Forest Lakes offer everything you'll ever need within minutes of home, like shopping, restaurants and world-class amenities. Better yet, our community is centrally located in Nova Scotia, providing close access to many of the province's best destinations. Check out our list to find something that interests you!

Ardoise, Nova Scotia, Canada


Giffin’s General Store & Esso – 6 minutes

Withrow’s Farm & Garden Centre – 10 minutes

Grocery Store – 22 minutes

Mount Uniacke Pharmacy – 6 minutes


Brooklyn District Elementary School – 13 minutes

For directions to Brooklyn District Elementary School from Forest Lakes, click here.

West Hants Middle School – 15 minutes

For directions to West Hants Middle School from Forest Lakes, click here.

Avon View High School – 20 minutes

For directions to Avon View High School from Forest Lakes, click here.

King’s-Edgehill School – 20 minutes

For directions to King’s Edgehill School from Forest Lakes, click here.

Bedford Academy – 30 minutes

For directions to Bedford Academy from Forest Lakes, click here.


Hants Community Hospital – 17 minutes

For directions to the Hants Community Hospital from Forest Lakes, click here.

IWK Children’s Hospital – 45 minutes

For directions to the IWK Children’s Hospital from Forest Lakes, click here.


Halifax Stanfield International Airport – 45 minutes

For directions to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport from Forest Lakes, click here.

Shopping and Businesses:

Windsor, Nova Scotia – 20 minutes

The town of Windsor is rich in Canadian history. As the ‘birthplace of hockey’, Windsor is home to the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre, featuring artifacts with which the game originally began, from wooden pucks to handmade hockey sticks. Additional attractions of Windsor include Howard Dill’s Farm, the home of the world’s largest pumpkin variety, Mermaid Theatre, Windsor Playland, and Victoria Park. For directions to Bedford from Forest Lakes, click here.

Bedford, Nova Scotia – 25 minutes

Bedford, Nova Scotia is a traditional shopping hub, featuring such shopping destinations as the boutique shops of Sunny Side Mall, including Pete’s Fine Foods, owned by local entrepreneur and celebrity, Pete Luckett. Bedford is also the home of The Chickenburger, heralded as the oldest drive-in diner in Canada – a perfect spot to listen to oldies on the jut-box while enjoying their famous milkshake, burger and fries. For directions to Bedford from Forest Lakes, click here.

Dartmouth Crossing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – 35 minutes

Dartmouth Crossing, one of Nova Scotia’s newest shopping outdoor shopping destinations, brings together the best elements of any shopping experience. Dartmouth Crossing features everything from small, boutique shops to sought-after big box stores, not located anywhere else in Atlantic Canada. Need a break from shopping? Enjoy a bite to eat at one of Dartmouth Crossing’s large selection of restaurants, or take in an afternoon movie at the Cineplex. For directions to Dartmouth Crossing from Forest Lakes, click here.

Bayers Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia – 35 minutes

Bayers Lake is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest business parks, offering everything you need in one location, from Walmart, Costco, and Atlantic Superstore, to a wide range of restaurants and leisurely activities, including a movie theatre and glow-in-the-dark mini-putt. For directions to Bayers Lake from Forest Lakes, click here.

Downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia – 35 minutes

As the city centre of Halifax, Downtown Halifax is a can’t-miss destination in Nova Scotia. It serves as the business, entertainment and tourism hub of the region. Such city attractions include Citadel Hill, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and Neptune Theatre. Downtown Halifax is also the home of many hotels, annual festivals, and events, as well as over 200 restaurants and bars, providing an interesting array of local and worldly cuisine. For directions to Downtown Halifax from Forest Lakes, click here.

Sight-Seeing and Exploration:

Wolfville – 35 minutes

The picturesque town of Wolfville, located in the stunning Annapolis Valley, is home to Acadia University, one of Canada’s top educational institutions. The town also features some of the province’s top wineries, including Luckett Vineyards, Gaspereau Vineyards and Grand Pre Winery. For directions to Wolfville from Forest Lakes, click here.

Annapolis Valley – 60 minutes

With such attractions as Hall’s Harbour, situated alongside the Bay of Fundy with the world’s highest tides, The Lookoff, Blomidon National Park, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and the town of Digby, with its world-famous scallops, this can’t-miss destination is a favourite for residents and visitors of Nova Scotia. For directions to the Annapolis Valley from Forest Lakes, click here.

Lunenburg – 75 minutes

As the home of the Bluenose II, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is rich with history and culture. With its narrow street filled with shops and restaurants and unique architecture, it offers many notable spots to visit, including Mahone Bay, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Ironworks Distillery, The Ovens and the famous Lahave Bakery. For directions to Lunenburg from Forest Lakes, click here.