• 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.




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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.







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.

Health Care

River John is part of the Pictou District Health Authority and is served by several hospitals, services, agencies, and a 911 emergency service. A local clinic with community practitioner is also available. For health information we suggest you start with your local library, which has an Online Health Room as well as a comprehensive collection of materials, both in print and video.

C. G. Fulton Pharmacy Ltd.

2747 River John Station Road
P.O. Box 189 River John, NS B0K 1N0
Phone: (902) 351-2500
Fax: (902) 351-2544

Business hours:

9 - 5 daily.
Closed Sundays.

Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital

110 Blair Avenue
P.O. Box 40, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0
Phone: (902) 657-2382
Fax: (902) 657-3745
Website: http://www.cehha.nshealth.ca/Lillian%20Fraser/index.cfm

Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital

222 Haliburton Road
PO Box 1059, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Phone: (902) 485-4324
Website: http://www.nshealth.ca/locations-details/Sutherland%20Harris%20Memorial%20Hospital

Aberdeen Hospital

835 East River Road
New Glasgow, NS
B2H 3S6
Phone: (902) 752-7600
Website: http://www.nshealth.ca/locations-details/Aberdeen%20Hospital

Colchester East Hants Health Center

600 Abenaki Road
Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5A1
Phone: (902) 893-5554 Auto Attendant
           (902) 893-4321 Switchboard
           1-800-460-2110 (Toll Free in NS)
Website: http://www.cehha.nshealth.ca/Colchester%20Regional/index.htm

Our Library

Library and Innovation CenterJanice Murray Gill Memorial Library & CAP Site
River John Station Road, River John,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Telephone - (902) 351-2599
E-Mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Library Open Hours:

Monday:        Closed
Tuesday:       2:00pm -   5:00pm,   6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm,    2:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday:     2:00pm -   5:00pm,   6:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday:          10:00am - 1:00pm,    2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday:     10:00am -  3:00pm

A 24-hour bookdrop is available outside the Library.

If you wish to use the library for internet access beyond these hours, or for any other computing needs or training, please telephone the library and arrangements can be made.

Free wireless is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed in the area around the library.

River John Public Library is one of seven branches in the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library system. It has won several national and local awards for community development and engagement. We offer a full range of free services and access to the resources of all Nova Scotia public libraries.

Collection: Books for all ages and interests, reference, large print books, videos, magazines, books on cassette, government documents, local history, and more.

Services: Reader's advisory, reference, inter-library loan, Internet access with free tutoring, instructional tours available upon request. A summer reading program for children, youth, and adults is offered. The library is also part of our regional Newcomer Welcome initiative. If you are new to the area, drop by and we can help you connect to the community! Summer residents are welcome to use the library as well, simply drop by for your free borrower's card.

Technology Services: Public access computers all with high speed internet access, WiFi, IT training, Microsoft Office, scanner, laser printing (colour also), fax sending/receiving, wireless device printing and scanning, 3D printing, laminator, vinyl to DVD, coil binder, and more. New services are being added regularly, please ask!

Room Use: 12 person meeting room, 20 person meeting area with computer lab, and community office. Not for profits may use the rooms for free, for-profits there is a nominal charge (proceeds go to the River John CAP Society). To rent a room, please contact the library. Projection services are available, including laptop.

The library is here for you and there are many ways we can help. Stop by and speak with our staff and they will guide you in the right direction.

Visit the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library website.