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Table of Contents Dining ................................................... 47–48 Campgrounds ..............................................48 Accommodations ................................... 48–49 Nova Scotia’s Highland Heart (Antigonish Town & County)................. 50–62 Top Photo Opportunities............................... 51 Top Outdoor Activities...................................52 Top Locals’ Picks...........................................53 Top Festivals & Events....................................54 Top One-of-a-Kind Shopping .........................55 Top Heritage & Cultural Attractions .................56 Attractions ...................................................57 Beaches & Parks ............................................57 Trails ............................................................58 Marinas .......................................................58 Shopping & Services .............................. 58–60 Golf Courses ................................................60 Dining .........................................................60 Campgrounds ..............................................60 Accommodations ......................................... 61 Nova Scotia Tuna Charters..............................62 Festivals and Events............................ 70–77

Cover photos: (clockwise from top): Caribou Beach by Brian Cameron photography, Cape George Lighthouse, Lobster chowder, Northumberland Links Golf Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Association would like to thank Tourism Nova Scotia and other partners who have contributed to this visitors guide, including Kimberly Dickson, Proptonics, Steven Smith, Sarah McInnis, Amanda MacLean, N.S. Racing Association, John David Photography, Brian Cameron photography, Emma Eagles, Susan Dewtie, Pugwash Farmers Market, New Glasgow Farmers Market, Chandra Gavin, Dave Belt, Dr John Chaisson and the Posh Peppermint

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Welcome .................................................. 7 General Information.............................. 8–10 Regional Tourism Industry Association................8 Visitor Information Centres ...............................8 Important Numbers.........................................8 Libraries and Free Public Internet Access.............9 Smoke-free Places...........................................9 Ports EV Plug (j1772) .......................................9 Veterinarians ................................................. 10 Genealogy Resources .................................... 10 The Northumberland Shore................... 11–12 How to Get Here.......................................13 Approximate touring distances ...................... 13 Information for drivers.................................... 13 Taste our Shore....................................14–17 10 Don’t-Miss Attractions......................18–19 Amherst to Tatamagouche.................... 20–32 Top 5 Photo Opportunities............................. 21 Top 5 Outdoor Activities................................22 Top Locals’ Picks ...........................................23 Featured Festivals & Events.............................24 Top One-of-a-kind Shopping ..........................25 Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions...............26 Attractions ............................................. 27–28 Beaches & Parks ...................................... 28–29 Trails ............................................................29 Marinas .......................................................29 Shopping & Services ............................... 29–30 Golf Courses ...........................................30–31 Dining ......................................................... 31 Campgrounds ..............................................32 Accommodations .........................................32 Pictou County (River John to Lismore)......................... 33–49 Top Photo Opportunities................................34 Top Outdoor Activities...................................35 Arts & Entertainment .....................................36 Top Festivals & Events....................................37 Top One-of-a-Kind Shopping..........................38 Heritage & Culture .................................. 39–42 Attractions ............................................. 42–44 Beaches & Parks ............................................44 Trails ...................................................... 44–45 Marinas .......................................................45 Shopping & Services ............................... 45–47 Golf Courses ................................................47

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First, you will experience the coast that extends to Tatamagouche. Then immerse yourself in the Birthplace of New Scotland, Pictou County from River John to Lismore. Finally, you will discover Nova Scotia’s Highland heart in Antigonish. We encourage you to get off the beaten path and experience all there is to see and do on our spectacular shore. If you have any stories or pictures to share, please share them on our Facebook page Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore. We’d love to hear from you and we may even feature one of your pictures in next year’s guide.

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Highland Games

Welcome

The Northumberland Shore has more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada and we have just the adventure waiting for you to enjoy at your own pace. We’ve separated our Shore into three regions to make it easier for you to plan your visit. There are many entry points; we’ll begin in Amherst, where many people first discover Nova Scotia.

Tidnish Suspension Bridge

Photo: Steve Smith

oastal vistas that stretch to meet the horizon, warm salt waters that soothe the soul, gentle winds that nurture the spirit, and stunning sunsets that will forever glimmer in your fondest memories. All of this awaits you on Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore. Our charming towns and picturesque villages are rich in heritage and culture and our people are genuine and kind. You will find yourself wanting to return time and again.


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General Information Regional Tourism Industry Association Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Association 115 MacLean Street, Suite 3C, New Glasgow 902-752-6383 or 1-877-81-OCEAN deansvic@gmail.com

Visitor Information Centres Provincial Visitor Information Centre—year-round 902-667-8429

River John—seasonal

N.S./N.B. Border, Amherst

Rotary Visitor Information Centre— seasonal (former provincial centre)

Oxford—seasonal 902-447-2908 105 Lower Main Street

Pugwash—seasonal 902-243-3020 124 Water Street

Wallace and Area Museum, Wallace—seasonal 902-257-2191 13440 Route 6

Tatamagouche—seasonal 902-657-3285 Fraser Cultural Centre, 362 Main Street

1851 Highway 6

Pictou Rotary, 350 West River Road deansvic@gmail.com

Westville—seasonal 902-396-2800 Cowan Street rest area, off Exit 21, Highway 104 Antigonish—seasonal 902-863-4921 34 Nova Landing, take Exit 32 Highway 104 Most seasonal visitor information centres are open from mid-May to mid-October (subject to change).

Important numbers Emergency / 911 Non-emergency Medical Information / 811 Environment Canada Weather Information / 902-426-9090 weatheroffice.gc.ca

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Hospitals Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre 19428 Highway 2, RR 6, Amherst 902-667-3361

Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital 222 Haliburton Road, Pictou 902-485-4324

North Cumberland Memorial Hospital 260 Church Street, Pugwash 902-243-2521

Aberdeen Hospital 835 East River Road, New Glasgow 902-752-7600

Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital 110 Blair Avenue, Tatamagouche 902-657-2382

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital 25 Bay Street, Antigonish 902-863-2830


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Nova Scotia Provincial Library Branches Amherst Four Fathers Memorial Library 902-667-2549 21 Acadia Street

Angus L. MacDonald Library, St. FX 3080 Martha Drive, Antigonish

Oxford Library 902-447-2440 22 Water Street

Pugwash Library 902-243-3331 10222 Durham Street

Tatamagouche Library 902-657-3064 237 Main Street

River John Library 902-351-2599 2726 Main Street

Pictou Library 902-485-5021 40 Water Street

New Glasgow Library 902-752-8233 182 Dalhousie Street

Stellarton Library 902-755-1638 248 Foord Street

Trenton Library 902-752-5181 122 Main Street

Westville Library 902-396-5022 2020 Queen Street

People’s Place Library 902-863-4276 283 Main Street, Antigonish

Downtown New Glasgow Flourish Wi-Fi Network To access the free Wi-Fi, open your settings, click on Wi-Fi and click on the Flourish network.

Smoke-free places Regulations require all public places in Nova Scotia to be smoke-free. Smoking is forbidden in outdoor licensed areas and patios of restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms, casinos, and cabarets.

Ports EV Plug (J1772) Charging points for electric vehicles.

Tatamagouche

Earltown General Store

170 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902-657-3064 205V 30A Nissan brand EVSE

5556 NS-311, Earltown Charge Station mounted on the front of red building.

DHS Engineering Inc.

Glasgow Square

1594 Highway 246, Tatamagouche 902-657-2933 Sun Country 90 amp service

155 Glasgow Street, New Glasgow 70 Amp

Fox Harb’r Resort

137 Church Street, Antigonish 902-863-1050 Sun Country 90 amp service. 208V 70A maximum. Call ahead.

New Glasgow Academy 93 Albert Street, New Glasgow

General Information

1337 Fox Harb’r Road, Fox Harbour 902-257-1801 $25 for charging

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Veterinarians Amherst Veterinary Hospital

Abercrombie Animal Hospital

902-667-8405 311 Willow Street, Amherst

902-928-2877 807 Abercrombie Road, New Glasgow

Northumberland Veterinary Services

Antigonish Veterinary Clinic

902-243-3999 11072 Highway 6, South Pugwash

Tidal Veterinary Service 902-657-2221 225 Main Street, Tatamagouche

Pictou Veterinary Clinic 902-485-2000 206 High Street, Pictou

902-863-3157 288 Hawthorne Street, Antigonish

East River Animal Hospital 902-752-6655 200 Terra Cotta Drive, New Glasgow

New Glasgow Veterinary Clinic 902-752-4277 319 Stellarton Road, New Glasgow

Genealogy Resources Trace Your Roots Cumberland County Museum & Archives 150 Church Street, Amherst 902-667-2561 cumberlandcountymuseum.com Open year-round

Wallace and Area Museum

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13440 Highway 6, Wallace 902-257-2191 wallaceandareamuseum.com Open year-round

Tatamagouche Creamery Square Heritage Centre 39 Creamery Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-3449 creamerysquare.ca Open May to October

River John Historical Museum 1851 Highway 6, River John Open July and August

McCulloch Genealogy Centre 86 Haliburton Road, Pictou 902-485-4563 mccullochcentre.ca Open year-round

Pictou County Roots Society 182 Dalhousie Street, New Glasgow 902-752-9543 pictoucountyroots.ca Open year-round

Antigonish Heritage Museum 20 East Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-6160 heritageantigonish.ca

Open year-round


The Northumberland Shore

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Melmerby Beach

Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore is one of Canada’s great coastal treasures, offering endless stretches of sandy beaches, warm salt waters, and golden sunrises.

Experience our serene coast in Cumberland and Colchester Counties, extending along Highway 6 from Amherst to Tatamagouche and inland to Oxford, Wentworth, and Earltown. This area is world famous for peace—Pugwash hosted the first Thinkers’ Conference earning the village a Nobel Peace Prize. Visitors will soon appreciate how this tranquil setting provides such lofty inspiration. Pictou County, running from River John to Lismore, is home to the charming historic towns of Pictou, New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, and Westville and quaint scenic villages such as the East River Valley, Merigomish, and Little Harbour. Enjoy rich Scottish architecture, vibrant musical talent, and glorious sandy beaches. Here in the Birthplace of New Scotland, the pipes will beckon you to

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Tracing the Northumberland shoreline, the Sunrise Trail is among the province’s most scenic coastal drives—a favourite of bicyclists, motorcycle enthusiasts, and those who just love to roll the windows down and smell the fresh salt air. This is the road to peaceful relaxation, quaint villages waiting to be explored, outdoor adventures, rich history, festivals and events, and culinary delights.


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step back in time and experience the journey of the first Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia. Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Highland Heart, takes you along the Sunrise Trail into Arisaig and around Cape George, stopping to visit many wharves, lighthouses, look-offs, beaches, and hiking trails. Once you reach the Town of Antigonish, stop to browse the vibrant Main Street and take in many of the festivals and events happening year-round.

Tatamagouche

We’ve divided the information in this guide to reflect these three distinct regions and to help you better navigate your visit through the Northumberland Shore.

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Keppoch Mountain, Antigonish


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Approximate touring distances along scenic route

Amherst to Tidnish .................................................................25 km 16 miles Tidnish to Pugwash ................................................................40 km 25 miles Amherst to Pugwash ..............................................................49 km 30 miles Pugwash to Tatamagouche ..................................................... 37 km 23 miles Tatamagouche to Pictou .........................................................60 km 37 miles Pictou to New Glasgow .............................................................22 km 14 miles New Glasgow to Antigonish (via Cape George) ....................... 109 km 68 miles New Glasgow to Antigonish (via 104).......................................58 km 36 miles Antigonish to Auld’s Cove ......................................................50 km 31 miles Auld’s Cove to Amherst ........................................................ 260 km 162 miles New Glasgow to Halifax Stanfield International Airport ............ 128 km 77 miles

Information for drivers

Northumberland Ferries Ltd.

Speed limits and distances are in Metric (1 km = 0.62 miles). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within urban and residential areas is 50 km/h (31 mph); on the highway, it is 100 km/h (60 mph). Unless otherwise posted, it is legal to turn right on a red light after making a full stop. The use of seat belts and daytime running lights is compulsory. Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law. Nova Scotian law prohibits using a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle, unless
with a hands-free device. It’s illegal to smoke in vehicles carrying children or youths under 19. Child safety seats are required for children under 18 kg (40 lbs) while booster seats are required for children under age nine or less than 4’9” in height. The use of helmets is mandatory for anyone riding a bicycle or motorcycle. Refer to gov.ns.ca/tran for more information.

3722 Highway 106 Caribou 800-565-0201 / ferries.ca 75-minute ferry crossings between Caribou, NS and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island. During the summertime crossings you can experience local music, entertainment, food, wine, and beer samples. During peak travel season please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 45 minutes prior to the crossing you would like to take. You do not pay while going to Prince Edward Island, only when you leave the Island (either by Ferry or Confederation Bridge). Reservations can only be made on a return crossing from Prince Edward Island. Sit back and relax for 75 minutes while they do the driving.

511-Nova Scotia 511.novascotia.ca While visiting Nova Scotia you can dial 511 on your phone or visit their website for updated road conditions. A great way to plan accordingly for weather, road work, and accidents. You can also find out about the smaller ferry services in the province and view local highway webcams.

Amherst to Tatamagouche Section How To Get Head Here

Amherst to Moncton International Airport .................................59 km 35 miles


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Taste our Shore!

Acropole Pizza, New Glasgow and Westville

The Northumberland Shore is home to an array of delectable delights from innovative chefs as well as home-spun cooking and baking in our restaurants and accommodations from recipes that have stood the test of time, from generation to generation.

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Did you know Oxford is the wild blueberry capital of Canada? The region celebrates the wild blueberry harvest with an annual festival August 17 to September 1. Maple springs to mind during March and April, inspiring many meals along the shore. Sugar Moon Farm in Earltown quenches the craving year-round with an all-day maple brunch, sugar camp tours, and maple-themed chef nights. A true foodie will not want to miss
 Mrs. MacGregor’s shortbreads in
Pictou. It was named the best shortbread in Canada by Canadian Living magazine. Be sure to stop in and take a bag home with you; it surely won’t last the trip (mrsmacgregors.com). To go with this sweet treat, enjoy a tasting of microroasted coffees and browse the selection of Ceilidh coffees, brewing gear, and unique products for coffee lovers. (ceilidhcoffeeroasters.ca) in Earltown. Try the specialty meats from the Pork Shop in Denmark or New Glasgow (theporkshop.ca), or enjoy world-class cuisine in the heart of Antigonish as Chef

Mark Gabrieau and his culinary team create decadent creations at Gabrieau’s Bistro with the perfect marriage of wine and food (gabrieaus.com). The Brownstone outside patio is a perfect place to relax and unwind while you take in the sights in downtown Antigonish. A popular destination, the Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery, is known for its lively atmosphere and Nova Scotian craft beer made onsite. A trip to Pictou County would not be complete without trying pizza! There are many to choose from. Locals all have a favourite; we suggest you try Acropole in downtown New Glasgow or Westville, or Pictou County Pizza on Abercrombie Road. Pictou Lodge Beach Resort will please any palate with one of their scrumptious creations (pictoulodge.com). For local flair, stop into the Pugwash Farmers Market (pugwashfarmersmarket. com), the Tatamagouche Farmers Market (tatamagouchefarmersmarket.ca) Antigonish Farmers Market (antigonishfarmersmarket.ca) or visit
the year-round New Glasgow Farmers Market (ngfarmmarket.com), but be sure to get there early! Make sure to visit Knoydart Farms, a certified organic dairy farm, specializing in Gloucester and Caerphilly cheeses in a variety of flavours. You can find them at the markets in Tatamagouche, New Glasgow, and Antigonish.


If you’re planning a barbecue visit Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm Market for all of your local meat (ebbettsmeadowbrook.com). If it’s chocolate you’re craving, why not try three of our very own chocolatiers’ goodies: Chapel Cove Chocolates, Peace by Chocolate, and Appleton Chocolates. Their creations will satisfy your sweet tooth and then some. (appletonchocolates.ca)

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Jost Vineyards, Malagash

Raise a toast to Jost Vineyards in Malagash (jostwine.com) and enjoy a tour or a tasting. Or indulge in the shore’s culinary royalty: lobster! Find a fresh catch from a nearby lobster pound or visit North Nova Seafoods at the Pictou Visitor Information Centre at the Rotary. Discover how local restaurants serve it up in style, or send some home for when you return. A trip to Uncle Leo’s Brewery in Lyons Brook (uncleleosbrewery.ca) or Tatamagouche Brewing Company (tatabrew.com) should be on your list for a real craft-brew experience. At Nova Scotia Spirit Company staff, believe everyone deserves to pour premium quality spirits in their glass. Their award-winning Fishermen’s Helper White Rum, Blue Lobster Vodka, Willing To Learn Gin are sure to lift your spirits (nsspiritcompany.com).

The Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse

Steinhart Distillery, Arisaig

If whiskey is your drink, Caldera Distilling must be on your list to visit. These spirits are proudly distilled, barreled, aged, and bottled in River John (caldera.ca). If you enjoy vodka and you are curious about the distilling process, make sure Steinhart Distillery in Arisaig, Antigonish
is on your itinerary. Take a tour, try a taste, and we dare you not to buy a bottle to take home (steinhartdistilliery.com).

Chapel Cove Chocolate

Tatamagouche Brewing Company

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If you are looking for a culinary adventure, try the Kilted Chef’s culinary journey from the pasture, to the sea, to your plate (kiltedchef.ca).


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Kilted Chef’s Nova Scotia Mussel Chowder

Serves 4 to 6 2 tbsp. butter 1 lb. yellow flesh potatoes, skin on, diced 2 Shallots diced ½ cup celery diced 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 lb. mussel meat ½ cup dry white wine 8 cups mussel broth 1 cup 35% cream Sea salt and pepper to taste Cook half of the potatoes and half of the shallots in four cups of the mussel broth until tender, purée, and set aside.

Recipe courtesy The Kilted Chef, Atlantic Canada’s Culinary Ambassador

In a large pot, sauté the bacon, remaining shallots, and the celery in the butter until transparent, then deglaze with the white wine and Dijon mustard. When the wine has reduced, add the rest of the potatoes, the herbs, and the rest of the mussel broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer until the potatoes are just fork tender. When potatoes are cooked, add the mussel meat, the pureed potato and cook for a further five minutes. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the cream and allow to heat through. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

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Pictou Lodge Biscuits and Molasses Butter Biscuits 4 cups flour ¼ cup sugar 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt ½ cup butter 1 cup buttermilk 1 egg Mix dry ingredients. Crumble in butter, mix until combined (don’t over mix). Brush tops with egg wash. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Pictou Lodge

Molasses Butter 1lb room temperature butter 1/2 cup molasses. Whip softened butter and molasses together until well blended.


Gabrieau’s Bistro Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Nasturtium Butter

Nasturtium Butter 1 tsp fresh minced garlic zest of one orange, lemon and, lime 1 oz juice from the orange, lemon and, lime (mixed) 1 tsp black pepper 1 cup nasturtium flowers/leaves chopped, packed ½ lb butter 1 tbsp chopped dill, basil, or parsley (optional)

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Mix all ingredients in food processor, except the butter and puree, until all combined. Then add butter and pulse again. Take a piece of boneless salmon, dip one side in eggwash and then dredge in the crust mixture and pat the mixture on firmly. Sear in pan with oil on medium to high heat, crust side down, for about two to three minutes, until lightly browned, then flip over and cook bottom side another two to three minutes. Finish in the oven with two teaspoons of nasturtium butter spread on top, about two minutes at 400. Take out and serve.

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Pistachio Crust 1 cup shelled nuts chopped 1 cup panko ½ cup parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste egg wash 1oz olive oil for frying Mix nuts, panko, Parmesan cheese, salt, and, pepper in a food processor and pulse til the consistency of graham crumbs. Set aside.

Recipe courtesy Chef Mark Gabrieau, Gabrieau’s Bistro


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10 Don’t-Miss Attractions

Pictou Waterfront

Thinkers’ Lodge National Historic Site 249 Water Street, Pugwash thinkerslodge.org Visit this National Historic Site and discover why it is world famous for peace. The Nobel Peace Prize and the rare Lenin Peace Prize are both featured on display.

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Jost Vineyards Off Route 6, Malagash 902-257-2636 / 800-565-4567 jostwine.com The idyllic grounds of this picturesque winery overlook the Northumberland Strait. Sample some of Nova Scotia’s signature award-winning varietals while relaxing on the sunny terrace.

Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre—Creamery Square 39 Creamery Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-3500 / creamerysquare.ca Creamery Square offers an engaging blend of activities, culture, and heritage

experiences on the historic waterfront. You’ll find a bustling farmers’ market and several community museums—including the Anna Swan collection, the Brule fossils, the Sunrise Trail Museum, the North Shore Archives, and a creamery exhibit—plus a gift shop.

Hector Heritage Quay 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-4371 / shiphector.com When the ship Hector landed here in 1773, it marked the start of the great Scottish migration to the New World. Tour the full-size replica of the Hector and stroll the quay to learn more about the Birthplace of New Scotland.

Northumberland Fisheries Museum Lobster Hatchery and Lighthouse 21 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-8925 northumberlandfisheriesmuseum.com Learn about the history and culture of


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fishing along the Northumberland Strait at three waterfront sites where you’ll find the Lobster Stock Enhancement Research Facility, an operating lobster hatchery and lab where tours are available, and the Lighthouse Museum and Research Centre. The Lighthouse Museum is a replica of an 1805 lighthouse that showcases research materials, artifacts, and photographs. The main museum contains artifacts depicting the heritage and culture of the fishing industry and boatbuilding. A gift shop is also on-site.

Nova Scotia Museum of Industry 147 North Foord Street, Stellarton 902-755-5425 industry.museum.gov.ns.ca Explore the world of those who mined, manufactured, cooked, invented, and engineered in times gone by. Costumed interpreters and interactive exhibits tell the story of Nova Scotia’s early thriving industries. Visit the gift shop filled with treasures, including many local items.

Riverside International Speedway 101 Beaver Mountain Road, James River 902-863-2410 / riversidespeedway.ca The adrenaline rush of professional stock car racing will satisfy your need for speed, just 15 minutes west of Antigonish. Opened in May 1969, the track was modelled after the Bristol Motor Speedway and has hosted some of the best short-track racing in Eastern Canada.

Creamery Square, Tatamagouche

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and St. Francis Xavier University 902-867-3333 / festivalantigonish.com Festival Antigonish is proud to celebrate 30 years as the premier summer repertory theatre in Atlantic Canada. With a main stage series and a family stage, the festival presents professional live productions for all ages. Check out the season’s lineup and enjoy a play by some of Canada’s best writers, actors, technicians, and directors. More information and tickets available at 1-800-563-PLAY.

Cape George Point Lighthouse 152 Lighthouse Road, Cape George parl.ns.ca/lighthouse The picturesque lighthouse high atop the cliffs overlooking St. George’s Bay has been guiding ships to safety since 1861.

Keppoch Mountain 193 Keppoch Road, Beaver Meadow Antigonish County facebook.com/TheKeppoch On the outskirts of town, the Keppoch Mountain is bustling with adventures. Visit its Facebook page for a list of year-round outdoor family fun activities, from cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, and much more. For those frosty days, enjoy a warm fire in the lodge after some outdoor activity.

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Festival Antigonish Theatre, Antigonish


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Thinkers’ Lodge

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Amherst toTatamagouche The serenity you’ll experience on this pastoral seacoast is just one reason why this area is famous for peace. The very first Thinkers’ Conference on world peace was organized in Pugwash in 1957 by scholars and scientists, including Joseph Rotblat, Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, and Cyrus Eaton with the aim of seeking solutions to global security threats. In 1995, Pugwash and Dr. Rotblat jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and their efforts on nuclear disarmament. Visitors to the area will quickly learn what inspires thoughts of peace once they’ve experienced the relaxed pace of life. The region’s communities include Amherst, Tidnish, Oxford, Pugwash, Wentworth, Wallace, Fox Harbour, Malagash, and Tatamagouche.


Top 5 Photo Opportunities

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(Amherst to Tatamagouche)

Lighthouse at the N.S. / N.B. border

Eaton Park 135 Water Street, Pugwash Eaton Park is named for Cyrus Eaton, a local businessman who purchased the land and turned it into a park-like setting in the late 1920s. The waterfront park offers a relaxing setting to enjoy a picnic while watching boats go in and out of the harbour. A beautiful setting for photographers. Giant Blueberry Man

Giant Blueberry Man, Oxford

Lighthouse at the N.S./N.B. border Highway 104, Amherst The tidy red-trimmed white lighthouse, manicured grounds and bright flags at the Nova Scotia welcome centre serves as a delightful backdrop for photos.

Nelson Park, Tatamagouche This 47-acre picnic park is situated in a quiet, natural setting beside Tatamagouche Bay and features beautiful gardens and water views.

Tidnish Suspension Bridge Off Route 366, Tidnish This old-fashioned swinging suspension bridge spans the Tidnish River as part of the four-kilometre Henry Ketchum Hiking Trail. Follow it and your reward is a stunning view of the Northumberland Strait.

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Oxford is the wild blueberry capital of Canada and home to the world’s leading processor of the juicy little gems, so it’s only appropriate that an enormous threemetre-tall, roly-poly, smiling blueberry man welcomes you to the town. You can find him just off the highway.


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Top 5 Outdoor Activities (Amherst to Tatamagouche)

Wentworth Ski Hill

Warm salt water and soft sandy crescents that seem to go on forever at low tide— Rushton’s Beach near Brule and Heather Beach near East Linden offer the kind of seaside relaxation that rejuvenates the soul. Don’t forget your pail and shovel. Beaches like Blue Sea Corner in Malagash are prime sandcastle territory.

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Birding Pack your field guide. This region’s tidal inlets and salt marshes make superb habitat for hundreds of species of birds. Several provincial beach parks like Amherst Shore offer seaside birding opportunities, while the Wallace Bay Nature and Wildlife Trail winds through wetlands, woodlands, and open fields.

Wentworth Valley Year-round adventure awaits. Explore the Wentworth Provincial Park, hike the Wentworth Hostel trails, enjoy the Fall Colours Festival, or visit the ski hill.

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Seaside golf Book a tee time at Pugwash’s Northumberland Links, Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa near Wallace, or Brule Point Golf, to take in a round on the green with a spectacular oceanside view. For more golf, see page 30 to 31.

The Great Trail The Short Line and Butter Trail sections of The Great Trail span more than 65 kilometres from Oxford to Tatamagouche Learn more about these multi-use trails at colchester.ca/trans-canada-trail.

Photo: Sara Storry

Beach days


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(Amherst to Tatamagouche) For more dining options in this area, see page 31.

Sugar Moon Farm

Amherst Shore Country Inn 5091 Route 366, Lorneville 902-661-4800 / ascinn.ns.ca Every evening, innkeepers Rob and Mary Laceby serve a gourmet four-course tabled’hôte menu based on fresh seasonal ingredients. Save room for one of the luscious desserts. Reservations required. 259 Main Street, Tatamogouche 902-657-2233 appletonchocolates.ca Fine, hand dipped chocolates featuring traditional sweet flavour of the Maritimeswild blueberries, cranberries, cherries, and maple syrup.

Sheryl’s Bakery & Café 10480 Durham Street, Pugwash 902-243- 2156 facebook.com/SherylsBakery This coffee shop and bakery in Pugwash is famous for its cinnamon buns, pies and cheesecake. Serving breakfast and lunch, (soups, sandwiches and specials) Monday to Saturday year round.

Sugar Moon Farm Route 311, Earltown 902-657-3348 / sugarmoon.ca Year-round, locals like to work up an appetite hiking the Rogart Mountain

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Trail before indulging in Sugar Moon’s all-day maple brunch in the pancake house. The farm also hosts popular chef’s nights, multi-course gourmet dinners that highlight local ingredients.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company 235 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902–657-4000 / tatabrew.com Try the Hippie Dippie Pale Ale, Butchers Block Red, or whatever seasonal beer is on the go at this funky family-owned-andoperated micro brewery. Flights of beer on the new patio are now available.

Train Station Inn 21 Station Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-3222 / trainstation.ca For a unique dining experience with Victorian flavour, enjoy a gourmet meal in the refurbished dining car of a centuryold train and experience the romance of the rails.

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Featured Festivals & Events (Amherst to Tatamagouche) For a complete list of festivals and events along the Northumberland Shore, see pages 70 to 77. Dates are subject to change, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre before finalizing your plans.

Gathering of the Clans

Tatamagouche Oktoberfest

July 2 Pugwash pugwashvillage.com Come together now: highland dancing, pipe and drum bands, heavyweight competitions, a street parade and fireworks have been gathering crowds in Pugwash since 1951.

September 28 to 29 Tatamagouche nsoktoberfest.ca Raise your stein at the North Shore Bavarian Society’s annual Oktoberfest. Feast on sausages, schnitzel, and sauerkraut before kicking up your heels in the beer garden at the nightly dances.

Bordertown Biker Bash

Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival

July 13 to 15 Amherst bordertownbikerbash.ca Stunt shows, Friday and Saturday night featuring C4, Ray Oliver, and Rock Bottom, along with poker rides and guided tours. Check website for more information.

October 9 to 13 Amherst fibreartsfestival.com Need a little fibre in your creative diet? Check out this multi-day festival that celebrates the art of knitting, quilting, and rug hooking.

Pugwash HarbourFest August 11 and 12 Pugwash pugwashharbourfest.ca Have fun in the sun, sea, and sand with live music, boat races, art show, beach volleyball, sailing trips, lobster dinner, and dance. Be sure to visit and experience part of the festivities.

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August 17 to September 1 Central Nova Scotia wildblueberryfest.com Celebrate Nova Scotia’s provincial berry region-wide with farm markets, community suppers, pancake breakfasts, cooking competitions, pie-eating contests, and local restaurants serving up their best in wild blueberry menu items.

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(Amherst to Tatamagouche) For more shopping in this area, see pages 29 to 30.

Basic Spirit Fine Craft Gift Gallery 9828 Durham Street, Pugwash 902-243-3390 / basicspirit.com Designing and creating fine pewter products to touch the heart and delight the spirit. Proudly handcrafted in the seaside studio.

Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm Market and Country Kitchen 8647 Highway 311, Tatamogouche 902-657-2122 meadowbrook@seasidehighspeed.com Feed your family naturally grown meats. Taste the difference of locally raised and produced product. You will be surprised at the variety of specialty groceries we offer. Stock up now! Pugwash Farmers Market

48 Vintage Lane, Malagash 800-565-4567 / jostwine.com Visit the longest operating winery in Nova Scotia. Daily tours, tasting room, on-site café, bicycle rentals, and events.

that will become a cherished keepsake. Visit their shop for new and upcoming products to add to your pewter collection. Facility tours are available, open year-round

Sara Bonnyman Pottery

Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery

326 Maple Avenue, Tatamagouche 902-657-3215 sarabonnymanpottery.com Form meets function in beautiful handthrown stoneware pots, bowls, mugs, and sushi plates available in a variety of Nova Scotia motifs. Tour the artist’s studio and lovely gardens.

Seagull Pewter 9926 Durham Street, Pugwash 902-243-3850 / seagullpewter.com Seagull Pewter has a wide variety of styles and collections in all of their products to suit every taste. Seagull offers exciting gift ideas with the assurance of genuine quality

3654 Route 366, Tidnish Bridge 902-667-8555 tidnishbridgeartgallery.com This great little co-operative gallery features the works of local artists, potters, and writers, and hosts a number of classes and workshops all summer long. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open May 27 to October 22.

Tatamagouche Farmer’s Market tatamagouchefarmersmarket.ca

Pugwash Farmer’s Market pugwashfarmersmarket.com

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Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions (Amherst to Tatamagouche) For more cultural attractions in this area, see pages 27 to 28.

Balmoral Grist Mill

Balmoral Grist Mill 544 Peter Macdonald Road,Balmoral Mills 902-657-3016 balmoralgristmill.novascotia.ca Now a provincially owned and operated museum, the mill was built by Alexander Mckay in 1874 and featured modern water turbines to power four separate sets of mill stones. In addition to wheat and buckwheat, the mill also produced a traditional Scottish oatmeal. Because oatmeal has to be dried and the outer hull removed, the mill also features a drying kiln. Visitors can see the mill gears turning and belts moving on most days. Open hours are June to the end of September 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre—Creamery Square 39 Creamery Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-3500 tatamagoucheheritagecentre.ca This award-winning heritage centre draws together the collections of several museums: the Giantess Anna Swan Collection, the Brule Fossils, the Sunrise Trail Museum, and the North Shore Archives.

Cumberland County Museum 150 Church Street, Amherst 902-667-2561 cumberlandcountymuseum.com Once the home of Robert Barry Dickey,

one of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation, Grove Cottage now contains an art gallery, research library, and archives tracing the area’s rich history.

Sutherland Steam Mill Off Route 326, Denmark 902-657-3365 sutherlandsteammill.novascotia.ca Explore this 1894 saw mill and discover Nova Scotian ingenuity in a mill once powered by steam. For nearly 70 years, Alexander Sutherland and his family produced carriages, sleds, windows, and fancy gingerbread trim, which were shipped on the old railway line beside the mill. Today that line transports cyclists and other recreational users as part of the The Great Trail System. The mill is a provincially owned and operated museum that is open seasonally from June to the end of September. Open hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thinkers’ Lodge National Historic Site 249 Water Street, Pugwash thinkerslodge.org Visit this National Historic Site and discover why it is world famous for peace. The Nobel Peace prize and the rare Lenin Peace prize are both featured on display.


(Amherst to Tatamagouche) Amherst Cumberland County Museum and Archives 150 Church Street, Amherst 902-667-2561 cumberlandcountymuseum.com Built in 1838, Grove Cottage showcases the natural, human, and industrial history of Cumberland County. Offering field trips, monthly speakers, education kits, special events, workshops, meeting space, and a gift shop. Open year-round. Tidnish Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery 3654 Route 366, Tidnish Bridge 902-667-8555 / tidnishbridgeartgallery.com Paintings, etchings, pottery, photography, prints, cards, and books. Open studio. Classes and workshops: painting, pottery, intaglio printmaking (etching), photography, and more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open May 27 to October 22. Thinkers’ Lodge Water Street, Pugwash thinkerslodge.org This seaside National Historic Site is recognized throughout the world as the place where the nuclear disarmament movement began. A place of inspiration and reflection, Thinkers’ Lodge remains a beacon for world peace. Wallace Wallace and Area Museum 13440 Highway 6, Wallace 902-257-2191 wallaceandareamuseum.com The former home of shipbuilder James B. Davison is located on a beautiful three-kilometre property bordering Wallace Harbour. Walking trails. Open year-round. Wentworth Ski Wentworth 14595 Route 4, Wentworth Valley 902-548-2089 / skiwentworth.ca Rising 815 vertical feet, this ski hill offers 20 alpine runs, a half-pipe, terrain park, and a variety of trails that will challenge any skier from beginner to expert. Open December 1 to April 30.

Jost Vineyards 48 Vintage Lane, Malagash 902-257-2636 / 800-565-4567 jostwine.com This award-winning winery is is the largest and longest operating winery In Nova Scotia. Enjoy tours, tastings, winery store, festivals, and more.

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Appleton Chocolates 259 Main Street, Tatamogouche 902-657-2233 appletonchocolates.ca Fine, hand dipped chocolates featuring traditional sweet flavour of the Maritimes-wild blueberries, cranberries, cherries, and maple syrup. Tatamagouche Giantess Anna Swan Museum 39 Creamery Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-3449 / cs.archives@ns.aliantzinc.ca tatamagoucheheritagecentre.ca Housed in the Creamery Square Heritage Centre, this fascinating collection of artifacts tells the life story of the local giantess who grew to almost 2.4 metres in height. Anna joined Barnum Museum at 16, married the “Kentucky Giant,” Martin Van Buren Bates, and later became acquainted with Queen Victoria. Balmoral Grist Mill 544 Peter Macdonald Road, Balmoral Mills 902-657-3016 balmoralgristmill.novascotia.ca A picturesque 1874 mill set in a deep gorge by Matheson’s Brook. Watch grains being ground under huge granite millstones. Open June to end of September, Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Creamery Square Market open Saturdays 8 a.m.to noon from February to December. See details page 10. Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm Market and Country Kitchen 8647 Highway 311, Tatamogouche 902-657-2122 meadowbrook@seasidehighspeed.com Feed your family naturally grown meats. Taste the difference of locally raised and produced product. You will be surprised at the variety of specialty groceries we offer. Stock up now!

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Intercolonial Railway Station 21 Station Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-3222 / 888-724-5233 trainstation.ca Erected in 1887, this is one of Canada’s oldest standing railway stations. The station houses railway artifacts, china, photographs, and station master residence. Rolling stock includes a dining car, cabooses, and two boxcars. MacNutts Maple Syrup 6011 Highway 311, Earltown 902-657-2843 Located roadside between Tatamogouche and Truro. Drop in to pick up some delicious maple syrup from this family-run operation. Sutherland Steam Mill 3169 Route 326, Denmark 902-657-3365 sutherlandsteammill.novascotia.ca Open June to end of September. Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the 1890s, steam was the future and innovators like Alexander Sutherland realized it. If you love craftmanship and innovation this is a must-see museum. Earltown Sugar Moon Farm 221 Alex MacDonald Road, Earltown 866-81-MAPLE / sugarmoon.ca Open daily In July and August, weekends yearround. Family run maple camp and restaurant hosts all-day brunches, special chef’s night dinners, sugar camp tours.

Beaches & Parks

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(Amherst to Tatamagouche) Amherst Shore Provincial Park, Route 366, Six km west of Northport. An unsupervised beach with boardwalks, change rooms, camping, and a five km hiking trail. Open mid-June to mid-September. Balmoral Mills, 544 Peter Macdonald Road, Balmoral Mills. Small picnic park adjacent to the Balmoral Grist Mill Museum.

paved road. A small picnic park on the shore of Fox Harbour with a sandy beach and warm water. Change rooms. Gulf Shore Provincial Park, Five km north of Pugwash. A beautiful picnic park on a hilltop overlooking the Northumberland Strait. Sandy beach with warm water. Change rooms and toilets. Heather Beach Provincial Park, Route 366, Eight km east of East Linden. An excellent supervised beach with warm water. Nelson Memorial Park, Tatamagouche. Forty-seven-acre picnic park is situated about 2km west of Tatamagouche, on the shore of Tatamagouche Bay. Northport Beach Provincial Park, Route 366. Open fields abut a red sandy beach accessible by stairs. At low tide, sandbars trap pools of warm water for wading. Picnic tables. Oxford Lions Club Picnic Park, Highway 104, Oxford. Site bordered by lake on three sides. Six tables, toilets, change rooms. Rushtons Provincial Beach Park, 723 Highway 6, Brule. Popular beach featuring the warm salt waters of the Northumberland Strait. Broad sandbars at low tide and the salt marsh attract a great variety of birds. Picnic area, change houses and vault toilets. Located about 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Brule. Shinimicas Provincial Park, 5252 Highway 6, Shinimicas. A small picnic park located under stately elms along the banks of the Shinimicas River. Located 1 km (0.5 mi) east of Shinimicas Bridge. Tatamagouche Provincial Park, 2664 Highway 6, Tatamagouche. Small picnic park located 1.5 km (1 mi) east of Tatamagouche. Tidnish Dock Provincial Park, Route 366 at Tidnish Cross Roads. The park marks the eastern terminal of the former Chignecto Marine Transport Railway. Warm water, small beach, change rooms, interpretive signage.

Blue Sea Beach Provincial Park, Malagash.Five km from Jost Winery. A wide, sandy beach with change rooms and picnic tables, it hosts an annual sand castle festival every August. Fox Harbour Provincial Park, North Wallace. Four km north of Route 6 and 6 km east of the

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(Amherst toTatamagouche) Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary (2.5 km) Highway 104, Exit 3. Turn left onto the Southampton Road and drive towards Nappan. This interpretive hike around Laytons Lake consists of gently sloping hills that venture in and out of the forest to open fields. Picnicking, bird, and wildlife watching. Amherst Shore Provincial Park Trail (4 km) Highway 336. This 4-km round-trip hike loops through forest to the Amherst Shore and a lovely red sand beach.

travellers can expect to see wild roses, pheasants, and green undergrowth.

Balmoral Grist Mill Museum Trail (1 km) 660 Matheson Brook Road, off Route 256 at Balmoral Mills. The Christene MacDonald Walking Trail winds along picturesque Matheson’s Brook in two 500-metre loops.

Wentworth Provincial Park (5 km) Valley Road, off Highway 4. Double-track gravel corridors, suited mainly to cross-country skiing, consist of park access roads and a narrower 2.5-km loop skirting the park boundary.

Butter Trail (26 km) This 26-km, multi-use section of The Great Trail runs through Tatamagouche.

Wentworth Hostel Trails (various km) The hostel maintains a large network of trails for skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Henry G. Ketchum Recreation Trail (4 km) Running between the Tidnish Bridge and Tidnish Dock Provincial Park, this trail follows the route of the historic Chignecto Ship Railway, crosses two bridges, and offers great views of the river. Tidnish Dock Provincial Park (500 m) Beecham Road, off Route 366. A boardwalk leads to a grassy pathway through old-growth forest toward the water. Wallace and Area Museum Trails (4 km) Several short walking trails plus a 3-km wilderness trail all feature interpretive panels, sections of oldgrowth forest, and a wide variety of plants and animals. Connects to The Great Trail. Wallace Bay Nature Wildlife Trail (3.8 km) Aboiteau Road, off Highway 6. The loop passes over a dyke, with a view of the river and marsh and numerous bird-watching opportunities, before passing through mixed woods. The single-track, rooty path passes through wet stretches and

Marinas Fox Harb’r Golf Resort Marina, Wallace 25 berths, electric and water, gas/diesel, washrooms, catering available. Accommodates boats up to 24 metres (80 feet). Pugwash Yacht Club, Pugwash 902-243-3629 / 902-661-1336 nstya.com/clubs/pugwash.htm Sunrise Marina, Brule Shore Road, Brule 902-657-1058 / sunriseshoremarina.ca 78 berths, electric, water, and fuel.

Shopping & Services Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore has a delightful selection of boutique-style shopping in historic downtown locations combined with modern full-service malls and department stores. The towns of Antigonish, Amherst, Pictou, New Glasgow, and Stellarton provide the most notable shopping districts in the region, though visitors will not want to miss the number of unique treasures waiting to be discovered in the coastal communities along the way. Pewter gifts and home décor, yarns and wool products, gourmet foods, award-winning wines, craft shops, and art galleries all await.

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Gully Lake – Nuttby Hiking Trail System (cobequidecotrails.ca) This 34-km wilderness hiking trail system situated in the Cobequid Mountains near Earltown and Kemptown includes the Rogart Mountain Trail, Earltown Lake & Portage Trail, Sandy Cope Trail, Willard Kitchener MacDonald Trail, Gully Lake Trail, and Juniper Head Trail.

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(Amherst toTatamagouche) Tidnish Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery This great little co-operative gallery features the works of local artists, potters, and writers, and hosts a number of classes and workshops all summer long. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open May 27 to October 22. Pugwash Basic Spirit 9828 Durham Street, Route 6, Pugwash 902-243-3390 / 1-877-245-3821 basicspirit.com Quality pewter gifts, accessories, and décor items, handcrafted in a seaside studio. Basic Spirit contributes 10% of profits to charity. O’Brien’s PharmaChoice 98 Water Street, Pugwash 902-243-2551 / pharmachoice.com Prescription service, home health-care supplies, gifts, souvenirs, greeting cards, postcards, and confections. Pugwash Farmers’ Market 10222 Durham Street, Pugwash May 16 to October 10. Open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handcrafted gift shop open Thursday to Sunday

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Seagull Pewter 9926 Durham Street, Pugwash 902-243-3850 / seagullpewter.com Pewter collectables including picture frames, accessories, and tableware collections. Facility tours available. Open year-round. Jost Vineyards 48 Vintage Lane, Malagash 800-565-4567 / jostwine.com Visit the longest operating winery in Nova Scotia. Daily tours, tasting room, on-site café, bicycle rentals, and events. Tatamagouche Foodland 124 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902-657-3099 Serving all your grocery needs. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jack & Ella’s Gifts & Treats 245 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902-657-2033 / jackandellas.ca Artisans’ masterpieces, souvenirs, and wide selection of local products.

Sara Bonnyman Pottery 326 Maple Avenue, Tatamagouche 902-657-3215 / sarabonnymanpottery.com Form meets function in beautiful hand-thrown stoneware pots, bowls, mugs, and sushi plates available in a variety of Nova Scotia motifs. Tour the artist’s studio and lovely gardens. Tatamagouche Brewing Company 235 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902-657-4000 / tatabrew.com Family owned and operated microbrewery located in the heart of Tatamagouche. Open year-round. Tatamagouche Yarn And Company 317 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902-657-1166 yarnandco@bellaliant.com Retail knitting and crochet supplies, fine natural fibre yarn from around the world. Featuring Nova Scotian and Canadian hand dyers. There are classes and a weekly Knit Together. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop in, knitters are always welcome. Earltown General Store 5556 NS-311, Salt Springs 902-657-9001 earltowngeneralstore@gmail.com Nestled in the hills of the Cobequid Mountains, we can’t be missed at the crossroads in Downtown Earltown. Established in 1890, we provide goods and services to the local community and travelers. Stop by on your way to the North Shore.

Golf Courses Amherst Golf & Country Club, Amherst 902-667-8730 / amherstgolfclub.ca 18-hole, par 71. Brule Point Golf, Tatamagouche 902- 657-4653 / brulepointgolf.ca 9-hole, par 36. Fox Harb’r Golf Resort Fox Harbour, Wallace 902-257-1801 / 866-257-1801 foxharbr.com


Sheryl’s Bakery & Café 10480 Durham Street, Pugwash 902-243-2156 facebook.com/SherylsBakery Coffee shop and bakery in Pugwash famous for its cinnamon buns, pies and cheesecake. Serving breakfast, lunch, (soups, sandwiches and specials) Monday to Saturday year-round. Northumberland Links Golf Course

Northumberland Links Golf Course 1776 Gulf Shore Road, Pugwash 902-243-2808 / 800 882-9661 northumberlandlinks.com If you have the game, we have the course. Crafted by nature and carved by the sea, Northumberland Links is a golfing experience that will stand out in the minds of all who play it. 6,515 yards of raw beauty and picturesque holes - prevailing winds, rolling fairways, well-placed bunkers and lightning fast greens. Open Daily.

Dining The Northumberland Shore offers a wonderful selection of dining experiences to suit all tastes and occasions and is known for a variety of culinary treats—from lobster and wine to blueberries and maple syrup. Choose from the following selection of restaurants and dining options that await your visit. Wheelchair accessible: W

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Tatamagouche Chowder House 265 Main Street, Tatamagouche 902-657-2223 From sensational seafood chowder to fantastic fish and chips, this fully licensed restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of the village. Earltown Sugar Moon Farm 221 Alex MacDonald Road, Earltown 902-657-3348 / 866-81-MAPLE sugarmoon.ca Twenty minutes south of Tatamagouche off Highway 311. Enjoy tasty local food in a log dining room. All-day maple brunch features allyou-can-eat wholegrain buttermilk pancakes. W

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Pugwash MacFarlane Lantern Restaurant 11054 Highway 6, Pugwash 902-305-4242 Macfarlanelantern.wixsite.com/lantern facebook.com/MacFarlaneLantern Family friendly restaurant located in Pugwash, open year-round (days vary in winter months). Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Specializing in home cooked meals of seafood, burgers, pizza, daily soup, and meal specials and desserts.

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Amherst Shore Amherst Shore Country Inn 5091 Highway 366, Lorneville 902-661-4800 / ascinn.ns.ca The seaside inn has been known for decades for its exquisite meals, especially the four-course 7:30 p.m. dinner served by reservation only. W


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Campgrounds (Amherst to Tatamagouche) Amherst Shore Provincial Park 6596 Route 366, Amherst Shore 888-544-3434 A 42-site woodland campground with picnic areas, showers/comfort station. Walking trails leading to the unsupervised warm-water beach. Gulf Shore Camping Park 2367 Gulf Shore Road, Pugwash 902-243-2489 / gulfshorecampingpark.com 50 overnight sites (E, W, Se, U). Open campground on ocean. FT, showers, washrooms, wood, ice. Swimming, playground. Sunset Watch Family Campground 242 Peninsula Point Road, Tatamagouche 902-657-0009 sunsetwatchfamilycampground.com Oceanfront camping along the Northumberland Shore in Brule Point, with 44 serviced and 12 unserviced campsites for tenting and RVs.

Accommodations

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Find the perfect home away from home near the warm waters of the Northumberland Shore. Accommodations range from full-service hotels and clean, comfortable motels, to seaside cottages and cozy B&Bs, to luxury resorts and charming country inns. Find the Nova Scotia getaway that best suits you. Wheelchair accessible: W

Pugwash Hillcrest View Inn 11054 Route 6, Pugwash 902-243-2727 / 866-779-7377 hillcrestview.ca Newly renovated and featuring one two-bedroom cottage with four-piece bath (Q), six rooms with two queen beds and four-piece bath, one suite with one queen bed and pull-out sofa plus three-piece bath. Scottish Pines Log Cottages 2979 Gulf Shore Road, Pugwash 902-243-3366 / scottishpines.ca 4.5-star accommodations located on a 600-ft. oceanfront 10-acre property within minutes of area beaches and two 18-hole championship golf courses. Wallace Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa 1337 Fox Harbour Road, Fox Harbour 902-257-1801 / 866-257-11801 foxharbr.com A world-class resort featuring gracious accommodations, challenging golf, spa, casual and fine-dining, sporting lodge, tennis courts, private airstrip, secluded deep water marina, and luxury yacht available for ocean adventures.

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Malagash The Cottages at Cambra Sands 67 Cambra Lane, Malagash 902-257-1122 / 866-559-0705 cambrasands.com A 12-hectare, pet-friendly property with seven units. Offering satellite television, phone, walking/skiing trails, life-size chess/checkers, hot tub, and private beach.

Amherst Comfort Inn Motel 143 South Albion Street, Amherst 902-667-0404 / choicehotels.ca/cn247 Sixty-unit motel offers easy access to all major attractions and businesses in the area. Free highspeed Wi-Fi and deluxe continental breakfast. W

Pearl of the Bay Cottage 902-257-2770 / pearlofthebay.com nancycolinmackenzie@gmail.com Two bedroom oceanfront cottage (two queen beds and a double pullout) sleeps six. Hot tub, full kitchen, dishwasher, laundry, satellite TV, DVD, propane barbecue, pet friendly.

Super 8 Motel 40 Lord Amherst Drive, Amherst 902-660-8888 / super8amherst.com Fifty air-conditioned rooms equipped with TV, high-speed Internet, microwave, and free newspaper. Pool, hot tub, and water slide.

Tatamagouche Train Station Inn 21 Station Road, Tatamagouche 888-724-5233 / trainstation.ca Train Station Inn, circa 1887, offers a unique country inn experience with its seven spacious cabooses and furnishings reflecting its railway past.


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Pictou Waterfront

Perhaps most evident is this region’s vibrant and enduring Scottish culture. The Scots developed most of the surrounding communities. The first migration directly from Scotland came aboard the ship Hector in 1773, and the area has long been renowned as the Birthplace of New Scotland. This heritage is reflected by the region’s architecture and landscape, and celebrated in its arts, language, music, and traditions. There is amazing bounty harvested from both land and sea and an opportunity to step back in time and connect with our locals to learn about our history.

Pictou County (River John to Lismore)

In Pictou County, immerse yourself in our captivating beaches, authentic outdoor exploration, pristine rivers, quaint villages, and charming towns, and engage in an uplifting, fun-filled festival just about every weekend from June until September. This community of communities owes its rich multicultural mosaic to the influence of our First Nation, English, Irish, French, African, Asian, and Mediterranean ancestors who made it their home.


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Top Photo Opportunities (River John to Lismore)

Melmerby Beach

Allan Park Albion Avenue, Stellarton Lovely, tree-lined Allan Park is a perfect location to relax and soak up the sunshine.

Melmerby Beach Little Harbour (Route 289, Exit 27; follow signs) A popular two-kilometre beach with NEWLY RENOVATED

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boardwalks, Melmerby, known locally as the Merb, is a picturesque location to view the coastline and take in a magnificent sunset. A perfect spot to capture memories to share with friends and family.

Riverfront and Carmichael Park New Glasgow riverfront The first iron rail line in Canada is now a popular riverside walking path. The Samson Trail leads through New Glasgow’s Carmichael Park, a beautiful park in tribute to the town’s veterans including an impressive bronze statue of a military piper. Victorian-style lampposts line the riverside and light the landmark George Street Bridge.

Greenhill Provincial Park Look-off 209 Dan Fraser Road, Greenhill Pack a picnic lunch and your camera, and soak up the gorgeous scenery. The look-off provides a dazzling view over the western half of Pictou County.

Trenton Park

New Glasgow Direct: 902.928.1333 reservations@travelodgenewglasgow.ca 700 Westville Road, New Glasgow, NS

Reservations:

1.800.578.7878 travelodge.ca

Trenton Sheltered trails wind through 566 acres of lush, century-old coniferous forest. The mature hemlock stands are dotted with quaint fishing ponds and a beaver colony.


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Paddleboarding in New Glasgow

Beachcombing

Golfing Take your game to one of three courses in the region: Glen Lovat Golf 902-753-GOLF, Abercrombie Golf and Country Club 902-755-4653, or Eagles Chance 902-396-1050.

Outdoor adventures Visit one of North America’s last remaining wooden heritage footbridges in the village of Hopewell, just outside of Stellarton. Hike the many well maintained trails in the area or try Moxie’s Riverside Rentals (902- 923 -2798 / moxiesriversiderentals.com), located on the East River at New Glasgow’s Rotary Park. Moxie’s offers exciting hourly, half day, daily, or custom rentals. Choose a self-guided fishing, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing adventure anywhere in Pictou County or other parts of the Northumberland Shore.

Cycling in Trenton Park

Cycling There are many cycling routes to enjoy a great day in the outdoors, check activepictoucounty.ca/activetransportation/bike/bike-map-for-pictoucounty for the best route maps in the area.

Kayaking View red sandstone cliffs, seal colonies, lighthouses, and pristine beaches from the bow of a brightly coloured kayak. Coastal Spirit Expeditions offers guided excursions from various points. 902-351-2283 / coastalspiritexpeditions. com.

Hiking If hiking is your pleasure you will find incredible trails in Pictou County to meet your needs. From water frontage to immersed in the forest to inspiring landscapes that will leave you with wanting for more time to spend in the outdoors. For detailed trail descriptions and maps visit Highland Connect, an online portal for active living opportunities, at highlandconnect.ca.

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Try beachcombing or just relax on the sand at one of Pictou County’s many beaches. Melmerby Beach has been listed as one of Canada’s best beaches. Don’t forget a pail and shovel to create a sandcastle or take a dip in the warmest salt waters north of the Carolinas. A day at the beach is a must.


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99 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-8848 / decostecentre.ca One of Northumberland Shore’s best performing arts venues hosts touring musical and theatre acts as well as weekly live entertainment during the summer.

155 Glasgow Street, New Glasgow 902-752-4800 / glasgowsquare.com This 275-seat auditorium is a premier yearround indoor/outdoor venue for musical entertainment, special events, and live theatre. The doors open to a large openair stage where numerous festivals and community celebrations take place.

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Pictou County Wellness Centre 2756 Westville Road, New Glasgow 902-755-8870 / pcwellnesscentre.ca Designed as one of the most energy efficient complexes of its kind in Canada, the Wellness Centre features two NHL-sized ice surfaces, a walking track, community conference space, as well as catering amenities. Plan to attend an event within the walls of this 155,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, fully accessible sport and recreation complex.


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(River John to Lismore) For a complete list of festivals and events along the Northumberland Shore, see pages 70 to 77. Dates are subject to change, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre before finalizing your plans.

Westville Canada Days

Multicultural Fusion Festival

June 23 to July 1, Westville Celebrate Canada’s birthday at one of Nova Scotia’s longest running celebrations. Enjoy music, one of the region’s longest parades, fair grounds, and more. Wrap up the festivities by taking in a spectacular fireworks display from Acadia Park.

September 8, New Glasgow commmapc.wix.com/fusion-festival Annual event hosted by the Multicultural Association of Pictou County, celebrating our diverse community and rich culture. Live entertainment, International foods, sports, games, multicultural market, fashion show and much more.

Pictou Lobster Carnival

Highland Homecoming

July 6 to 8, Pictou pictoulobstercarnival.ca This three-day festival celebrates the end of the lobster-fishing season with musical performances, a beer garden, parades, an antique car show, derby and boat races, a midway, lobster dinners, buskers and fireworks and many other activities for the whole family.

September, Pictou shiphector.com Celebrate the pioneer spirit that shaped Pictou County and Nova Scotia. Enjoy the ship Hector and the Hector Heritage Quay on the day of the arrival of the original vessel.

Festival of the Tartans July 12 to 15, New Glasgow festivalofthetartans.ca Don your kilt and practice your brogue for a weekend of massed pipe bands, Highland dancing, caber tossing, golf, and haggis that is sure to bring out the Scot in everyone.

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August 3 to 5, New Glasgow jubilee.ns.ca Renowned East Coast, Canadian, and international musical acts perform in a premier outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the New Glasgow riverfront.

July 25 to 29 stellarton.ca Stellarton Homecoming is a celebration of an historic community. Enjoy free family friendly events such as Kids Day, a concert in the park, a community street party event, and unique fireworks display. Take part in the golf tournament, washer toss, and horseshoe competitions, then put on your dancing shoes for a rink dance.

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Top One-of-a-Kind Shopping (River John to Lismore) For more shopping in this area, see pages 45 to 47.

Grohmann Knives and Free Factory Tours 116 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-4224 / gknives.com Prized by chefs for 50 years, these locally handcrafted knives are recognized around the world for their beauty, balance, and quality. They’ve even been displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Lismore Sheep Farm Wool Shop 1389 Louisville Road, River John 902-351-2889 lismoresheepfarmwoolshop.com Pick up a pure wool blanket, a sheepskin, or some cozy hand knit mitts or a hat. There is lots of yarn and handmade wooden knitting needles. Tour the barn and meet the sheep that provided the wool.

Seafoam Lavender Company and Gardens Route 6, Seafoam lavendercanada.com Who knew there were so many uses for lavender? From skin-care and bath products to culinary and household products, an original sweet-smelling gift awaits you here.

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Water Street Studio 110 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-8398 waterstreetstudio.weebly.com Stop in to explore the many locally made products from handmade clothing, woodwork for the kitchen and home, locally wheel-thrown pottery, handwoven goods, yarns from local sheep and goats, felted patterns and artwork, an extensive selection of pewter, cards created by Nova Scotian artists, rug-hooking kits, candles, soap and quilts, and more.

Mrs. MacGregor’s Shortbreads 59 Water Street, Pictou 902-382-1878 / mrsmacgregors.com Using a generations old family recipe, Mrs. MacGregor’s Classic Scottish Shortbread is the heart for her other yummy shortbreads such as Canadian Maple, Lavender & Lemon, and Chocolate. Every cookie melts in your mouth. Recently named the best shortbread in Canada by Canadian Living magazine, be sure to stop in and taste it for yourself.

New Glasgow Farmers’ Market Year-round 261 Glasgow Street, New Glasgow 902-301-9087 / ngfarmmarket.com Located on the beautiful riverfront in downtown New Glasgow, the New Glasgow Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., yearround. Find farm-fresh produce and eggs, naturally raised local meats, baked goods, and a wide variety of unique items handcrafted by talented local artisans. Local, fresh, and flourishing.

Ahead of Hair & Seaside Treasure Trove 1 & 12 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-8588 A full-service salon and spa and sister gift shop just across the street. Visit and shop the latest styles in fashion, accessories, gift items and so much more! Follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@ aheadofhairpictou) for more information on services, brands, featured products and upcoming promotions.


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Crombie House: Sobeys Art Foundation 1780 Granton Abercrombie Road, Abercrombie 902-752-6016 sobeyartfoundation.com Home of the Crombie Collection of Canadian Art. Open Wednesdays in July, August & September or in the off-season by appointment. Guided tours at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

McCulloch House Museum and McCulloch Genealogy Centre Haliburton Road, Pictou mccullochcentre.ca In this early 19th-century doctor’s home, you’ll find an engaging experience about ships, kilts, and how Scottish immigrants influenced the development of the province. The McCulloch Genealogy Centre offers displays and exhibits for local artisans, historians, and musicians to share their talents. It houses local archives and genealogical information for tracing family history.

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including a printing press, steam locomotives, and a working machine shop, tell the story of Nova Scotia’s early thriving industries.

Pictou County Military Museum 2020 Queen Street, Westville 902-396-2194 This fascinating collection commemorates the contributions of those who have served in the army, navy, air force, and special services past and present. Thousands of military artifacts pay tribute to the military personal from the Boer War right up to the Afghanistan War and today’s Forces.

Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame 340 East River Road, New Glasgow 902-755-1755 Pictou County has produced more outstanding athletes per capita than any other area in Nova Scotia. Learn their stories through over 4,000 artifacts.

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Trenton Heritage Room

147 North Foord Street, Stellarton 902-755-5425 industry.museum.gov.ns.ca Explore the world of those who mined, cooked, invented, and engineered in times gone by. Interactive exhibits,

Main Street, Trenton 902-752-5311 / trenton.ca In 2011, Trenton marked an important milestone celebrating 100 years since its incorporation. Trenton’s diverse and distinct industrial heritage is showcased

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86 Temperance Street, New Glasgow 902-752-5583 facebook.com/Carmichael-StewartHouse-Museum This Victorian-era shipbuilder’s home displays an extensive collection of Trenton glassware, antique china, and photographs, with an historical garden.

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with pictures, artifacts, and collected works of residents, both past and present, in the town’s former police station.

Hector Heritage Quay 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-4371 / shiphector.com Explore traditional Scottish rigger, blacksmith, and carpentry shops, and then head outside to the dock where you can tour a full-size replica of the ship Hector— one of Nova Scotia’s most important heritage attractions.

Northumberland Fisheries Museum Lobster Hatchery and Lighthouse 21 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-8925 northumberlandfisheriesmuseum.com Learn about the history and culture of fishing along the Northumberland Strait at three waterfront sites where you’ll find a rich array of shipwreck artifacts, a replica 1805 lighthouse, and an operating lobster hatchery—one of only a few in Canada accessible to the public.

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(River John to Lismore) New Glasgow Carmichael-Stewart House Museum 86 Temperance Street, New Glasgow 902-752-5583 facebook.com/ Carmichael-Stewart-House-Museum This Victorian-era shipbuilder’s home displays an extensive collection of Trenton glassware, antique china and photographs, with an historical garden. The Crombie 1780 Granton Abercrombie Road, New Glasgow 902-752-6016 sobeyartfoundation.com Home of the Crombie Collection of Canadian Art. Open Wednesdays in July, August & September or in the off-season by appointment. Guided tours at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Glasgow Square Theatre 155 Glasgow Street, New Glasgow 902-752-4800 / glasgowsquare.com Community events venue and indoor/outdoor amphitheatre set overlooking the East River. Pictou County Roots Society 182 Dalhousie Street, New Glasgow 902-752-9543 / pictoucountyroots.ca A great location to revisit family ties, heritage, and history of Pictou County. It offers a large collection of obituaries and cemetery listings. Located in the New Glasgow Library. Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame 340 East River Road, New Glasgow 902-752-5445 Sports memorabilia including pictures, jerseys, trophies, and newspaper articles pay tribute to the community’s sports heroes. Pictou deCoste Performing Arts Centre 99 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-8848 / decostecentre.ca One of the finest performing arts and multipurpose meeting venues in Eastern Canada. McCulloch Genealogy Centre 86 Haliburton Road, Pictou 902-485-4563 / mccullochcentre.ca Rotating exhibits of the work of local artisans and historians, Maritime musical entertainment, local archives, and genealogical information. Hector Heritage Quay 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-4371 / shiphector.com Interpretation centre tells the story of the 18th-century Scottish migration to the New World. Full-size dockside replica of the ship Hector. Guided tours, open May 20 to October 16. Loch Broom Log Church 1576 Loch Broom Road, Loch Broom 902-925-2240 / parl.ns.ca/logchurch Rev. James Drummond MacGregor arrived here from Scotland in 1786 and that year constituted the first sessions of the First Presbyterian Church. The log church was constructed on the site of this service. McCulloch House Museum 100 Haliburton Road, Pictou 902-485-4563 / mccullochcentre.ca Rev. Dr. Thomas McCulloch immigrated to the town of Pictou about 1805 and raised his family


Northumberland Fisheries Museum 21 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-8925 northumberlandfisheriesmuseum.com The museum preserves the area’s rich sea heritage and pays tribute to all those involved in the Northumberland fishing industry. Northumberland Lobster Hatchery and Lighthouse 21 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-4972 northumberlandfisheriesmuseum.com One of Canada’s only aquaculture facilities where visitors can don a lab coat and observe a lobster’s life cycle. View baby lobsters and learn how they grow, feed, and reproduce. River John Coastal Spirit Expeditions River John 902-351-2283 / coastalspiritexpeditions.com Full-day sea kayaking adventures, multiday tours, special tours, and professional instruction. No prior experience necessary. Lismore Sheep Farm 1389 Louisville Road, River John 902-351-2889 lismoresheepfarmwoolshop.com The 300 sheep on this working farm produce wool for the shop’s products, ranging from mattress pads to mittens. The farm is also home to the River John Needle Company, a new venture making wooden knitting needles. Community Historical Kiosks Kiosks are located in Churchville, Sunny Brae/ Hopewell, Eureka, Blue Mountain, Durham, Kenzieville, Merigomish, Lismore, Barneys River, and River John. Kiosks explain each community’s rich history and culture through story, graphics, and historical photos. Hopewell Hopewell and Area Park and Footbridge This municipal heritage site features one of the last surviving footbridges in North America. Community hosts an annual ceilidh.

Lismore Culloden Memorial Cairn Highway 245, Knoydart In 1938, a cairn was erected on the site of a non-denominational cemetery to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. Every year an event is held in April to remember those who fought this battle.

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St. Mary’s Church 4735 Shore Road, Highway 245, Lismore Pictou County’s oldest wooden church, a masterpiece of pioneer architecture, was opened in 1834. A pull-off area in front of the church hosts interpretive panels. Stellarton Nova Scotia Museum of Industry 147 North Foord Street, Stellarton 902-755-5425 / industry.museum.gov.ns.ca Atlantic Canada’s largest museum offers fun artifacts, exhibits, and stories from the Industrial Revolution to the age of computers, exploring mines, factories, railroads, and more. Trenton Trenton Heritage Room Main Street, Trenton 902-752-5311 / trenton.ca Trenton’s distinct industrial heritage is displayed with pictures, collected works of residents both past and present, as well as artifacts, including Trenton Glass in the town’s former police station. Westville Splash Pad, Acadia Park 1945 South Main Street, Westville 902-396-1059 Located on the former mining site in Westville, the trail system is 4 km long, looping from the park entrance on South Main Street, Hoyt Street, and Drummond Rd. Come for a walk, picnic, visit the local Miner’s Monument, or let the kids burn off some energy at the playground or brand new splash pad. Pictou County Military Museum 2020 Queen Street, Westville 902-396-2194 Thousands of military artifacts pay tribute to the military personnel from the Boer War right up to the Afghanistan conflict and today’s Forces.

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in this Scottish-style house. Here among items from his natural history collection, you can discover a man who wore many hats and had a talent for stirring up controversy.


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French River Anchors Above Zipline 380 McGrath’s Mountain Road, French River 902-600-2407 / anchorsabovezipline.ca Ziplining adventure with two cables per ride: one 330 metres long from one deck to another six storeys lower; second cable 300 metres long to a deck 10 storeys lower. Book ahead.

Beaches & Provincial Parks (River John to Lismore) Big Island Beach Route 245, Exit 27. Turn left beyond the fire hall in Lower Barney’s River. No facilities but excellent walking along rugged coastline and sandy beach. Great photo opportunities. Caribou/Munroes’ Island Provincial Park Located 4 km from the Caribou Ferry Terminal on Three Brooks Road. Hike around the island and enjoy solitude uninterrupted by motorized vehicles. Picnic facilities, change rooms, toilets. Greenhill Provincial Park Highway 104, Exit 20. Park offers a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Picnic tables, toilets, parking.

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Lismore Beach Route 245, Exit 27. Turn left onto Wharf Road and turn right before the Lismore fish processing plant. No facilities. It is generally quiet, allowing visitors to explore kilometres of sand and shoreline. Melmerby Beach Provincial Park Route 289, turn right at Shore Road. Supervised, broad sandy beach with change rooms, showers, toilets. A narrow, inner beach has very warm water. Boardwalks minimize damage to fragile dunes. Powell’s Point Provincial Park Route 289, turn left at Shore Road. The park has a saltwater beach on a peninsula jutting out into Little Harbour, reputed to be the warmest saltwater in Nova Scotia. Picnic tables, toilets, and parking. Rushton’s Beach Provincial Park Route 6, Marshville. A beautiful sandy beach with warm waters, picnic grounds, toilets, and change facilities.

Salt Springs Provincial Park Highway 104, Exit 19. A convenient place to stop and rest, this park, complete with washrooms and picnic tables, is located in a mature forest setting along the West River. Waterside Beach Provincial Park Route 6. A beautiful sandy beach with warm water, boardwalk over dunes. Facilities include picnic tables, change rooms, toilets, parking.

Trails (River John to Lismore) Albion Trail (3 km) Whether you’re into paddling, walking, hiking, cycling, or simply hooked on the outdoors, Pictou County’s network of multi-activity trails provide a scenic perspective into the heart of the Northumberland Shore. The Great Trail The Great Trail is the longest recreational trail in the world. Pictou County is proud to be a part of this system that stretches nearly 24,000 km from coast to coast. Jitney Trail (3 km) South Market Street, Pictou. From the parking area this trail runs west along the shoreline of Pictou Harbour to Brown’s Point. A portion of this trail is paved; excellent for wheelchair, bicycle, rollerblade, and stroller use. Shortline Trail (12.7 km) This trail is accessible at Blackie Road, Lyon’s Brook, Brown’s Point and Scotsburn (behind the firehall). This 12.7-km recreational trail is made of compacted surface suitable for cycling, walking, running, snowmobiling, skiing, and ATVs. Trenton Park Trail (6.5 km) 119 Park Road, Trenton. Trails for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing cross this 229-hectare park, passing mature hemlock stands, stocked ponds, and a beaver colony. Snowshoe loans are available in the winter months. This is a non-motorized trail. Other trails within Trenton Park are The Airport Route (4 km), and the Smeltbrook Trail (0.5 km). Pioneer Trail (3 km) Located on the east side of New Glasgow, much of the trail runs along former railway lines. A covered bridge spans 37 metres across the gorge that runs along Potter’s Brook. There is a heritage cemetery where several of the


Ship Hector’s passengers and many pioneers of the community are buried.

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Samson Trail (4 km) New Glasgow. Following the bed of Canada’s first iron railroad, the trail hugs the bank of the East River. Two sections are joined by a steel walkway under the town’s main bridge. Washrooms, picnic tables, and parking are available at Rotary Park.

Pictou Hector Quay Visitors’ Marina, Pictou 902-485-6960 / townofpictou.ca 40 berths (six for visitors), electric and water, gas/diesel, washrooms, showers, laundry.

Old Foster Trail (800 m) An accessible multi-use trail that connects two premiere recreation facilities in Pictou County: the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. The Acadia Park Trail (2.35 km) This multi-use trail is located within beautiful Acadia Park and is a popular location for walks, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Located in the heart of Westville, this trail is open year-round and is plowed during the winter months. Cape to Cape (400 km) Nova Scotia’s first long-distance foot path. This 400 km system of breathtaking coastal views spans from Cape Chignecto to Cape George. From easy afternoon strolls to more challenging hikes, you will find something for everyone on this system of trails. Fitzpatrick Trail Off Route 258. This well-groomed wilderness trail extends one way from Scotsburn to Millsville. Ideal for hikers and skiers (motorized vehicles are prohibited); it passes through alternating stands of hardwood and softwood, and traverses several streams. The mountain summit offers a panoramic view of Pictou County. For detailed trail descriptions and maps visit Highland Connect, an online portal for active living opportunities, at highlandconnect.ca.

Pictou Marina, Harbour Drive, Pictou 902-485-9155 / pictoumarina.ca 36 berths, electric and water. Pier B, Pictou 902-396-7357 pictourmarineterminals.com 16 berths, electric and water. New Glasgow Riverfront Marina, New Glasgow 902-755-3018 35 berths, electric and water, diesel, gas.

Shopping & Services

Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore has a delightful selection of boutique-style shopping in historic downtown locations combined with modern full-service malls and department stores. The towns of Antigonish, Amherst, Pictou, New Glasgow, and Stellarton provide the most notable shopping districts in the region, though visitors will not want to miss the number of unique treasures waiting to be discovered in the coastal communities along the way. Pewter gifts and home décor, yarns and wool products, gourmet foods, award-winning wines, craft shops, and art galleries all await. Wheelchair accessible: W

(River John to Lismore) River John Lismore Sheep Farm and Wool Shop 1389 Louisville Road, River John 902-351-2889 lismoresheepfarmwoolshop.com A wide selection of beautiful, locally made wool and sheepskin products and wooden knitting needles. W Caldera Distilling 65 River John Road 902-351-2035 / caldera.ca facebook.com/calderadistilling Caldera takes the time to craft its products right using traditional, non-GMO grains grown on its estate farm. Its award-winning Hurricane 5

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Albion Trail (3 km) Stellarton. Starting at Duff Pioneer Cemetery where the Samson Trail leaves off, the Albion Trail runs south along the East River. Benches along the path are available for enjoying the river views.

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Whisky is shaped by the land and offers an approachable smoothness, unique character, and authenticity that embodies the spirit of the explorer, the eye of the craftsman, and the patience of the farmer. Caldera celebrates the heritage that inspires conversation. Join its staff for tours, tastings, and shopping at the distillery and the estate farm.

A full-service salon and spa and sister gift shop just across the street. Visit and shop the latest styles in fashion, accessories, gift items and so much more! Follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@aheadofhairpictou) for more information on services, brands, featured products and upcoming promotions.

Seafoam Seafoam Lavender Company and Gardens 3768 Route 6 lavendercanada.com Family-run lavender farm with a wide range of natural lavender products.

New Glasgow Highland Square Mall 689 Westville Road 902-752-1722 / highlandsquare.ca Off Highway 104, Exit 23. Pictou County’s premier shopping destination, with over 55 shops including Canadian Tire, SportChek, Winners, Michael’s, and Walmart.

Alma Christensen’s Farm Market 284 Alma Road, Alma 902-396-5407 Fresh-grown tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, potatoes, and many other vegetables. Starting in July, the market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pictou Grohmann Knives Ltd. 116 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-4224 / grohmannknives.com Handcrafted Grohmann knives are recognized around the world for their beauty, balance, and quality.

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The Kilted Chef 3007 Three Brooks Road, Pictou 902-396-9146 / kiltedchef.ca Join Alain Bosse, on a culinary journey from the pasture, to the sea, to your plate. Cooking on the farm is a full-day, hands-on culinary experience you will never forget. Bosse is committed to local and this adventure will have you thinking local too when it comes to your shopping list. North Nova Seafoods Located at the Pictou Rotary Visitor Information Centre 350 West River Road, Pictou 902-485-4633 Whether you are looking for live Lobster, Lobster meat, Snow Crab, Rock Crab or fish products such as fresh, frozen or smoked Haddock, Halibut or Hake, you will find it at Logan’s Fish Mart. We have everything seafood lovers enjoy! Ahead of Hair & Seaside Treasure Trove 1 & 12 Water Street, Pictou 902-485-8588

East Coast FM/CKEC 94.1FM/Classic Rock 97.9FM 84 Provost Street, New Glasgow 902-752-4200 / ecfm.ca Radio station with two frequencies 94.1FM and 97.9FM covering Northern Nova Scotia and parts of Prince Edward Island. Providing local and world news stories, road conditions, and much more. Auto Trim Design 9917 Sherbrooke Road, New Glasgow 902-922-2915 / autotrimnewglasgow.com Full service sign and vehicle graphic shop in business over 25 years. Large format printings to small decals, for both business and personal graphic needs. Artistic Photography and Lyrical Prose by Kimberly Dickson 902-755-1797 Framed artistic photography accompanied by lyrical prose, available at Green Thumb Farmers’ Market in downtown Alma and Zelda’s Flowers in New Glasgow or by emailing barry_campbell@ns.sympatico.ca. New Glasgow Farmers’ Market 261 Glasgow Street 902-301-9087 / ngfarmmarket.com The New Glasgow Farmers’ Market is located along the beautiful riverfront in the heart of downtown New Glasgow. A non-profit cooperative providing home-grown local produce and meats, baked goods, food to eat on-site and take away, and a wide variety of highquality local art and crafts. A must-see experience for visitors who want to live a local experience. Proudfoot’s Home Hardware 130 Vista Drive, Stellarton / 902-752-1500 84 Weaver Road, Pictou / 902-485-3100


Tools, housewares, sporting goods, giftware, garden, and automotive supplies.

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Sobeys Stores 902-752-1066 Aberdeen Mall and Westside Shopping Plaza. New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Pictou.

The Bistro 216 Archimedes Street, New Glasgow 902-752-4988 / thebistro.ca A creative menu with a selection of wines. Ingredients are hand-selected daily, local and organic whenever possible. Warm hospitality in a casual atmosphere. Recommended in Where to Eat in Canada.

Lismore LBR Gas Bar & Variety RR#1, Merigomish 902-926-2257 Gas service station and variety. NSLC Agency store. The last gas station from Lower Barney’s River to Antigonish, which is 37 kms on Highway 245, or 81 km on Highway 337.

Golf Courses Abercrombie Country Club, Abercrombie 902-755-4653 / abercrombiegolf.com 18-hole, par 71. Eagles Chance Mount William Road, New Glasgow 902-396-1050 9-hole, par 3 course, plus driving range. Glen Lovat Golf Club, Fraser’s Mountain 902-753-GOLF / 877-774-4536 glenlovatgolf.ca 18-hole, par 72.

Dining

The Northumberland Shore offers a wonderful selection of dining experiences to suit all tastes and occasions, and is known for a variety of culinary treats—from lobster and wine to blueberries and maple syrup. Choose from the following selection of restaurants and dining options that await your visit. Wheelchair accessible: W

(River John to Lismore) New Glasgow Acropole Restaurant 80 Provost Street / 902-755-9035 Main Street, Westville / 902-396-1504 acropolepizza.ca

Tim Hortons / Wendy’s Westville Road, New Glasgow 902-752-4471 Fast food. W Pictou Harbour House Ales & Spirits 41 Coleraine Street, Pictou 902-485-1047 facebook.com/Harbour-House-Ales-Spirits Located on the beautiful Pictou waterfront. Serving fresh local seafood, burgers, pasta, local Nova Scotia Craft beers, homemade desserts, and espresso. Live weekly entertainment, and offers a large outdoor patio. Open year-round. The Highlander Pub 116 Twining Street, Pictou 902-485-1539 Come for the live entertainment every Saturday, low taxi service rates, and a kitchen with a delicious selection of food that will leave you wanting to drop back in again! Open late on Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m., with the kitchen open until 8 p.m. Mrs. MacGregor’s 59 Water Street, Pictou 902-382-1878 / mrsmacgregors.com Mrs MacGregor’s shortbreads have become a must-have melt-in-your-mouth treat when visiting in the area. Try one of many varieties and be sure to pick up an extra bag to take home with you. These shortbreads are known as some of the best in Canada. Pictou Lodge Beach Resort 172 Lodge Road, Pictou 902-485-4322 / pictoulodge.com Spectacular views and unspoiled beauty in a variety of rooms to please every need. Oceanside dining and adventures abound, from walking on the beach to hiking, biking, and swimming, plus many more. Reservations recommended.

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Nova Scotia Spirit Company 902-789-4628 / nsspiritcompany.com facebook.com/nsspiritco The Nova Scotia Spirit Company believes that everyone deserves a premium-quality spirit. The company makes it possible by creating award-winning, small-batch spirits at reasonable prices. It has won several awards in the last year and continues to grow.

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Abercrombie, New Glasgow Pictou County Pizza 814 Abercrombie Road, New Glasgow 902-695-3037 / pictoucountypizza.com Serving authentic Pictou County Pizza and selling their famous brown sauce. Eat in licensed dining or take-out with a large menu offering a wide variety of meal options. Daily pizza specials available. Stellarton Jungle Jim’s Restaurant Foord Street, Stellarton 902-695-5467 / junglejims.ca A tropical atmosphere, fun food, great value, exotic drinks, and zany tour guides in a fun, high-energy setting that appeals to kids of all ages. W

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Birchwood Campground 2521 Highway 376, Lyons Brook 902-485-8565 birchwoodcampground.ca Friendly service in a clean and well-groomed family-run park, with 36 overnight sites, 30 seasonal sites, and three cabins.

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Harbourlight Trailer Court and Campground 2881 Three Brooks Road, Braeshore 902-485-5733 harbourlightcampground.com Open and wooded family campground on the ocean inlet, with 112 overnight and 82 seasonal sites. Enjoy the beach, pool, play area, horseshoes, Wi-Fi. Lansdowne Outdoor Recreational Development Association (LORDA) 1480 Highway 289 Lansdowne,Pictou County 902-396-4470 / facebook.com.lordapark LORDA is a scenic park open to the public that provides outdoor recreational services for seniors as well as mentally and physically challenged individuals free of financial barriers. Fifteen overnight camping sites are nestled in 121 hectares of lush forest. This recreational park also offers bocce courts, walking trails, fishing ponds, picnic tables and barbecue areas, a stage and seating area. Maple syrup is produced and sold at the park. Fishing is reserved for seniors and the disabled.

Seafoam Campground 3493 Highway 6, Seafoam / 902-351-3122 Open campground on the ocean with 70 overnight and 60 seasonal sites. Swimming, horseshoes, washer toss, baseball, volleyball, basketball, arcade, playground.

Accommodations Find the perfect home away from home near the warm waters of the Northumberland Shore. Accommodations range from full-service hotels and clean, comfortable motels, to seaside cottages and cozy B&Bs, to luxury resorts and charming country inns. Find the Nova Scotia getaway that best suits you. Wheelchair accessible: W

(River John to Lismore) Marshville Amet View Chalets 646 Highway 6, Marshville 902-351-3462 / ametview.com Six two-bedroom cedar log chalets, each with full kitchen facilities, barbecue, satellite TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Four-star rated. W Scotsburn Smith Rock Chalets 310 Fitzpatrick Mountain Road, Scotsburn 902-485-4799 / smithrockchalets.com An award-winning, year-round mountaintop retreat that offers a spectacular panoramic view of Pictou County. Seven one-bedroom chalets, two two-bedroom chalets and one three-bedroom chalet and 12 deluxe retreat rooms offering approximately 25 kilometres of trails for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling, a hot-tub, a heated outdoor pool, and a sauna and fitness area. Pictou The Scotsman Inn 34 Coleraine Street, Pictou 902-485-1433 / 855 770 1433 scotsmaninn.com This registered heritage property with 10 rooms, each with bathroom ensuite offers the charm of a bed and breakfast and the privacy and elegance of a stylish inn. Rates include complimentary continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and private off-street parking.


Evening Sail Bed & Breakfast 279 Denoon Street, Pictou 902-485-5069 / eveningsail.ca A unique four-star bed and breakfast that offers a genuine maritime experience in the heart of historic Pictou. Each room has a private bath, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a mini-fridge; some rooms have a full kitchen and most have balconies or garden decks. The Lionstone Inn 241 West River Road, Pictou 902-485-4157 / lionstoneinn.ca Fourteen well-appointed rooms and 13 summer cottages located just minutes from Pictou’s attractions and only a five-minute drive to the P.E.I. ferry. W Pictou Lodge Beach Resort 172 Lodge Road, Pictou 902-485-4322 / pictoulodge.com Spectacular oceanfront views only minutes from the town of Pictou and the PEI ferry. A variety of accommodations, oceanside dining room and fireside pub featuring local foods and beverages. Resort amenities feature private sandy beach, swimming, canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and more. Pictou Puffin Bed and Breakfast 90 Front Street, Pictou 902-982-4986 / 800-970-1791 thepictoupuffin.com Built in 1855, this award-winning majestic Victorian home is a two-minute walk to the downtown area. Four bedrooms that are accented with a mix of old and new furnishings bring in the history of Nova Scotia. Homemade treats and hot breakfast served daily. A perfect combination of past and present. Willow House Inn 11 Willow Street, Pictou 902-485-5740 / willowhouseinn.com Historic bed and breakfast with four spacious, well-appointed guest rooms and two suites. Warm hospitality and scrumptious breakfasts.

Little Harbour Sandstone Bed and Breakfast 20 Rose Heath Lane, Little Harbour 902-755-5480 / 855-875-7805 sandstonebedandbreakfast.ca This circa 1850 sandstone foundation farmhouse has been completely renovated and is just minutes from beautiful Melmerby Beach and Powell’s Point Provincial Park. The two-bedroom B&B with ensuite four-piece bathrooms, in-room satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi is located on five acres of serene and quiet land where the wildlife frequently visit. A full breakfast is available in the dining room or full-view screened porch. Minutes from shopping and other attractions.

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New Glasgow Comfort Inn 740 Westville Road, New Glasgow 902-755-6450 newglasgowcomfortinn.com Sixty-one comfortable units offering full deluxe breakfast, Internet, voicemail and local calls, newspaper. Rooms offer hair dryers, clothes irons, coffee, fridges, and microwaves. W Tara Inn 917 East River Road, New Glasgow 902-752-8458 / tarainn.com All 32 drive-up rooms have fridges, microwaves, 32-inch flat screen TV’s, Free Wi-Fi, and continental breakfast included. Close to hospital, curling, and hockey rinks. Travelodge Suites 700 Westville Road, New Glasgow 902-928-1333 travelodge.com/NewGlasgow reservations@travelodgenewglasgow.ca Comfortable, affordable accommodations offer 63 guest rooms, complimentary buffet breakfast, convenient amenities, and friendly service, in a smoke-free environment. Stellarton Holiday Inn Express Stellarton-New Glasgow 86 Lawrence Boulevard, Stellarton 902-755-1020 / hiestellarton.com Enjoy the complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast, high-speed Internet, indoor pool with 24-metre waterslide and hot tub, fitness facilities, business centre, meeting rooms, and coinoperated guest laundry. 125 guest rooms. W

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Braeside Country Inn 126 Front Street, Pictou 902-485-5046 or 800-613-7701 braesideinn.com Quaint Heritage Inn. Eighteen air-conditioned rooms with private bath, laundry room, Wi-Fi, free parking, all within walking distance to downtown Pictou. Ten minute drive to PEI ferry, Languages spoken: English, French, Chinese, and Japanese.


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Nova Scotia’s Highland Heart

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Highland Games, Antigonish

Antigonish Town and County’s Celtic connections run strong and proud; immerse yourself in this region that is bursting with diversity and authentic experiences. With small-town charm, Antigonish boasts many amenities and attractions. The vibrant Main Street is lined with unique stores, elegant eateries, and art galleries selling the work of local artists. Festival Antigonish is Nova Scotia’s first and longest-running professional repertory company, offering many performances of different shows over two months. Antigonish is also host to one of the oldest continuous Highland games held outside of Scotland, attracting competitors from around the world every July. In the town centre is the picturesque campus of St. Francis Xavier University and home of the world-renowned Coady International Institute, which has been educating leaders from around the world in community-based development and leadership for over 50 years. Leaving town in any direction leads visitors to communities showcasing our rich heritage, wharves that tell many a story of our local culture, enchanting beaches, genuine outdoor exploration, fun-filled festivals and events that allow you to live like a local with our friendly and warm people, or just kick back and take in the magnificent scenery at our provincial parks and trails.

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Ballantyne’s Cove

Arisaig Provincial Park, Highway 245

Tuna Interpretive Centre, Ballantyne’s Cove Interpretive panels describe the life cycle of tuna and the history of tuna fishing off the Northumberland Shore. See a lifesized tuna model and Fresnel lens from an 1800s-era lighthouse. Open July and August. For more information, contact 902-863-8162.

Cape George Point Lighthouse Perched on the bluff 300 metres above the surging tide, the lighthouse has been guiding ships safely into St. George’s Bay since 1861.

Chez Deslauriers, Pomquet You’ll find the lively red, white, blue, and gold of the Acadian flag on proud

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display at this cultural centre devoted to the region’s earliest French settlers.

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish Stroll through the manicured gardens in the university’s stately quad, just outside Xavier Hall. Or pack a picnic lunch and a book, and relax in the peaceful garden at the Coady International Institute building.

Antigonish Landing A four-km hike along an estuary of Antigonish Harbour. Two elevated platforms offering an unobstructed view of osprey, eagles, and ducks in the wildlife sanctuary make this a photographer’s delight.

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Interpretive panels will guide you on the trail to the shore, where you can see 400-million-year-old fossils in the layered sedimentary rock. The park is open dawn until dusk, summer to fall. Picnic tables, walking trails, waterfalls, access to the beach, washrooms.


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Top Outdoor Activities (Antigonish Town &  County) For more outdoor activities in this area, see pages 57 to 58.

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Bluefin Tuna The International Game Fish Association has confirmed that 12-year-old Jenna Gavin is the junior female bluefin tuna record holder. On October 7, 2014, she caught the 618-lb fish in the Northumberland Strait with Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters out of Ballantyne’s Cove, using rod and reel, and a fighting chair. To experience a catch and release tuna charter, visit nstunacharters.org.

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Getting out on the water There is lots of fun and enjoyment to be had at one of our activities. Observe the life stages of trout and salmon that are raised each year by the Fraser Mills Fish Hatchery to stock the province’s lakes. Try your hand at catching supper: check with local outfitters for details on limits and licenses. You can also enjoy the peaceful and serene setting of Lochaber Lake as you paddle along one of our hidden treasures. Check lochaberlake.ca for upcoming events.

Keppoch Mountain 193 Keppoch Road, Beaver Meadow, Antigonish County facebook.com/TheKeppoch On the outskirts of town, Keppoch Mountain is bustling with adventures.

Rowing on Lochaber Lake, Antigonish

Visit its Facebook page for a list of yearround outdoor family fun activities like cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, and more. For those frosty days, enjoy a warm fire in the lodge after some outdoor activity.

Riverside International Speedway 101 Beaver Mountain Road, James River 902-863-2410 / riversidespeedway.ca Revel in the noise, dust and excitement of professional stockcar racing at this shorttrack course just west of Antigonish.

Hiking There are many trails that provide the ultimate hiking experience. See a list of all of the trails available on page 58 or visit highlandconnect.ca for a full list of recreational opportunities.


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(Antigonish Town &  County) Dining Antigonish has a great selection of fine eating spots for all occasions, from fine dining to a tasty snack or take-out. Menus feature local produce from the land and sea, and enjoy the local expertise in desserts to top off your meal.

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Gabrieau’s Bistro, Antigonish

Beaches Enjoy the warm salt water of our many beaches. Remember your sand castle gear and plan to spend a relaxing day in the sand, then cool down with a refreshing dip. Ask a local which one is their favorite. For beach information visit page 57.

Stroll Main Street Antigonish has a vibrant and active downtown with great eateries and independent stores to browse, including boutiques, gift shops, and art galleries.

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It also has Columbus Field, a public park with tennis courts, a small water park, picnic tables, and a playground. At the east end of Main Street is the Antigonish Heritage Museum and the Antigonish Landing, plus 4.8 km of well-maintained walking, jogging, and hiking trails with views of Antigonish Harbour.

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Take Exit 27 off Highway 104 and follow Route 245 to get to Route 337. There’s plenty to see and do along the scenic Antigonish coast: photo ops at the lookoffs in Arisaig and Cape George, discover fossils at the Arisaig Provincial Park or visit the nearby beach and lighthouse at Arisaig Harbour. A short distance from the historic Cape George Lighthouse and Day Park is Livingstone’s Cove Sunset Vista Beach. Visit Ballantyne’s Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre to learn about the life of the bluefin tuna and the Bluefin Tuna Catch and Release Boat Tours, or snack at the Fish and Ships canteen. Stroll the 38 km Cape George Hiking Trails and visit the one-room school Cape George Heritage Museum. Hike the Fairmont Trail Ridge or the less challenging Antigonish Landing Trail.


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Top Festivals & Events (Antigonish Town &  County)

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July 1 to 8 antigonishhighlandgames.ca Watch teams of the world’s best compete in the heavy events. Athletes compete for national pride at the largest and oldest Highland Games outside Scotland. Take in traditional dancing, a military tattoo, parades, concerts, and ceilidhs.

Every 2nd Friday from June 22 to August 17 During the summer months, visit downtown Antigonish’s Chisholm Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where new and established artists will be selling their artwork. Enjoy live music and delicious food while you browse. View the list of vendors online at antigonishartfair.ca or contact antigonishartfair@gmail.com.

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre July 3 to August 26 800-563-PLAY festivalantigonish.com Festival Antigonish is proud to celebrate 30 years as the premier summer repertory theatre in Atlantic Canada. With a Main Stage series and a Family Stage, the festival presents professional live productions for all ages. Check out this season’s lineup online and enjoy a play by some of Canada’s best writers, actors, technicians, and directors.

Special Olympics National Event July 28 to August 4 St. FX, Antigonish Nine summer sports will be represented at the Special Olympics games in Antigonish. Hosted on the STFX campus, athletes from all provinces and territories will be taking part in this exciting quality games experience.

Antigonish International Film Festival October 26 to 27 902-735-2792 / antigonishfilmfest.org Now in its eleventh year, this international documentary film festival screens films on the first Friday of each month throughout the year.


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Posh Peppermint, Antigonish

Granny’s Antiques & Gifts

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7 Adam Street, Antigonish 902-807-1177 facebook.com/granny.antiques Granny’s Antiques & Gifts buys and sells antiques and collectibles. It has a variety of country and primitive home décor. It carries local products from Cornect Honey Products, Haveracres Farm Maple Products, Grohmann Knives, Acadian Maple Products. Sells homemade pickles, jams, pepper jelly and salsas.

902-867-7479 antigonishfarmersmarket.org Boasting a variety of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, organic meats, maple syrup, honey, preserves, wild mushrooms, heritage products, local handcrafts, and all kinds of mouthwatering baked goods.

Old Barn Art Gallery 71 Melanson Road, Upper Pomquet 902-386-2304 / oldbarngallery.ca Located at Beaver Dam Farm in Pomquet. Browse art in three galleries, surrounded by splendid old-fashioned perennial gardens crammed with wonderful blooms. Specializing in contemporary abstract art, but has art to suit all tastes. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the gallery on Facebook and check out the photo albums.

The Posh Peppermint Home and Gifts 200 Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-4663 facebook.com/ theposhpepperminthomeandgifts Quaint shop on Main Street. in Antigonish, specializing in home products, gifts, jewellery, and seasonal decorations. The perfect shop to find unique gifts at a reasonable price.

Studio Rally studiorally.ca facebook.com/studiorally Visit Nova Scotia’s fine artists and craftspeople in their studios. See the fabulous region through their eyes and take home a treasure to remind you of your visit.

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Top Heritage & Cultural Attractions (Antigonish Town &  County) For more attractions in this area, see page 57.

Antigonish Heritage Museum 20 East Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-6160 / parl.ns.ca/aheritage Housed in a former station built by the CN Intercolonial Railway in 1908, this community museum features exhibits depicting the cultural heritage of Antigonish Town and County. Cape George Located at the head of the Cape George Hiking Trail is a one-room schoolhouse, converted into a museum, that displays artifacts and information on the heritage and culture of the area.

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The Coady International Institute St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish 902-867-3960 / 866-820-7835 coady.stfx.ca Established in 1959, this world-renowned institute is dedicated to identifying, developing, and disseminating knowledge on effective community development practices. Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire calls the Coady Institute a true Canadian success story: “[It is] a homegrown institute that is sowing the seeds of peace, prosperity, and justice around the world by engaging people, through education, to work together with their neighbours to strengthen their own communities from the inside out.”

Paq’tnkek Powwow Afton Learn first-hand about the culture, heritage, and deep-rooted traditions of this region’s first Mi’kmaq peoples at the Paq’tnkek First Nation’s annual traditional powwow.

Kiju’s boy drum group, Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

Heritage churches Downtown Antigonish offers architecture buffs three historical 19th-century churches to explore. Built between 1862 and 1864, St. James’ United on Main Street is the oldest of the three. Inside nearby St. Ninian’s Cathedral (built 1866– 1874), you’ll find hand-painted frescoes and finely detailed woodwork. And St. Paul the Apostle on Church Street, built in 1898, features lovely architectural details.

Bauer Theatre festivalantigonish.com Home to Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Theatre Antigonish, Bauer Theatre is one of the finest theatres in Nova Scotia, presenting over 100 performances of a dozen different shows at this yearround venue. The theatre is nestled in the beautiful campus of St. Francis Xavier University, a collegiate space alive with energy and pride of place.

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Also see shopping listings on pages 58 to 60 for details on artisans, galleries, and studio tours.

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Antigonish Highland Games 902-863-4275 antigonishhighlandgames.ca Arisaig Lobster Interpretive Centre Arisaig Point Road 902-863-9432 Enjoy the history of a lobster fishery with preserved models and interpretive panels on the life of the Atlantic Lobster. Open daily in July and August.

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Riverside International Speedway 101 Beaver Mountain Road, Antigonish 902-863-2410 / riversidespeedway.ca This 1/8-km oval track hosts pro stockcar racing and events, plus truck and tractor pulls.

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Ballantyne’s Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre 902-863-1727 Interpretive panels describe the life cycle of tuna and the history of tuna fishing off the Northumberland Shore. See a life-size tuna model and Fresnel lens from an 1800s lighthouse.

Arisaig Provincial Park Route 245. Fascinating geology; fossils can be seen in sedimentary rocks along the shore. Boardwalk to beach, fossil interpretive kiosk, walking trails, waterfalls, picnic tables, washrooms, 1-km trail.

Old Barn Gallery 71 Melanson Road, Upper Pomquet 902-386-2304 / oldbarngallery.ca Located at Beaver Dam Farm in Pomquet. View art in three galleries, surrounded by old-fashioned perennial gardens teeming with blooms. Specializing in contemporary abstract art, but have art to suit all tastes.

Bayfield Beach Provincial Park. Highway 104, Exit 36. Small roadside beach 24 km east of Pomquet, well protected with extensive sand bars at low tide. Change houses, picnic tables.

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Bauer Theatre 800-563-PLAY / festivalantigonish.com Festival Antigonish is proud to celebrate 30 years as the premier summer repertory theatre in Atlantic Canada. With a Main Stage series and a Family Stage, the festival presents professional live productions for all ages. More information and tickets available online. Check out this season’s lineup online and enjoy a play by some of Canada’s best writers, actors, technicians, and directors.

Beaver Mountain Provincial Park Highway 104, Exit 30, James River. Trail head for a 6-km mixed-use forest trail. Picnic tables. Livingstone’s Cove Sunset Beach Park Highway 337 Livingstone’s Cove Wharf. A safe beach with picnic tables, washrooms and fantastic sunsets. Open daily in the summer months. Pomquet Beach Provincial Park Taylor Road, off Highway 104. A calm-water, sandy beach almost 3 km long, it is backed by an extensive dune system. Water temperature can reach 20°C. Change houses, boardwalks. For more information on parks and beaches, visit: parks.gov.ns.ca.

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Trails

Marinas

Highland Heart Trails (Antigonish Town & County) Antigonish Landing Trail (4.8 km) Starting at the Antigonish Heritage Museum, this maintained gravel trail follows an abandoned road along the river.

Arisaig Marina 137 Arisaig Point Rd Box 5, Antigonish 902-863-8239 office, 902-863-9432 café 36 berths, deep-water marina with fresh water, power, video surveillance, free Wi-Fi, café, replica of the original Arisaig lighthouse with ice cream and souvenir shop, family friendly beach.

Arisaig Provincial Park Trail (1.6 km) Route 245. Starting at the interpretation centre, the winding trail loops towards the shore through a white spruce forest.

Ballantyne’s Cove Marina 902-863-8162 40 berths, electric and water, gas/diesel, washrooms, showers, laundry.

Beaver Mountain Provincial Park Trail (6 km) Off Hghway 104, James River (Exit 30). This maintained trail offers a breathtaking view of the Antigonish lowlands through a dense white spruce forest past an inactive beaver colony. Parking, washrooms.

Cribbon’s Point Marina 380 Cribbon’s Point Road 902-863-3907

Cape George Hiking Trail (38 km) Highway 337. This series of connected loops, varying in length and difficulty, totals 38 km and meanders through meadows and old-growth forests, to coastal hills affording spectacular views of St. Georges Bay.

Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore has a delightful selection of boutique-style shopping in historic downtown locations combined with modern full-service malls and department stores. The towns of Antigonish, Amherst, Pictou, New Glasgow, and Stellarton provide the most notable shopping districts in the region, though visitors will not want to miss the number of unique treasures waiting to be discovered in the coastal communities along the way. Pewter gifts and home décor, yarns and wool products, gourmet foods, award-winning wines, craft shops, and art galleries all await. Wheelchair accessible: W

Chez DesLaurier Trail, Pomquet (6 km) A coastal and inland walking trail located directly to the north of the Chez Deslaurier property. Maintained and administered by the Pomquet Development Society.

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Fairmont Ridge Hiking Trail (10.8 km) Highway 337. A series of stacked loops allows hikers to enjoy routes ranging from a short 20-minute, three-km stroll to a four-hour, 10.8-km hike. Mixed forest and pasture. Parking. Keppoch 193 Keppoch Road, Beaver Meadow, Antigonish County facebook.com/TheKeppoch On the outskirts of town, Keppoch Mountain is bustling with adventures. Visit its Facebook page for a list of year-round outdoor family fun activities from cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, and more. For those frosty days, enjoy a warm fire in the lodge after some outdoor activity. For detailed trail descriptions and maps, visit trails.gov.ns. For snowmobile trails visit snowmobilersns.com.

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(Antigonish Town & County) Antigonish Market Square 133 Church Street, Antigonish 902-863-1596 / antigonishmall.com Retail mall anchored by Canadian Tire, Sobeys, Cleve’s Sporting Goods, and a Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation outlet. Knoydart Cheese Farm 7037 Route 245, Pictou County 902-867-1305 / 902-318-1110 knoydart@tncweb.ca Knoydart Farm is a certified-organic dairy farm overlooking the coastline of the Northumberland Strait. Over the years, the owners transitioned the farm to organic and added the cheese-making facility. Organic Gloucester and Caerphilly cheeses in a variety of flavours, including peppercorn, garlic,


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dill-caraway, and cranberry are all produced there. Find the cheeses at specialty stores in the Maritimes, including the Prissy Pig in Antigonish, Antigonish Farmers’ Market, New Glasgow Farmers’ Market, Tatamagouch Farmers’ Market, Pete’s Frootique stores and select Sobeys stores. Cheeses are also available at farm gate, but please call ahead. Eckova Film and Media Production 4A Pottery Lane, Antigonish 902-338-3434 / eckova.ca davies@eckova.ca Writing, photography, and video for travel destinations, non-profits, and small businesses. Internet solutions, website, social media, design, consulting, and training. Simply Ducky Designs 365 Southside Harbour Road, Antigonish 902-735-5251 / simplyduckydesigns.ca Founded in 2009 by Crispin Cornect, Simply Ducky creates websites for local businesses, providing print and print design services, social media consultation, and technology instruction.

Steinhart Distillery 5963 Highway 245, Arisaig 902-863-5530 / steinhartdistillery.com info@steinhartdistillery.com Thomas Steinhart continues a 300-year-old family distilling tradition from the Black Forest of Germany right here on his farm in Arisaig in Antigonish County. Steinhart’s prides itself on the process of creating international awardwinning maple vodka, habanero vodka, and gin from locally sourced ingredients without the addition of chemicals, artificial flavours or sugars. Thomas and his staff are enthusiastic to share samples, tour visitors around the facility or welcome guests at one of the chalets for a few days to learn the art of distilling hands-on. The Posh Peppermint Home and Gifts 200 Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-4663 facebook.com/theposhpepperminthomeandgifts Quaint shop on Main Street in Antigonish, specializing in home products, gifts, jewellery, and seasonal decorations. The perfect shop to find unique gifts at a reasonable price.

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Granny’s Antiques & Gifts 7 Adam Street, Antigonish 902-807-1177 facebook.com/granny.antiques Granny’s Antiques & Gifts buys and sells antiques and collectibles. It has a variety of country and primitive home décor. It carries local products from Cornect Honey Products, Haveracres Farm Maple Products, Grohmann Knives, Acadian Maple Products and sells homemade pickles, jams, pepper jelly, and salsas.

Golf Courses Antigonish Golf and Country Club Antigonish 902-863-2228 / antigonishgolfclub.ns.ca 18-hole, par 72.

Dining The Northumberland Shore offers a wonderful selection of dining experiences to suit all tastes and occasions and is known for a variety of culinary treats—from lobster and wine to blueberries and maple syrup. Choose from the following selection of restaurants and dining options that await your visit. Wheelchair accessible: W

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Brownstone 244 Main Street, Antigonish 902-735-3225 / brownstonecafe.ca An excellent selection of food in a relaxing atmosphere. Gabrieau’s Bistro 350 Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-1925 / gabrieaus.com Experience world-class cuisine in the heart of Antigonish. Chef Mark Gabrieau and his culinary team create decadent creations that will please any palate. Winner of Taste of Nova Scotia’s Restaurant of the Year for Chef Inspired Fine Dining. Recommended by Where to Eat in Canada. Justamere Cafe 137 Church Street, Antigonish 902-863-1050 / claymoreinn.com A full-service restaurant specializing in steak and seafood, served in a comfortable atmosphere.

The Main Street Café and Lounge 158 Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-4001 / maritimeinns.com Enjoy delicious breakfasts and dinners in an award-winning dining room. Townhouse Brewpub and Eatery 76 College Street, Antigonish 902-863-2248 antigonishtownhouse.wordpress.com A cozy, bustling neighbourhood pub with a focus on great local food and NS craft beers. Cask-conditioned British style ales brewed on site. Open from 4 p.m.

Campgrounds Highland Heart Campgrounds (Antigonish Town & County) Hyclass Ocean Campground 11370 Route 4, Linwood 902-232-3117 / 866-892-3117 hyclass-campground.com Quiet family campground with 74 sites, including unserviced lots and pull-through RV sites with power, water, and sewer hook-up, plus two rustic camp cabins with ocean view, and cottage and RV rentals available. Whidden Park Campground and Cottages 4 Park Lane, Antigonish 866-263-3736 / 902-863-3736 whiddens.com 154 campsites conveniently located in downtown Antigonish. Power (30 amp), water, and sewer hook-ups available. Five cottage rentals fully equipped with full-size kitchen and two bedooms. Antigonish’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment all within walking distance. Linwood Campground 11089 Highway 4, Linwood 866-661-9145 / linwoodcampground.com Extra-large oceanview sites. 36 overnight sites plus two seasonal. 31 x 3 way hook-up and seven unserviced. Pull-throughs available. Open and wooded campground. Pay showers, laundromat, free Wi-Fi, ice, fireplaces, wood. Playground, walking trail to ocean, beach swimming, and restaurant within five kilometres.


Accommodations Find the perfect home away from home near the warm waters of the Northumberland Shore. Accommodations range from full-service hotels and clean, comfortable motels, to seaside cottages and cozy B&Bs, to luxury resorts, and charming country inns. Find the Nova Scotia getaway that best suits you. Wheelchair accessible: W

Highland Heart Accommodations (Antigonish Town & County) Antigonish Evergreen Inn 401 Highway 245, Antigonish 902-863-0830 / 888-821-5566 antigonishevergreeninn.com Catering to business and leisure travellers, with eight air-conditioned rooms, Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and personalized service. Antigonish Victorian Inn 149 Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-1103 / antigonishvictorianinn.ca Fully restored Victorian mansion offers 10 charming bedrooms and two apartments set on several hectares of parkland.

Keppoch Inn 3055 Highway 4, Antigonish 902-863-4842 /877-339-8544 keppochinn.ca Family-operated motel with 14 units, one housekeeping cottage and one housekeeping cabin.

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Maritime Inns & Resort 158 Main Street, Antigonish 902-863-4001 / 888-662-7484 maritimeinns.com Antigonish’s only full-service four-star downtown hotel, offering 32 well-appointed guest rooms, dining room and lounge, meeting facilities, and Wi-Fi. Ocean Front Shanties 284 Cribbons Road, Antigonish 902-867-1985 / oceanfrontshanties.ca Six two-bedroom cottages each offer great views of St. Georges Bay, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, kitchens, and access to local attractions. St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish 902-867-2855 / stfx.ca Up to 1,218 residence units, occupied by students during the school year, are available for visitors during the summer.

Claymore Inn & Suites 137 Church Street, Antigonish 902-863-1050 / 888-863-1050 claymoreinn.com Seventy-four deluxe, air-conditioned, environmentally friendly rooms. Dining room and indoor pool. Coastal Inn Antigonish 4789 Highway 4, Antigonish 902-863-3730 / 800-665-7829 coastalinns.com Thirty-five air-conditioned drive-up units featuring fridges, microwaves, Wi-Fi. Homeward Inns of Canada 41 James Street, Antigonish 902-863-4212 / 800-251-0008 homewardinnscanada.com Forty-three air-conditioned guest rooms and family suites offer Wi-Fi and modern conveniences. W

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Amherst Nova Scotia’s to Tatamagouche Highland Heart (Antigonish Town & County)

Azelia Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast 309 Connors Road, Clydesdale 902-863-4262 / bbcanada.com/7409.html Restored farmhouse with a panoramic view; two air-conditioned guest rooms with private bath, TV, Internet.


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Nova Scotia Tuna Charters Interested in fighting some of the biggest fish in the sea? Look no further than Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Tuna Charters Association nstunacharters.ca Anderson Strait Fisheries Ltd. Captain Allan Anderson 13692 Highway 4, Havre Boucher 902-747-3270 / 902-227-5913 hookedonbluefintunacharters.com Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters Captain John Gavin 5323 Highway 337, Antigonish 902-870-2963 / 902-863-1128 giantbluefintunacharters.ca tunacharters@seasidehighspeed.com

MacDougall Bluefin Tuna Charters Captain Dan MacDougall Cribbon’s Point Harbour, Antigonish 902-863-6989 macdougallbluefintunacharters.ca info@macdougallbluefintunacharters.ca MacInnis Bluefin Charters Captain Steve MacInnis Arisaig Point Road, Arisaig 902-863-1509 / 902-870-4776 macinnisbluefincharters.com steviemacinnis@yahoo.ca

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Hey Mans Honey Tuna Charters Captain Darrell Neary Highway 337 Ballantyne’s Cove Wharf Road, Antigonish 902-863-5774 heymanshoneytunacharters.ca heymanshoney@gmail.com

. We are also at the Pictou Rotary VIC. Visit us at www.nnseafoods.ca or

Logan’s fish Market


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Your Hometown Advantage Proudly serving your grocery needs in Tatamagouche 124 Main Street, 902-657-3099 Open 8am–9pm Your North Shore experience starts here.

245 Main St., Tatamagouche, NS Artisans’ masterpieces, souvenirs & wide selection of local products

902-657-2033 jackandellas.ca


Located across from Northumberland fisheries museum, on the Pictou waterfront.

902-485-1047 Check us out on Facebook

Artisans’ Corner 27 Water Street, Pictou

902 485-2593 A showcase of work by the artisans of Nova Scotia Mon-Fri 10 to 5 | Sat 10 to 4 Extended summer hours!

1 & 12 Water Street

Handcrafted ales

Pictou NS

No artificial flavours or preservatives. Just great tasting beer.

902-485-8588

2623 HIGHWAY 376, LYONS BROOK 902-382-BREW uncleleosbrewery.ca

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NORTHUMBERLAND FISHERIES MUSEUM “Where the salt of the earth meets the salt of the sea” Open Mid June – Mid October Tours available Working lobster hatchery, artifacts, displays, replica lighthouse Ask us about adopting a Stage 4 Baby Lobster

21 Caladh Avenue, Pictou 902-485-8925 northumberlandfisheriesmuseum.ca

902-485-4563 902-485-4563 || 86 86& &100 100Haliburton HaliburtonRoad, Road,Pictou Pictou www.mccullochcentre.ca www.mccullochcentre.ca @MccullochCentre @MccullochCentre

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HIGHLAND HEART OF NOVA SCOTIA townofantigonish.ca antigonishcounty.ns.ca

NEW LOCATION OPEN 7 Days A Week All Year

Antigonish Heritage Museum Open

Year Round

7 Adams Street, East of Main Street

902-867-1177

Antigonish, NS

China, Furniture, Old Toys, Crystal, Art, Retro Signs, Antiques, Xmas Items Local Honey, Blueberry & Maple Syrup & Grohmann Knives

“Stop By And Be Amazed”

Email: antheritage@parl.ns.ca www.heritageantigonish.ca Tel: 902-863-6160

Weekly Ceilidhs July & August

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Four Star. Full Service.

158 Main Street • 902-863-4001

Quiet downtown location just minutes from highway • Free wireless internet Renowned Taste of Nova Scotia dining

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1-888-662-7484 Reserve instantly online

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COMFORT IS WHAT WE DO.

Treat yourself to our luxurious suites, where comfort and convenience meet and a relaxing stay begins just steps from beautiful downtown Antigonish. • Single and double suites available • Private bathrooms • Full-sized fridges, microwave and TV in every suite • Gourmet-style kitchens • Full laundry facilities • Free wireless internet access • Full air conditioning and room control • Pool and Fitness Centre TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION: Toll Free: 1.877.782.9289 Email: stay@stfx.ca www.stfx.ca/accommodations


Pugwash & Area


Open year round. Free wifi

Cumberland County Exhibition Aug. 28- Sept. 1 Oxford, Nova Scotia

11054 Highway 6, Pugwash

902-305-4242

Check out facebook for hours and daily lunch menu. 902-243-2156 10480 Durham Street, Pugwash, NS

facebook.com/MacFarlaneLantern macfarlanelantern.wixsite.com/lantern

Since 1867

Since 1951

Since 1867

Since 1951

Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Pugwash, NS Since 1867 Since 1951 Since 1867

Pugwash, NS

Gathering of the Clans

Since 1951

Monday, JulyPipe 2nd, 2018 HighlandMonday, Dance Competition, & Drum Competition Gathering July of the2nd, Clans2018 Heavyweight Exhibition Games Pugwash, Highland Dance Competition, PipeNS &NS Drum Competition Pugwash, Street Vendors, Carnival Rides, Antique Vehicle Show & Shine Heavyweight Exhibition Games Gathering of the Clans Music Entertainment on Eaton Stage

Gathering of theDrum Clans StreetHighland Vendors, Carnival Rides, Antique Vehicle Show & Shine Day Pass: $5 adults / $3&students Dance Competition, Pipe Competition 8amExhibition to 9pm Highland Dance Competition, Pipe & Drum Music Entertainment on Eaton StageCompetition Heavyweight Games Heavyweight Exhibition Games Street Vendors, Rides, Antique Vehicle Show & Shine DayCarnival Pass: $5 adults / $3 students Canada Day Street Vendors, Rides, Antique 8am to 9pm Free admission MusicCarnival Entertainment on Eaton Vehicle Stage Show & Shine Pancake breakfast Music Entertainment onstudents Eaton Stage Day Pass: $5 adults / $3 Day GrandCanada Parade and Fireworks 8am 9pm Day Pass: $5to adults / $3 students Free admission 8am to 9pm www.pugwashvillage.com (p) 920 243 2946

Canada Day Pancake breakfast Free admission Canada Day @PugwashGOTC Grand Parade and Fireworks

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Pancake Free breakfast admission

Grand Parade and Fireworks www.pugwashvillage.com (p) 920 243 2946 Pancake breakfast

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100 years of showcasing our rural life facebook.com/cumberlandex cumberlandcountyexhibition.com 902 447 3285


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Festivals and Events

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Festivals and events are an integral part of the culture on the Northumberland Shore. Rarely is there a lull in the schedule of community celebrations. From Highland games, clan gatherings, and sporting events, to culinary and cultural festivals—folks here take advantage of any excuse to celebrate and show visitors a good time. Dates are subject to change: confirm with the local visitor information centre before finalizing your plans.

JANUARY TO APRIL Every Saturday New Glasgow Farmers Market New Glasgow

April–December Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market at Creamery Square Tatamagouche

April 21 Rotary Pizza Fest at Pictou County Wellness Centre New Glasgow

First Friday of the Month First Friday Screenings with Antigonish International Film Fest. Antigonish

April 9 Tartan Day Pictou

April 21 Battle of Culloden Memorial Knoydart


Lobster Carnival Boat Races

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MAY

May 5 New Glasgow Art at Night New Glasgow May-December Antigonish Farmers’ Market (Every Saturday) Antigonish May 13 Miss Miles Mother’s Day 5K at Glasgow Square New Glasgow

May–October Pugwash Farmer’ Market Pugwash May–December Merigomish Market and Café Every Sunday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Merigomish Community Centre Merigomish May 18 Devour! Food Film Fun Weekend at Fox Harb’r Fox Harbour

May 19 Tidal Bay Release Party at Jost Winery Malagash May 19 Fisherama Trenton Park May 21 Joe Earle Victoria Day Road Races Trenton

Cycling

Festivals & Events

May 3 Marathon of Respect and Equality (M.O.R.E) Pictou County


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Simpsons Beach, Pictou

JUNE June 1–3 Pictou Landing First Nations Powwow Pictou Landing June 2 Pictou County Relay for Life at Glasgow Square New Glasgow June 2 Mentally Challenged Day at LORDA Park Lansdowne

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June 2 Northumbeerfest Pictou Lodge June 9–10 Fun Show of the East Antique Car Show – Parkdale New Glasgow June 9 Salomon Wascully Wabbit Trail Run Folly Lake June 15 Spring Girlfriends Weekend Getaway at Fox Harb’r Fox Harbour

June 23 June 16–September 16 Pictou Seaside Marketplace- Summers Here Celebration New Caledonia Curling Club Trenton Park Pictou June 23–July 1 Westville Canada Days June 16 Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick Westville GMC 150 Race at Riverside June 24 International Speedway Cumberland County Car James River Antigonish Club Show & Shine Amherst June 16 Summer Solstice at Jost June 24 Winery North End Rec Centre Bustin’ Malagash Out for Summer Party New Glasgow June 16–17 Johnny Miles Running Event June 29 Weekend Canada Day Seniors Tea New Glasgow Stellarton June 22–August 17 June 29 Antigonish Art Fair (every Multicultural Day 2nd Friday) at Chisholm Park Amherst Antigonish June 30 June 22–23 Pre-Canada Day Music Mountain Country Celebrations Weekend New Glasgow Thorburn June 23 Cross Border Challenge Amherst


JULY July 7 Black Battalion Ceremony Pictou

July 1 Canada Day Celebrations Amherst

July 7 19th Annual Read by the Sea Literary Festival River John

July 1–2 SCA Annual Medieval Event at LORDA Park Lansdowne July 1–8 155th Antigonish Highland Games (July 6th–8th main weekend) Antigonish July 1–August 27 Summer Musical Showcase (every Sunday and Monday) Hector Marina Pictou

July 7 Oxford Strawberry Festival Trail & Road Race Oxford July 7 Evans & Doherty at Jost Winery New Glasgow

July 18 Run for the Lobster Running Event Pictou July 20–21 Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival New Glasgow July 20–21 Music Mountain Blues Weekend Thorburn July 21–22 Melmerby Triathlon Melmerby Beach

July 12 10th Anniversary at the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market New Glasgow

July 21 Cool Water Live at Jost Winery Malagash

July 1–September 2 River John Sunday Markets at Lismore Sheep Farm River John

July 12–14 IWK 250 Super Weekend at Riverside International Speedway James River Antigonish

July 22–28 River John Festival Days River John

July 2 Gathering of the Clans Pugwash

July 12–15 Festival of the Tartans New Glasgow

July 2 Word Play Children’s Literary Festival River John

July 12–15 Trenton FunFest 30th Anniversary Trenton

July 3–August 25 Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre Antigonish

July 13–15 Bordertown Biker Bash Amherst

July 3–August 30 Festival of Summer Sounds Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at deCoste Centre Pictou July 6–8 Pictou Lobster Carnival Pictou

July 14–15 7th Annual Seafoam Lavender Festival Seafoam July 14 Summer Festival at Jost Winery Malagash

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July 22 Lismore Sheep Farm & Wool Festival Day River John July 25–29 Stellarton Homecoming Stellarton July 28 Luau @ the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market New Glasgow July 28 Furlong & Smith at Jost Winery Malagash July 31–August 4 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games Antigonish Festivals & Events

July 1 Canada Day Celebrations Pictou


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Lavender Farm


Cuties on a Beach

Photo: Sarah McInnis

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AUGUST

August 4 Alycia Putnam at Jost Winery Malagash August 4–5 Northumberland Quilt Guild Show & Sale Pictou

August 11–12 Annual Harbourfest Pugwash

August 19 Music at LORDA Park Lansdowne

August 12 Hopewell Ceilidh Hopewell

August 23–26 Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival and Kite Festival Amherst

August 17–18 Nascar Weekend at Riverside International Speedway James River Antigonish

August 24–25 Blacktop Ball The Ponds Merigomish

August 6 Natal Day Celebrations Pictou

August 17–18 Music Mountain Rock Weekend Thorburn

August 25 Furlong & Smith at Jost Winery Malagash

August 9 to 11 Pictou County Seniors Festival Trenton Park

August 17–September 1 Annual Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival Oxford

August 28–September 1 100 years of the Cumberland County Exhibition Oxford

August 11 Toadstock Motorcycle Festival East Wallace

August 18 Blueberry Festival at Jost Winery Malagash

August 31–September 15 Antigonight: Art after Dark Festival Antigonish

August 11 Signal Hill at Jost Winery Malagash

August 19–26 TataFest Festival of Soil, Soul & Society Tatamagouche

Festivals & Events

August 3–5 22nd Annual Riverfront Jubilee New Glasgow


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SEPTEMBER September 8 10th Annual Multicultural Fusion Festival at Glasgow Square New Glasgow

September 2 Jay Fraser Memorial Show & Shine Westville

September 8 Lucas Oil 150 Race at Riverside International Speedway James River Antigonish

September 5–9 Pictou North Colchester Exhibition Pictou

September 8–9 Pictou County Kennel Club Dog Show, Trenton Park

September 15 Maritime Stomp Fest at Jost Winery Malagash September 16 Terry Fox Run Pictou September 28–29 38th Annual Oktoberfest Tatamagouche September 28–30 New Glasgow Culture Days New Glasgow

September 15 Antigonight: Art after Dark Festival Outdoor Finale Antigonish

Lobster Carnival Boat Races

Photo: NS Racing Association

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September 1–29 28th Annual Pictou County Artists Association Show & Sale at Northumberland Fisheries Museum Pictou


OCTOBER October 9–13 Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival Amherst October 13 Harvest Festival at Jost Winery Malagash

October 20 New Glasgow Farmers’ Market All Hallow’s Ball “Nightmare on Glasgow St.” New Glasgow

October 26–27 Antigonish International Film Festival Antigonish

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October 27 Harvest Time Festival New Glasgow

NOVEMBER November 10 Christmas Open House at Jost Winery Malagash November 16 Tree Lighting at Victoria Square Amherst

November 17 Amherst Christmas Parade Amherst November 17–18 Christmas at the deCoste Pictou

November 21 New Glasgow Farmers’ Market Special Weekday Markets New Glasgow

DECEMBER December 2 Christmas Sunday Market at Lismore Sheep Farm River John

December 1 Winter Wonderland Gala New Glasgow Farmers’ Market New Glasgow

December 7 Christmas Light Up Pictou

December 19 New Glasgow Farmers’ Market Special Weekday Markets New Glasgow December 31 5th Annual Family Fist New Years’ Eve Amherst

Keppoch Mountain

Section Head Festivals & Events

December 1 20th Annual Westville Parade of Lights Westville


New Glasgow Farmers’ Market

Warden Robert Parker and the Council of the Municipality of the County of Pictou extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. We hope you enjoy your stay and return again to our picturesque and friendly county.

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Possibilities blossom on trails that wind along scenic riverbanks, in kayaks that give you a peaceful way to explore, at restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops for every taste and pleasure, in heritage architecture rich with tales of history, with music that entertains – sometimes for days at a time. And in our warm, friendly atmosphere you’ll discover why we love it here. Come to New Glasgow. flourish.

www.newglasgow.ca /NewGlasgowNovaScotia

@NewGlasgowNS

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