Perfect Petite Riviere
Start your day by journeying down to Petite Riviere Vineyards, a historic winery best known for its red wines and for being one of the oldest grape growing territories in North America, dating back to the 1630s. Enjoy a tour and a tasting on the building’s terrace, overlooking the hills of lavender and grapes.
Continue into the village of Petite Riviere and stop at the Maritime Painted Saltbox, a vividly colourful art gallery displaying the works of Tom Alway and Peter Blais. Meet the artists and browse through their displays, including handmade furniture, contemporary fine art, and whimsical folk art.
Further into the village, stop by the Mariner Craft and take a peek at all the crafts made by local artists, and browse their selections of knick knacks! A left turn just past the Mariner Craft will take you to Sperry’s Beach, a quiet and small beach where the Petite Riviere itself meets the Atlantic Ocean. Often boasting warmer waters, Sperry’s Beach is a local hangout, and is great for paddleboarding!
As lunch approaches, head back to the Highway 331 and make a right turn across the one lane bridge over the river. Continue right along the Highway 331 until you arrive at Beachside Pizza, a fantastic pizza place only minutes from the beaches, and grab some lunch! Stop into Ploughman’s Lunch just down the road after lunch for some homemade soft serve ice cream before continuing the afternoon.
Head back toward Petite Riviere after lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing on Rissers Beach. One of the only lifeguarded beaches in our region, Rissers Beach boasts soft white sand, relaxing waves, public washrooms, and a small food truck! It is easy to lay here for hours and listen to the waves crash on the shore.
For the adventure seekers in the family, give Swell Time Board Co. a call ahead to schedule a surfing lesson, rent a surfboard, or rent a paddleboard! Spend some time learning how to master the waves with their helpful instructors, or try it on your own with Rissers Beach’s beginner friendly waves!
After a long day in the sun, visit the Osprey Nest Public House for dinner, less than 5 minutes away from Rissers Beach. It features local pub classics and occasional live music! With both indoor and outdoor seating, the Osprey Nest Pub is a new local favourite for people of all ages and tastes.