Community Connection


The West River is beautiful in all seasons and spectacular during the fall. Glimpses of the river along the trail, a cave, wildlife and flowers will encourage you to explore. There are many opportunities to capture memories on camera. The path from the park through the trees to the footbridge is quite rugged and rocky. Sensible foot-wear is advised.


Art Park

1. The Shingle House

450 people of all ages, locals and visitors including Nova Scotia's Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. May Ann E. Francis, decorated the cedar shingles covering this shelter. There is more information about the project inside the Shingle House.

2.  Sea Creature Benches

3 benches were made by local youth, working with adult artisans. Painted fish show the way to the benches. There is a sign board in the Park with more information about the project.

3.  Fairy Doors

Grade 7 children and local artists worked together to create whimsical, imaginative portals to the elfin realm. See how many you can spot as you follow the trail that winds among the trees.

4.  Chain Saw Sculpture

Arthur Turner, a local carver, has commemorated the area's logging industry with his giant figure depicting scaler, Mike McInnis. Logging has been vital to the area since its settlement more than 225 years ago. Ship building demanded a constant supply of timber, as did the pulp mill up until it's destruction during Hurricane Beth in 1971. Remains of the mill can still be seen in the river and below the falls. Visit the Museum in McPhee House where another of Arthur's giants stands on guard. The museum in MacPhee House hosts fascinating photographs of earlier industries and the people who built our community.

5.  Clothes Pin Sculpture

George Child, who also makes exquisite turned bowls, has designed this work in memory of the once-thriving clothes pin factory at Lewiston Lake.

6. Streetscape Mosaic Project

The Streetscape Mosaic project is a 4Cs Foundation funded community art project for beautifying a new sidewalk and streetscape installation in the village of Sheet Harbour. More than 80 stepping stones and 6 large scale mosaics were created by grades 5 to 8 and grade 11 students along with local artists and scores of community members. Many hands were involved in the project from the drawing and design process, to building the forms and collecting the pebbles, to laying the thousands of pebbles and stones in intricate designs and finally installing the heavy pieces.

There are 6 mosaics to find alongside the bench areas – a fish, a bald eagle, a landscape, children holding hands, a mermaid, and 3 fish.

Acknowledgements and Thanks

Julie Adamson Miller, who has provided inspiration, impetus and co-ordination in carrying out many local arts projects- involving youth, working together with adult artists.
Thanks to the 4C’s Foundation for the provision of funding for projects in Nova Scotia, Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seacoast Trail Arts Association who have consistently supported, and helped fund Art Park projects.