Book your seaside wilderness retreat at the HLC!

SUMMER SEASON: May 1-September 30

The Harrison Lewis Centre offers a unique wilderness retreat for groups of approximately 20 people. The Centre is available for organized, primarily nature-based, retreats (e.g. groups of researchers, painters, writers, photographers, naturalists). We have 5 rustic cabins to choose from, 3 of which have electricity, as well as space for tenting.

Guests have access to the communal building, which includes: 

  • A full indoor kitchen
  • Two bathrooms (including indoor and outdoor showers)
  • Laundry
  • Work & relaxing space
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood fireplace
  • Field laboratory

In the area:

Just a 5 minute walk down our trail is Sandy Bay Beach & Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. Kejimkujik National Park Seaside lays across the bay, only a short drive up Highway 3, then onto St. Catherines Rd. The local area hosts a plethora plant and animal life for the ecological minded folks; migratory bird sanctuaries, endangered Piping Plover populations, lichens, tidal life, incredible geological specimens, and of course the more wary creatures, such as coyotes, a few moose, or our resident black bear. As always, when in the wilderness, respect to it's natural inhabitants and landscape is paramount. Do not approach potentially dangerous or endangered animals, and try to leave nothing behind but footprints!  

Guests should bring: 

Their own food, sleeping bags, and bug repellent. Depending on your planned activities, waterproof and/or hiking boots are always a good idea as well.


The Harrison Lewis Centre accepts credit/debit for payments made online, and cash/cheque for payments on site.  There is no credit/debit machine at the Centre.

Rates are as follows: 

  • Monday - Thursday: $425 per night for use of Main building and cabins (max 20 people)
  • Friday - Sunday: $450 per night for use of Main building and cabins (max 20 people)


Directions: We are located at 339 Sandy Bay Rd, Port Joli (also shown on maps as Port L’Herbert). From Halifax, take highway 103 West until Exit 22. Turn left onto Exit 22, Highway 3, then continue until Port L'Herbert rd on the left. Follow Port L'Herbert rd for 8km (past Wharf rd) then turn left onto Sandy Bay rd (dirt road). Follow Sandy bay until Harrison Lewis Centre driveway on your left (small white sign on driveway).

Contact: If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (902) 440-5503 or



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