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Explore the most southern tip in Nova Scotia Relax on our 6 beautiful white sand beaches Uncover the mystery of the Shag Harbour UFO Row a traditional Nova Scotian dory Climb the stairs of a lighthouse Be a lumberjack for the day Discover our historic past Savour fresh seafood & more in the Lobster Capital of Canada!

Create your #visitbarrington moments this summer!


2.5 hours from Halifax, 2 hours from Digby & less than an hour from Yarmouth


A tiny town with a big to-do list!

✓ Sweet Ride Cycling ✓ Haskapa ✓ Suttles & Seawinds ✓ Amos Pewter ✓ Saltbox Brewing Co. ✓ Mug & Anchor Pub

✓ Oh My Cod! ✓ Rebecca’s Restaurant ✓ The Dog Shop Bathhouse & Boutique ✓ South Shore Boat Tours


Between the two of us, we’ve got the Best of the South Shore covered. Today is going to be the BEST day! From here, you can go paddling, golfing, hiking, whale watching, wine tasting, antiquing, and eat your fill of fresh, local seafood. Best Western Plus Bridgewater and Liverpool are both ideally situated for day trips and spontaneous adventures up and down the beautiful South Shore. Spend your days exploring UNESCO sites, and your evenings relaxing in our spacious, modern rooms. Park, unwind, swim, sleep, wake up, and do it all again!

• Free HOT breakfast • Free wifi • Indoor pool • Pets welcome • Fitness Centre

Best Western Plus Liverpool Hotel & Conference Centre Liverpool, Nova Scotia


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Yours to treasure

Rolling woodlands, lakes and rivers give way to one of the most beautiful, island-studded coastlines anywhere. Discover our bounty of riches...only 45 minutes from Halifax.


Table of Contents

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Welcome ................................................. 9 General Information............................. 10–11 Visitor Information Centres ...................10 Important Numbers............................. 11 Internet Access.................................... 11 Smoke-free Places............................... 11 Pubs and Lounges............................... 11 Getting Here.......................................12–13 Points of Entry.....................................12 Approximate Touring Distances Along Scenic Route (map)..........................13 Information for Drivers..........................13 The South Shore..................................14–15 Explore Our Four Seasons....................16 Spring............................................16 Summer .........................................17 Fall ................................................18 Winter ...........................................19

Don’t Miss Attractions ...................20–23 Shining a Light: the South Shore’s Lighthouse Route ......................24–25 Culinary Experiences 2017............. 26–31 St. Margaret’s Bay–Lunenburg .............32–39 Top 5 Photo Opportunities.................. 33 Recommended Scenic Drive ............... 34 Top 5 Outdoor Activities..................... 35 Top 5 Locals’ Picks ........................36–37 Top 5 Festivals & Events...................... 38 Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions.....................38–39 Map…............................ Centre foldout map Bridgewater–Liverpool ........................40–45 Recommended Scenic Drive ............... 40 Top 5 Photo Opportunities ..................41 Top 5 Outdoor Activities..................... 42 Top 5 Locals’ Picks ............................. 43

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Top 5 Festivals & Events ..................... 44 Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions ... 45 Port Joli–Wood’s Harbour.....................46–53 NOVA SCOTIA’S Recommended Scenic Drive................ 46 Top 5 Photo Opportunities.................. 47 Top 5 Outdoor Activities..................... 48 Top 5 Locals’ Picks ............................. 49 Top 5 Festivals & Events...................... 50 Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions................................ 51–52 Explore our Great Outdoors.................54–63 Beaches and Provincial Parks ..........55–57

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Golf Courses ..................................... 57 Kayaking......................................58–59 Marinas........................................59–60 Trails............................................60–62 U-picks and Farmers’ Markets..........62–63 Festivals and Events ............................64–69 Directory...........................................70–78 Accommodations .........................70–72 Craft Breweries & Wineries .................. 73 Dining ......................................... 74–75 Municipalities.............................. 76–77 Shops & Services.......................... 77–78 All photos courtesy of Tourism Nova Scotia unless otherwise indicated. Cover photo: Bluenose II in Lunenburg Photo Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia Insets: Christmas on the Mersey, Baccaro Point Lighthouse, Ross Farm Museum Photo credits: David Dobson, Marsha Bateman, Ross Farm Museum

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iscover a coastline rich in sandy beaches, fishing ports, World Heritage Sites, and lighthouses of the South Shore, rated one of the top coastal destinations by National Geographic Traveler. We are four seasons of adventure—paddling, cycling, surfing, and hiking year-round. Whether you are arriving on the ferry in Yarmouth, or exploring out from Halifax, you have the opportunity to get off the beaten track: follow the Lighthouse Route along the South Shore to discover the best of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to offer you this comprehensive visitor and activity guide to the best of the South Shore. Welcome to our region—find your adventure, eat with us, and stay a while. We hope you will experience your best adventures ever on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

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South Shore Tourism If you have feedback about this guide or your experiences in our region, contact us at

Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) 2089 Maitland Street Halifax, N.S. B3K 2Z8 800-948-4267 Thank you to our partners who have contributed to this visitor guide.

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General Information Visitor Information Centres Barrington


2517 Highway 3 902-637-2625

Waterfront 902-424-4248

Town of Bridgewater & District of Lunenburg


125 Cornwall Road, Highway 324 Blockhouse, Exit 11 off Highway 103 902-530-4677

Caledonia 9874 Highway 8 902-682-2470


Clark’s Harbour 2634 Highway 330 902-745-2586

32 Henry Hensey Drive 902-354-5421

Lockeport 157 Locke Street 902-656-3123


Chester Lunenburg Basin

11 Blockhouse Hill Road 902-634-8100

Mahone Bay 165 Edgewater Street 902-624-6151

Peggy’s Cove 109 Peggy’s Point Road 902-823-2253

Shelburne 43 Dock Street 902-875-4547


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Most Visitor Information Centres are open from mid-May to mid-October (subject to change). Call the above numbers or 800-565-0000 or visit



Privateer Days

Public Internet access is available at most Visitor Information Centres and public libraries throughout the region. Look for the @ and C@P Internet access symbols on highway signs.

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.

Pubs and Lounges Those under the age of 19 years are only permitted in pubs or lounges prior to 9 p.m. and must be dining with their parents or guardians.

Important numbers Calling long distance in Nova Scotia requires dialing 1-902 area code before the number. If you are calling locally, simply omit the 1. Emergency / 911 Police, fire and medical emergencies. Non-emergency Medical Information / 811 Environment Canada Weather Information 902-426-9090 For detailed information, pricing, and help with reservations, please call 800-565-0000 or visit

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Getting Here Arrive by air Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Halifax has daily flights to and from other provinces. Travel south on Highway 102 towards Halifax/Dartmouth. Take Exit 3 for Route 213 at Hammonds Plains, then merge onto Highway 103 towards Yarmouth or the Peggy’s Cove area and the South Shore.

Arrive by land Amherst: Arrive from New Brunswick via the Trans Canada Highway. Travel south on Highway 104 to Truro, then south on Highway 102 towards Halifax. Take Exit 3 for Route 213. From Route 213 at Hammonds Plains, merge onto Highway 103 towards Yarmouth or the Peggy’s Cove area and the South Shore.

Arrive by sea

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Caribou (Pictou): Arrive from Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, by ferry (75-minute crossing). From Caribou travel Highway 104 west to Truro, then south on Highway 102 towards Halifax. Take Exit 3 for Route 213. From Route 213 at Hammonds Plains, merge onto Highway 103 towards Yarmouth or the Peggy’s Cove area and the South Shore. Digby: Arrive by ferry from Saint John, New Brunswick (2.5-hour crossing). Travel on Highway 101 to Exit 22 at Lequille. Turn south on Highway 8, travelling to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and Liverpool on the South Shore. Alternatively, travel on Highway 101 to Exit 18 at Middleton. Turn onto Highway 10 and travel south to Bridgewater and the South Shore, which extends east on Highway 103 to St. Margaret’s Bay and west towards Shelburne. Alternatively, leave Digby via Highway 1 /Highway 101 to Yarmouth. At Yarmouth, travel Highway

103 south to Barrington, and then east along the South Shore to Peggy’s Cove and Halifax. North Sydney: Arrive from Newfoundland by ferry and travel Highway 105 to the Canso Causeway leading to mainland Nova Scotia. Pick up Highway 104 west leading towards Truro. Turn south on Highway 102 towards Halifax. From Highway 102, take Exit 3 for Route 213 at Hammonds Plains then merge onto Highway 103 towards Yarmouth or the Peggy’s Cove area and the South Shore Yarmouth: Bay Ferries is operating a seasonal ferry service called The Cat between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Arrive from Portland by ferry and travel scenic Lighthouse Route 3 or travel Highway 103 south to Barrington, and then east along the South Shore. UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere

Kejimkujik Nation and National Histo of Canada Tobeatic Wilderness Area


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Approximate touring distances along scenic route (map) Halifax to Liverpool: ............. 148 km (1 hr 50 mins) Halifax to New Ross:.......................... 90 km (1 hr) Halifax to Kejimkujik National Park: ..................... 167 km (2 hrs 15 mins) Halifax to Peggy’s Cove: ...............45 km (45 mins) Peggy’s Cove to Chester: ................. 100 km (1 hr) Chester to Mahone Bay: ...............25 km (25 mins) Peggy’s Cove to Mahone Bay: ....................... 120 km (1 hr 25 mins) Mahone Bay to Lunenburg: ............11 km (10 mins) Lunenburg to Liverpool: ......... 67 km (1 hr 10 mins) Liverpool to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site: ...... 70 km (1 hr 15 mins) Liverpool to Shelburne: ..........89 km (1 hr 20 mins) Shelburne to Barrington: .............. 34 km (25mins) Barrington to Clark’s Harbour: .......20 km (20 mins) Clark’s Harbour to Shag Harbour: ..22 km (20 mins)

Information for drivers Speed limits and distances are metric (1 kilometre = 0.62 miles). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within

urban and residential areas is 50 km/h (31 mph) and 100 km/h (60 mph) on the highway. 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 youth under 19. Child safety seats are required for children weighing 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 for more information. Please allow at least one metre space from cyclists; drivers can cross yellow line if it is safe to do so.



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The South Shore Explore Nova Scotia’s South Shore, rated one of the top coastal destinations by National Geographic Traveler, and experience a unique way of life that’s been shaped by the sea and the spirit of our people. History and culture await you around every curve in the road. The aptly named Lighthouse Route traces the shoreline from St. Margaret’s Bay to Wood’s Harbour.

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Venture into our quaint small towns, like Lunenburg, Liverpool, and Shelburne, whose historic streetscapes, charming architecture, and lively waterfronts are so unchanged that you’ll feel as though you’ve just entered a centuries-wide time warp. Old Town Lunenburg, the best surviving example of British planned colonial settlement in North America, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a tour through its steep streets, lined with colourful wooden buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century. Step aboard a locally built Cape Islander and experience how generations have made their living fishing for lobster. Immerse yourself in our shimmering natural environment: breathe the clean ocean air while strolling a pristine

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Bird watching on Bon Portage Island

Peggy’s Cove

Photo: Christopher Stoddard

En route, you’ll see dozens of historic lighthouses proudly standing watch along this rugged coast, serving as beacons to guide sailors and fishermen safely to port.

Surfing at Western Head

Southwest Nova Scotia is one of the best birding destinations in Canada, supporting a diversity of species. Cape Sable Island has been designated an important breeding and migration site for the endangered piping plover. Some of the best birdwatching can be done at Sand Beach in Western Head and Kejimkujik Seaside. Too bad’s no longer a secret that Nova Scotia, and especially the South Shore, has some of the best surfing spots in the North Atlantic. The heart of our region, and the centre of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site abound with untamed natural beauty, wildlife, and Mi’kmaw history. Travel through time with a Mi’kmaw interpreter to explore petroglyphs etched by the first people or paddle the Mersey River, an ancient Mi’kmaw waterway. Or at night,

take in the stars and the universe at the Dark Sky Preserve, one of the best night sky views in North America. Back along the shore, visit Kejimkujik Seaside as well as Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. Sand dunes, secluded beaches, and some of the finest surfing opportunities are in Queens County and in Lockeport. Surf at White Point, where the best waves are August through November. In this region, you’ll also be delighted to discover some of the country’s best golf courses, world-renowned fine dining, incredible boutique shopping, and engaging live theatre and music. Browse our art galleries and crafters’ studios for just the right memento of your visit. And stop by one of our myriad festivals: Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair, New Ross Christmas Festival, Chester Race Week, The Big Ex in Bridgewater, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Lunenburg Folk Art Festival, Boxwood Music Festival, Privateer Days, Liverpool, Shelburne Lobster Festival, and The Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song in Lockeport.

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beach, listen to the waves crashing into cliff-side sea caves in Ovens Natural Park, explore salt marshes and tidal inlets teeming with shorebirds, or book a boat tour to spot whales, seals, and porpoises playing in the surf offshore.

Photo: Colin Machaffie



Explore Our Four Seasons Nova Scotia’s South Shore region boasts four distinct and spectacular seasons offering unique experiences and outdoor adventures. Our weather is moderate, neither extremely cold nor extremely hot. Daily temperatures fluctuate according to proximity to the ocean. Appropriate clothing in season (a pullover, knit sweater or light jacket for layering) will ensure you are always comfortable.

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Expect temperatures to range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Bring your appetite to the lobster capital of Canada for the 30th-annual Shelburne County Lobster Festival. From June 2 to 4, this tasty crustacean is served up in all kinds of mouth-watering ways. Enjoy dancing, music, sports tournaments, and fun-filled pageants all with a lobster theme!

Glide through the sheltered coves, inlets and offshore islands of St. Margaret’s Bay on a guided sea-kayaking excursion from Freewheeling Adventures. The crystal-clear water under your paddle will astound you. 902-857-3600 / 800-672-0775 Paddlers of all levels of experience will enjoy exploring an ancient Mi’kmaw waterway by canoe or kayak on the Mersey River. Biking and hiking adventures are also available. Book multi-sport adventures through Liverpool Adventure Outfitters. 902-354-2702


Trot in Time Buggy Rides, Lunenburg

Summer Connecting the picturesque LaHave Islands to the mainland, Crescent Beach offers a wonderful curve of fine sand that stretches out from the shore to Georges Island. It is especially popular with windsurfers, and has recently seen a few kite surfers. Calling all surfers and anyone looking for a refreshing dip. Explore Old Town Lunenburg in style. Head down to Bluenose Drive on the waterfront and hail Basil Oickle. He’ll take you on a delightful horse-andbuggy ride through history. 902-634-8917 / Explore Lunenburg on foot. The Essential Lunenburg Tour is a great way to start your visit. This gentle downhill stroll places the world-famous town’s colourful history against a backdrop of stunning architecture, cultural tidbits, and fun facts, all woven together with lots of unique personal stories. The Haunted Lunenburg Tour explores the town from a different perspective. 902-521-6867

With a multitude of points, reefs, and beach breaks, the Atlantic coast of Queens County provides some of the finest surfing challenges on the eastern seaboard. You’ll find the best waves from August to late November when numerous tropical storms pound the southern coast, sending warm water our way. For information on the availability of lessons from the Rossignol Surf Shop at White Point Beach Resort, contact 902-354-7100 A warm Mahone Bay welcome awaits at the front doors and garden gates of selected properties. Come for the Mahone Bay Home and Garden Tour on July 8 to 9. Stay the weekend and enjoy the unique shopping, dining, and outdoor experiences offered in this charming, walkable coastal town. Mahone Bay—a treasure since 1754. 902-624-6263

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Expect temperatures from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit).


Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair, Mahone Bay

Fall Expect temperatures to range from 0 to 20 degrees Celsius (30 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Pack an autumn picnic and head to the lovely family farm near the north branch of LaHave, where you can pick highbush blueberries to enjoy for dessert and sample Lunenburg County Winery’s delicious, award-winning fruit wines. 902-644-2415 / Pick your own Thanksgiving cranberries. The U-pick at Terra Beata Cranberry Farm opens on October 6. Fill your pail with the bright crimson berries and stop by the Bog Store for some sweet dried cranberry snacks or a refreshing cran-raspberry juice. Find the farm at 161 Monk Point Road, Lunenburg. 902-634-4435 / Grab your camera and head to Mahone Bay September 29 to October 1 for the 21st-annual Scarecrow Festival & Antique

Fair. Hundreds of handmade scarecrows are on display throughout this vibrant seaside community. Enjoy the biggest antique fair in the Maritimes, a candle-lit pumpkin path, and family events all weekend. A woodcrafter’s paradise, the Shelburne waterfront bustles with folk art, workshops, music, and entertainment during the annual Whirligig and Weathervane Festival on September 16 and 17.

Whirligig and Weathervane Festival

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

Expect tem peratures of -15 to 15 degrees Celsius (5 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). We are known for our year-round moderate temperatures here on the South Shore, making our beaches a popular winter hiking destination. Provincial parks are not maintained during winter, but contain some very accessible beach hikes. Visit for packages and travel deals. Looking for the perfect Christmas tree? Find it here in Lunenburg County, the “balsam fir Christmas tree capital of the world.” Fresh Lobster! Lobster season opens the last Monday in November and runs until May. Come to Barrington, the “lobster capital of Canada.” While there, take in the giant Lobster trap Christmas tree (lit on November 23), decorated with buoys paying respect to local fishermen and our lobster heritage, and honouring fishermen who have passed or been lost at sea. Enjoy a full Victorian Christmas experience complete with carollers at the New Ross Christmas Festival the first weekend of December.

The Shelburne coast is a paradise for birders in late February and March, when tens of thousands of brant geese gather to feed along the shores of Hawk Beach, Clark’s Harbour, and Cape Sable Island. A truly inspiring spectacle is the Brant Fly Away, when the birds take flight en masse at sunset and depart for their roosts at sea. Visit for more information about birding. Since Samuel de Champlain first arrived in 1604, Nova Scotia has welcomed people from all over the world, building a deep and diverse genealogy that includes Mi’kmaq, Acadian, English, Scottish, Irish, German, and African cultural histories. Research your roots and find out if they grow from Nova Scotian soil. Visit the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics website ( or do some hands-on digging at the Thomas Raddall Research Centre at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool. Visit Mahone Bay for the annual Father Christmas Festival, November 24 to December 3. The Three Churches welcome visitors to the town of Christmas abundance, adorned with larger-than-life Father Christmas figures and decorations throughout the town. Enjoy family activities, a wish-list contest, and strolling carollers.

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Photo: Ken Chetwynd



Don’t-Miss Attractions Attractions that offer the definitive South Shore experience.

Shelburne Museum

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Peggy’s Cove Route 333 902-823-2253 Eons ago, retreating glaciers scattered massive granite boulders across this rugged landscape as if they were pebbles. A tiny harbour still shelters the fishing boats that have plied these rough seas for centuries. Reputedly named after the only survivor of a schooner that sank here in 1800, Peggy’s Cove and its iconic lighthouse offer one of Canada’s most extraordinary coastal seascapes. Explore the rocks with care, however, as the waves are dangerous. While at Peggy’s Cove, visit the William E. deGarthe Memorial Monument, a 30-metre rock face behind the renowned sculptor’s home that depicts the lives and legends of 30 local fishermen, plus their wives and children, which he chiselled from the wave-washed granite.

Exploring Chester and islands by water 902-275-2030 /

Enjoy a narrated history of the beautiful seaside village of Chester as you explore the harbour with lifelong resident and photographer Jim Barkhouse of Chester Boat Tours. Explore the scenic landscape, houses, islands, wildlife, fishing, and unique photographic opportunities. Chester is also noted for golf, galleries, sailing, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Amos Pewter 589 Main Street, Mahone Bay Visit the seaside workshop and store in beautiful Mahone Bay. see the artisans at work and watch how they cast molten pewter into handcrafted jewelry designs, ornaments, and collectibles. Finish and personalize your own pewter sand dollar keepsake. An experience uniquely Amos.

Set sail in Lunenburg Harbour on the Bluenose II 121 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg waterfront 902-634-8483 Nova Scotia’s world-famous sailing


Peggy’s Cove Village

Old Town Lunenburg 902-634-4410 / History, culture, and colour: this is Old Town Lunenburg, rated as one of Trip Advisor’s top 10 destinations. A world-class fishing and shipbuilding port, the town was officially founded in 1753 on the site of an earlier Acadian settlement. UNESCO declared the historic waterfront district, with its narrow streets, brightly painted buildings, and captivating architecture, a World Heritage Site in 1995.

Musique Royale 902-634-9994 / Musique Royale is a celebration of Nova Scotia’s musical heritage with

performances in historic and cultural settings held year-round. Lunenburg’s historic St. John’s Church hosts Symphony Nova Scotia and major choral events while “cookie concerts” are presented at the Lunenburg School of the Arts.

Hiking at Hirtle’s Beach and Gaff Point Hirtle’s Beach, near Kingsburg, is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. It’s a three-kilometre stretch of white sand, rolling surf, fresh sea air, drumlin cliffs, and breathtaking views. The beach provides the only access to the hiking trails at Gaff Point, a unique, unspoiled promontory of 124 marine, terrestrial, and wetland ecosystems. Both sides of the point have steep cliffs.

RDV 2017: The Tall Ships are coming! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, more than 40 tall ships carrying 3,000 crew members from around the world will be sailing Canadian waters with ports of call in Lunenburg August 10 to 12 and Shelburne August 14 to 16. This will be a rare opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.

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ambassador Bluenose II, a replica of the original schooner depicted on the Canadian dime, has drawn thousands of visitors to the Lunenburg waterfront. Its recent restoration was an Internet sensation, drawing fans from around the world. You can experience the iconic ship yourself with a two-hour cruise when she’s in port. Be sure to check the sailing schedule prior to your arrival to avoid disappointment. Open June 1 to September 30.


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Ross Farm Museum Highway 12, New Ross 902-689-2210 / 877-689-2210 Experience 150 years of agriculture in Nova Scotia. Savour the aromas of food cooking over an open hearth or the smell of wood shavings in the cooper shop. Hear the clang of iron as the blacksmith forges horseshoes. Walk alongside a team of oxen at work and watch sheep being shorn for wool. Visit piglets and more kittens than you can count. The 1800s come alive at this living history museum.

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Kejimkujik National Park seaside St. Catherines River Road, Port Joli 902-682-2772 / Enjoy a wonderful hike, view the seals basking on the coastal rocks, or have a picnic overlooking the pristine shoreline. This 22-square-kilometre section of Kejimkujik is a unique example of unspoiled rugged Atlantic coastline. Choose from a 6.4-km or 8.7-km hike.

Hank Snow Home Town Museum Liverpool 902-354-4675 / 888-450-5525 Been everywhere man? The Hank Snow Home Town Museum celebrates the life

and career of homegrown legend Hank Snow. Rising from a modest background, Snow sold over 70 million records and worked with a glittering array of musical icons, including Elvis Presley. Learn all about this fascinating man and his music.

Shelburne Harbour Boat Tours 107 Water Street, Shelburne 902-875-6251 Aboard the MV Brown Eyed Girl, a 13-metre marine trader trawler, visitors will learn the history of Shelburne and see the area’s many lighthouses. Take in a breathtaking view of the historic waterfront, indulge in a delicious lobster supper, or try the mackerel-fishing cruise. For those wanting more: the trawler can drop interested explorers on McNutt’s Island for the day.

Shelburne’s historic waterfront: museums by the sea Historic Dock Street, Shelburne 902-875-3219 Shelburne’s harbourfront heritage district retains the look and feel of a bustling 18thcentury port. Stroll down Dock Street to enter this world through three fascinating museums. Learn the time-honoured craft of

dory building at the Dory Shop Museum as you watch master boat builder, Milford Buchanan, work his magic. The Shelburne County Museum features one of the oldest fire pumpers in North America, and exhibits on shipbuilding and the Shelburne Loyalists. At the Ross-Thomson House and Store Museum on Charlotte Lane, see tobacco and dry goods that were sold to the townsfolk in exchange for items such as cod and pine.


Barrington Woolen Mill

The Barrington Museum Complex

The Queen of Hearts Dory Club

2401 Highway 3, Barrington 902-637-2185 See the first piece of Nova Scotia tartan made at the Barrington Woolen Mill, learn how the Seal Island Lighthouse protected sailors and fishermen from treacherous sea wolves, decipher period graffiti at the Old Meeting House, and discover artifacts and memorabilia of soldiers past and present at the Military Museum. The Cape Sable Historical Society can even help you search for your ancestral roots.

Barrington Every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. from June to September, the Queen of Hearts Dory Club invites you to try your hand at rowing a dory along the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Members will guide you through the process of how to row a dory and before long you will be guiding your oars through the salt waters of the Atlantic. Truly a great Nova Scotian experience! Come to ride or come to row. All ages welcome.

Lunenburg is one of Canada’s top 10 culture and sightseeing destinations. Scenic streets lined with a crayon box of colourful historic buildings, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and the world-famous schooner, Bluenose II, are all part of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunenburg Visitor Information, 11 Blockhouse Hill Road / 902-634-8100 /

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Shining a Light: the South Shore’s Lighthouse Route

Fort Point Lighthouse, Liverpool

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istoric lighthouses, anchored on the South Shore’s rugged coastline, have cautioned seafarers for centuries and offer a glimpse into our rich marine heritage. Travel the aptly named Lighthouse Route, from St. Margaret’s Bay all the way southwest to Wood’s Harbour, and you’ll encounter more than 30 of these picturesque beacons, many of them restored from the original towers that are hundreds of years old. Some are just off the highway and offer parking and picnic areas, while many others can be seen only from a distance, across the water or from a boat tour. The following list represents just some of the lighthouses you may encounter as you travel along the Lighthouse Route, starting near St. Margaret’s Bay and heading southwest towards Cape Sable Island. Check our map in the centre foldout. For a complete listing of all Nova Scotia lighthouses and historical details, visit

Lighthouses accessible to the public Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse (1868), Peggy’s Cove. This iconic image of Nova Scotia is among the most-photographed lighthouses in the world. Fort Point Lighthouse (1855), Liverpool. This distinctive “hunchbacked” light is the third-oldest surviving lighthouse in Nova Scotia. Become an unofficial lighthouse keeper and climb up inside to toot the hand-cranked foghorn. Costumed interpreters bring Fort Point’s rich history to life.

Lighthouses with grounds open to the public Fort Point Light Museum (1876), LaHave River, Lunenburg County. The formal garden is typical of the 17thcentury flower and herb gardens favoured in French settlements such as this one. Port Medway Lighthouse (1899), Port Medway. Located at the end of the wharf in Port Medway, this is a scenic spot to picnic and enjoy the view over the fishing wharf and Medway Bay. Sandy Point Lighthouse (1873), Shelburne Harbour. At low tide the tapered wooden tower is accessible across a sand bar. There is a sandy beach, swimming, birding, and a community hall where snacks may be available. Many festivals and activities take place here in summer, especially lobster dinners.

Baccaro Point Lighthouse (1850), Port LaTour. Perched at the edge of the ocean overlooking Barrington Bay, this lighthouse is an important seabird-watching site. On-site picnic park.

Lighthouses in scenic settings Medway Head Lighthouse (1851) Port Medway. Located on Long Cove Road, this spot offers a beautiful ocean view. Coffin Island Lighthouse, Liverpool Bay. Operational light. View from spectacular Beach Meadows beach. Western Head Lighthouse (1962), Liverpool. See the light from Shore Road. Carter Island Lighthouse (1872), Lockeport. Located on one of five small harbour islands. Visible from Lockeport. East Ironbound Island Lighthouse (1870), East Ironbound. See the lighthouse from the New Harbour Road off Highway 329, Blandford. Gull Rock Lighthouse (1853), Lockeport. View by telescope from the Crescent Beach Centre.


Cape Sable Lighthouse

Cape Sable Lighthouse (1861), Cape Sable. Visible from the tip of Hawk Beach on Cape Sable Island, this is the tallest light in Nova Scotia at over 30 metres. Wood’s Harbour Lighthouse (1900), Wood’s Harbour. Near Highway 3, located on a large ledge in the harbour. View it best from the wharf.

Lighthouses that can be viewed on boat tours East Ironbound Island Lighthouse (1870), East Ironbound Kaulbach Island Lighthouse (1914), Indian Point Cross Island Lighthouse (1830), Blue Rocks Battery Point Breakwater Lighthouse (1937), near Lunenburg Cape Roseway Lighthouse (1788), McNutt’s Island, Shelburne Harbour Cape Negro Island (1872), Shelburne Bon Portage Lighthouse (1874), Shag Harbour


Seal Island Light Museum, Barrington. Climb the iron stairs as the keepers did. See the original clockwork mechanism and the only installed Fresnel lens in Nova Scotia. Wonderful views.

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Capt. Kat’s, Barrington

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Fresh local ingredients coupled with award-winning chefs makes for a vibrant foodie scene on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Taste of Nova Scotia is a unique, province-wide industry organization whose members are committed to offering the most exceptional local culinary experiences our province has to offer. This list is just a teaser to whet your appetite. In addition to these Taste of Nova Scotia members, a smorgasbord of eating establishments, craft brewers, vineyards, and growers await you.

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Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre, La Vista Restaurant 36 Treasure Drive, Western Shore 902-627-2600 ext. 331 800-565-5075 Only 45 minutes from Halifax on the beautiful South Shore, discover a culinary treasure at Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island. Whether dining in the Fireside Lounge or the La Vista Restaurant, you’ll encounter stunning views of Mahone Bay, combined with seasonally inspired menus featuring fresh local lobster. A gastronomic experience that is second to none. Take in the fresh air and sea breezes from the large oceanfront patio and watch the fabulous Nova Scotia

sunrise. Dedicated professionals are at your service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Biscuit Eater Café & Books 16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-2665 / The Biscuit Eater Café provides the quintessential warm and inviting café experience: original art and vintage books line the walls, conversation buzzes over steaming coffee, and the scent of baked goods fills the air. It also offers an exceptional, globally influenced dining experience. The menu includes Italian-style thin-crust pizzas, aromatic panini sandwiches, burgers, organic salads, satisfying soups, and special daily entrées made with local and seasonal

Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack 3723 Highway 3, Barrington Passage 902-637-3728 Savour the best cuisine Southwest Nova Scotia has to offer at Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack. No visit to the “lobster capital of Canada” is complete without experiencing this acclaimed establishment. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming location. Once you step aboard, you’ll be impressed by the charming atmosphere and tastefully decorated dining room inspired by local culture and traditions complete with a live lobster tank. Served with pride by the friendly crew, the menu boasts an assortment of fresh lobster and seafood dishes influenced by the Atlantic Ocean that showcase fresh Nova Scotia products, which can be paired with Nova Scotia wines and beers.

Charlotte Lane 13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne 902-875-3314 / Winner of 2013 & 2010 Best Small Restaurant (Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia), 2011 Best Restaurant Outside Halifax (Chronicle Herald) and 2011 Restaurant of the year-chef inspired casual dining (Taste of Nova Scotia), this gem is nestled in historic Shelburne. Roland and Kathleen Glauser have been providing delicious world cuisine blended with down-home hospitalityto locals and tourists for 22 years. This menu features local seafood and meat dishes, inventive pastas, seasonal salads, delectable Swiss

specialties and mouth- watering desserts plus a full list of local and imported wines. An easy two hour drive from Halifax— perfect for lunch or dinner.


White Point Beach Resort, Elliot’s Dining Room & Founder’s Lounge 75 White Point Beach Road White Point Beach 902-354-2711 / 800-565-5068 Elliot’s surrounds you in the essence of Nova Scotia. Enjoy brick-oven pizza, locally sourced pork, lobster, and Arctic char with a view of expansive ocean vistas and crashing surf. Or indulge in a glass of cabernet beside the beach-stone fireplace. The menu, like the beach, changes with the seasons. Allow executive chef Alan Crosby and sommelier Dan Tanner to guide you on a culinary adventure over dinner, in a wine tasting, or culinary class. Open daily, year-round. Check the website for dates for the new Stellar Beach Feasts, being held in a unique setting.

Fleur de Sel 53 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-2121 / 877-723-7258 Fleur de Sel provides guests with a comfortable, yet elegant atmosphere as soon as they walk through the front door. The restaurant focuses on the details: from its sommelier-curated wine list and locally-inspired cocktail menu, to the carefully selected artwork found on the walls in the dining room. Its front-ofthe-house team, lead by co-owner and maitre’d, Sylvie Ruiz Salvador, will ensure that your evening is one to remember.

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ingredients. Live music, literary readings, films, and community arts events make it a popular destination with locals and tourists. The stimulating, highly accessible café and dining experience will warm your soul, open your mind, and feed your senses. Open year-round.

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82 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3300 / 800-360-1181 Join the crew of the Grand Banker, located harbourside in historic downtown Lunenburg. The fresh, local menu, and stunning waterfront view ensures a true Nova Scotian experience. Classics such as fish cakes, scallops, mussels, haddock, burgers, and Acadian stew are given a Maritime twist, using only the best that land and sea have to offer. A commitment to local artisans, farmers, and fishermen results in a unique and special experience. The casual and relaxed atmosphere, along with the great service and hospitality, makes the Banker an ideal port of call for lunch and dinner.


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605-607 Main Street, Mahone Bay Opened in 2015, Haskapa is the new kid on Main Street. The first haskap berry retail and information centre outside of Japan, Haskapa focuses on creating products from the haskap berry, a berry with a Siberian and Japanese heritage, now grown here in Nova Scotia. The retail space offers a variety of locally produced products made with the versatile berry. From condiments and juice to alcohol and cosmetics, each product is crafted by Nova Scotian companies, and more products are continually being developed, like the

Salt Shaker Deli, Lunenburg

much-anticipated haskap berry powder. The Mahone Bay location gives visitors an experience that includes learning, tasting, and being able to purchase unique local haskap berry products.

Kiwi Café 19 Pleasant Street, Chester A great place to meet and eat in the heart of the village of Chester. Kiwi Café is passionate about good food and good coffee, offering international themes with interesting flavours and the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy delicious, homemade baked treats, wonderful soups and lunches, and its famous all-day breakfast. With a sunny patio for Chester’s glorious summer and a woodstove for winter, it providews year-round warmth for a Nova Scotian-Kiwi welcome.

Lane’s Privateer Inn and Lane’s at the Lighthouse 27 Bristol Avenue, Liverpool 902-354-3456 / 800-794-3332 Built in 1798, this privateer mansion has been operated by the Lane family for 52 years. An extensive renovation in 2014 created a panoramic view of the Mersey River. Twenty-five guest rooms, a two-level stone patio, conference and wedding facilities, a bookstore, and gourmet shop café are all part of the experience. The dining room specializes in seafood, salads, chowder, sandwiches, and steak. The in-house sommelier offers an extensive wine list. Lane’s also features an on-site bakery and espresso bar. Open year-round for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and takeout. Visit the website for live-music schedules and winetasting events.

200 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3002 Lincoln Street Food is a modern, coastal neighbourhood kitchen serving market-inspired fresh food in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. After 20 years in the business, owner and Chef Paolo Colbertaldo has developed long-term relationships with local farmers and purveyors, and strives to support a healthier, sustainable food system. The menu changes regularly based on market and seasonal availability. Sustainable vineyards supply the wine, which is well priced. Its bakery fare features organic, healthy ingredients. Vegetarians and vegans will not be disappointed, nor will carnivores and pescetarians.

Mateus Bistro 533 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-3711 / Winner of Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award 2013 for Restaurant of the Year for Chef-Inspired Casual Dining. Chef Matthew Krizan and his partner Kira Curtis built their restaurant on a love of fresh ingredients, an understanding of seasonal products, and a focus on appreciating food. Mateus Bistro presents an ever-changing menu sculpted by local farmers, bakers, butchers, and winemakers. Enjoy a fine lunch or dinner in a casual atmosphere year-round. In summer, enjoy the special Grill Friday menu featuring items grilled on big green egg charcoal barbecues.

Old Fish Factory Restaurant & Ice House Bar 68 Bluenose Drive, Second floor Lunenburg 902-634-3333 / 800-533-9336 With the freshest Nova Scotia seafood

and a harbour view that will take your breath away, the Old Fish Factory Restaurant is a favourite destination for locals and travellers alike. Tempt your taste buds with the annual Summer Lobster and Seafood Festival, featuring world-famous seafood chowder, local deep-sea scallops, fish and chips, seafresh haddock, and steamed mussels or oysters. Experience the salt air on the outdoor patio, a casual meal in the dining room, or a drink in the icehouse bar amid traditional Maritime hospitality. Open May to October.


Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill 7499 Route 3, Summerville Centre 902-683-2998 / 800-565-1119 The oceanside view of surf and sand is delicious and the food is amazing. Located on spectacular Summerville Beach, a two-kilometre stretch of white sand, the Quarterdeck has a reputation as the South Shore’s finest spot for fresh seafood, great steaks, and tempting desserts, plus a cellar full of wines. Tempt your taste buds with sumptuous lobster tails stuffed with scallops and shrimp, or Atlantic planked salmon, prepared over an open fire pit. A Taste of Nova Scotia Restaurant of the Year recipient.

Rebecca’s Restaurant 619 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-3313 Located just on the water’s edge, at Rebecca’s you will enjoy a uniquely quaint dining experience with a cozy coastal atmosphere. Chef Misty Thibeault and baker Rebecca South use Nova Scotia’s vast selection of seasonal ingredients to inspire the ever-changing menu. While satisfying the palates of sea and land lovers, they also pay attention to vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Rebecca’s

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also offers a wide range of locally made beverages and homemade desserts that will leave you wanting more.

Rhubarb at the Oceanstone Resort 8650 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour 902-821-3013 / If you want fresh, locally sourced food served in a casual atmosphere, then Rhubarb is it. Operators Jim and Diane Buckle and Chef Jon Geneau care about their food and their customers, and it shows. Together they craft a tasty array of seasonal, value-priced dishes to tempt serious gourmands and comfort foodies alike, presented with unsurpassable service. Whether you live in the neighbourhood or are visiting from away, enjoy the creative cookery at Rhubarb, just minutes from Peggy’s Cove, and less than an hour from Halifax.

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Rime Restaurant + Wine Bar 9 King Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3112 / One of the newest culinary spots in historic Lunenburg, Rime offers an internationally inspired menu featuring fresh and flavourful ingredients, carefully chosen to suit Nova Scotia’s spectacular seasons. Chef Jeffrey MacNeil, owner and operator, is a Nova Scotian lad influenced by global cooking. Join friends at the bar for a glass of vino from the meticulously chosen wine list and treat yourself to a delectable dessert. The fully stocked bar will ensure spirits are high and tales never stop flowing. Whether you call Nova Scotia home or are visiting from near or far, the friendly staff at Rime invite you to enjoy great food and drink, and to swap a story or two.

Rum Runner Inn & Restaurant 66 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-9200 / 888-778-6786 The Rum Runner Inn & Restaurant is dedicated to providing a fun dining experience complete with breathtaking views of Lunenburg harbour. Its innovative chef-inspired menu showcases the best of our local fishermen, culinary artisans, and farmers’ bounty. Treat yourself to one of its many famous signature dishes: freshly steamed tender lobster, creamy-light seafood chowder, lightly battered fish and chips, authentic international dishes, many gluten-free choices, and addictive desserts.

Salt Shaker Deli 124 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3434 / Sit on the waterfront patio or in the dining room and enjoy this from-scratch menu. Known for its award-winning smoked seafood chowder, more local seafood items dot the menu, including fishcakes, lobster rolls, and mussels. Other favourites include hand-rolled thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches, Pad Thai, and more. The casual and fun atmosphere is perfect for families and adults alike.

Shore Club Lobster Suppers 250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards 902-857-9555 / Winner of the Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award 2013 for Essence of Nova Scotia Restaurant of the Year. Celebrating 80 years of service, the original Nova Scotia lobster supper offers a unique dining experience. As you enter through a forest of folk art, past the crew cooking lobster and mussels and over the red carpet, you

The South Shore Fish Shack 108 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-643-3232 Come for the seafood, stay for the views. Located in the heart of historic Lunenburg, the South Shore Fish Shack features a simple menu of seaside favourites that are locally sourced and classically prepared. The dishes let the fresh seafood shine while you enjoy stunning harbour views from one of two patios. Owned and operated by Martin and Sylvie Ruiz-Salvador, the husband and wife team behind the Salt Shaker Deli, an established Lunenburg hot spot. Martin and Sylvie take tremendous pride in delivering an authentic East Coast experience for all of their guests.

Sou’Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop 178 Peggy’s Point Road, Peggy’s Cove 902-823-2561 / Overlooks the famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove and specializes in homestyle meals. Try the special seafood chowder, fish and chips, haddock dinners, and fresh-cooked lobster from its own lobster pound. Dessert specialties include homemade gingerbread and apple crisp. During the off-season, try the hot cider. It’s just the thing on a blustery winter’s day. Or come by for breakfast hot off the grill, served until noon each day. Have a tasty dinner and enjoy Nova Scotian beauty at its very best.

Trellis Café 22 Highway 3, Hubbards 902-857-1188 / Winner of the Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award 2012 for Essence of Nova Scotia Restaurant of the Year. Every day begins with the aroma of bread baking and freshly ground organic fair-trade coffee brewing. Fish arrives at the back door from the boats daily. Haddock, halibut, fishcakes, and seafood chowder are the house specialties. Try the famous mile-high clubhouse sandwich. Everything is homemade and baked on-site. Enjoy the sunny patio, complimentary Wi-Fi, local artwork, and live entertainment on weekends, and be sure to try the lobster or smoked salmon eggs Benedict for weekend brunch. Just 30 minutes from Halifax.


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can find a spot to settle in for a feast of fresh-boiled lobster, unlimited fresh cultivated mussels, all-you-can-eat salad bar, homemade rolls, choice of dessert, and coffee or tea. Steak, chicken, and vegetarian options, and a children’s menu are also available. The goal is to serve the best lobster in a unique setting with friendly Nova Scotian hospitality.

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St. Margaret’s Bay– Lunenburg For centuries, the lives of residents along the coast from St. Margaret’s Bay to historic Old Town Lunenburg relied on the Atlantic seascape for their livelihood. These rich, windswept waters help us recall our shipbuilding heritage, while fishermen still nourish us with the finest seafood. These vocations shaped our culture as the waves sculpted a coastal landscape that’s unmatched in rugged beauty.

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Explore our sandy beaches and sheltered coves. Sail or kayak among the 365 islands dotting the twin basins of St. Margaret’s Bay and Mahone Bay, where seals bask in the sun. Visit our vibrant small towns and villages, where you’ll find chic boutiques, country markets, and art galleries galore. Join in the many fun-filled festivals and events staged throughout the year. Treat yourself to some succulent seafood at one of our nationally acclaimed restaurants, then take an after-dinner stroll through the preserved 18th-century streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One visit to our region, and you’ll understand why we’ve been welcoming guests for over 250 years.

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Top 5 Photo Opportunities

Chester Sailboats and Islands Rent a boat or kayak and get out to nearby Quaker Island to take advantage of the 360-degree views from atop the lighthouse. Time your visit for Chester Race Week and watch the colourful spinnakers come in, or catch the sleek wooden beauties during the Chester Classics boat series. Photographer Jim Barkhouse of Chester Boat Tours will take you farther out to the picturesque islands of Little and Big Tancook

Lunenburg Heritage Architecture and Waterfront Where would you find a Widow’s Walk? And what does a Lunenburg Bump sound like? To find out, just look up. The cheerfully painted heritage homes throughout Old Town Lunenburg feature a number of architectural details unique to this area. Delicate railed walkways on the rooftops of ship captains’ homes got their name from wives pacing back and forth, scanning the horizon for sight of their husbands returning from sea. And a quirky local interpretation of a three-sided Scottish dormer, the Lunenburg Bump, can be seen over the front door of many heritage homes. Also, note the codfish weathervane atop the church spire of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Standing on the corner of

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse The most-photographed in Canada, this iconic white-and-red lighthouse lashed by sea spray proudly marks the entrance to the sheltered cove that’s filled with gently bobbing fishing boats. It’s a Nova Scotian image for every visitor’s photo album. It’s postcard-perfect, even shrouded in mist.

Three Churches, Mahone Bay Mahone Bay is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. Its crown jewel is the line of three elegant churches that grace the banks of its sheltered harbour: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (1869), St. James Anglican Church (1887), and Trinity United Church (1863). Turn down the Oakland Road for a good vantage point across the water.

Three Churches, Mahone Bay

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This tiny outport fishing village is a sixminute drive from Lunenburg. Photogenic fishing sheds, sun-bleached and weatherworn, lean on stilts on the harbour banks. The red-painted hulls of boats bob dockside, as fishing nets are spread out to dry in the sun and seagulls wheel and cry overhead. Early morning or early evening light makes for the best photos.

Pelham and King streets will give you the very best capture of the crayonbox colours of UNESCO Lunenburg. The red, wooden warehouses lining Lunenburg’s bustling waterfront, brightly hued heritage homes, and crystal blue water create a jewel-toned tapestry. The best shot is from the Bluenose Golf Course across the harbour.

Photo: Betty Meredith

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Recommended Scenic Drive The Coastal Heritage Trail, starting in the picturesque community of Terence Bay and extending to the village of Blandford, offers visitors a scenic route from the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay around the Aspotogan Peninsula. Following the bay’s many inlets, the winding coastal road is a museum without walls. You’ll pass villages and sites that highlight some of our most significant history and culture. Follow Route 333 and you will learn of shipwrecks, lighthouses, churches, old fishing villages, and their settlers. Hike on a trail once planned as the main road across Nova Scotia. Walk the rail bed once used by the Halifax South-Western Railway. See beaches and shore birds and towns full of that strong seaside spirit. With the cooperation of several community groups, important points of interest have been identified for you on our strategically located interpretive panels along the trail. Discover history in its natural setting by the sea.

Boutilier’s Cove

Make sure you visit: 1. SS Atlantic Heritage Park 2. Terence Bay 3. Peggy’s Cove Interpretive Project 4. Pioneer Cemetery, French Village 5. Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, Queensland 6. Bishop’s Park, Hubbards 7. Aspotogan Peninsula Loop

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8. Route 329 The Coastal Heritage Trail route is an enjoyable afternoon drive, and a particular favourite of cyclists. Pick up a self-guided trail brochure at any local Visitor Information Centre (see page 10) or visit Aspotogan

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Top 5 Outdoor Activities


For more outdoor activities, see pages 54 to 63. Big Tancook and Little Tancook are two of the many islands scattered across Mahone Bay. Seven dollars buys you and your bicycle a pleasant eight-kilometre ferry trip across the water from Chester on the William G. Ernst, and a gentle escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Discover the island’s pathways by foot or by bike, inhale the sea air, and enjoy a picnic in the pristine natural surroundings. Gain a sense of the history and the spirit of this hardy fishing community. There is a museum and gift shop on the island, but you’ll want to bring your own picnic lunch. Ferry schedule at

Bouldering on Dover Island Extreme adventurers who embrace this rope-free style of climbing love the rocks on Dover Island. Armoured with huge granite boulders, this scenic little island is acclaimed as Atlantic Canada’s premier bouldering destination. Local West Dover fishermen take boat runs out to the island, so ask around at the wharf.

Hiking The Rum Runners Trail is a 119-kilometre multi-use trail that connects Lunenburg and Halifax, passing through Mahone Bay, Chester, and Hubbards. An offshoot in Tantallon is the 30-kilometre Bluff Wilderness

Trail, known for its series of four loops and breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness and lakes. The third loop takes hikers over the Bluff Plateau, one of the highest points near Halifax.

Kayaking Imagine silently sliding through clear, calm waters feeling at one with the surrounding sea. Blue Rocks provides a unique seakayaking experience for beginner and seasoned paddlers. Start off with an introduction to kayaking and then you’re ready to explore the waters around more than 50 stratified slate islands. In these beautiful surroundings, wildlife and sea birds abound, as do seals and porpoises. 902-541-9233 /

Sailing Head to South Shore Boat Tours at the Mahone Bay public wharf and take a leisurely sailing cruise amid the 350 picturesque islands offshore. Once a haven for privateers and pirates, these islands are as rich in folklore as they are in wildlife. You’ll likely spot porpoises playing in the waves on your way to visit the local seal colony and see deer grazing in shoreline pastures as osprey and bald eagles soar overhead. 902-527-8544 /

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Biking the Tancook Islands


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Top 5 Locals’ Picks New Ross Christmas Festival New Ross boasts a spectacular weekend of Christmas fun, held annually on the first weekend of December. This Christmas celebration begins with hundreds of people gathering at the heart of New Ross to count down the lighting of the community tree while sipping hot chocolate after having a full belly from the earlier potluck supper. This is followed by a wee kend of craft fairs, home-cooked meals, carollers,

Christmas tree U-picks, children’s fun, and visits to local artisans, topped off with magical entertainment, wonderful singers, and dancing the night away. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and spend a down-home Christmas in the country.

Hubbards Farmers’ Market 57 Highway 3, Hubbards Come walk woodland paths just like a local, mingle with friends, and enjoy breakfast on the patio before stocking up on market-fresh berries, veggies, baked goods, eggs, and meat. May to October on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Ironworks Distillery

Ironworks Distillery

2 Kempt Street, Lunenburg 902-640-2424 Housed in a former blacksmith forge, Ironworks is a micro-distillery specializing in different combinations of fruit and ingredients in small, custom batches to create unique flavours of rum, vodka, brandy, and liqueur.


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42 Queen Street, Chester 902-275-1408 / Affectionately known as Chester’s living room, The Fo’c’sle is an inviting restaurant and bar that welcomes year-round and summer locals as well as those just passing through. Depending on where you sit, you’re in a former grocery store, stable, inn, or tavern dating back to 1764.

The Shore Club 250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards 902-857-9555 / The Shore Club, a Taste of Nova Scotia award winner, is one of Canada’s last great dance halls, hosting the perennially popular Nova Scotia lobster supper, and drawing folks from around the province to the dance floor every summer Saturday night since 1946. This laid-back, feel-good spot is what summer is all about.

Did You Know.... The mystery of Oak Island has yet to be solved. Taunting treasure hunters for decades, the search continues today and is shared internationally in the TV Series, ‘The Curse of Oak Island’. While tours of the Island sell out quickly, you can explore it through kayak tours and private charters from the water. At Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre, the small interpretive museum features replicas of artifacts found during digs and highlights many people and historical events around the mysterious Oak Island. St. Margaret’s Bay–Lunenburg

Fo’c’sle Tavern, Nova Scotia’s Oldest Rural Pub


Top 5 Festivals & Events For more festivals and events, see pages 64 to 69 or visit Dates are subject to change, however, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre prior to finalizing your plans.

Boxwood Festival and Workshops July 23 to 29, Lunenburg 902-634-9994 / Discover traditional music and dance in a historic atmosphere. Participants will enjoy a full roster of concerts, dances, sessions, and classes with leading artists in the realms of traditional folk, early music, dance, and improvisation.

Folk Harbour Festival August 10 to 13, Lunenburg 902-634-3180 / This four-day musical celebration, celebrating its 31st year, features some of Atlantic Canada’s finest folk performers alongside national and international artists. There are dance and instrument workshops, and concerts at several historical venues.

Chester Race Week August 16 to 19, Chester Yacht Club Chester is a seaside paradise that’s renowned for its relaxed sailing lifestyle. The largest fixed-keel regatta in Eastern Canada, this boisterous event draws crowds with lots of on and offshore entertainment for over 150 years,

including garden parties, island picnics, and bandstand concerts.

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair

September 29 to October 1, Mahone Bay A fun-filled, family weekend awaits you at the 20th-annual Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair. Each year the town comes to life with over 150 handmade, life-sized scarecrows. From traditional straw-filled to the Royal Family, you will be delighted with these unique and extraordinary creations.

Father Christmas Festival November 24 to December 3 Mahone Bay / Count on the old-fashioned Christmas spirit and hospitality of small-town Nova Scotia to get you in the holiday mood. Stroll Mahone Bay’s compact downtown and meet larger-than-life Father Christmas figures, snack on treats from the Yuletide Gourmet Market, and join in the songs of carolers as they fill the air with festive music.

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Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions Hooked Rug Museum of North America and Fibre Art Market 9849 Highway 3, Hubbards/Queensland 902-858-3060

The museum includes interpretive displays on the history of the art of rug hooking with magnificent old rugs hooked with flax, jute, and burlap on burlap and wool. There is a hooking stand set up with wool at hand for those




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Queens County Museum Perkins House Museum

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Lower Woods Harbour Woods Harbour Stoddard Island (Emerald Isle) Bon Portage Island

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Baccaro Point Barrington Woolen Mill Museum Seal Island & The Old Meeting House Museum Light Museum

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Ferry Kaulbach Island Tancook Island

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Cross Island Battery Port Medway Mosher Point Island Medway Head Breakwater Fort Point Museum West Ironbound Coffin Island (LaHave) Island


Fort Point (Liverpool) Western Head

Carter Island (Lockeport)

Atlantic Ocean

Head of St. Margaret’s Hubbards Bay

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

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East Peggy’s Cove Halifax Ironbound 5 William E. Island DeGarthe Memorial Gunner Peggy’s Point Island Cove Betty Pennant Harbour Pearl Island Island Terence (Green Island) Bay

Park Museum Supervised Beach Beach Park with Mixed Facilities Airport

Provincial Visitor Information Centre Local Visitor Information Centre Winery & Distillery

Lighthouse Legend Accessible to the public Scenic settings

St. Margaret’s Bay - Lunenburg

Grounds open to the public

Bridgewater - Liverpool Port Joli - Wood’s Harbour

Can be viewed on boat tours

Lordly House Museum

22 Pleasant Street, Chester 902-275-3933 / 800-363-7529 From April to December, the theatre bustles with a full slate of eclectic events: concerts, dance performances, youth productions, and stand-up comedy, along with its core theatre programs that depict a remarkable artistic diversity.

133 Central Street, Chester 902-275-3846 Learn about life from the 1850s to the 1890s in the Municipality of the District of Chester, through the eyes of Charles Lordly and his family. Tour his restored Georgian-style house, circa 1806, and Chester’s first municipal office. Find out why Chester became its own municipality and meet its first two municipal clerks. A park and a playground surround Lordly House, with the historic Zoé Vallé Library and Lightfoot Tower located across the street.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Mahone Bay Museum

Lunenburg waterfront 902-634-4794 / 866-579-4909 Tour a former fishing schooner and a steel-side trawler, explore three floors of hands-on exhibits including Eastern Canada’s largest saltwater aquarium, try your hand at rug hooking or quilting, and spin a yarn or two with the old salts who made their livelihoods fishing the North Atlantic.

578 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-6263 Open May 28 to October 2. Visit the museum in the heart of beautiful downtown Mahone Bay. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Learn about Mahone Bay’s community heritage through exhibits, interactive children’s activities, and make new discoveries with the reference library in the public research room.

Christmas on the Mersey, Liverpool

St. Margaret’s Bay–Lunenburg

Chester Playhouse


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who wish to try hooking. The market features more than 600 hand-hooked rugs in different styles of hooking: Cheticamp rugs, suttle rugs, chair pads, soft fleecy rugs, and traditional rugs.


White Point Beach Resort


Following the Lighthouse Route from Lunenburg on Route 332, inland along the LaHave River to Bridgewater and south to Liverpool, you’ll experience the very heart of the South Shore and the abiding spirit of our people. Here in our vibrant communities, you can expect to find proud history, an industrious outlook, a promising future, and the warmest welcome you’ll get anywhere. A landscape ranging from dramatic coastal cliffs and sea caves to verdant green fields along winding rivers, offers outdoor enthusiasts myriad opportunities for adventure. Museums, galleries, and theatres provide a cultural counterpoint and a diverse array of experiences any visitor will enjoy.

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Recommended Scenic Drive Take the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive (Route 8) from Liverpool to Annapolis Royal in late September through early October, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular fall foliage. Stop mid-way through your journey and rent a canoe or hike and explore the beautiful Mersey River in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The crimson maples, golden hemlocks, yellow aspens, and russet oaks, along with their reflections in lakes, rivers, and streams, will delight you. Visit and click on “About Nova Scotia.”

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Petite Rivière

St. Catherines River Road, Port Joli Photographers will enjoy the superb ocean views, rugged headlands, seals basking on the rocks, and delicate coastal dune systems, where the endangered piping plover nests. Did you know that Nova Scotia health card feature Kejimkujik Seaside as the background image?

Old Growth Hemlock Forest, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Route 8, Maitland Bridge Capture the shifting light amid the hemlock woods, lush underfoot with ferns and vividly hued orchids. Warblers and woodpeckers flit among the branches. Early morning and early evening make for dramatic photos.

White Point Beach Resort Bunnies 75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point Follow the signs to White Point Beach Resort and proceed with care and a camera. The White Point bunny story is featured in the book I Spy a Bunny by Judy Dudar. Doting the landscape at White Point, the bunnies come in a range of colours and are curious about visitors and easy to capture in photos

Port Medway Lighthouse This restored 19th-century lighthouse presides over the wharf in this picturesque village. The square wooden tower is set amid a beautiful harbourside park featuring interpretive panels, walkways, and a scenic look-off over Medway Bay. Capture the islands in the harbour or brightly coloured fishing boats tied at the wharf.

Kejimkujik Dark Sky Preserve In 2010 the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site as the twelfth Dark Sky Preserve in Canada and the first in Nova Scotia. With the park’s commitment to protect the nighttime environment from artificial lighting, comes the unforgettable opportunity to stargaze and explore the wonders of the universe. Join in one of Kejimkujik’s fascinating astronomy programs and learn the significance of the night sky in Mi’kmaq culture and history.


Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

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Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Explore the seaside village of Petite Rivière. Dotted with artists’ studios, a winery, and rolling hills, this vibrant community in the LaHave River Valley offers luxurious white-sand beaches and interesting heritage sites, such as the old Mi’kmaw/Acadian burial ground near Sperry’s Beach.


Top 5 Outdoor Activities For more outdoor activities, see pages 54 to 63.

Fishing 902-356-2498 / Crossed by rivers and dotted with shining lakes, the South Shore offers a variety of wonderful sportfishing experiences for anglers of all experience levels. Contact Vinal Smith or the Nova Scotia Guides Association (NSGA).

Hiking at Hirtle’s Beach and Gaff Point

Kayaking and Biking

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902-354-2702 Rent a kayak, canoe, or bike and explore the quiet highways and scenic waterways. Liverpool Adventure Outfitters in Brooklyn, just outside Liverpool, offer a range of canoeing, kayaking, biking, and multisport tours to suit everyone’s needs. It also offers clinics at varying levels in stand-up paddleboarding and ocean kayaking. 902-682-2282 / Whynot Adventure offers rentals at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, and also the Tobeatic’s century-old legacy of fully guided canoe trips. Drenched in history and balanced with masterful backcountry cuisine, the trip allows the wilderness to welcome you, and teach you, and to take you into its heart. Perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers.

Categorized as a living beach because it moves and shifts at the whim of the ocean currents, Hirtle’s Beach, near Kingsburg, is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. Here you will find a three-kilometre stretch of white sand, rolling surf, fresh sea air, drumlin cliffs, and breathtaking views. The beach provides the only access to the hiking trails at Gaff Point, a pristine wilderness park that separates the LaHave Estuary and Hartling Bay.

The Ovens Natural Park 902-766-4621 / An unforgettable eco-adventure. This privately owned 190-acre parks features spectacular sea caves and cliff-top hiking trails, together with camping, cabins, and music events. Try your hand at panning for gold on Cunard’s Beach.

Surfing 902-354-7100 / With a multitude of points, reefs, and beach breaks, the Atlantic coast of Queens County provides some of the finest surfing on the eastern seaboard. Try your hand at surfing! Head to White Point Beach Resort to rent surf boards and wetsuits or book a lesson with Rossignol Surf Shop onsite. For more information contact the Shop.

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Fort Point Lighthouse, Liverpool

Cameron’s Brook Provincial Park

South Shore Exhibition

7900 Highway 8, South Brookfield Shaded by leafy hardwood trees and cooled by a babbling brook, this lovely little park is an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. Across the road is access to Ponhook Lake, a favourite for canoeing and kayaking.

July 25 to 30, Bridgewater 902-543-3341 / Farm-fresh family fun, The Big Ex features agricultural and livestock competitions, 4-H exhibits, arts and crafts, and an exciting midway. This year marks its 125th anniversary.

1585 Newburne Road, Lunenburg To commemorate the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s 125th anniversary in 2004, Indian Falls was designated a municipal park. It offers a picnic area overlooking the waterfall, on-site washrooms, walking trails, a rock beach, and scenic look-off points.

Privateers Farmers’ Market Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool On Saturday mornings from May to October, locals and visitors alike gather to browse market stalls brimming with locally grown fruits and vegetables, hearth-style breads, delicious pastries, plants and flowers, and a variety of arts and crafts.

Fort Point Lighthouse 902-354-3456 / At the end of historic Main Street in Liverpool, Fort Point Lighthouse has stood since 1855 and is open to visitors seasonally; guided tours with costumed interpreters and viewing binoculars are available. Heritage of the “Port of Privateers” is displayed in interpretive panels, models, and audiovisual presentations. Now operated by Lane’s Privateer Inn, Lane’s the lighthouse houses a gift shop featuring Taste of Nova Scotia items as well as coffee, freshly baked sweets, and ice cream. Call ahead to book your wooden-boxed picnic lighthouse lunch.


Indian Falls


Top Festivals & Events For more festivals and events, see pages 64 to 69 or visit Dates are subject to change, however, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre. June 23 to 25, Liverpool Animators and re-enactments will take you back to 1780, when Liverpool’s townspeople battled with privateers from the American Revolution who infested Nova Scotia’s waters. There will be music, food, fireworks, and fun for the whole family.

Queens County Fair, Liverpool

Tom Cochrane June 28, Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool /

Lunenburg County Ribfest July 21 to 23, Bridgewater

13th-Annual South Shore in Motion August 11 to 13, Bridgewater 902-530-3130 Get revved up and see what moves you at the Exhibition Grounds. Admire big rigs, emergency vehicles, street rods, and antique cars at the Show & Shine. See lawn tractor and ATV races, burnouts, drag races, and tractor-pulls.

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27th-Annual Hank Snow Tribute August 17 to 20, Liverpool 902-354-4675 / 888-450-5525 What began as a small gathering of loyal fans is now one of Nova Scotia’s largest country music weekends. Head to Liverpool and hard-core fans of the king of classic country music will also want to visit the Hank Snow Home Town Museum at 148 Bristol Avenue. Open year-round.

Hank Snow Home Town Museum

Queens County Fair September 20 to 24, Caledonia 902-682-2312 / Every September, Caledonia gears up for the Queens County Fair. This traditional agricultural fair lasts for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia, as it has since 1886. Don’t miss the grand parade through the village. Nova Scotia heritage at its finest.

International Ukulele Ceilidh October 13 to 14, Liverpool This annual ceilidh includes concerts, workshops, jamming, open mic, gospel, and sing-along.

Barenaked Ladies in Concert October 20, Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool /

Photo: Ewan McGougan

Privateer Days

Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions The Astor Theatre 59 Gorham Street, Liverpool 902-354-5250 / The oldest performing-arts venue in Nova Scotia, this theatre built in 1902 used to be known as the Liverpool Opera House. One of only two independent movie theatres in the province, the Astor hosts a range of world-class entertainment, events, and concerts.

DesBrisay Museum 130 Jubilee Road, Bridgewater 902-543-4033 Peruse interactive, family friendly exhibits on Bridgewater’s natural, cultural, and social history, and industrial growth from the early 17th century. In July, celebrate our rich heritage at our heritage week events. Don’t miss the Bridgewater woodland gardens, which feature a pond and walking trails through wooded parkland.

North Queens Heritage House Museum 25 West Caledonia Road, Caledonia 902-682-2989 This original pioneer home is one of the oldest houses in the area. Built around


1854 for Milton F. Douglas, it houses a fine collection of articles relating to life in the 1880s in North Queens, a library, and archives.

Queens County Museum and Perkins House 109 Main Street, Liverpool 902-354-4058 Come aboard the privateer ship replica. View the extensive collection of Mi’kmaw artifacts, local historical items, and documents. Kids will enjoy a tickle trunk filled with costumes. Tours available of the home of a notable Liverpool judge, merchant, and politician.

Wile Carding Mill Museum 242 Victoria Road, Bridgewater 902-543-8233 Step into the 1860s and see how a water-powered carding mill lightened the workload for local farm families. The only survivor of an early industrial park, this mill employed local women to run the machinery that could in one hour card the same amount of wool that a person could in a whole week.

Sipuke’l Gallery 219 Main Street, Liverpool 902-354-5501 Sipuke’l Gallery showcases First Nation artists from across Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada as well as personal collections of Mi’kmaw baskets, leatherwork and other items. Explore 10,000 years of presence, evident from

the Mersey River archaeological project of 2004 that revealed thousands of artifacts. A selection of these are on display and shared through the voices of Acadia First nation interpreters teaching us about how the ancestors of the local Mi’kmaq lived. Be sure to explore more at Kejimkujik National Park.


Exploring Mi’kmaw Ancestors

Darren Hudson Lumberjack AXEperience

Port Joli–Wood’s Harbour

Stretching from Port Joli to Wood’s Harbour, you’ll find an unspoiled natural coastline and some of Canada’s richest history. Step into the 1700s at the bustling port of Shelburne and see how fishermen, shipbuilders, and traders have done business for over 250 years. Climb the towers of centuries-old lighthouses that still protect ships from the coastline’s rocky shoals. Explore the 18th-century site of the largest free Black settlement in North America. Escape the hurried pace of modern life and get back to nature. Explore the edges of this wild, ragged seacoast on foot, by bicycle, or in a canoe or kayak. With white-sand beaches stretching for miles and crystal clear waters, it’s a favourite hiatus for dozens of species of migrating birds that stop for rejuvenation on their long spring and fall flights. Breathe our salt air and find your rejuvenation too.

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Recommended Scenic Drive: The Lockeport Loop Dotted with small fishing communities, the Lockeport Loop refers to the old Trunk 3 highway where a number of threatened wildlife species and precious habitats can be found. Lockeport’s famous Crescent Beach starts within a stone’s throw of town and stretches out for kilometres of hard-packed white sand that meets the curling Atlantic surf. So picturesque is this beach that it was featured on the back of the 1954 Canadian $50 bill. A stroll across the first and second beaches ends in a natural resting spot known as Ginger Hill.

Photo: Ken Chetwynd


Top 5 Photo Opportunities Baccaro is the most southerly point of land on mainland Nova Scotia and is a popular local birding destination, as well a great place to view big surf during hurricane season.

Sand Hills Provincial Park Located six kilometres south of Highway 103 at Exit 29 (Barrington), Sand Hills Provincial Park features a 2.5-kilometre white sand beach. At low tide, there are wide sand flats warming the water when the tide comes back in, making this a great beach for swimming and snorkelling. A spectacular sand dune system creates an ideal backdrop for photos.

including The Scarlet Letter, Virginia’s Run, Wilby Wonderful and the 2009 miniseries Moby Dick, and recently, The Book of Negroes miniseries.

Swinging Bridge, Sable River Stroll alongside the river at this historic mill and stop to take a photo of Nova Scotia’s only swinging bridge. The fall foliage that the Sable River is known for makes the perfect backdrop. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring this picturesque community of 300 people.

A great spot for beach combing, finding sand dollars, deep-sea clamming (in season), kite flying, and more. Bring the family for the day and pack a lunch for the large picnic area.

Wood’s Harbour This photogenic little community is home to one of the most productive lobster fishing fleets in Canada. The harbour’s outlying islands and headlands are dotted with lighthouses: Cape Sable, Bon Portage Island, and Wood’s Harbour. Their lights are particularly pretty when glinting through the spectacular pinkstreaked sky at dusk.

Shelburne Waterfront

Photo: Chris Abbott

Baccaro Point Lighthouse


Swinging Bridge

Baccaro Point Lighthouse

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Shelburne’s historic waterfront, one of Canada’s most beautiful deep water natural harbours, is edged by 33 original United Empire Loyalist homes dating from 1783, walking paths, and wildflowers. Some of these restored original buildings so authentically evoke the 1700s that numerous films were filmed here,

Photo: Eleanor Snow

Historic Shelburne Waterfront


Top 5 Outdoor Activities For more outdoor activities, see pages 54 to 63.

lumberjack skills with log rolling, tree climbing, axe throwing, bow sawing, and cross cutting every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Crescent Beach, Lockeport

Bird watching on The Hawk

Birding Pack your binoculars and work on your life list! The designated Important Bird Area of Cape Sable Island is one of the best birding destinations in Canada for amateur and professional ornithologists. Mixed woodlands, coastal salt marshes, 45 kilometres of white-sand beach, and open ocean habitats support a diversity of species. You’ll see songbirds, hawks, and migrating shorebirds such as the Hudsonian godwit and rare American Oystercatcher. This is an especially important breeding and migration site for the endangered piping plover. Always enjoy birds from a safe distance, particularly when they are breeding, feeding, and resting. Please respect all signage regarding wildlife and private property.

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Let the good times roll Receive hands-on lumberjack training with world champion log roller Darren Hudson at Lumberjack AXEperience. Show your mettle by throwing some steel beneath the pines in this riverside park by the picturesque Barrington River. Hudson and his team guide visitors through the five essential

This long curve of white sand on the Lockeport Loop is one of the most picturesque in the province, and is home to large flocks of sandpipers and other shore birds. The beach offers interpretive signage detailing its natural history and ramps at both ends for easy access.

Shelburne Harbour Boat Tours Aboard the MV Brown Eyed Girl, a 13-metre marine trader trawler, visitors will learn the history of Shelburne and see the area’s many lighthouses. Take in a breathtaking view of the historic waterfront, a chance to indulge in a delicious lobster supper, or try the mackerel fishing cruise. For those wanting more: the trawler can drop interested explorers on McNutt’s Island for the day.

Paddle our Waterways Shelburne boasts the third-largest natural harbour in the world. Explore its inlets, calm waters, and bustling waterfront with a relaxed day of paddling, or go inland to explore the many lakes and rivers. Take a 12-kilometre guided tour on the Roseway River. Guides serve a picnic lunch halfway into the wilderness to allow hikers to take a break and enjoy the scenery. Paddle fans should check out the Shelburne Kayak Festival August 18 to 20. /

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The Hawk Route 330, Clark’s Harbour Nova Scotia’s most southerly point, this gorgeous coastal beach on Cape Sable Island offers first-class bird watching against a scenic backdrop that includes the stately Cape Sable Light, Nova Scotia’s tallest lighthouse. Walk the floor of the Drowned Forest, a remarkable forest of tree stumps and freshwater peat dating back over 1,500 years, when the sea level was about three metres lower than today. Be sure to wear your rubber boots! Low tide is the best viewing.

Lost at Sea Quilt

The Osprey Arts Centre 107 Water Street, Shelburne 902-875-2359 / Open year-round, this multi-purpose theatre space and art gallery exhibits visual art and presents popular and classical music, live theatre, comedy, opera, film screenings, and youth programing.

Seal Island Light Museum Route 3, Barrington 902-637-2185 The rocks offshore, called sea wolves by Champlain, wrecked hundreds of ships before the first lighthouse was built here in 1830. Learn about what life was like as a lighthouse keeper and view the original Fresnel lens that helped guide sailors

Seal Island Light Museum

safely ashore. Climb the tower for an excellent view of the coast.

Shag Harbour UFO Centre Highway 3, Shag Harbour The truth is out there: celebrating its 50th anniversary. Shag Harbour is best known for the alleged 1967 UFO visit witnessed by a dozen citizens who reported a glowing object hovering above the harbour before crashing into it. RCMP officers and local fishermen discovered a wide slick of sulfurous yellow foam covering the water, but no sign of an aircraft. Films, TV shows, books, and radio programs have attempted to unravel the mystery. A visit to this museum may leave you with the feeling that we’re not really alone.

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Crescent Beach Centre, Lockeport 902-656-3123 World-renowned fabric artist Laurie Swim designed and assembled this quilt memorializing the lives and loss of 17 fishermen who drowned in a terrible storm off the shores of Lockeport.


Top 5 Festivals & Events For more festivals and events, see pages 64 to 69 or visit Dates are subject to change, however, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre prior to finalizing your plans. around beautiful Cape Sable Island, including the most southerly point of Nova Scotia, the Hawk.

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song

Shelburne County Lobster Festival

Shelburne County Lobster Festival June 1 to 4, various venues 902-875-3544 Lobster dinners, lobster chowder, lobster burgers, and lobster Newburg take centre stage, while music, dancing, sport tournaments, craft sales, and fun-runs rounding out the weekend’s activities.

July 29 to 30, Lockeport 902-656-2565 This annual festival celebrates women singers and songwriters who tell their stories through song and music. This family friendly weekend features concerts, workshops on writing music, visual art, dance, film, and literature.

Whirligig and Weathervane Festival September 16 to17, Shelburne 902-875-3205 / A woodcrafter’s paradise, the Shelburne waterfront bustles with workshops, music, and entertainment, set amid displays of fanciful handmade thingamabobs.

Shelburne Founders’ Days

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July 14 to 16, Shelburne 902-875-2991 Shelburne Founders’ Days is an annual celebration of the rich history, heritage, culture, and people of this remarkable town. For several days each summer, the historic waterfront comes alive with fun, food, history, music, and games.

Nova Scotia Marathon

Nova Scotia Marathon/Half Marathon and 10K Run July 23, Barrington 902-637-2903 A Boston Marathon qualifying race. This scenic coastal marathon takes you


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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

2368 Highway 3, Barrington 902-637-2185 This 1800s-era, water-powered mill washed, carded, spun, and wove wool into durable clothing for local fishermen. See demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, and weaving, along with the very first piece of Nova Scotia tartan, which was designed and woven by Bessie Murray in 1953. The tartan’s green tones represent evergreens and deciduous trees; blue represents the sea; the white line represents surf or beach; the gold represents the Royal Charter; and the red represents the lion on the provincial crest.

98 Old Birchtown Road, Shelburne 902-875-1310 / 888-354-0772 Enjoy the view of Birchtown Bay when you climb up the Shaw Turret, which commemorates all Black Loyalist communities. Visit the Lindsay Gallery for a multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist Journey from Africa to the United States, then Nova Scotia, and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of Carlton’s Book of Negroes and search for your ancestors. Before you leave, create a virtual quilt square about your experience. Open daily May to August: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September to October: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 902-875-1310 to arrange off-season tours.

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Barrington Woolen Mill Museum

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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre


Barrington Woolen Mill Museum

Shelburne County Archive and Genealogy Society 168 Water Street, Second floor, Shelburne 902-875-4299 Make a connection and trace your roots. You may have a Shelburne connection. Research in the library and explore the archives to discover the history of the town’s earliest citizens.

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Locke Family Streetscape Highway 103, Exit 23, Lockeport 902-656-3123 Lockeport is home to Nova Scotia’s first provincial Registered Historic Streetscape. Found at the lower end of South Street overlooking Lockeport Harbour, it includes five historic homes built by descendants of Jonathan Locke between 1836 and 1876. The streetscape offers an interesting crosssection of historic architecture, with examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Victorian styles.


The Seaside Heritage Centre 2773 Main Street, Clark’s Harbour 902-745-0844 / The first floor of the building interprets the lifestyle, history, and culture of the area. Cape Sable Island is renowned for the building of sturdy wooden Cape Island boats. Other exhibits showcase the area’s lighthouses and shipwrecks. View demonstrations by artisans, local storytellers, and fishing-industry handiwork.

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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site


McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery


Tobeatic Wilderness Area

UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere

Kejimkujik Scenic Drive


Ross-Thomson House and Store Museum

West Pubnico

Shelburne 3

Queens County Museum Perkins House Museum

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Lower Woods Harbour Woods Harbour Stoddard Island (Emerald Isle) Bon Portage Island

Charlesville Shag Harbour



Lockeport Cape Roseway Sandy Point

Clark’s Harbour

West Head, Cape Sable Island Cape Sable Island Cape Sable

Baccaro Point

Barrington Woolen Mill Museum Seal Island & The Old Meeting House Museum Light Museum

Gull Rock

Cape Negro Island The Salvages


Kejim Nationa Thomas Raddall Little HopeSeas Provincial Island Park Carter Island (Lockeport)

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Shelburne Harbour

BOAT TOURS 3 Tours Daily!



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Morning Tours Afternoon Tours McNutt’s Island Picnic Kitchen Party Cruises Lobster Supper Cruises Private Parties


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Kayaking at Keji

Explore our Great Outdoors

Biking at Western Shore

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The South Shore offers some of the most remarkable outdoor experiences in the world: stunning sailing and sea kayaking, coastal exploration, bird and wildlife viewing, and extraordinary walking, hiking, and cycling opportunities. The following resources will help you enjoy all that our region’s great outdoors has to offer.

disabilities. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, fishing wharf, and trails aplenty.

Whether you want to camp, picnic, hike, sunbathe, or swim, there’s a park on the South Shore to suit your fancy. Most are open May to October. For more information on parks and beaches, visit

Mushamush Beach Park Sweetland White-sand beach on Mushamush Lake is great for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and picnics. The beach and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.

Beaches/Parks in St. Margaret’s Bay–Lunenburg

Queensland Beach Provincial Park 9600 Highway 3, Hubbards The warm water of this small white-sand beach makes it one of Nova Scotia’s most popular, perfect for summertime swimming and people watching. Supervised July 1 to August 30. Change rooms, toilets.

Bayswater Beach Provincial Park 404 Highway 329, Bayswater Large white-sand beach (supervised July and August) and picnic area with a view of the open ocean, Swiss Air Flight 111 Memorial, and Final Internment Site. Bishop Park Highway 3, Hubbards Waterside park known for bird watching, features a gazebo, picnic tables, walking trails, gardens, and interpretive panels.

Second Peninsula Provincial Park Highway 3, Second Peninsula A scenic picnic park with access to cobble beach.

Beaches/Parks in Bridgewater-Liverpool

Card Lake Provincial Park 3895 Highway 14, Chester A small picnic park on a lake under a canopy of mature softwood trees. Small beach and boat launch.

Beach Meadows Municipal Beach Off Route 3, east of Liverpool Wooded picnic area with fire pits, playground, change rooms, wheelchair accessible washrooms, boardwalks, and one-kilometre white sand beach.

Cleveland Beach Provincial Park 8878 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Hubbards Sandy beach, but no lifeguards, and a picnic area. A sister beach to Queensland.

Bush Island Provincial Park Off Highway 331, Petite Rivière A small boat launch into the Atlantic Ocean.

East River Provincial Park 2177 Highway 3, East River A small picturesque picnic park on a sheltered ocean cove.

Cameron’s Brook Provincial Park 7900 Highway 8, South Brookfield A small brookside picnic park shaded by mixedwood trees. Across the road is Cameron Lake with access to Ponhook Lake, a favourite for canoeing.

Graves Island Provincial Park 230 Graves Island Road, East Chester Off Highway 3. Picturesque area with picnic tables (some covered) scattered through open fields, small cobblestone beach, unsupervised swimming, and camping site rentals.


Cookville Provincial Park 1119 Highway 10, Cookville Just north of Bridgewater. A small roadside picnic park with access to the LaHave River.

Hubbards Beach Provincial Park Highway 3, Hubbards A day-use park featuring a sandy beach with boat launch, just past Queensland Beach.

Fancy Lake Provincial Park 854 Conquerall Mills Road, Hebbville A small picnic park on the lakeshore offers a lunch stop and an opportunity for a swim in fresh water.

Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park Highway 3, Upper Tantallon A small picnic area, with an area specially developed for seniors and people with

Greenfield Veterans Memorial Park Route 210, Greenfield A small riverside park with picnic facilities,


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information kiosk displaying brochures and local events, plus an interpretive panel depicting the area’s history. Hirtle’s Beach Route 332, toward Riverport Known for its three kilometres of sand, smooth pebbles, and clear water. It provides the only access to Gaff Point, which offers a spectacular hikes in the woods through a protected wilderness park. Ninevah Provincial Park North Brookfield Just east of the junction of routes 325 and 208, you’ll find a small picnic park under a stand of oak and maple on a small brook.

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Pine Grove Park 44 Highway 8, Milton This 21-hectare community park features graveled walking/jogging trails, a picnic park overlooking the river, and a beautiful path planted with rhododendrons, azaleas, and magnolias by Captain Dick Steele, a member of the Order of Canada for his plant breeding work. There is a small beach to pull up a canoe or kayak for a picnic. Year-round park.

pine and hemlock. Boat launch for canoeing, kayaking, and sport fishing. White Point Beach Route 3, White Point A one-kilometre white-sand beach between the open Atlantic Ocean and a fresh water lake and tidal estuary. Popular surfing location year-round. Full services are available at the adjacent resort. Woodland Gardens Beach Bridgewater The parkland known as Bridgewater Woodland Gardens was donated to the Town of Bridgewater in 1921 by H. W. Owen with the intent that the area be used as a recreational park. The park is made up of trails and pathways, wild woodlands, a sizable pond, and a variety of plant and animal life.

Beaches/Parks in Port Joli–Wood’s Harbour Crescent Beach Lockeport An expansive white-sand beach on the Lockeport Loop that’s one of the most picturesque in the province.

Port Medway Lighthouse Park 1687 Port Medway Road, Port Medway Interpretive and picnic park with boardwalks and picnic shelter, a scenic look-off over Medway Bay, and a restored lighthouse (circa 1899).

The Hawk Beach, Cape Sable Island Route 330, Clark’s Harbour This gorgeous beach on Nova Scotia’s most southerly point offers first-class bird watching against a scenic backdrop of a 1500-year-old drowned forest.

Rissers Beach Provincial Park 5366 Highway 331, Petite Rivière A beautiful picnic park with a kilometre-long sandy beach (supervised July through August), interpretive displays, boardwalk crossing a salt marsh, and hiking trails. Also on-site: a canteen, showers, and camping.

North East Point Beach Located just across the Causeway on Cape Sable Island. This beach is a local hot spot for swimming, soaking up the sun, and watching boat races. Boardwalk, gazebo, and seasonal washrooms.

Summerville Beach Provincial Park 7533 Highway 3, Summerville Centre An expansive light-sand beach and sheltered picnic tables. Sand dunes backing the beach provide a nesting area for piping plover. Open salt marsh. Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park 3933 Highway 8, Middlefield A small lakeside picnic park under a stand of

The Islands Provincial Park 183 Barracks Road, Shelburne Popular picnic area on Shelburne Harbour. Rocky beach, boat launch, hiking trail to town, camping. Open June to October. Roseway Provincial Park Beach Shelburne A stunning secluded beach that will make you think you’re on a tropical island. Home to the endangered piping plover.

Sand Hills Beach Provincial Park 28 Sand Hills Beach Park Road, Villagedale White-sand beach with change rooms, picnic tables. Sand flats heat up at low tide, creating warm water for bathing. To protect the dunes, stay on the marked paths. Popular bird-watching site. Thomas Raddall Provincial Park 529 Raddall Park Road, Port l’Hébert South of Port Joli. Beautiful secluded beaches, historic sites with interpretive panels, picnic area, 11 kilometres of coastal and wooded multi-use trails, plus walk-in tenting Welkum Park 8946 Upper Clyde Road, Shelburne A small day-use park and beach located on Welshtown Lake. People of all ages enjoy the refreshing fresh water on hot summer days and bring a picnic lunch.

Golf Courses Aspotogan Ridge Golf & Country Club 14 Parkwood Drive, Hubbards 902-858-3888 / 9- or 18-hole course ideal for all levels of players. Bluenose Golf Club 18 Cove Road, Lunenburg 902-634-4260 / 9-hole, par 35. This very challenging and hilly course offers spectacular views of town and waterfront

This spot is known for its picturesque view of Shad Bay. Day-players welcome. Indian Lake Golf Course 199 Old Coach Road, Hatchet Lake 902-876-8844 / 18-hole, par 60. This premier course presents over 150 acres amid the wilderness enroute to Peggy’s Cove. The rustic log clubhouse offers a full menu and bar. Tee times required. Osprey Ridge Golf Club 429 Harold Whynot Road, Lunenburg County 888-963-7821 / 18-hole, par 72. Championship course designed by Graham Cooke. Nominated for Golf Digest’s Best New Course in Canada 1999. River Hills Golf & Country Club Clyde River 902-637-2415 / 18-hole, par 72. The original 9-hole course opened in 1960. Today’s course features a beautiful river and ocean vistas. Day players welcome. Sherwood Golf and Country Club 500 Sherwood Road, RR # 2 Lunenburg County 902-275-4956 / 18-hole, par 71. Sherwood offers an exquisite balance of nature and golf. Beautiful British colonial clubhouse and chalets for play and stay packages. White Point Golf Club 75 White Point Beach Road, White Point 902-683-2485 / 800-565-5068 9-hole, par 35. Designed by Donald Ross. Surrounded by ocean views and beaches. Green fee players welcome.

Chester Golf Club 22 Golf Course Road, Chester 902-275-4543 / 18-hole, par 70. One of the most scenic golf courses in Nova Scotia, this one is known for its fantastic ocean views. Visitors must book 48 hours in advance. Granite Springs Golf Club 4441 Prospect Road, Bayside 902-852-3419 /


Osprey Ridge Golf Course

Beaches / Parks / Golf Courses

Sable River Provincial Park 140 West Sable Road, Sable River The brook running through this picnic park changes directions with the tide. A pine canopy provides a cool place to relax and eat.


Kayaking Candlebox Kayaking 182 Water Street, Shelburne 902-637-7115 / Based at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and specializing in sea kayak tours, coaching, and kayak rentals. Offers calm, scenic tours of Port Mouton, Keji Seaside, Shelburne Harbour, and Lobster Bay plus advanced surf and tidal play sea-kayak adventures. Also offers day-long and multi-day tours of the Tusket Islands.

Cape La Have Adventures 90 Bells Cove Road, Dublin Shore 902-693-2023 / Offers half-day, full-day, and multi-day guided sea-kayak adventures in the renowned LaHave Islands archipelago on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Paddle among the islands and experience pristine beaches, narrow inlets, coastal wildlife, and signature maritime fishing settlements. Enjoy extended multiday expeditions in other locations in the province, including the Bay of Fundy and other areas along the South Shore. Nightly sunset paddles, kayak and yoga trips, Paddle Canada sea-kayak instruction, plus other specialized programs and wilderness adventures available upon request.

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East Coast Outfitters Prospect 902-852-2567 / 877-852-2567 Halifax’s premier paddling spot since 2001. Locally owned and operated, specializes in sea kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard tours, lessons, and equipment rentals. Its guides are some of the most highly trained paddlers in the region, and will show you everything you need to know to get on the water safely. Choose from a range of tours and lessons: daily guided tours, weekend lessons, and daily specials that include Monday skills clinics, Sunday yoga, after-work paddles, and Friday night barbecues with live music. East Coast Outfitters has a giant wharf, a post-andbeam boathouse, and one of the largest boat fleets in the Maritimes.

Freewheeling Adventures 2118 Route 329, Hubbards 902-857-3600 / 800-672-0775 Freewheeling Adventures orchestrates guided and self-guided bicycle, walking, sea kayak, and multi-sport holidays in coastal Nova Scotia for small groups and individuals. Offers van-supported inn-to-inn trips with small groups, and luxury sea-kayak and camping trips supported with supply drops by sailboat. Offers both easy walking and challenging hiking trips. Customize your own solo or group adventure. Rent bicycles, canoes, and kayaks as needed. Equipment can also be rented and delivered.

The Kayak Shack 89 Water Street and 106 Duke Street, Chester 902-980-0522 / Providing access to front and back harbours, as well as our beautiful islands, Chester’s Kayak Shack provides a perfect activity for your day and a positive athletic adventure in one of the most scenic destinations in Nova Scotia. A perfect way to witness the pristine environment of our coastline where wildlife abounds. Rentals of stand-up paddle boards, rowboats, bicycles, and canoes are also available. Daily kayak tours. All safety equipment and basic instruction is included.

Liverpool Adventure Outfitters 4003 Sandy Cove Road (Highway 3), Liverpool 902-354-2702 Liverpool Adventure Outfitters provides canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and biking tours. Explore the wilderness of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, travelling the beautiful coastline to visit lighthouses, beaches, and fishing villages, or have a unique bachelor/bachelorette adventure. Tours are available with or without accommodations and custom tours are available to groups by request. Please note that advance bookings are required. Also offers bicycle, canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Ocean kayak and stand-up paddleboard clinics are available in season.


Pedal and Sea Adventures 8384 St Margaret’s Bay Road, Black Point 902-858-3030 / 877-777-5699 Friendly travel company offering guided and self-guided bicycle tours for cyclists and outdoor adventurers looking to explore Nova Scotia. Offer tours in Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, the coastal South Shore, Lunenburg, as well as the Bay of Fundy. Provides quality bike rentals with a modern fleet made by the best manufacturers, including Opus, Cannondale, and Louis Garneau. Panniers and car-racks offered. Bike rentals include helmet, trunk bag, lock, pump, and spare tube. Offers free delivery anywhere in the Halifax area.

Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre Treasure Drive, Western Shore 902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 Marina with transient slips available, fuel, ice, power, water, showers, laundry, and use of resort amenities (spa, pool, patio, restaurant, bar, tennis, and trails). The marina offers sea-kayak and bicycle rentals, plus boat and fishing tours. Bridgewater Marina 237 LaHave Street, Bridgewater 902-527-6278 / 902-521-7878 30 slips available for seasonal, overnight, weekend, and weekly rentals. Water, sewer, washrooms, showers, and laundry.

Pleasant Paddling 245 The Point Road, Blue Rocks 902-541-9233 / Pleasant Paddling offers sea kayak guided tours, rentals, and lessons from its location on the waterfront of historic Lunenburg on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Guided tours travel through the amazing islands that surround Blue Rocks. Paddle through narrow passageways around uninhabited islands to see seals, porpoises, and more. Instruction offered for tours and rentals.

Brooklyn Marina 100 Shore Road, Brooklyn near Liverpool 902-354-4028 Marina and waterfront park with 15 guest berths, water, and power hook-ups. Clubhouse features showers, ice, and concierge service. Open May to October. Chester Yacht Club 21 South Street, Chester 902-275-3747 / Marina and launching facilities, and moorings available. Hull, engine, and sail repair, plus gasoline and diesel nearby.

Sea Dog 1 Dock Street, Shelburne 902-875-1131 / Kayak rentals.

Whynot Adventure Outfitters

Photo: Kathy Johnson

LaHave River Yacht Club 77 Pernette Drive, West LaHave 902-688-3177 / Marina and launching facilities with a boat ramp and moorings available. Gas and diesel on-site, plus showers, and a bar and grill.

Kayaking / Marinas

Gold River Marina 242 Demont Road, Chester Basin 902-275-1322 / Sheltered marina with a 50-tonne marine railway. Offering on-site boat storage and repairs, berths up to 12 metres, fuel, ice, showers, laundry, and Wi-Fi.

Jake’s Landing, Kejimkujik National Park 902-682-2282 / Kejimkujik National Park’s exclusive adventure provider. Located at the park’s historic Jake’s Landing, with convenient access to outdoor adventures. Whynot Adventure specializes in guided canoe trips.

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Lunenburg Boat Locker 280 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3202 / Marina facilities, mooring rentals, 10-tonne capacity marine railway. Water, showers, and ice on-site, plus a full marine chandlery. Lunenburg Yacht Club 734 Herman’s Island Road, Lunenburg 902-634-3745 / Mooring and berth rentals available. Hull, engine, and sail repair nearby. Gas and diesel on-site. Club kitchen and bar serving an everchanging menu. Shining Waters Marine 148 Nautical Way, Tantallon 902-826-3625 / Docking and moorage, boat launch, fuel, haul, and storage. Plus an on-site store carrying boating necessities. Luxury washrooms with showers and laundry. Dining room, pub, and two decks on the water. South Shore Marine 130 Marina Road, Chester 902-275-3711 / Marina with 20-tonne capacity travel lift, repair services, fuel, water, ice, showers, laundry, storage, and moorings. Store offers marine gear, charts, clothing, and gifts. Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and Marina 107 Water Street, Shelburne 902-875-4757 / Marina with floating docks, moorings, and wharf. On-site showers, laundry, fuel, and Wi-Fi, plus clubhouse and bar.


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For detailed trail descriptions and maps, visit or see-do/trails. For snowmobile trails, visit Back Harbour Trail (3 km) This 3-km point-to-point walking trail begins behind the old Train Station in downtown Lunenburg. Flat and wide, the trail offers views of the harbour, rest stations, and interpretive sites.

Barrington Bay Trail (2.3 km) Start at the historic Old School House Restaurant in Barrington, where parking is available. The trail overlooks the bay and winds through salt marshes, meadows, and inland ponds that are home to over 50 species of birds. Observation deck, rest stations, and interpretive signs. Centennial Trail (8 km) Off King Street, Bridgewater. A gentle grade winds through a natural treed area to a footbridge that spans the LaHave River and overlooks salmon pools on the scenic waterway. Chester Connection Trail (35 km) Formerly part of the rail line along the South Shore, this scenic trail with many spectacular ocean views starts in East River and continues to Martin’s River. Ideal for walking, hiking, bicycling, and skiing. Graves Island Provincial Park Trail (4 km) Exit 7 off Highway 103. Four short trails, well suited for family groups, take hikers around the island to see the drumlins, islands, and sailboats dotting the horizon. Saltwater beach. Jordan River Trail (2.6 km) Haydens Road, Shelburne. Follow the trail east across the Jordan River through wind-swept pine to views of a large saltwater marsh and great bird-watching habitat. Jubilee Park Trails (1.5 km) Hedge Row, Mahone Bay. A recreation park with supervised outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts. Two trails, connected by smaller footpaths, pass through pine stands and open out onto the ball fields. Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Harbour Rocks Trail (6.4 km return) St. Catherine’s River Road, Port Joli. A 6.4 km loop through a mixed forest and dense shrub to the coast, with boardwalks over the marshy areas. Follow the shoreline to the western end of St. Catherine’s River Beach to see harbour seals basking on the rocks just off the trail. Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Harbour Rocks Trail (6.4-km loop) Branching off the Harbour Rocks Trail, the Port

Lion’s Park Trail (3 km) This park is ideally located on Route 12 and houses a picnic area and walking trail that connect to Ross Farm Museum. While strolling through the woods this trail showcases beautiful evergreens and ends with a wonderful meadow view. The path continues to course along Lake Lawson with rest stops along the way to have a snack or enjoy the views. Allow one hour. Lockeport Boardwalk and Trail (4 km) A wonderful boardwalk and walking trail that provides a safe and wheelchair accessible tour of this quaint small town. It begins at Crescent Beach Centre and features two trestle bridges MARC Trail System (8 km) Route 332 between Bridgewater and Lunenburg. This Municipal Activity and Recreation Complex is enjoyed year-round and is especially popular in winter with cross-

country skiers. Eleven well-marked trails of varying difficulty run along Rhodenizer Brook and pass through pine and hemlock woods.


Miller Point Peace Park (1 km) Highway 3, Dayspring. A family picnic park just outside Bridgewater, with a level, smooth, and wide trail system winding through woods along the LaHave River. Pine Grove Park Trail (1.6 km) Highway 8, Milton. This 22-hectare park offers graveled walking trails though a mature pine stand featuring azaleas, rhododendrons, and magnolias. The trails connect to a wellequipped picnic area overlooking the Mersey River, a feeding site for black ducks and teal. Great blue herons are common visitors. Parking and washrooms are available. Port L’Hebert Pocket Wilderness Trail (3 km) Highway 103, Port L’Hebert. About 30 kilometres from Liverpool, a large road sign indicates the start of the trail. Huge granite boulders, left behind by glaciers thousands of years ago and covered with centuries-old lichens, are scattered throughout the forest. Trail leads to rich salt marshes along the shore, well known as a wintering ground for migrating Canada geese.

Marinas / Trails

Joli Head Trail crosses the extensive bog on boardwalks and follows the coastline. Watch for seals, eider ducks, and cormorants on the ocean; sandpipers, yellowlegs, and piping plovers on the shore. The trails are graveled, and feature comfort stations, viewing platforms, and interpretive panels.


Roseway River Trail (about 1 km) Shelburne. The Roseway River Trail crosses the Roseway River near Falls Lane on two small CN bridges. The trail follows the abandoned railway bed and ends at the road near the entrance to the Islands Provincial Park. Rum Runners Trail (119 km) This multi-use trail connects Lunenburg and Halifax, passing through Mahone Bay, Chester, and Hubbards. Experience the coastal communities: savour local flavours at awardwinning restaurants, explore attractions and seaside artisan shops. Multiple trailheads. Sable River Foot Bridge Trail (3.5 km) Highway 103, Shelburne. Parking is available at the Chef’s Table restaurant. Follow Freeman’s Mill Road over the swinging bridge, through a strip of vegetation separating two residential properties and past an old school house (now the Fire Department). Turn right and walk 500 metres down the road to the abandoned rail bed on the left. Follow this trail across the river and back to the Chef’s Table.

U-picks and Farmers’ Markets For a list of farm markets and U-pick farms throughout Nova Scotia, visit Chester Farmers’ Market 20 Smith Road, Chester (at the Chester Visitors Information Centre) Offering a source of locally produced food including produce, meats, dairy, and specialty goods. This outdoor market operates Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during summer and fall. Bridgewater Farmers’ Market King Street (between Dominion and Empire streets) Tabletop cafes and artisans, local organic produce, local herbs, meat, baked goods, and more. Saturdays (starting June 1) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shelburne Rail Trail (4.8 km return) 63 King Street, Shelburne. Located across from the Shelburne Fire Hall, this pleasant community walking path follows the abandoned rail line from King Street to Roseway River.

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South Shore Annapolis Trail (122 km) This year-round trail connects Goose Chase Road in New Germany to the town of Bridgetown in the Annapolis Valley and Caledonia in the region of Queens. Suitable for hikers, cyclists, equestrians, skiers, and ATV and snowmobile drivers. Parking is available at various access points along the trail. Wood’s Harbour Multi-Purpose Trail (about 1.5 km) This trail follows what was once the rail line that ran through Wood’s Harbour, and used for transporting passengers, mail, fish, boats, and more. The last run was in 1969. In 1984 the ties and rails were removed.

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Lore’s Strawberry Farm U-pick 813 Walburne Road, Newburne 902-644-2415 / Located on a commercial blueberry farm, this winery offers tasting, tours, and a U-pick, plus a shop filled with Nova Scotian crafts. Lunenburg Farmers’ Market May to September, Lunenburg Arena September to April, Lunenburg Community Centre 902-543-7836 / This 30-year-old, year-round market features produce, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, flowers, preserves, and more. Open Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Mahone Bay Farmers’ Market 63 School Road, Blockhouse Handmade goods, local meats, and bakery fare share space at this indoor/outdoor market. Open May 27 to October; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Germany Farm Market St. John’s Anglican Church Hall 902-644-2153 Open Saturdays, May to October, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. New Ross Country Market Ross Farm Museum, 4568 Highway 12 902-689-2210 / 877-689-2210 Mix and mingle with the locals at this friendly market known for local flavours and handmade items. Open Saturdays, June to October, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Privateer Farmers’ Market Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool Now in its third year, this local marketplace features coffee and farm vendors, as well as local artisans. Open Saturdays, May to December, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Queens County Farmers’ Market Find fruit, vegetables, crafts, and more. Located at the Exhibition Grounds in Caledonia. Open Saturdays, May to September, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Riverview Produce Farms U-Pick 184 Wilson Road, Chester 902-648-0133 Purchase farm-grown strawberries, raspberries, peas, corn, pumpkins, and other vegetables in season, or call ahead for hours and pick your own. Open June to December. Shelburne Farmers’ Market 20 Maiden Lane, Shelburne This diverse market highlights homemade goods, coffee, crafts, pottery, produce, meats, bread, libations, sushi, and more. Open Saturdays, May to October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Terra Beata Farm 161 Monk Point Road, Lunenburg 902-634-4435 / Guided walking tours of the fields, educational displays, and Nova Scotia’s only cranberry U-pick come together on this working farm. Call or visit the website for seasonal hours. Vissers U-Pick 4035 Highway 325, Newcombville 902-543-8898 / This family run farm focuses on recreational pickers. It only accepts cash, so plan ahead. Visit the website for hours and other information. Wild Blueberry U-Pick 1224 Glenmore Road, Middle Musquodoboit 902-636-8322 Call ahead for seasonal hours.

Trails / U-picks and Farmers’ Markets

Hubbards Farmers’ Market Hubbards Barn, Highway 3 Discover local produce, meat, and wine, plus art, jewelry, baked goods, and more. Open Saturdays, May to October, 8 a.m. to noon.


Festivals and Events

There’s no shortage of music, food, social, and natural history along the South Shore. Come celebrate with us! Dates listed are subject to change so confirm with local Visitor Information Centres before finalizing your plans. For a complete list of local festivals and events, visit

Barrington Exhibition

April 23 to 24 Run Our Shore Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool This event features 5K, 10K, wheelchair, youth, and half-marathon races.

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May 19 to 22 Victoria Day Weekend Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Full camping and hiking facilities open for the season. To reserve a camping spot visit the website or call 877-RESERVE. May 20 South Shore Sip, Savour and Cycle Tour A cycling tour showcasing locally crafted food and drink. Drink in the beauty of the South Shore as you cycle from Mahone Bay to Lunenburg on your choice of the bay to bay trail or along the scenic coastal route. A farmers’ market-style lunch awaits your arrival in Luneburg, with a Mahone Bay party to

celebrate your tour, featuring more delicious handcrafted food and beverage. Then relax and stay in a cozy bed and breakfast. May 27 Kids Fishing Derby, White Point Beach Resort May 27 to 28 Tour de Keji Omnium Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Road cyclists from all over Atlantic Canada will meet at Kejimkujik to compete for two days in a time trial, criterium, and road-race. Visit for race details. June 1 to 4 Shelburne County Lobster Festival Shelburne County See details pages 16, 50.

June 16 to 17 National Aboriginal Day Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Celebrate Mi’Kmaw culture at this annual event that’s marking its 20th year. June 23 to 25 Privateer Days Liverpool / See details page 44. June 24 Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race Flat, fast, and scenic run around the Mersey River. June 28 Tom Cochrane & Red Rider in Concert Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool July and August Port Medway Readers’ Festival Port Medway / This annual festival is an opportunity for readers to listen to and meet writers in an informal, friendly village setting. Visit the website for the 2017 schedule. July to September Musique Royale Lunenburg 902-624-0506 / A celebration of early music in communities throughout the province. July 1 Canada Day Celebrations Region-wide July 8 Chester Municipal Heritage Society Annual Auction and Flea Market Chester Train Station Chester /

July 8 to 9 Mahone Bay Home and Garden Tour Mahone Bay / Tour some lovely properties and participate in workshops focusing on heritage, architecture, gardening, and shipbuilding.


July 8 to 16 Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Peggy’s Cove Two weekends of art events feature plein-air painting, youth art events, and a variety of workshops. July 9 to 10 Lunenburg Festival of Crafts Lunenburg Arena, Lunenburg Nova Scotian craft producers, entertainers, and traditional food vendors gather to celebrate local culture. July 14 to 16 Shelburne Founders’ Days Shelburne waterfront See details page 50. July 14 to 16 Peggy’s Cove Studio Tour Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Peggy’s Cove This tour celebrates the art and artists of the St. Margaret’s Bay area. During the three-day event, studios, group showings, and galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to welcome visitors. July 15 to 16 Parks Canada Bioblitz: A Canada 150 signature event Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Team up with scientists and experts to find as much wildlife as possible in a short period of time and record your observations. Saturday’s event takes place in Kejimkujik inland and Sunday’s event takes place at Kejimkujik Seaside.

Festivas and Events

June 11 to 18 Wood’s Harbour Days Wood’s Harbour

August Nova Scotia Schooner Association Race Week Shelburne A sporting week of schooner races sure to entertain, whether you’re on a vessel or watching from the shore.


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July 21 to 23 Learn-To-Camp Weekend Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site This program will entice you to learn rudimentary basics of camping, from what to bring to what to eat. Presented in partnership with MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) and our friends, “A for Adventure.” Fees apply. Reserve early as space is limited. July 22 World Tuna Flat Races Hubbards / 902-857-1133 Teams of four race these large green boats native to St. Margaret’s Bay at the waterfront park. They’re known as tuna flats as all four people in the boat can stand on one side of the boat while hauling in a large tuna without capsizing the boat. July 23 Nova Scotia Marathon/Half-marathon & 10 K Run Barrington / See details page 50.

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July 23 to 29 Boxwood Festival and Workshops Lunenburg / See details page 38. July 25 to 30 South Shore Exhibition Bridgewater / See details page 43. July 29 Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song Lockeport / See details page 50.

August Chester Art Festival 60 Queen Street, Chester This nine-day exhibition showcases the talented artists that visit and live on the South Shore. Kids Make Art Day is for aspiring young artists to participate and exercise their imaginations with a multitude of art activities. August 5 Keji’s 48th Birthday Celebration Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Celebrate with activities, games, free cupcakes and refreshments at this annual family event. August 5 to 6 Heritage Boatyard Co-op celebration Mahone Bay August 6 28th-Annual Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival Lunenburg / Take in an afternoon of local folk art, plus an auction, music, door prizes, and more. August 10 to 12 RDV17 Tall Ships in Lunenburg August 10 to 13 31st-Annual Folk Harbour Festival Lunenburg / See details page 38. August 11 to 13 Dark Sky Weekend Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Experience the astronomical depth of Kejimkujik’s Dark Sky Preserve through a telescope at the Sky Circle or learn how artificial light affects humans and wildlife at a campfire program. Find full details online.

August 11 to 13 East Coast Paracon South Shore Paranormal Festival Liverpool / This spooky conference attracts paranormal experts, authors, and enthusiasts for presentations, meet and greets, and a late-night ghost walk.

Regatta with a visit to Shelburne. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these magnificent ships up close and personal.

August 11 to 13 South Shore in Motion Festival Bridgewater / 902-530-3130 See details page 44.

August 17 to 20 Annual Hank Snow Tribute Liverpool / See details page 44.

August 14 to 15 RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta Outport in Shelburne / A fun filled two-day event to celebrate Canada 150 and the return of the RDV 2017 Tall Ships

August 16 to 19 Chester Race Week Chester / See details page 38.

August 17 to 20 Barrington Municipal Exhibition Barrington / This agricultural exhibition features displays of vegetables, fruits, flowers, artwork, quilts, food, photographs, and more. August 18 to 19 New Ross Community Fair New Ross Community Fair Grounds, New Ross Agricultural activities abound at this two-day event filled with horse- and ox-pulling, a flower show, a Christmas tree competition, bingo, and 4-H displays.

Follow Hank’s journey from Nova Scotia to a giant of the country music world.

27TH ANNUAL HANK SNOW TRIBUTE August 17-20, 2017 Summer’s “must see” country music event!

17 Hank Snow Dr., Liverpool, NS 888.450.5525

Festivals and Events

August 11 to 13 Lockeport Sea Derby Lockeport / Nova Scotia’s longest-running fishing derby celebrates 25 years with draws, largest fish competitions, and fun aplenty.



August 18 to 20 Shelburne Kayak Festival Islands Park, Shelburne A weekend of instructive clinics cover paddle work, trip planning, and safety. August 18 to 27 Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show Port Medway / This annual multimedia exhibition supports the preservation of local lighthouses through wall art, sculpture, and craft. August 26 to 27 Learn to Paddle Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site A fun-filled weekend celebration with canoeing and kayaking demonstrations, clinics and activities; perfect for the beginner and seasoned paddler alike. Presented in collaboration with Canoe/Kayak Nova Scotia. September 2 Big Keji Picnic Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site A unique afternoon of picnicking at Merrymakedge Beach. Bring a blanket, pack a lunch, and come enjoy a picnic while you relax along the edge of Kejimkujik Lake. Games and other surprises await you. September 14 to 16 Nova Scotia 55+ Games 2017 Bridgewater / Lunenburg County

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September 16 to 17 Whirligig and Weathervane Festival Shelburne / See details page 50. September 16 to 18 Rural Arts and Life Tour Lunenburg County / Come see what rural life is all about across seven communities. You’ll see wood and stone carving, First Nations demonstrations, wagon rides, and farm animals.

September 20 to 24 Queens County Fair Caledonia / See details page 44. September 22 to 24 Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair Mahone Bay / See details pages 38. Late-September Afterglow Bridgewater Celebrate art by night at this annual festival that collects the work of new and emerging artists from across the county. September 29 to October 4 Shag Harbour Incident UFO Festival Shag Harbour / Barrington Passage This unique festival showcases the mysterious UFO sighting in Shag Harbour in 1967. Variety shows, suppers, UFO symposiums, and more round out this weekend of discovery. September 30 Savour the Trail: Culinary Hike Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Discover a new way to savour the fall at Keji. Take to the trails and experience stunning colours and delicious flavours, served up by Mother Nature and Nova Scotia Community College culinary arts students of Lunenburg Campus and participating local suppliers. Call for reservations. October 2 to 6 Lockie the Lobster Knitting Festival Becky’s Yarn and Knit Shop, Lockeport 902-656-3441 / Explore the range of high-quality brands of fibres and accessories including the shop’s own specialty custom colours. October 6 to 8 Thanksgiving Weekend at Kejimkujik Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Soak up the brilliant colours of fall and enjoy what has become one of Kejimkujik’s most popular weekends of the year. Take part in the pumpkin carving contest, the haunted jaunt, and the annual Cold Turkey swim.

Mid-October Shelburne County Harvest Fair and Pumpkin Festival Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne An assortment of gourd-themed events, including a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin carvings, scarecrow decorating, pumpkin obstacle course, and much more.

season and lobster season simultaneously. Watch the parade and fireworks over the bay, and stop by the lighting of the lobster trap Christmas tree.

October 20 Bake Naked Ladies in Concert Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool

December Christmas on the Mersey Liverpool Come back to a time of candlelight, song, and the true spirit of Christmas. Attend the lighting of the Christmas trees at Old Town Hall and enjoy a candlelit walk across the bridge to Lane’s Privateer Inn.

November 24 to 26 Shelburne Celebrates Christmas Shelburne This event kicks off the holiday season with a weekend of shopping, lighting the town’s tree, and watching the annual parade. November 24 to December 3 Father Christmas Festival Mahone Bay / See details page 38.


November 24 to January 6 Tis the Sea’son on the South Shore, Christmas Festival (see details at

December 1 to 3 New Ross Christmas Festival January 1, 2018 Polar ‘Bunny’ Dip, White Point Beach Resort,

Jan 1st Polar Bunny Dip, White Point Beach Resort


November 23 to December 3 Festival of Lights, Barrington This evening festival jumpstarts the holiday



In the following pages, you’ll find listings of select accommodations, attractions, shops and services, and restaurants.

ACCOMMODATIONS Atlantic SoJourn Bed & Breakfast 56 Victoria Road, Lunenburg 902-634-3151 / 800-550-4824 / An historic sea captain’s house, located a short walk from the Lunenburg waterfront. Enjoy a hot, made-to-order breakfast each morning in the elegant dining room, and 24/7 coffee, tea, and cookies in the parlour. We have four beautiful guest rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, and a guest verandah on the second floor. Free off-street parking and Wi-Fi. Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island 902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 A 45-minute drive from Halifax. This renowned locale features 105 guestrooms, many with ocean views, 13 oceanfront chalets, two seaside villas, full-service dining, spa, and a host of amenities for relaxation or recreation.

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Bay Breeze Motel & Cottages 6970 St. Margaret’s Bay Road 902-826-2213 / 800-565-2615 Motel units: Seven superior oceanfront, eight economy, four-piece bath. Cottages: nine oceanfront with one and two bedrooms, fourpiece bath, deck (some with A/C, fireplace). Playground, pool, walking trail, fishing, rowboat, kayak, free Wi-Fi. Rates: Motel $89 to $149, Cottages $169 to $249, May 1 to Nov 1. TIANS accredited. Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre 527 Highway 10, Bridgewater 902-530-0101 / 877-665 0101 Easy access off Highway 103, offering 63 rooms in a variety of styles to suit your stay, including pet-friendly rooms, and accessible rooms. Hot buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi included. Amenities include our indoor heated, salt-water pool, hot tub, 80-foot spiral water slide, and fitness centre, plus a full-service restaurant on-site.

Best Western Plus Liverpool Hotel & Conference Centre 63 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool 877-354-2377 / Located off Highway 103, mid point from Halifax and Yarmouth, offering 65 guest rooms with a pet friendly service. Amenities include a free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, fitness facility, business centre, in-room fridges, TVs with DVD players, and a Best Western Reward loyalty program. Boulder Cove Cottages Lighthouse Route, Churchover 866-732-7867 / Ten minutes from the Town of Shelburne, beaches, and golf, this getaway offers oceanside, deluxe cottages, and a range of vacation packages from romance to spa. Guests have use of bikes, boats, laundry facilities, firewood, games, and Wi-Fi. Clyde River Cottages & Campground 2461 Upper Clyde Road, Clyde River 902-637-3481 / Seven full housekeeping cottages, each on its own lot for privacy. Overnight camping sites with 20 and 30 amps with water. Dumping station on premises. Two pull-throughs sites. Firepits, picnic tables, heated in-ground pool, play grounds, wood and ice at convenience store at office that is licensed to sell alcohol to guests only. Local historic sites, shopping, restaurants, and beaches nearby. Coastal Queens Place 8100 Highway 3, Port Mouton 902-947-3140 / coastalqueensplace Crafts, Hostel, Indoor Yard Sale, Art Gallery, Art Studios, Public computer access and much more. May 18 to December 24. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fraser’s Ocean View Cottages 6765 Highway 3, Hunts Point 902-683-2012 / Charming beachfront cottages offer a fantastic view of the ocean, fishing wharf, and islands.

The perfect place to relax, build a sandcastle, collect seashells, or go for a swim. Larinda’s Landing Oceanfront Cottages 7532 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Boutilier’s Point 902-425-4662 / 866-766-2233 Amid coastal vistas and maritime scenes, Larinda’s Landing is, perfectly situated on beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay on the Atlantic Ocean and just 30 minutes from Halifax! Larinda’s Landing has seven well-appointed cottages enjoying spectacular views and is the perfect home away from home. Oceanstone Resort 8650 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour 866-823-2160 / Oceanstone Resort is a gem on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, located minutes away from picturesque Peggy’s Cove. A premiere location for weddings, corporate events, or weekend getaways, located 40 minutes from Halifax and 45 minutes from the airport. This Canada Select 4.5-star hotel features 11 rooms with ensuite three-piece bath, six suites with ensuite three-piece bath, plus eight cottages with four-piece bath, woodstove, and a full kitchen. Port Mouton Bay Cottages & Guest Home 902-683-2020 / 866-933-2020 Well-appointed two-bedroom and threebedroom cottages located in Port Mouton, your home away from home. Everything is in

the cottages except the groceries. Smokefree, pet-free, and free Wi-Fi. Liquor store, convenience store, and seasonal seafood restaurant on-site.


The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill 7499, Route 3, Summerville Centre 902-683-2998 / A mile of white sand, lapping waves and seafresh air will greet you when you stay at the Quarterdeck. Located on Summerville Beach, the villas are luxuriously appointed on the beach with well-equipped kitchen, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, Wi-Fi, BBQ and spectacular views. New upscale Lofts offer an unforgettable view of the beach. Recreation centre and accommodations open year-round. Roseway River Cottages 50 Riverview Drive, Shelburne 902-875-3812 / 888-876-7392 Five air-conditioned housekeeping cottages with four-piece bath, satellite TV, covered deck with river view, BBQ. eight-acre wooded property with horseshoes, washers, playground, firepit, and fishing rods. Sable River View Cottages 20 Edwards Lane, East Sable River 902-656-3071 / 902-875-7087 Four two-bedroom cottages and recreation building located along the Sable River. Water sports, sunsets around the campfire, and a getaway from everyday life. Free Wi-Fi.


Come visit for tasting, gazing at vineyards & U-pick Blueberries. 813 Walburne Road, Newburne, Nova Scotia | 902 644-2415 24 km inland from Blockhouse (Hwy 103 & Exit 11)


Wines of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s pioneer fruit winery is famous for its Blueberry Wine. Over 26 wines made from 100% locally grown fruit.


Sail Inn 99 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3537 / 877-386-3535 Provides a truly authentic Lunenburg vacation with great views and complimentary breakfasts. All rooms have an ensuite bath and kitchenette. Go sailing for free on the Eastern Star, a classic 48-foot ketch. From June 15 to September 15, enjoy four daily sails, including evening sunset sail. Private charters available for pre-booking. All sails weather dependent. Call for details. Seaside Cottages at Ginger Hill Ginger Hill Road, Lockeport 902-656-2089 / 866-656-2089 Oceanfront cottages on beautiful sandy beach with panoramic ocean views. Eight twobedroom cottages, four-piece bath, cable TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, deck, and BBQ. Open May 1 to October 31.

Whispering Waves Cottages 308 Black Point Road, Ingomar 902- 637-3535 / 866-470-WAVE The sound of the whispering waves rhythmically splashing on the shore, the smell of the crisp fresh salt air as it caresses your face will soothe both the body and the soul. White Point Beach Resort White Point Beach, Queens County 902 354-2711 / 800-565-5068 This four-star, RCI Gold Crown oceanfront beach resort is open year-round. On-site activities include swimming at the beach, lake or pool, boating, surfing, sports, spa, and more. Vacation homes and cottages also available.

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Queens County Museum


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“Where Judges & Justice Reside”

Built in 1854, this Courthouse is a landmark Greek Revival Temple style building that now serves as our Museum of Justice. Engage in learning our early forms of punishment and interesting trials throughout our 250 year colonial and current day history. Liverpool’s first Magistrate was Simeon Perkins who’s home, built in 1766, is also a Museum here in Liverpool. Admission is by Donation. Open daily: June 1 - October 15* Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *By appointment during Off Season

902-354-4058 | 137 Main Street, Liverpool, NS

Adjacent to Perkins House, we invite you to explore the history of our County. Come on in and experience our great new interactive Privateer Ship—The Liverpool Packet.  Immerse yourself in the life of the Mi'kmaq, and engage in our marine history. It's all here and more!  Giftshop. Admission charged.

109 Main St. Liverpool, NS Tel: (902) 354-4058


Hell Bay Brewing 38 Legion Street, Liverpool 902-356-3556 / Handcrafted premium beer, made in small batches to ensure maximum freshness.

Boxing Rock

Saltbox Brewing 363 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-0653 / Salt Box Brewing Company celebrates the development of the skills and artistry required to create fresh, full-flavoured beer for consumption by the local community under the motto, think social and drink local.


FirkenStein Breweries 371 Baker Road, Lunenburg Municipal District 902-523-4204 Co-owners Devin Fraser and Adam Sarty built their system from scratch, using materials often used in farming, including dairy tanks. They love good beer, “firkin� good beer.

Photo: Lisa Buchanan Photography


Boxing Rock Brewing 78 Ohio Road, Shelburne 902-494-9233 / Craft brewery featuring exciting new beers, innovative, traditional, and unexpected. Offering tours on Fridays and Saturdays. The Finest Kind Food Company on-site offering light meals and beer-paired snacks most days. Watch for special events.


Elmwood Winery 105 Craig Chandler Drive, Pine Grove 902-521-6759 / Small winery growing hybrid grape varieties in a sustainable manner with an emphasis on soil health and canopy management. Open for tasting and sales on weekends. Lunenburg County Winery 813 Walburne Road, Newburne 902-644-2415 Tours of winery where traditional country fruit wines are made from local berries, grapes and honey. Blueberry U-pick. Petite Rivière Vineyards 1300 Italy Cross Road, Petite Rivière 902-693-3033 / A destination winery in the LaHave River Valley within five miles of three of the province’s most beautiful beaches. The winery building holds wine tastings and events such as parties, art shows, and picnics. Winery and vineyard tours every Wednesday through Sunday during May to October.

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From 1860 to 1968, this water-powered mill lightened the workload for Nova Scotian farm families by carding a week’s worth of wool in one hour!

242 Victoria Road, Bridgewater, NS Phone 543-8233

Open June-September

DINING Oh My Cod! 567 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-2600 / Unpretentious and affordably priced, from soups and salads to dockside burgers, from bacon-wrapped scallop skewers to mussels steamed in white wine. And, of course, cod (or haddock) complete with scrunchions and hand-cut fries. Dine in or enjoy your meal on one of two decks. The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill 7499 Route 3, Summerville Centre 902 947-2050 / Perched on a mile-long stretch of white sand, the Quarterdeck Grill has a reputation as the South Shore’s foremost destination for inspired beachside dining. Chef Dana Wood and his team are committed to supporting local farmers, fishermen and producers to create a unique Maritime experience! A tastefully designed dining room provides a 180 degree view of Summerville Beach to enjoy our exceptional wine list, Nova Scotia craft beer and inspired cocktails. Reservations highly

Coast. As a noun and a verb. A Maritime classic is calling! Coast in for the night, a beach day, or lunch overlooking the sea. Cherished by nine generations, we’re all about simple, unexpected pleasures – like mussel bakes, surf lessons on a whim, a local ale on your cottage porch, or a round of seaside golf. Breeze in to find a year-round sandbox – where mingling over gooey s’mores is the norm, and ‘happy’ is both an adjective and a place. Just outside of Liverpool, off Rte 3 in White Point


The Rope Loft Waterfront Restaurant Pub & Marina 36 Water Street, Chester 902-275-3430 / Located in Chester’s front harbour, The Rope Loft features two decks overlooking the ocean with spectacular island views. The restaurant offers a wonderful selection of fresh Nova Scotian seafood and is known for its light cream-based shellfish chowder and local wines. Choose from 10 draught beers that complement a burger. Vegetarian and glutenfree choices are also available. By land or sea, enjoy a traditional South Shore experience. Open April to November. Hours vary by season. Salt Shaker Deli 124 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3434 / Sit on the waterfront patio or in the dining room and enjoy this from-scratch menu. Known for its award-winning smoked seafood chowder, other local seafood items including fishcakes, lobster rolls, and mussels dot the menu. Other

favourites include hand-rolled thin crust pizzas, sandwiches, Pad Thai, and more. See details on page 30.


The South Shore Fish Shack 108 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-643-3232 / Come for the seafood, stay for the views. Located in the heart of historic Lunenburg, it features a simple menu of seaside favourites that are locally sourced and classically prepared. Stunning harbour views from two patios. An authentic East Coast experience. See details on page 31. Trellis Café 22 Highway 3, Hubbards 902-857-1188 / Homecooked “real food” with fresh ingredients. Fair-trade organic coffee. Free Wi-Fi. Local art. Live music weekly. Sunny patio and full liquor license. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. See details on page 31.

MUNICIPALITIES Municipality of the District of Barrington


recommended.Grill opens March 10, 2017. Check website for hours of operation.

2447 Highway 3, Barrington 902-637-2015 / Welcome to the “lobster capital of Canada.” Explore the most southern tip in Nova Scotia on beautiful Cape Sable Island. Uncover our historic charm and our mysterious past. Delight in our fresh seafood and sink your toes in our whitesand beaches. Gingerbread House Festival, Chester

Municipality of the District of Chester 151 King Street, Chester 902-275-3554 / Incorporated in 1879, the municipality is a treasure chest rich with tradition, culture, and distinct history; a muse to international artists who celebrate our beautiful landscape through the medium of paint, photography, and word. From agriculture to industry; from hiking to sailing; from technology to the arts, the municipality’s gifts are plentiful and diverse.

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Municipality of the District of Lunenburg 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater 902-543-8181 / Come to your senses in Lunenburg Region. Smell the crisp sea air and fragrant forest

trail within Lunenburg Region. Touch the handcrafted imaginations of local artists. See wildlife in its natural habitat. Taste food fresh from the land and the sea. Hear the crash of waves and laughter on the shore. Municipality of the District of Shelburne 136 Hammond Street, Shelburne 902-875-3544 / Our municipality offers lighthouses, rugged coastlines, white-sand beaches, fishing villages with colourful boats and neighbourly people. You can cycle our rural roads, walk our trails, go fishing in our lakes and rivers, paddle in the ocean or sit back and bird watch. For the golfer, we have a beautiful 18-hole golf course

Mi’kmaq Porcupine Quillwork Lunenburg County Folk Art Kid Friendly Interactive Exhibits Research Centre & Gift Shop Situated in Woodland Gardens, with a walking trail, duck pond and picnic tables. 130 Jubilee Road, Bridgewater, NS 902-543-4033 Summer Hours: Tue-Sat 9-5 / Sunday 1-5

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in Clyde River and in Birchtown, you can take a guided tour of the new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre and Historical Site, the first free black settlement in North America.

workshop. Call ahead for a free guided tour or visit the workshop to see how molten pewter is cast into sculptures, candle holders, jewelry, and more.

Region of Queens Municipality 249 White Point Road, Liverpool 902-354-3453 / From pristine white-sand beaches and lighthouses to inland lakes, forest trails and parks, the region offers year-round music, theatre and sporting events, museums, and a warm welcome to visitors.

Blue Shutters—Antiques and Local Art Gallery 3167 Highway 3, East Chester 902-275-3333 / 902-275-5359 Multiple local artists and antique dealers share this space presenting a great variety of wares. Open from June to October, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., other times by appointment.

Amos Pewter 589 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-9547 / 800-565-3369 Amos Pewter designs and crafts pewter gifts and keepsakes in an open studio on the scenic South Shore of Nova Scotia. These artisans began working out of a vacant boat building shop (circa 1880) that today houses the

LaHave Bakery Route 331, LaHave 902-688-2908 / This is a truly local enterprise as goods are baked on-site using locally grown, fresh-milled grains. You cannot resist the scent wafting out the door and must stop in for a treat or lunch. Popular with locals and visitors, and a number of artists hang out here, too. And don’t miss the skateboard shop or art exhibitions upstairs.





Marilyn Kellough Watercolors Hunt’s Point 902-682-2812 / 902-350-277 Marilyn is a professionally trained artist specializing in watercolours. She paints everyday life and familiar objects. Much of her work can be viewed at galleries on the South Shore. Open May to December 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December to April by appoint or by chance. Sail Lunenburg Star Charters 2 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg 902-634-3535 / 877-386-3535 Hear the silence on board the Eastern Star, a classic 48-foot wooden ketch. Relax or let the experienced staff teach you a thing or two. Daily sailing tours or private charters of Lunenburg’s historic harbour and bay.

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Shelburne County Tourism Association Nowhere else in Nova Scotia can you find the beautiful diversity held within the boundaries of Shelburne County. From the white-powder sand beaches to the ancient forests protecting the fresh-water lakes and rivers, an abundance of fun can be had. Renowned for birding, stately lighthouses, trails, natural harbours, fresh seafood, and a history dating back to the 1700s, Shelburne County offers travellers all aspects of a great vacation experience. Shelburne Harbour Boat Tours See details on page 48. White Point Artist: Marg Millard 19 White Point 2 Road, White Point 902-683-2393 / This artist’s studio is often open to the public, but call ahead before dropping in to see her seascape and lighthouse paintings.

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OUR THOUGHTS ON A GREAT GETAWAY Fresh air, beautiful sunrise, lots of activities and your family and friends. With a spectacular seaside location, kayak rentals, hiking, biking, indoor and outdoor pools, spa and acres of property to explore, we’re the place for the perfect getaway. Enjoy local flavours in La Vista dining room or have us pack a picnic lunch for your adventures. By the pool, playing mini golf or around a bonfire at night, wherever you find yourself on our property, you’ll always find a welcoming atmosphere and down-home hospitality. Do your next getaway Seaside Different. Call (800) 565-5075.

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Nova Scotia's South Shore Guide 2017  
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