Things to do in Sackville

The conference will, of course, occupy most of your time in town. Plus, meals will be provided during the conference: dinner Friday; breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday; and breakfast Sunday.

You may, however, want to venture beyond campus, to eat or drink, or to explore the surroundings. Here are some suggestions. (Also check out



  • Cackling Goose Bakery – 38 York Street; Hours: Fri 8-6; Sat 9-5; Sunday closed – Gluten-free, good source of vegan and vegetarian food and baked goods.
  • Cranewood Bakery – 113 Main Street; Hours: Fri 9-5; Sat 9-2; Sunday closed – also gluten-free options, also has things for vegetarians; many tasty baked goods and soup
  • Black Duck Cafe and Bakery – 19 Bridge St; Fri/Sat/Sun 6am-6pm; much locally-sourced tastiness; much meat and dairy
  • Bridge Street Cafe – 10 Bridge St; Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-7pm

Restaurants in the general downtown Sackville area

  • Mel’s Tearoom – 17 Bridge St; Fri/Sat/Sun: 8:30am-8:30pm – Sackville institution; diner; some vegetarian available (black bean burger)
  • Downtown Diner – 3 Bridge St; diner; some vegetarian available (veggie burger)
  • Napul’e – 6 Bridge St – Fri – 11am-9pm; Sat 3pm-9pm; Sunday closed – Neapolitan wood-fired pizzeria; very delicious; can do cheese-free pizza
  • Song’s Chopsticks – 12 Bridge St – Fri: 11:30-9, Sat 11:30-8:30 – Korean and Japanese food; not many vegetarian options
  • Coy Wolf Bistro – 19 Bridge St – Fri/Sat 5-9pm; Sun: closed – locally sourced fine dining.
  • Joey’s – 16 York Street – mix of Italian food/pizza with pub fare
  • The Snack Shop – 28A York Street – Fri/Sat 11am-3pm; Sun 2pm-10pm – sandwiches of meat (an old Sackville favourite, recently re-opened)
  • Goya’s Pizza – 96 Main Street – Fri/Sat 3pm-3am; Sun 3pm-9pm – pizza, donairs, Lebanese food


  • Ducky’s – 4 Bridge St – Fri/Sat/Sun 3pm-2am – a longtime Sackville haunt, in a new location (as of a few years ago). Straight up bar; you can bring food here from elsewhere.
  • Thunder and Lightning – 23 Bridge St – Fri/Sat/Sun 5pm-1am – bar. There are shows Nov. 4 at 7pm, and Nov. 6 at 11pm; otherwise a pretty chill hangout.
  • The Painted Pony – 26 Bridge St – Fri/Sat/Sun 11am-2am – Tex-Mex bar and grill. Actually accessible for wheelchair users! Not much for vegans; tasty quesadilla for vegetarians.


Sackville shenanigans

Suggestions for kids

  • Waterfowl Park (guide to Waterfowl Park in registration package)
  • Friendly playground at the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park on Main St.
  • Farmers’ Market also at the Bill Johnston Park, Saturday 9am to 1pm
  • All the cafes are kid-friendly (Cackling Goose, Black Duck, Bridge St.)

Suggestions if you have a car

  • YMCA pool (92 Church St, Amherst NS, (902) 667-9112) very kid friendly:
    • Saturday 5th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Family Swim ($5)
    • Sunday 6th, 6:30-7:30pm, Family Swim ($5)
  • Fort Beauséjour in Aulac (about a 8-10 minute drive away)
  • Hopewell Rocks (1 hour from Sackville; 30 minutes from Moncton)