Facilities & Grounds

The Deanery Project offers both its own programming, and is available for program rentals. Contact us for more program rental information.

A key goal for the organization is that all buildings on site should model low impact, energy efficient construction for both new builds and renovations. Natural building and permaculture design principles inform the site plan resulting in interesting inter-related patterns and functions among the buildings.


The property includes:

  •  Main Hall
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Dorm style accommodation for 20
  • The Roost: Wood Shop, Classroom and Bike Hub
  • Solar Wood Kiln
  • Cob Oven Pavillion
  • The Sheiling – outdoor classroom
  • Boat house and dock
  • Woodland trails, fields and ocean front beach
  • Permaculture/community gardens
  • Acadian tree and shrub nursery (in progress)

Main Hall
The Hall has a well equipped commercial kitchen, six toilets/showers,and large meeting/gathering space for conferences, workshops and indoor events for up to 100. It is available for rental year round.
– The Deanery Project Kitchen can provide catering which focuses on local food. Whenever possible we choose organic producers and suppliers from the area, supplemented by our own seasonal gardens.  Dairy free, wheat free and vegan alternatives can be provided.

Accommodation:The Bunkies” These three dormitory rooms with bunk beds in the Main Hall can sleep twenty.  The beds are simple wood frames waiting for your comfy accoutrements i.e. camping mattress, sleeping bag and pillow.
Camping Tenting options include field and forest sites or magical spots nestled near the ocean. The Sheiling Hut and the Cob Oven Pavilion offer outdoor gathering spaces for campers.

The Land Twenty-five acres of mixed Acadian forest, fields and ocean frontage make for rich  educational and recreational opportunities as well as environmental, rural and community research. Development of an interpretive walking trail network is underway, with already more than a 4.5 km. trail constructed. The property is uniquely placed to give hikers and paddlers direct access to remote wilderness areas by water and by foot. A large open field provides a welcoming space for group activities. The sheltered cove and dock make access easy for swimming, canoeing and kayaking, Fire pits, a cob oven pavilion, The Sheiling Hut and permaculture gardens are some of the special outdoor gathering places.


The Roost  houses the Bike Hub, a classroom space, and a wood working shop. A straw bale interior wrap has dramatically improved the insulation value of the walls. The Hub provides a space for people of all ages to learn about bicycle maintenance and repair, bike safety and to create functional bike art!

The Area

The Deanery Project is located in Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia (one hour east of Halifax) on a beautiful 25 acre site which includes fields, Acadian forest, woodland trails, and oceanfront. The land which we steward profoundly informs our operating principles. These are rooted in the belief that the patterns, processes, and rhythm of the natural world provide a deep and healthy context for personal and community growth and understanding.

Caring for the land and sea quietly reminds us of our responsibility as stewards of this planet. Rich in natural beauty, the Ship Harbour region is home to the protected wilderness areas of Ship Harbour Long Lake, Tangier Grand,  and White’s Lake, as well as a the Eastern Shore Provincial Park Beach System: Clam Harbour, Taylor’s Head, Martinique and Lawrencetown.

Of special interest is the Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area (SHLL) which can be accessed from The Deanery Project by navigating connected ocean, river and lake water courses.  SHLL encompasses 14,700 hectares of Acadian forest with an estimated 24 million trees. Containing more than 50 lakes, it provides a habitat for more than 13 at risk species. Protection by the Province of Nova Scotia of the Ship Harbour Long Lake area since 2009 has provided a huge new learning environment for those who come to the Eastern Shore.  The story of the protection of SHLL is a testament to a long and dedicated commitment to the protection of Nova Scotia’s environment led by the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association.

In 2014 the Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced its 100 Wild Islands campaign. The globally unique archipelago sits at the mouth of Ship Harbour, extending from Clam Harbour to Sheet Harbour, The success of this campaign will create wonderful new opportunities for The Deanery Project to host research and exploratory groups.

Other Nearby Activities

Other local environmental and cultural treasures to explore
in the area of the Deanery Project include:
  • Memory Lane
  • Coastal Adventures
  • Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park
  • Taylor’s Head Provincial Park
  • Tangier Grand Wilderness Area
  • Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area
  • Musquodoboit Trailway – Rails to Trails
  • Fisherman’s Life Museum
Great local dining options:
  • Salmon River Country Inn
  • Family Fries
  • Jeddore Lodge
  • The Lunch Room

For more to do while you visit the Eastern Shore click here.