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Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Caledonia
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Reviewed August 25, 2010

This was our second year at Mersey River Chalets and we absolutely love it and can't wait to go back in Sept/Oct. It is an amazing outdoor getaway with all the amenities. They have canoes, kayaks, swimming, basketball, tennis, a beautiful boardwalk and a restaurant. Kejimkujik National Park is also only 5 kms away. The staff are lovely, I really can't say enough about how wonderful they are.

We stayed at one of the large chalets for 2 nights. These chalets are perfect! They have everything you need: dishes, appliances, towels, firewood, woodstove, 2 bedrooms and a beautiful front porch overlooking the Mersey River. It's all the outdoor adventure you need with a cozy place to sleep :)

The kayaks and canoes are there for unlimited use and no extra charge. The lake and river make a beautiful canoe/kayak trip where you can see all kinds of birds, turtles and other wildlife. The property is tranquill and our stay there was so relaxing - exactly what the 2 of us needed with our busy schedules.

We did a ton of kayaking/canoeing and relaxing at the Mersey River. We went to Keji for an afternoon to do a longer kayak adventure.

I would STRONGLY recommend this place to anyone, it is pet friendly, wheelchair accessible (the WHOLE place!) and a great place to bring kids. It truly is a hidden gem in our beautiful province, we intend to go several times a year since it is open all year round.

As a sidenote: they have a cat that lives there, she is 12 years old and her name is Magic. She is sweet and may come to visit you :) As cat lovers, we quite enjoy her company while we are in Mersey River!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

Stayed for 3 nights at Mersey River Chalets in a Lodge room. Very pleasant room and in a great location for the Kejimkujic National Park. The best thing about it is the free kayaks onsite. We had a fantastic full day exploring the lakes and creeks around the site. Beautiful. The restaurant isn't open outside July/August, but glad it wasn't as we may not otherwise have discovered the M&W Restaurant and Convenience Store just near the entrance to the Park. The owner, Marilyn, cooks, waits on table, serves in the store and is so kind and funny we immediately felt like part of the family. The food is very good too - nothing fancy but good, home cooked fish and chips, burgers etc. And lovely cakes!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2008

We stayed in the Mersey River Chalets towards the end of a week-long driving vacation in NS. We originally booked a night in a teepee. When we got to the property however, we decided the teepee did not look as inviting as we had imagined. Instead, the owner put us up in one of the chalets, which was very nice indeed. We had a plank salmon dinner in the on-site restaurant, and in the morning we went for a paddle in the kayaks on one of the lakes on the property, followed by a quick swim. We had the impression we were in the middle of a wilderness, albeit with the comfort of a nice restaurant, friendly staff and very nice chalets.

Something that isnt advertised on the website, but became clear when we visited, is that this property is completely wheelchair accessible. An extensive system of wooden boardwalks connects the various facilities and chalets around the property. A system of ramps gives wheelchairs access to the lake. The kayaks and canoes are adapted for mobility-impaired people also.

Some of the staff also speak German, so the property is friendly for visitors whose first language is German.

Mersey River Chalets is also only about a mile from the entrance of Kejimkujik National Park. It would be a very good base from which to explore the park, and return in the evening to the comfort of the chalets !

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2008

We have just returned from a weekend at the Mersey River Chalets which are just next to the Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada. The holiday compound is far off the beaten track, at least 2 kilometres on a gravel road off the secondary Highway 8, and about 47 kilometers from Annapolis Royal. There are teepees with beds, fire pits, a lodge, a kitchen area and both large and small chalets. All the chalets have been adapted for wheelchair use. There are ramps everywhere. The Mersey River winds around the compound and feeds into a crystal clear lake where canoes and kayaks are provided. The only thing which we didn't like, but didn't resent either was that the sinks and stoves are set low for people in wheelchairs. The nature park is ideal for family wishing to experience true wilderness. The two staff felines, Magic and Minky are most friendly, as is all of the staff. If it weren't so far we would be sure to return often.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2008

Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat -- it's a beautiful spot. We stayed in one of the lodge rooms, but when we come back, we may try one of the tee-pee accommodations (or one of the chalets if we bring the family.)

There are 2 kilometers of wheel-chair friendly boardwalks along a beautiful river bank, passing cascading waterfalls, upstream to a lovely lake, perfect for birdwatching. They have canoes and kayaks, a playground, a great stock of board games, a beautiful restaurant overlooking the falls. It's a perfect place for a family vacation or a youth-group retreat, especially if any members of your group are in wheelchairs.

I went to Nova Scotia to see the Bay of Fundy and the coastal villages, but when we had had enough of the sun and wind, we took note of Kejimkujik National Park, with it's old growth hemlock forests, red maple bottomlands and beautiful lakes. Canoe and bicycle rentals and well marked footpaths -- an easy 5K from Mersey River Chalets.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank mMemphis
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Reviewed July 20, 2007

We stayed at Mersey River Chalets for 3 nights in July 2007. We stayed in a lodge room which we assumed from the condition of them were new this season however, having read another review that someone stayed in these last year it seems they are not. The room was clean, fresh, modern and in excellent condition. The owners live “on site” and really treat their guests well. Whilst there is plenty of accommodation there is also plenty of space and privacy.

There is a kitchen which anyone staying the in the lodge or tipis can use or alternatively the restaurant. We ate in the restaurant 2 nights and the food was excellent, there is the choice of a fish dish, chicken dish and a vegetarian dish which vary each night. The third night the restaurant was closed, this was slightly inconvenient as there is nowhere else locally to eat but they had told us in advance so that we could make alternative arrangements. Breakfast was continental and everything was laid out every morning to help yourself to.

There are plenty of canoes on the river and the lake, which you are free to use whenever you choose.

The housekeeping service is available on request; however if you are only there a few nights it probably isn’t necessary.

Mersey River Chalets is an ideal base for visiting Keji, the staff are friendly and helpful without being over friendly, the accommodation is of a very high standard.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2006

We spend several days at the Mersey River Chalets and this place was on of the highlights of our Nova Scotia vacation. The kids loved the lake with kajaks and canoes free to use. The location is absolutly stunning and the surrounding nature is georgous.

The resort has 4 rooms, several cabins and a few tipis- we stayed in a room. The room was immaculate and looked like this was the first season - spotless with nice light-colored furniture.

There is a shared kitchen for the tents, which we also used. We didn't try the restaurant, but it looked good.

If you love nature and don't need Internet access, TV or phone this place is for you.

There is plently to do - or nothing at all- just as you prefer. I wish we had know about this place earlier. I would have booked a week in a cabin (preferably No.5).

Stayed: August 2006
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Additional Information about Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat

Address: Mersey River Chalets Rd 315 | Nova Scotia, Caledonia, Nova Scotia B0T 1B0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Caledonia
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Caledonia
Price Range: $110 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mersey River Chalets and Nature Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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Mersey River Chalets And Nature Retreat Caledonia, Nova Scotia, Canada

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