• 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

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Local Webcams

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

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River John Library

River John Library

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

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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.

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River John Festival Days

River John Festival Days occurs the last full week of July!

Festival DaysThe official opening is at a church service at Salem United Church (11am) followed by lunch. Food is a major component of the week put on by different groups. There are many food related events throughout the week: Strawberry Tea, soup luncheon, barbeque on the beach, Warden's Tea, pie sale, and the Saturday lobster dinner.

You won't go hungry in River John!

Music is on display every evening with Music on the Veranda, featuring our local musicians.

There are activities for those who like the outdoors: the Fun Run, Scrabble Walk, Crate Run, a visit to the Lismore Sheep Farm & Store, softball and bed races. The week's events are concluded on Saturday with a street parade, fireworks and adult dance.

There are many daily activities for adults and children at the River John Library.

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

 

Don't miss the fun!

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Discover River John's Rich History

Settlement PlanSettlement Plan of River John and Vicinity

The year, 1841. The original, prepared by Deputy Surveyor John Gauld and drawn on cotton with ox gall ink, shows the area from Seafoam to Tatamagouche indicating land grants and their owners. The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity, much like a map, has an interesting story to tell and is now able to share it with others as the community of River John welcomed this important piece of history to the Janice Murray Gill Memorial Library.

Of interest to genealogists, local historians, and anyone interested in the early settlement of River John and area, The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity was originally in possession of Clifford Carruthers until his passing, then put up for auction in the 1980’s. Worried this rare piece of Nova Scotian history would end its days in a private collection, community member Janice Murray Gill quickly contacted nine others in the local area, who pooled their funds and purchased the piece for over $1,500.

After being housed for several years in the local community museum, it was given to the River John Community Access Program (CAP) Society for safekeeping. Working with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, and with River John CAP funds, the Plan was sent to Zwickers Art Gallery in Halifax to be reframed to museum standards. While in Halifax, the Public Archives of Nova Scotia made a digital scan for the library as well.

The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity is now back home and will be permanently displayed in the public library in River John. The River John CAP Society hosted an unveiling on Friday March 24th,2017. 

Reproductions of the Plan are available for purchase at the River John Library.

Cost of the prints are:

  • 24 x 14    $35.95
  • 36 X 20    $49.95

To order your copy of this rare Settlement Plan please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wooden Ships of River JohnShipbuilding

River John has a long and interesting history. Agriculture and fishing are strong in River John and surrounding area but there was a time when it was home to a booming shipbuilding industry. Read about this fascinating part of River John's past at the Wooden Ships of River John website. We have also created a website about the American Lobster where you can find out about this creature and the fishing industry which is an important aspect of life in River John.

 

        Minister: Rev. Christine Johnson

Rev. Christine Johnson moved to River John from Walton, Hants County, where she spent three years in ministry with the folks of the Walton Pastoral Charge - a small four point charge on the shores of the Minas Basin.

Rev.Johnson was born and grew up in Pictou, and can trace many of the "loves" of her life back to her early years at Pictou United Church– her love of art, music, and pastoral theology were nurtured during her time at Pictou United.

Upon graduation from high school Rev. Johnson attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and graduated four years later with a Bachelor of Fine Art.

After NSCAD she worked in the arts for a number of years, working with Hector Exhibit Centre and McColloch House Museum as curator for a season. She also worked with a local art studio and taught introductory classes in painting, drawing printmaking, and pottery to children and adults of all ages. Her last official "arts" position, before beginning her studies at the Atlantic School of Theology, was with the art department at Mermaid Theatre in Windsor, NS - where she worked as a part of a small crew painting puppets and backdrops for the international touring puppet theatre company.

In the fall of 2004, Rev. Johnson began her studies at the Atlantic School of Theology, formerly Pine Hill Divinity Hall, in the south end of Halifax. She graduated with a Master of Divinity (honours) with a concentration in Pastoral Theology in 2009, and was the first student to take home the "Maritime Conference Prize" for significant contributions in Systematic Theology courses, along with the "Hazel May Frazer Award" given to the top two M. Div students with the highest overall.

 

NovaStoryCemeteries of River John online at NovaStory

Cemeteries of River John and surrounding area have been digitized and can be viewed online at NovaStory.ca.

The book Salem United Church River John, Nova Scotia An Historical Account of the Congregation 1808-1990 written by Dr. Ella (Watt) Sangster has also been digitized and is available to read online at NovaStory.

 

Pictou Antigonish Regional LibraryYour Library

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library have several items in their collection relating to River John and it's history. Visit here to see a list of resources.

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