General information


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1. Electricity:

110V in all our cottages, 220 in the dive centre.


2. Heating:

In all cottages we have electrical heating system.


3. Shopping:

Clothest town is Port Hawkesbury, a 30 minute drive from Janvrin's Island. There are some small retail shops in and arround Isle Madam where you can find local specialities, fish and food.

Gas station, Doctor office, a small supermarket, some small restauarants, mail office and a liqueur store are in Arichat only 15 minutes away from our lodge.

There are some nice shopping malls in Sydney, a 1,5 hour drive form our place.


4. Seasons:

Mid June - until end of October. Each month has it's own highlight:

June is a perfect month for hiking, it's still cool but sunny. Best months for bird watching

For all water sport activities, July, August and September are best, becaus the water is "warm". It's never really warm, but we have temperatures arround 18°C in August. Some bays and beaches are even warmer. During those months the chance to see whales is very high.

Indian summer, in October is a beatifull time of the year, very colourfull and still warm. That's the best time to see moose.


5. What to bring:

Hiking shoes, light and warm clothes, rain jacket, UV blocker, binoculars, sunglasses, some good books...


6. Taxes:

There is a sales tax (Hst) added on all prices of 15%

Take the journey!


Many routes lead to paradise!


Icelandair: Reykjavik - Halifax

June 1 - June 15: Tuesday, Saturday

June 19 - September 7: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

September 9-November 4: Monday, Thursday


From Halifax follow the 104 "east" toward Cape Breton.

In "Port Hawkesbury" turn right to Hwy 104 direction "St. Peters".

(at the rotary just after the causeway)


Take exit 46 direction "Isle Madame". Take route 206 (Fleur de Lis Trail)

In "West Arichat" turn right toward "Port Royal" / St. Mary's, Janvrins Island. Follow the red signs "VOLLMER'S"

We are on the main road on the left side. Look for the flag mast.


It takes about 3,5h driving time from Halifax.

What is the weather like?

Sun, rain, snow, storm ...

Weather & Climate

Nature pure ...

Nova Scotia lies in the mid-temperate zone and, although the province is almost surrounded by water, the climate is closer to continental rather than maritime. The temperature extremes of the continental climate are moderated by the ocean.


Nova Scotia has frequent coastal fog and marked changeability of weather from day to day. The main factors influencing Nova Scotia's climate are:


The effects of the westerly winds

The interaction between three main air masses which converge on the east coast

Nova Scotia's location on the routes of the major eastward-moving storms

The modifying influence of the sea.

Described on the provincial vehicle-licence plate as Canada's Ocean Playground, the sea is a major influence on Nova Scotia's climate. Nova Scotia's cold winters and warm summers are modified and generally moderated by ocean influences. The province is surrounded by four major bodies of water, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Fundy to the west, the Gulf of Maine to the southwest, and Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.


The annual temperatures are:


Spring from 1 °C (34 °F) to 17 °C (63 °F)

Summer from 14 °C (57 °F) to 28 °C (82 °F)

Autumn about 5 °C (41 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F)

Winter about ?9 °C (16 °F) to 0 °C (32 °F)


Due to the ocean's moderating effect, Nova Scotia, on average, is the warmest of the provinces in Canada, owing primarily to the milder winter temperatures experienced in Nova Scotia compared to the rest of Canada.

Experience Canada.