Whether you stop for a day or two, or for the rest of your life, Sackville has magical qualities of peace and contentment. Cars slow down as you cross the street. People wave hello. Bands play in the town park, the marsh breezes blow, birds sing their praises. Even time lets out a little sigh of relief.
Sackville is blessed with an extraordinary range of cultural treats, from original Canadian plays to arts and music festivals; SappyFest, Live Bait Theatre, poetry in the street, boutique shopping, art workshops, new media projects, dinner theatre and some wonderful little cafes in which to sit and talk and think... to do all the things you have no time for at home (unless you live here!). We think this is why Sackville won the title of Cultural Capital of Canada in 2008.
Artist Alex Colville studied and taught here, and this is where his wonderful magic reality may have begun. The Owens Art Gallery is the oldest university art gallery in Canada. Sackville artists work in pottery, glass, canvas, paper and T-shirts. The Fog Forest Gallery, Struts Gallery, Rob Lyons Gallery, Earth Gallery and the Craft Gallery offer worthy artistic value and are highly-acclaimed.
The Boultenhouse Heritage Centre details Sackville’s shipbuilding heritage, and the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum displays its history of wood and wheels. The award-winning Sackville Waterfowl Park has over 3 km (1.9 mi.) of trails, boardwalks and viewing platforms.
Sackville is a book to be read, a marsh to be wandered upon. There are specialty shops; environmentally-conscious outdoor outfitters, a legendary harness and leather-goods shop. Restaurants delight for a moment or for an evening. Something wonderful happens every day. It’s one of life’s great stops.