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The Seaside Village of Chester

Village of Chester

This historic seaside village is the perfect destination for Nova Scotia travelers who are looking to spend an afternoon drifting in and out of unique shops, discovering the works and wares of local artisans and entrepreneurs.

Lady exiting Going Coastal down the concrete steps. An old blue building with an old yellow building in the background.


If you’re shopping for a one-of-a-kind wedding gift, a signature piece for your home, a 'just because' surprise gift for that person who is difficult to please, packable gifts or fine art, Chester has it all.

Going Coastal Fine Art & Furnishings, pictured above and below, carries custom furniture, home decor, jewellery, crafts, apparel, and art inspired by coastal living. All products are from local Nova Scotian artists and crafters.

Couple standing in front of a wall of art.


Less than an hour's drive from Halifax, Chester is also noted for sailing, golf, live theatre productions, art, and its relaxing lifestyle.

Chester Playhouse hosts a variety of productions throughout the year whether they're musical, dramatic, for kids, or comedic.

Two women sitting on an aqua bench outside of Seaweed Soaps shop looking at each other's purchases.

Wander our picturesque streets and lanes dotted with rose-covered arbours and majestic old trees or stroll along our two harbours and watch the sailboats glide by.

For four days every year since 1856, one of North America’s greatest sailing events, Chester Race Week, takes place. Spectators watch sailing boats race from the oceanfront perimeter or Chester Yacht Club's deck while enjoying the many activities and festivities held throughout the period.

Harbour with many boats at sunset with grass and pink flowers in the foreground.


Enjoy lunch at one of our delicious cafés, stay for dinner and make a full day of it or stay for a while at one of our B&B’s or inns.

Within the village, there are two inns: Sunroom Restaurant & Inn and Mecklenburgh Inn, pictured below. Both inns provide a location close to shops and restaurants and a welcoming atmosphere.

Two women holding overnight bags walking towards the entrance of the Mecklenburgh inn - a white two story building with flags hanging from the upstairs building and green accents.

The village has a variety of restaurants and cafes all with their own unique offerings. These include the Fo'c'sle Tavern, Il Ferramenta Pizzeria, The Jib Coffee House and Bistro, The Kiwi Cafe, The Rope Loft, and Sunrrom Restaurant & Inn. More information on these restaurants and their exact locations can be find on our restaurants page. 

If the weather is fitting, you may opt to enjoy a cold beer. In that case, Chester Village has a location of Chester Basin's Tanner & Co. Brewing.

If your travels have you Tancook Island bound - you'll find the William G. Ernst Passenger Ferry launch to both Big & Little Tancook Islands at the Water Street Dock in the Village of Chester.