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The Dickie Baxter!

Experience a contemporary and eclectic vibe while enjoying creative dishes by one of the province’s top chef, served with warm Nova Scotia hospitality! 

The menu at our bistro includes classic dishes, as well as modern fare. There is something for everyone at the Dickie Baxter with daily and every changing features. Our extensive local and global wine list, wide array of beer on tap and cocktails will be sure to quench your thirst. A great place to meet for a romantic dinner, a night out with friends, or a family meal. See you soon!

A bit on the history of the Dickie Baxter House

A renovated circa 1852 historical home, turned into the Valley’s new hot spot. We feature a wide beer and wine selection, imaginative local cuisine by top chefs, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We have turned an old historical home into something fabulous for the community of Canning and beyond.

A bit on the history of the Dickie Baxter House:

Built 1852 and owned by Eliakim E. Dickie. From 1861 to 1863 this building was owned by the Hon. Charles Dickie, MLC and hosted frequently legislative assemblies. Also owned by W. H. Baxter, a master shipbuilder in Canning, who built the Preference, the A.B. Barteau and the W.H. Baxter at the Bigelow shipyard which proudly stood on the shores of Canning, just across the street from the house.

Today, it is where Canning meets, laughs, enjoys drinks and fabulous food. Join us in the next phase of the story of this beautiful home, we look forward to seeing you !

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Our Staff

Meet Executive Chef Wayne

Responsible for all the delicious food that comes out of our kitchen, he is a master of his craft and always comes up with new and exciting dishes for our menu. With over 20 years of experience in the culinary arts which has taken him across the globe, Chef Wayne and his partner, Tammy are sure to please your pallet. He brings a vast experience and passion to the Dickie Baxter that you will be able to savor with every bite.

Meet Chef Graeme

In his own words: “I have a passion for all things culinary. With a focus on local and seasonal ingredients and by building relationships with local growers and producers, I aim to creatively showcase the best that the Maritimes has to offer.
Originally from Winnipeg, I first stepped foot in a kitchen at 15 years old and now bring more than 20 years of culinary experience to your table. I live and farm in Gaspereau. With my experience raising cattle, pigs, and chickens, I truly understand what it means for food to be “farm to table.”

Meet Clare Rivard

Veteran of the wine and cider industry, Clare has homed in her passion to local cuisine and never going back! Passionate about local cuisine and is creating an awesome culinary experience for all!

Clare Rivard

Clare Rivard

Founder / Owner

Chef Wayne Arnold

Executive Chef

Graeme Mansky chef

Graeme Mansky


Tammy Vaughan

Sous Chef

Our Food Policy

We are committed to providing healthy and delicious food cooked from scratch by our experienced chef. We source our ingredients from local suppliers and sustainable farms and use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in our dishes. Our menu always features a variety of healthy and flavorful options. 

Our Core Values

We provide an exceptional dining experience for our guests through the combination of great food, drinks, and outstanding service. We believe that healthy food is delicious, and we provide our customers with the best possible dining experience.