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This autumn morning in Antigonish was a perfect mix of crisp fall day, a light wind and changing temperatures that brought mist rolling into the valley and rising and falling on the wind currents. The green fields, reds and golds of the trees peeked out or were hidden by the autumn mists.
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My daughter visited us in Nova Scotia recently from Vancouver and top of her wish list was to have a lobster. It isn’t the lobster season in our area and although we could have a lobster dinner in a restaurant, or buy a lobster from a big chain grocery store that wasn’t the experience I wanted for her. I grew up eating lobsters fresh from the pound and boiled on the beach – or a feed of lobster on the back yard picnic table. No fancy dinner just butter for dipping and lots of newspaper and dripping juicy lobster.
Just 2KM past Peggy's Cove
Our chosen lobsters
Into the vat
Oysters on the half shell
View from picnic tables
View from picnic tables
Ryers Lobster Map
On a tip from my sister we found a great place that gave the real experience. Ryer Lobsters is just 2 KM past Peggy’s Cove when you are heading from the Halifax side, in the village of Indian Harbour. It would be easy to miss it but watch on the water side. On first site it just looks like a big shed. However this is a lobster pound with the fresh seawater flowing through a huge tank of live lobsters. We ordered our lobsters, weighed them out and Ryan popped them into the cauldron of boiling water. While we waited our 20 minutes we enjoyed delicious oysters on the half shell with tabasco and fresh lemon.
What a feast! Around the back there are picnic tables with a fantastic view of the harbour. The lobsters came fully cracked and easy to open but still all in a piece. Lobster bibs, picking tools and an incredible sweet taste of fresh lobster. This was the real thing! Just as good as at home in the backyard or on the beach. Unfortunately no license so if you want a beer you can take them home with you or to your picnic spot.
Ryer Lobsters is open year round. So if you are craving a lobster feast on your Nova Scotia travels head there for the real thing.