Our Beautiful Region

Our festival is set in a charming group of small communities on the north shore of Nova Scotia - with its wonderful beaches and gentle pace of life. Screenings, workshops and panel sessions will take place in an eclectic mix of historic settings and unique venues.

Recommended Accommodations:
Seafoam Shore Bed & Breakfast
Located at Seafoam on Rte #6, close to Toney River, Melville and River John

If you need help finding a place to stay - email:  info@sunrisefilmfestival.com and we'll put you in touch with a range of B&Bs, self-catering cottages, hotels, motels and guest houses to suit your budget. But don't take our word for it...
"I am so glad that I came to see the beauty and kind people of the north shore area. You did an amazing job at pulling off such a massive undertaking. Your community should be proud. Wonderful events, food, sights, discussions." Robin Truesdale, Colorado.

The Sunrise Trail - North Shore Nova Scotia


The Sunrise Trail runs along the north shore of Nova Scotia, taking in rural landscapes that meet natural beaches of great quality and the warmest sea water north of the Carolinas.

Friendly communities with their own character line the Sunrise Trail but major towns such as New Glasgow, Pictou, Pugwash - with all their facilities and history (Pictou is the birthplace of 'New Scotland') - provide all the modern services you need.


Pictou has a replica of the Ship Hector and its heritage quay

The Sunrise Trail is a holiday destination for people from near and far, and is full of surprises. Beaches and historical sites vie for your time with award-winning vineyards and wineries, micro-breweries, artisan villages and performance venues. There are great golf courses, right on the ocean front and luxury spa resorts.


River John has celebrated its own summer festival for around 30 years.

Visitors are welcome throughout the year - with seasonal activities such as hunting and fishing in some of the finest salmon rivers in Atlantic Canada. Sea Kayaking, snow-shoeing or skiing at quality ski resorts, hiking trails to lakes or mountains and maple syrup farms.


Everyone has a favourite activity and favourite time of year - our festival will show off the fabulous autumn colours of Nova Scotia.

We will build a list of accommodation providers throughout the year. To have your activity or accommodation listed here, contact: info@sunrisefilmfestival.com