Canada – Paradise without barriers

Eastern Canada is famous for the beautiful unspoilt countryside. In the province of Nova Scotia there is a combination of beautiful landscape, history and a lively culture. Thanks to the barrier-free complex Mersey River Chalets & Nature Retreat, this area is also a dream destination for people with a disability.

The holiday complex is located in the middle of a wonderful, almost untouched forest and lake landscape, dissected by the course of the river Mersey, which originates in the nearby Kejimkujik National park. The Indian summer with the colour-fireworks of the Canadian autumn, the intact nature, an impressive fauna and flora make the holiday complex and the surrounding area a must for friends of nature.

Nature for all

Where water and sky flow into one another and the unending starry sky reflects in the lakes, the founders of the four season complex have combined their love of nature with a vision to make nature accessible to everyone regardless of any possible disability.

Sculpture in the sunset (Astrid Dehnel/
Sculpture in the sunset (Astrid Dehnel/

Adventure in Tipi village

In the mystical forests embedded along the banks of the Mersey River there are presently seven wonderful log cabins, a guest house with four rooms and there where the river flows into Lake Harry there is a Tipi village with five Sioux-Indian tents for accommodation and adventure all in one. The individually decorated Canadian log homes have a comfortable living area with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, a large bathroom with accessible shower and a terrace and picnic area with barbecue. The rooms in the guest house each have two double beds and a bathroom with tub. The Sioux tipi’s in turn have each two to five beds and are fitted with shelves, as well as this there is also an generously equipped central kitchen, showers and toilets are nearby.

Pamper yourself in "Cascades"

The restaurant "The Cascades." above the river ensures physical well-being in the summer months." The kitchen is flexible with regard to the wishes of the guests, allergies or diet plans. In May, June and September, the restaurant is open only occasionally, and is closed from October to April.

Active relaxation in a beautiful natural landscape

The Mersey River Chalets & Nature Retreat offers on one hand, recuperation in the tranquillity of nature, on the other hand, there is also the possibility of active regeneration with various outdoor activities. This allows the guests within the complex to explore the river runs of the Mersey River with canoes or kayaks, go fishing, hiking, play tennis, basketball or play badminton or of course swimming. In winter, there is cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the program. Those who want to play golf, there is a golf course 30 to 45 minutes away by car.

Minimum barriers

The founders, of whom three are paraplegic / quadriplegic, envisioned the accessibility of the facility from the very beginning. The vision has been consistently implemented and a place where barriers are minimal and people with and without disabilities can let themselves be inspired by the peace and beauty of nature and natural phenomena has been created.

Access to canoes, kayaks and to swimming

For guests with disabilities, the entire complex has been designed with wide pathways. Specially designed boat jetties allow access to canoes, kayaks and swimming (paddle for quadriplegic). The chalets and the tipi’s are barrier-free, have wheelchair accessible kitchens and bathrooms and shower seats from Meyra (Lodge), or a wheelchair kitchen and showers in the vicinity (tipis). Lifters from Meyra are also available.

Countless attractions in the immediate vicinity

Day trips in the surrounding area, take the guests to other attractions and areas of natural beauty, such as the Kejimkujik National Park, the sand beaches on the south coast or to the fishing village of Peggy's Cove, one of the main tourist attractions in Nova Scotia with its famous lighthouse. From Digby and Digby Neck one can go on wale watching trips, while other attractions include the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, Lunenburg (1783 founded by settlers from Switzerland, Germany), the old royal port in Annapolis Royal and of course Halifax, the economic and cultural Centre of the province

Arriving by plane ...

The most direct journey from Europe is by plane. The Halifax International Airport offers regular flights to and from Europe and North America.

From the airport go in the direction of Halifax on Highway 102, this leads into Highway 103 shortly before Halifax. Remain on highway 103 until exit 13 at Bridgewater and then follow the signs to Kejimkujik National Park. The Mersey River chalets are located 5 km from the National Park on the right side of the road.

... or by ferry

The ferry  travel the whole year round from St. John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia in 3 hours with Bay Ferries. From Bar Harbour, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with "The Cat" takes 3.5 hours, but only sails May through October.  A further possibility is Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with the "Prince of Fundy" in 11 hours (May - October). From the ferry take Highway 101 heading east to exit 22 in Annapolis Royal. Take Route 8 heading south from there. The Mersey River chalets are on the left side of the road after 45 km.


Mersey River Chalets & Nature Retreat
Andrea Wegerer und Tim Atkins
RR2 Caledonia, NS B0T 1B0
Tel: 001 902 682 2443
Fax: 001 902 682 2332

Autor: pg - 10/2007, translation PmcC- MyH