, picnic tables, playground. No pets please.

Seafoam Shore B+B

bb1Contact: Eleanor and Paul Baron
Address: 3789 Hwy. 6 (Sunrise Trail) River John
Seafoam, NS
Phone: 902-921-8337 or 8339
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Website: http://www.seafoamshore.ca/
Welcome Home! Seafoam Shore offering overnight B&B, 3 bedroom guest house, cottage and trailer rental. Deck with ocean view and an 8 minute walk to the beach. Special rates when you mention this connection.

Seafoam Campground

seafoamContact: David Tattrie - (902)351-3122
Address: 3493 Sunrise Trail
Seafoam, NS
Phone: 902-893-6491
Fax: 902-897-2490
Open May 15 to October 1
Website: http://www.seafoamcampground.com/
Full service campground with tenting. Located on sandy swimming beach; horseshoe pits, volleyball net, two playgrounds, baseball diamond, fire rings, etc. Coin operated showers (.50 for 7 minutes) and laundry facilities. Recreation hall with stove.


Reid’s Sunset Beach Cottages

Reid's Sunset Beach CottagesContact: Terry and Linda Reid
82 River John Road
Address: RR# 3, River John, NS
Phone: 902-351-2079
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Sunset Beach Cottages have three priceless settings for your special times. New cottages on the 'sunset' side of the Cape John, a cottage/home at very end of the Cape and our century Farm House. The three new, two bedroom, cottages sit overlooking the sandy saltwater flats of John Bay. At low tide, perfect for bare foot exploring and at high tide, even better for warm saltwater swimming. Our Farm House cottage with a heated, inground swimming pool is nearby. RV Sites are also available.
Website: http://www.sunsetbeachcottages.com/





Parks & Recreation

Coastal Spirit ExpeditionsCoastal Spirit Expeditions

Contact Person: Peter Whaley
Street: Cape John
Postcode: B0K1N0
PO Box 1, River John
Phone: 902-351-2283
Website: Coastal spirit expiditions
Services: Half day tours/Full day tours and instruction at 2 locations: Cape John. For more information please visit our website.

Rushton’s Beach Provincial Park

Street: Sunrise Trail
Postcode: B0K1N0
River John
Open May 17 to October 14
Services: "Sheltered picnic grounds. Broad sandbars at low tide and the salt marsh attract a great variety of birds; warmest salt water in Nova Scotia." Parking, Facilities and a boat launch are available.

Joy Laking paintingSkinner’s Cove Beach

140/154 Skinners Cove Road
River John
Beautiful Sandy Beach that has parking as well as access to a wharf and boat launch.

Murphy’s Public Beach

Cape John, NS
This is an Ocean Sand Beach that has minimal parking and is located just off the Cape john Rd.

Mitton’s Public Beach

Type: Ocean Sand Beach
Address: Cape John Rd.
Community: Cape John, NS
County: Pictou
Roadside Parking, with no facilities or wharfs.

Cape John Wharf & Public Beach

Type: Ocean Sand Beach
Address: Cape John Rd.
Community: Cape John, NS
County: Pictou
This beach has parking and a wharf, as well as a boat launch. However, there are no facilities.

Meg’s Cove Public Beach

Type: Ocean Sand Beach
Address: Cove Rd.
Community: Cape John, NS
County: Pictou
This beach has minimal parking as well as a boat launch. There is no wharf and no facilities on site.

Toney River Wharf & Public Beach

Type: Ocean Sand Beach
Address: Sunrise Trail
Community: Toney River, NS
County: Pictou
Beautiful beach, with parking and a wharf. No facilities or boat launch on site.

Brule Golf CourseBrule Point Golf Course

738 Brule Point Rd
Brule Point
Phone: 902-657-2666
Poen May 1 to October 31
The main course is a regulation length nine hole course, with front and back tees. A full 18 holes plays to a par 72, with one par three hole, and one par five hole, the others being par fours.
"Sunrise Beach Golf Club offers a panoramic view over the Bay from the all-pine Clubhouse and from all points on the course. Hone your skills on the Driving Range, or practice your short game on the par-3 course, or at the practice green. Walk or ride while you play a round on our 6000 yard golf course. Experience the challenging par-5 hole number five. Give yourself instruction time with Jim, the Pro at Sunrise Beach. We're pleased to satisfy the golfer in you."
Website: www.brulepointgolf.ca

Lions Park & Playground

Address: Hwy #6
Community: River John, NS
Children’s Park located in between the Presbyterian and Anglican Churches.


Anna Sutherland Bissell Memorial Park

"Bissell Park" is the small central park located in the centre of River John Village. A native of River John, Anna Bissell was a successful businesswoman in an age when the manufacturing business was considered a field for men only. At 19, she married Melville Bissell and became joint partner in their crockery and china business. When he invented the carpet sweeper in 1876, Anna became a traveling salesperson.

After her husband's death she became the chief executive officer of the company. She moved Bissell carpet sweepers into the international market and by 1899 had created the largest organization of its kind in the world. Anna introduced progressive labor policies including workmen's compensation and pension plans long before these practices were widespread in industry.

Anna Bissell was a charter member of the Ladies Literary Club, a life member of the Women's City Club and an active member of Zonta. She served on the board of the Clark Memorial Home and was for years the sole woman member of the National Hardware Men's Association. She was the President of the Bissell Carpet Sweeper Company from 1889 - 1931 and died in 1934.

Colonel Dan Sutherland Memorial Park

Col. Dan Sutherland Park was built in 1975. It was built from funds donated by the River John Lions Club and the River John and Area Recreation and Development Association.

The park consists of a ball field, children's playground, and park. The ballfield is used annually during River John Festival days for children and adult events and also throughout the summer and fall for ball tournaments.

The Colonel Dan Sutherland Memorial Park is located .5 km from River John on the West Branch Road.

River John Remembrance Garden

River John Remembrance Garden is located at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 108, 2 km from River John on the West Branch Road.

Elaine Reid Memorial

Elaine was a very active worker in the community of River John and surrounding area. She was a member of St. George's Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder, secretary of the board of managers and other offices within the church. She was a member of the River John Festival Committee since its beginning in 1986. Elaine was also a member of the RJ Ladies' group, the Winter Carnival, the River John Community Choir and was always ready to organize any events that would arise.
She was noted in the community for her "delicious" brown bread and was always taking home baking to the sick and elderly. She was honoured locally and provincially for her volunteerism over the years.

River John War Memorial

Erected in grateful remembrance of those who served in past conflicts including World War I, World War II, the Korean War and U.N. Peace Keeping Force.

To view a complete list of the names inscribed on the Memorial visit the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library's War Cenotaph website.








Clubs & Service Groups

River John Volunteer Fire Department

Address: 32 School St (directly behind C.G. Fulton Pharmacy)
PO Box 99 River John, NS
Phone: 911 Local Number: (902) 351-2223 In an emergency phone 911 and ask for fire, police or ambulance.
Contact: David Brown
Events: visit the Community Hall for a list of upcoming events The Hall is available to be booked for special events such as weddings and dances.

Ladies Auxiliary- River John Fire Department

Address: Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-351-2337
Contact Person: Anita Clarke
The Auxiliary does fundraising to support the Volunteer Fire Department.
Events: The spring Ladies night out.
Meetings: Held the 3rd Monday of every month (except in the summer), at the River John Fire Hall.
New members welcome.


Address: 38 Caladh Ave,
Pictou, NS
Phone: 902-485-4333
River John Community Office: Manned by volunteers to allow easier access to RCMP services.
Phone: (902) 351-2449 if you would like to assist.

Frazee Rebekah Lodge #33

Address: River John Village Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-351-4266
Contact Person: Dianne Hann
Meetings: Held the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (except summers).
New members welcome.

River John Community Choir

Address: Nova Scotia 
Phone: 902-351-2031
Contact Person: Marion Haliburton
Meet: Practice Thursday 6:30 pm.

River John Historical Society

Address: Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-351-2079
Contact Person: Linda Thompson-Reid

River John Festival Committee

Phone: 902-351-2328
Contact Person: Rae Langille
The committee puts on a weeklong festival every year, the week of July 25.
New committee members are always welcome.

River John Lion’s Club

Address: 2724 River John Station Rd, B0K 1N0, River John, Nova Scotia 
Meetings: every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108

Address: West Branch Road Nova Scotia
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Person: Harley White.
The Legion provides services to Veterans. Legion grounds are home to the River John Remembrance Garden.
General meeting is held every month on the 3rd Tuesday at 8pm.
Bar Hours: 4 pm - 11 pm Fridays and 1 pm - 11 pm Saturdays Members and Guests only.

River John Ladies Group

Address: Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-351-2637
Meets the last Tuesday of each month (except July & August) at members' homes, 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.
For information call 351-2637 we raise funds for community projects. It's a fun group and a great way for newcomers to meet other ladies of the area. We also encourage those who are not new to the area to join.

River John EcoAction Committee

River John EcoAction Committee is a sub-committee of the River John Action Society. We arrange public film showings and other events to promote and encourage a more sustainable lifestyle. Our monthly business meetings are usually the third Monday of the month at 7pm.
Contact: Catherine Hughes 351-2001 for details.

Helping Hand Lodge #34 I.O.O.F.

Address: River John Village Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-351-2785
Contact Person: Ronald Langille
Meetings: Held every Monday at 8 pm (September - June) New members welcome.
A worldwide fraternal organization instituted locally in 1878.