Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Learn seafood specialties from expert chefs

  • 05 nearby golf courses
  • 04 century-old sea captain’s homes to explore
  • 30 metre-high trees soaring above you

Toss a locally caught lobster into the pot, then focus on creating that perfect roux, a key ingredient to so much of French cooking—even in the New World French cooking you’re learning at this food-lover’s lodge, where you can relax in the lap of luxury in the heart of Nova Scotia wilderness. The lodge’s cooking lessons focus on the region’s seafood bounty, and you’re getting your fill of what’s in season: scallops or salmon, oysters or mussels. Best of all you’re learning how to properly prepare seafood from some real pros, doing it in the Acadian tradition—alongside its cousins, Cajun and Creole.

Why you should visit
  • Experience the magic of the night sky as you've never seen it before.
  • Take a guided star safari through the Tobeatic Wilderness and see the stars as nature intended; free from any 21st century light pollution.
  • Breathe deep and benefit from what the Japanese call 'Shinrin-yoku' or forest bathing.
  • As you walk through the pristine Acadian woodland, you breathe in the trees' natural phytoncides, which help promote sleep and reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Later, feel that last stress slip away as you sink into a wood-fired outdoor hot tub and hear the sounds of the river rushing by.
  • Learn from the experts and know that you’re preparing to dazzle your friends and family back home with new-to-you culinary techniques like cold-smoking salmon.

Weather

  • Weather conditions in Nova Scotia are best described as 'moderate'. It never gets extremely hot or cold.
  • The summer months (mid-June to mid-September) are warm and the winter (mid-December to mid-March) cold with snow. Thanks to the ocean, you can expect plenty of fog.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Trout Point Lodge is open year-round.
  • Want to learn to forage for wild food or take a cookery class? Even if you're not staying at Trout Point Lodge you can take by-the-hour classes.
When to go
  • Dive into seasonal sustainable seafood tastes; summer brings plump and tender shrimp and snow crab to enjoy. Learn how to create the perfect ceviche. Feast on scallops in the autumn. When you visit throughout the cooler months you'll learn to love the delicate taste of sea urchins.
  • Summer or winter alike, our skies are crisp and clear year-round for star gazing and there's nothing better than warming up in an outdoor hot tub.
Need to know
  • If you're learning to wild forage for food, bring your appetite and sense of adventure!
  • All cookery equipment will be provided on site.
Getting Here
  • Fly into the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, then drive the three-hour scenic route along the winding coast.
  • Or try the Ocean Service on Via Rail through Eastern Canada from Montréal to Halifax. Be rocked to sleep as you journey along the St. Lawrence river before waking to breakfast crossing eastern New Brunswick.
  • The Lodge is accessed by a 3-mile long dirt and gravel track, remote from the highway.