Make memories on your trip to Atlantic Canada! Watch artisans work, talk to them, and in some cases, try your own hand at making what they make. Take photos, buy souvenirs, or simply learn about how our artisans make a living in Atlantic Canada. We invite you to meet our members:
Spruce Top Rug Hooking, Mahone Bay, NS
Meet a real Nova Scotian "hooker"! Try your hand at hooking, sign up for a class, or buy supplies to make a masterpiece at home. "Spruce Top" refers to a classic rug hooking pattern which originated in nearby Lunenburg. Watch Carol Ann expertly pull a pattern together, learn about the different rug hooking materials and styles, and view the largest collection of hooked rugs in Atlantic Canada.
Amos Pewter, Mahone Bay, NS
Amos Pewter designs and hand-crafts pewter gifts and keepsakes, inspired by nature and our seaside surroundings. Meet artisans and see how molten pewter is cast into sculptures, candle holders, jewelry, collectible ornaments and other keepsakes. Take part in our hands on experience, finish and personalize your own pewter sand dollar!
Where creativity meets texture and tradition
Island Chocolates, Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI
Smell the chocolate as you enter this former general store in scenic Victoria-by-the-Sea. Sip a chocolate-rimmed coffee, taste the hand-made chocolates and desserts fresh from the kitchen, watch the chocolatier hand dipping or making fillings, or register for a hands-on workshop (by appointment only). Join us on Sundays for a chocolate brunch and on September 13th for our annual September Chocolate Festival to celebrate all things chocolate!
Heritage Wrought Iron, MacDougall Settlement, NB
Hear the clank as the hammer hits hot metal on the anvil; watch the sparks fly; and smell the smoke from the forge as this traditional blacksmith opens his doors to visitors. Experience the magic of iron, coal, air, and water as they are brought to life in the forge and transformed into ornamental ironwork for both interior and exterior design.
The Dark Tickle Company, St. Lunaire-Griquet, NL
Stroll the boardwalk through a typical Newfoundland peat bog and forest surroundings. Discover bakeapples, partridgeberries, crowberries, blueberries and squashberries in their natural habitat and then watch, smell and taste as they are made into Dark Tickle's renowned jams, spreads, sauces, vinegars, teas, drinks, and chocolates. Groups often enjoy being greeted by our Newfoundland dogs. There is also a large on-site art and gift boutique for special souvenirs of your visit.