• 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 off 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. Enjoy the Fall 2018 edition now! 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.






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

723 Highway 6
Marshville, N.S.

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

Ocean Sand Beach
Access is down Murphy Road, (on left), Cape John.  Parking at the end of the road is limited.
This beautiful beach is for everyone’s use.

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 Public Beach

Located at the end of the Cape John Road, River John.

Public Beach access. Lots of parking, wharf and boat launch.

Perched atop a red clay bluff in Cape John on the Northumberland shore, inviting benches overlook a pebbled,
sandy beach offering a place to sit in comfort to watch magnificent sunsets; the likes of which must have
inspired well-known fiddle tune the River John Sunset Waltz, that puts such a sight to music. Picnic area
with several tables and benches.

Meg’s Cove Public Beach

Ocean Sand Beach

Cove Rd. (Scothorn Lane)
Cape John Road, River John, N.S.

This beach has minimal parking. There is no wharf and no facilities on site.

Toney River Wharf & Public Beach

Ocean Sand Beach.

Oceanview Drive,
Toney River, Nova Scotia

Beautiful public beach, with parking and a wharf.
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.


Visit the numerous memorials within these parks.








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
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.

River John RJ's Ladies Group

A group of ladies who meet every month through the year (except July and August) to plan several events
to raise money which is donated to various deserving causes in the River John area, as well as making
donations to deserving graduating students in the local high school.

Frazee Rebekah Lodge #33

Address: River John Village Nova Scotia
Meetings: Held the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (except summers).
New members welcome.

River John Historical Society

Address: 1851 Highway 6 HwyRiver John, Nova Scotia, B0K1N0

Phone: 902-351-2403


River John Festival Committee

The committee puts on a weeklong festival every year, the week of July 25.
New committee members are always welcome.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/riverjohn.festival.days/


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
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.

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

Address: River John Village Nova Scotia
Meetings: Held every Monday at 8 pm (September - June) New members welcome.
A worldwide fraternal organization instituted locally in 1878.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/IOOF-Helping-Hand-Lodge-34-198986156946782/