Rent a tiny cottage by the month.

This is it. The place for solo travellers to get away from it all and experience life in a quaint fishing village.

Harbour Retreat is off beaten track but close to the city – perfect for solo travellers looking to plant their bags and stay for a while.

Book an extended stay (minimum one month) in Tackle Box Cottage, a cozy and well appointed tiny cottage with everything you need. Just arrive with a suitcase!

Martinique Beach is a short 4 minute drive away, a secret beach is only a 10 minute walk away, and a full day spa is just up the road. The backyard at Harbour Retreat has lots of peaceful spots to sit quietly and listen to the birds by day and at night watch the stars by a bonfire. There are also plenty of hiking trails, beaches and yummy places to eat in the area (including food delivery from a mediterranean restaurant!). 

All amenities are at your fingertips: groceries, restaurants, artisan shops, markets, liquor store, gas, bank, pharmacy, laundromat.

Full Day & Half Day Retreats



Harbour Retreat’s Signature Experience!

Enjoy a day of creative wellbeing with local lobster rope weaver, eco-artist and environmentalist, Wendy Hanlan. Journey down a path of wellness with Wendy, who will guide you in making nautical home decore using ghost gear collected from local coastlines and creating nature artworks from the forest using eco-friendly materials. You will leave with completed artworks and the beginnings of a nature journal to continue your wellness journey at home. We’ll work outside and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Petpeswick Inlet, snack on delicious charcuterie and take a stroll to a secret beach.



Learn to to turn ocean waste into function art!

All lobster rope has been rescued from local beaches, wharves and fishers. It’s been pickling in the ocean for years so the colours you weave with are the colours you’ll have forever – no fading. Plus, you might get lucky and find a piece that has whale markers in it for an extra cool story to tell about your work of art. 

About Musquodoboit Harbour

Longer stays in beautiful Musquodoboit Harbour offer many benefits

  • all amenities within a 10-15 min drive
  • job opportunities
  • volunteering opportunities
  • onsite day retreats
  • offsite wellness services (massage, aesthetics, reflexology, yoga)
  • fitness centre and library
  • restaurants and cafes
  • year-round famers market
  • 50+ kms of world-class hiking and biking trails
  • Martinique Beach 4 mins away
  • Clam Harbour Beach & Lawrencetown Beach within a 30 min drive
  • 50 mins to Halifax bridges

Surf ‘n Turf Adventure

Breathtaking outdoor adventures are easily accessible from Harbour Retreat. Martinique Beach, only minutes away, Clam Harbour Beach, Lawrencetown Beach are world-renown for surfing, sea kayaking and paddle boarding. Our white sandy beaches are also the perfect place to thrown down a blanket and relax for the day.

Explore our world-class backcountry hiking trails through the Musquodoboit Trailways which also includes 13kms of and flat trail biking. Continue your bike ride adventure on the scenic Gaetz Brook Greenway, Blueberry Run, Atlantic View Trail, Salt March Trail and finally the Shearwater Flyer Trail which connects to the city.



Wendy is so personable and well-spoken that at the end it felt like we had made a new friend and left with a lovely piece of craftwork that was created to make the experience even more memorable! Beautiful location overlooking the ocean, and it’s a great feeling to know that the materials used were collected from the ocean which reduces ocean waste but is also reused to create art! The process is fun, not stressful, and at the end you feel pretty proud with what you’ve built! Thank you so much, Wendy! You are wonderful!

– Recent Weave A Lobster Rope Mat Participant

Tackle Box Cottage

Wendy is a fantastic host and Harbour Retreat is perfectly located to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Nestled between Lawrence Town and Clam Harbour beaches, with Martinique Beach less than 5 km down the road….perfect. But you don’t have to leave the Harbour Retreat property to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery! This is our third year there and we can’t wait for our fourth!

– Recent Tackle Box Cottage Guest

Phone: 1-902-456-9276
1715 East Petpeswick Road
Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia