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2.5 hours from Halifax, 2 hours from Digby & less than an hour from Yarmouth, Exits 29 & 30 on Hwy 103

Do everything. Do nothing. Explore the past, enjoy the



present – from nature’s best beaches and scenic seaside towns to cultural and historic milestones that will have you coming

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Plan your stay today at Just 2 hrs from Halifax and a 60 minute drive from Yarmouth


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


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


The Villages of Mountain Gap Resort

The Villages of Mountain Gap Resort is the oldest privately owned Resort in Nova Scotia since 1915, nestled on the shores of the Annapolis Basin overlooking the town of Digby and the world-famous Scallop and Lobster fleets in Smith’s Cove, Digby County. Come discover our Rustic Country Resort with today’s charm. Relax by the pool, stroll along the beach, and enjoy nightly bonfires with brilliant sunsets. We offer a variety of rooms and cottages to choose from to fit every guest or family need, weekend packages and much more. Rooms include continental breakfast. We also have year round condos for mature living. There is lots to do on our property: • Large Playground • Giant Chessboard • Free WIFI • On Site Chapel • Wedding Receptions • Family Reunions • New Conference Centre & Reception Hall • Swimming Pool • Walking Beach

• Beautiful Sunsets • Walking Trail • Volleyball Court • Croquet • Badminton • Basketball Court • Kids Play Room • Nightly Bonfire with outdoor movies (July & August)

Home of the largest scallop and lobster fleet.

Explore Digby Coupon

Receive your second night for Half Price Sunday – Thursday when you buy one night at regular rate (Must have this coupon) Redeemable at The Villages of Mountain Gap Resort 217 Smith’s Cove Digby 902-245-5841 Expires: Oct 6, 2018. Some black out dates.


Our menu includes fresh local seafood as well as other dishes to satisfy your appetite. 902-245-5841


Table of Contents

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Welcome ..............................................9 General Information...............................11 Visitor Information Centres ................... 11 Important Numbers............................. 11 Getting Here................................... 12–13 Points of Entry.....................................12 Approximate Touring Distances Along Scenic Route (map).....................12 Information for Drivers..........................13 The South Shore.............................. 14–15 Explore Our Four Seasons....................16 Spring............................................16 Summer .........................................16 Fall ................................................18 Winter ...........................................18 Don’t Miss Attractions ...................20–23 Shining a Light: the South Shore’s Lighthouse Route ..........................24–25 Culinary Experiences 2018............. 26–31 St. Margaret’s Bay to Lunenburg ....... 32–39 Top 5 Photo Opportunities.................. 33 Recommended Scenic Drive ............... 34 Top 5 Outdoor Activities..................... 35 Top 5 Locals’ Picks ............................. 36 Top 5 Festivals & Events...................... 37 Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions.... 38 Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre foldout map

Bridgewater to Liverpool ................. 40–45 Recommended Scenic Drive ............... 40 Top 5 Photo Opportunities ..................41 Top 5 Outdoor Activities..................... 42 Top 5 Locals’ Picks ............................. 43 Top 5 Festivals & Events ..................... 44 Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions ... 45 Port Joli to Wood’s Harbour.............. 46–53 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 Explore our Great Outdoors............. 54–63 Beaches and Provincial Parks ............... 54 Golf Courses ..................................... 57 Kayaking........................................... 58 Marinas............................................. 59 Trails................................................. 60 U-picks and Farmers’ Markets............... 62 Festivals and Events ........................ 64–69 Directory....................................... 70–78 Accommodations .............................. 70 Craft Breweries & Wineries .................. 72 Dining .............................................. 73 Municipalities.................................... 76 Shops & Services............................... 77


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Sleigh rides at Ross Farm Museum

Surfing at White Point

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Cover photo: Dark Sky Observation Photo Credit: White Point Beach Resort Insets: Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Ross Farm Museum Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack

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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 via Halifax, you have the opportunity to get off the beaten track by following 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—discover adventure, sip and savour, 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 South Shore Tourism Co-operative partners for contributing to this visitor guide.

Internet Access 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

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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.

General Information


Visitor Information Centres Barrington


2517 Highway 3 902-637-2625

32 Henry Hensey Drive 902-354-5421

Town of Bridgewater & District of Lunenburg


Caledonia 9874 Highway 8 902-682-2470

Clark’s Harbour 2634 Highway 330 902-745-258


Lunenburg 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

Waterfront 902-424-4248

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

Chester Basin Lunenburg

Lobster Season Nov. 26 to May 31

Important numbers To call long distance in Nova Scotia dial 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

General Information

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

157 Locke Street 902-656-3123

Getting Here

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 Caribou (Pictou): Arrive from Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, by ferry

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

UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere

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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada McGowan Caledonia Lake Fish Hatchery Tobeatic Wilderness Area

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Ross-Thomson House and Store Museum

Perkins House Museum Liverpool Port Joli

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Clark’s Harbour

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Thomas Raddall Park

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DesBrisay Lunen Museum Ferry 103

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(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.

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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.

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Barrington, and then east along the South Shore to Peggy’s Cove and Halifax.

onto Highway 103 towards Yarmouth or the Peggy’s Cove area and the South Shore.

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

Yarmouth: Bay Ferries operates 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.


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

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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 4’6” in height. The use of helmets is mandatory for anyone riding a bicycle or motorcycle. Refer to for more information. The law requires drivers to allow at least one metre (3 ft) space from cyclists; drivers can cross the yellow line if it is safe to do so. roadsafety/onemetre.asp

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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 Peggy’s Cove to Charlesville. En route, you’ll see dozens of historic lighthouses standing watch along our rugged coast, serving as beacons to guide sailors and fishers safely to port.

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Step aboard a locally-built Cape Islander and experience how generations made their living fishing for lobster. Immerse yourself in our shimmering natural environment, breathe the clean ocean air while strolling a pristine 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 off shore.

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Bird watching on Bon Portage Island

Peggy’s Cove

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Venture into our quaint small towns and villages, where historic streetscapes, charming architecture, and lively waterfronts are so unchanged you’ll feel as though you’ve just entered a 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 sloping streets, lined with colourful wooden buildings, some dating back to the 18th century.

Cape Sable Island

It’s no longer a secret that Nova Scotia, and especially the South Shore, has some of the best surfing spots in the North Atlantic – in summer and winter! 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 Royal Astronomical Society Dark Sky Preserve, one of only 12 in Canada and the best night sky views in North America. Just outside Liverpool you’ll discover Kejimkujik National Park Seaside and Thomas Raddall Provincial Park along with sand dunes and secluded beaches. Like to surf or want to learn? Head for White Point Beach, Broad Cove, or the shores of Lockeport for some amazing waves year-round!

You’ll also be delighted to discover some of the country’s best golf courses, world-renowned fine dining, incredible boutique shopping, craft breweries and wineries, and engaging live theatre and music. Browse our art galleries and crafters’ studios for just the right momento 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 (Lunenburg), Privateer Days (Liverpool), Shelburne Lobster Festival, and The Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song (Lockeport). Step back in time at Ross Farm Museum and explore 60 acres of rolling farmland to discover what life was like on a Nova Scotia family farm over 100 years ago. An authentic, living heritage site, much of the farm remains the same as it was in the 1800s. From historic Rose Bank Cottage where the Ross family lived, to daily activities such as wool spinning and ox shoeing, the museum gives visitors the chance to experience yesterday’s traditional farming methods, while learning sustainable ways of living for today. Chat with costumed interpreters, hike the scenic nature trail, take a wagon ride or winter sleigh ride, and meet the animals who live and work on the farm as you connect with Nova Scotia’s rural heritage.

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The South Shore of Nova Scotia is one of the best birding destinations in Canada, supporting a diversity of species. Cape Sable Island was 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.

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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 and ready to explore!

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Spring Expect temperatures to range from 10 °–20 ° Celsius (50 °–70 °F). Bring your appetite to the lobster capital of Canada for the 30th annual Shelburne County Lobster Festival. From June 7 to 10, 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!

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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 From Spring to Fall, discover local flavours by stopping at any of the farmer’s markets located in Chester, Hubbards,

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Summer Expect temperatures to range from 20 °–25 °C (70 °–80°F). 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-and-buggy 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 /

Be prepared to be charmed by the coastal beauty of Mahone Bay – a treasure since 1754. Find your favourite vantage point for a picture of the Three Churches that stand along the water, one of Canada’s most photographed sites. Stroll the town to enjoy an abundance of unique boutique shopping, taste a homemade ice cream, sip a craft brew, dine on a deck overlooking the water. Mahone Bay is a year-round town of festivals. Stay at a cozy bed and breakfast and indulge in a spa day, rent a bike and hit the trail or relax on a sunset boat. Enjoy your visit to the tiny town with a big to-do list! / Of all the wooden vessels that have sailed in Nova Scotia waters, perhaps the bestknown and best-loved is the schooner. Come see these beautiful ships in action at the Nova Scotia Schooner Championship happening in Chester, August 5 to 11. Chester Race Week 2018, August 15 to 18, is the largest keelboat regatta in Canada and has been presented by the Chester Yacht Club for more than 100 years. Watch or sail in the races, enjoy the entertainment and share in the summer fun at the Yacht Club. The New Ross Farmers Association hosts the New Ross Community Fair, annually, on the third Friday and Saturday in August. It is a two-day event, filled with entertainment for all members of the family. Horse and Ox Pulling. Charing Cross Garden Club Flower Show. Home Cooked Meals. Concession

stands. Christmas Tree Competition. Children’s activities. Handicraft Exhibits. 4-H Displays. Bingo.


Row with us in July at the annual World Tuna Flat Championship, pitting men and women in competitive but fun rowing as they race large “Tuna Flats” over a quarter mile course on the Hubbards Cove. The Shore Club, situated in Hubbards, is Nova Scotia’s last great dance hall offering dancing with live entertainment every summer Saturday night since 1946. The Shore Club is also known for its “World Famous” lobster suppers – reservations are recommended! Come and enjoy the Shore Club’s unique character, nostalgic décor, and Maritime hospitality! The annual Hubbards Barn Food Truck Rally brings delicious food and fun to Hubbards on July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition to the food trucks, Hubbards barn will be open for seating and live music. We will be showcasing our new pavilion in our back meadow, partnering with local craft brewery Saltbox Brewing in a beer garden. Starting in July, watch movies under the stars at the Hubbards Amphitheatre, located at the Hubbards Community Waterfront Park. The Chester Playhouse is especially well known for its six-week Summer Theatre Festival. Experience world-class theatre with homemade cookies in an inviting soft seat, year-round venue. The oldest running mackerel snappers picnic on the South Shore: the July 14th Annual Mackerel Snappers Picnic at Graves Island Provincial Park, East Chester. Embark on a Chester island adventure, camp at our coastal island park, Graves Island Campground, experience the 200-year-old mystery of the Oak Island treasure, or hop abourd the Tancook Ferry and experience true island life. Cycle or hike the Rum Runners Trail along our beautiful coastline, taking you past photogenic fishing villages, sandy beaches, seaside artisan shops, and cafes.

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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. Winter surfing has become increasingly popular with storm surges making waves and offering a unique winter challenge for the true adventurer. For information on the availability of lessons from the Rossignol Surf Shop at White Point Beach Resort, contact 902-354-7100 /


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Expect temperatures to range from 0 °–20 ° Celsius (30 °–70 °F).

Expect temperatures to range from -15 °–15 ° Celsius (5 °–60 °F).

Pack an autumn picnic and head to the lovely family farm near the north branch of LaHave, where you can pick high-bush blueberries to enjoy for dessert and sample Lunenburg County Winery’s delicious, award-winning fruit wines. 902-644-2415 /

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 highly accessible beach hikes. Visit novascotia. com for packages and travel deals.

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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 cranraspberry 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 21stannual 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.

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 22 decorated with buoys to pay respect to local fishers and our lobster heritage, and to honour those 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.

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. Experience Chester’s Gingerbread House Competition held mid-November to midDecember and don’t miss the Gingerbread Houses displayed at local merchants throughout the village.

Tis the Sea’son Festival November 17 to January 2, 2019 The South Shore’s 2nd annual Tis the Sea’son Festival kicks off on November 17, 2018 and wraps up on January 2, 2019. The spectacular festival ties a big red bow around a multitude of holiday events and happenings along the South Shore from Peggy’s Cove to Charlesville. There are literally dozens of festivities and activities for all ages to celebrate the history and traditions of Christmas, including local arts and crafts for gifting, parades, lighting displays, and cozy retreats with food and locally-made spirits. Whether it’s Christmas on the Mersey and a celebration of light with Mi’kmaq families

paddling down the Mersey River with their torches burning high into the evening sky, or annual Dumping Day when fishers strike out with their traps on the first day of the Lobster fishing season, a South Shore Christmas is steeped in tradition and a fun-filled retreat for the entire family. From coastal to country, we have it all!


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Crawl a’Board Nova Scotia’s South Shore Lobster Crawl February 1 to 18, 2019! Sip, savour, shop, stay, and enjoy more than 60 amazing lobster experiences on Nova Scotia’s South Shore starring: February 2: Groundhog Day with Lucy the Lobster February 10: 2019 Best Lobster Roll Challenge, when 2018 Winner Captain Kat’s Lobster Shack defends its title! Sample dozens of variations of the traditional Lobster Roll and lobster-infused dishes at participating restaurants • Try Lobster Ale from local craft brewers • Check out Locke’s Island Lobster Wool! • Discover Lobster Lore - the art, music, stories, and traditions shaped by Canada’s Largest Lobster Producing Region • Shop Local • Learn to create your own Nautical Treasures and Souveniers • Discover how the Lobster Industry works • Pack your bags and Get-away to the Crawl! There’s more South Shore lobster calling your name! Shelburne County Lobster Festival – June 7 to 10, 2018 Dumping Day Lobster Crawl 2019 – November 26, 2018 Lobster Crawl ... brought to you by Nova Scotia South Shore Tourism Co-operative, its members, and partners. Keep an eye on for updates on the Lobster Crawl!

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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.


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

Oceanviews to ‘dine’ for!

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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, though, 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.

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

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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 a whole lot of kittens. The 1800s come alive at this living-history museum.

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.

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Musique Royale

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.

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.

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.


St. Catherines River Road, Port Joli 902-682-2772 / Enjoy a wonderful hike, view the seals basking on the coastal rocks, or enjoy 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.

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Candlebox Kayaking 1182 Water Street, Shelburne 902-637-7115 Based at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and specializing in sea kayak tours, coaching, and kayak rentals. Offering 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 multiday tours of the Tusket Islands.

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

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sensation, drawing fans from around the world. You can experience the iconic ship yourself with a two-hour cruise when she’s in port. Call ahead to check the sailing schedule. Open June 7 to September 30.


Queen of Hearts Dory Club

18th-century port. Stroll down Dock Street to enter this world through three fascinating museums. Learn the timehonoured 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 RossThomson 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.

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The Barrington Museum Complex 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 fishers 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.

The Queen of Hearts Dory Club 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.

The Mystery of Oak Island Book a tour for exclusive access to privately owned Oak Island, where one of the world’s most famous mysteries awaits. The Friends of Oak Island Society holds tours of Oak Island throughout the summer, giving you the chance to see what has taken place in the treasure hunt on this special island and where it currently stands. Tours must be booked online ahead of time, as access to the island is otherwise prohibited due to the ongoing treasure hunt.

Rum Runners Trail, Lunenburg to Halifax Enjoy a leisurely two-day (or more!) bike ride, savouring the local flavours at awardwinning restaurants, exploring attractions and seaside artisan shops along this 109-kilometre multi-use rail-to-trail. Connect through Mahone Bay, Chester, Hubbards, and Head of St. Margaret’s Bay; multiple access points over seven trail sections.

Castle Rock, Chester Hike, bike, and ATV to the heights of East River with panoramic views across all of Mahone Bay. From the top, a view of Mahone Bay, the Aspotogan Peninsula, and the woodlands to the North can be had. On a clear day, one can see all the way out to Blue Rocks to the South, and the wind towers at South Canoe to the North.

Nova Scotia’s Oldest Pub, Chester 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.

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Graves Island Campground, East Chester

23 graves-island Graves Island Provincial Park is a place where you can stay awhile. Whether for a day or for a week, the island is an excellent home base from which to explore the Municipality and the region. The park has facilities for RV and tent camping and a large group camp site. It features a new accessible trail system around the rim of the island. Before you cross the causeway you’ll find a boat ramp, a popular launch site for folks heading out mackerel fishing, and it’s a fine spot to put a kayak in the water to explore the coastline and islands of Mahone Bay. A favourite family spot is the small beach and picnic area on the north side of the island. The water is sheltered and shallow which makes it an ideal spot for kids to look for hermit crabs while parents prepare lunch.

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 at Peggy’s Cove 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 mostphotographed lighthouses in the world. Fort Point Lighthouse (1855), Liverpool. This distinctive “hunchbacked” light is one of the oldest surviving lighthouse in Nova Scotia. Become an unofficial lighthouse keeper and climb up inside to toot the handcranked foghorn. Costumed interpreters bring Fort Point’s rich history to life.

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.

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 with grounds open to the public

Lighthouses in scenic settings

Cape Sable Lighthouse (1861), Cape Sable.

Medway Head Lighthouse (1851) Port Medway. Located on Long Cove Road, this spot offers a beautiful ocean view.

Visible from the tip of Hawk Beach on Cape Sable Island, this is the tallest light in Nova Scotia at more than 30 metres.

Coffin Island Lighthouse Liverpool Bay (1914). Operational light. View from spectacular Beach Meadows beach.

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.

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 the summer, especially lobster dinners.

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

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


Fort Point Light Museum (1876), LaHave River, Lunenburg County. The formal garden is typical of the 17th-century flower and herb gardens favoured in French settlements such as this one.



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Lobster is just one of the many fine dining experiences awaiting you on the South Shore

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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The Biscuit Eater Café & Books

16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-2665 / The Biscuit Eater is a friendly community cafe and bookstore serving homemade, handmade goodness in Mahone Bay’s oldest building. Fresh baked buttermilk biscuits, locally roasted coffee, stacks of cookies and baked treats, delicious soups, sandwiches, and daily specials are all made with care by new owners Jessika and Chris and talented chef Laurie Zwicker. Take a seat by the hearth in a cozy chair, have lunch in the library, grab a snack to go, or visit with old and new friends in the common room - here the warmth of community is alive, well, and waiting to welcome you. We are accessible, familyfriendly, inclusive, and open to all our neighbours from our oldest customer (98!) to biscuit babies. Open year-round.

Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack

3723 Highway 3, Barrington Passage 902-637-3728 Winner of the 2018 South Shore Lobster Crawl Best Lobster Roll Challenge and home to LobStar Lucy the Lobster – the South Shore’s weather-forecasting alternative to the groundhog who made her Groundhog Day Debut in 2018! 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

Charlotte Lane Café and Gift Shop

13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne 902-875-3314 / Winner of 2013 and 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 hospitality to locals and tourists for 23 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 breakfast buffets, or smoked salmon eggs benny to start your day before diving into everything from Kung Pow salads, beachside burgers, and seafood chowders to locally sourced pork and lobster with a view of expansive ocean vistas and crashing surf. Or indulge in a glass of Tidal Bay or Nova 7 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 Stellar Beach Feasts and Great Canadian Lobster Fishing Feasts for the ultimate Taste of Nova Scotia experience.

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 frontof-the-house team, led by co-owner and maitre’d, Sylvie Ruiz Salvador, will ensure your evening is one to remember.


Grand Banker Bar & Grill

82 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3300 / 800-360-1181 Named Best Restaurant of the Year in 2017 by Taste of Nova Scotia. 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 land and sea have to offer. A commitment to local artisans, farmers, and fishers 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.


605-607 Main Street, Mahone Bay 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: condiments, juice, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, and haskap berry powder, with new products frequently under development. The Mahone Bay location gives visitors an experience that includes learning, tasting, and being able to purchase unique local haskap berry products.

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the friendly crew, the menu boasts an assortment of fresh lobster and seafood dishes influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and showcasing fresh Nova Scotia products, which can be paired with Nova Scotia wines and beers.


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 provides 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 56 years. Twenty-three guest rooms, renowned restaurant, two-level stone patio, conference and wedding facilities, bookstore, bakery, and café are all part of the Lane’s experience. The dining room specializes in seafood, salads, chowder, sandwiches, and steak. Craft beer, local wines, and imaginative cocktails. Lane’s operates the Fortpoint Lighthouse where you can enjoy picnic lunches delivered from the inn. Open year-round for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and takeout. Visit the website for events such as live music, lobster boils and planked salmon suppers on the lawn, patio parties, moonlight paddles, wine events, and more.

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Lincoln Street Food

200 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3002 Lincoln Street Food is a modern, coastal neighbourhood kitchen serving marketinspired 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 everchanging 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 The Big Green Egg charcoal barbecues. The bistro boasts a drink menu with more than 20 Nova Scotian wines and more than a dozen local beers and spirits.

Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre

902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 A 45-minute drive from Halifax conveniently located seaside between Chester and Mahone Bay. This four season resort features oceanview guestrooms, oceanfront chalets, seaside villas, La Vista Dining Room, full service spa, and a host of amenities for relaxation or recreation. Perched high on the shores overlooking a full service marina and the famous Oak Island.

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, sea-fresh 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 Ice House Bar amid traditional Maritime hospitality. Open May to October.

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.

Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill

Rime Restaurant + Wine Bar

Rebecca’s Restaurant A place to call Mahone

Rum Runner Inn & Restaurant

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

Rhubarb at the Oceanstone Seaside 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 care about their food and their customers, and it shows. Together they

9 King Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3112 / 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 fullystocked 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. 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, creamylight 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 made-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

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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.



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 eight decades 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 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.

The South Shore Fish Shack

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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 RuizSalvador, the husband and wife team behind the Salt Shaker Deli and Fleur de Sel Restaurant, established Lunenburg hot spots. 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.

White Gate Inn & Restaurant

28 Pleasant Street, Chester 902-275-4400 / The restaurant’s internationally-inspired menu is an ode to the well-travelled palate, highlighting the Atlantic coast’s best ingredients; freshly caught and locally sourced. The Inn is furnished in classic east coast style of mixed antiques and locallymade designs and furnishings.

The Rope Loft

36 Water Street, Chester 902-275-3430 / Located in Chester’s front harbour, you have the choice of two decks overlooking the ocean. We are known for our lightcream based shellfish chowder, scallops, and mussels washed down with one of our local wines! Choose from 12 draught beer, many local, and Bulwark cider; great with a Rope Loft burger.


Oak Island Resort

42 Queen Street, Chester 902-275-1408 / The oldest pub in Nova Scotia and 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.

Island View Family Restaurant and Bakery

6301 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Western Shore 902-627-2513 Famous for their Fish & Chips, fresh clams, and homemade bread and rolls. There is take-out service as well as a 45-to-50 seat dining room. Enjoy a panoramic view of the islands and ocean. The dining room is a favourite spot to watch large storms, with the waves crashing over the rocks. There are a large number of picnic tables to enjoy the view while indulging in a large ice cream, either hard or soft, and milkshakes made with hard ice cream. In the summer months they have as many as 20 employees. Some staff have been with the restaurant for 30 years.

Peasant’s Pantry Specialty Meats & Deli

4491 Highway #12, New Ross 902-365-5964 / Peasant’s Pantry has been making a variety of specialty meats and charcuterie, including fresh and smoked sausages, house-smoked ham, bacon and pâtés, since November 2011. We use high quality, locally raised meat and practice nose-to-tail butchery. Our specialty meats are made without fillers and are therefore gluten-free with few exceptions. Our full menu for eat-in or take-out has an emphasis on local and homemade products. We make our own meats, hamburger buns, white & whole wheat bread, mayonnaise, sauces & spreads, pickles, salads & dressings, soups, fries, and desserts from scratch.

Seaside Shanty Restaurant

5315 Highway 3, Chester Basin 902-275-2246 / A hearty burger after a day of sailing, fishcakes for lunch, a drink on the patio. Come and join us for casual dining in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia—our lively chefs and staff bring you fresh, richlyflavoured, and lovingly-made food. Welcome!

Wineries, craft breweries and distilleries The South Shore is home to a unique, and ever growing, list of Craft Breweries amongst them are Saltbox, Hell Bay and Boxing Rock and be sure to try Bulwark Cider . There’s Wineries like Petite Riviere and Luneburg County Vinery and Ironworks Distillery are all well worth a sip when here on the South Shore. See page 72 for more information.

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The Fo’c’sle Pub

Blue Rocks

St. Margaret’s Bay to 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 afterdinner 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 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.

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 look like? To find out, just look it 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 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. You may also be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the iconic Bluenose II (featured on the Canadian dime) in her home port of Lunenburg!

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.

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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 or bike on a trail that once served as the main road across Nova Scotia. Walk or bike 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.

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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

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7. Aspotogan Peninsula Loop 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 11) or visit coastal-heritage-trail. Aspotogan

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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. This scenic little island is acclaimed as Atlantic Canada’s premier bouldering destination. Adventure lovers participate in the much-loved Boulderfest, a weekend-long camping and climbing trip hosted every June by Climb Nova Scotia. Local West Dover fishermen take boat runs out to the island, so ask around at the wharf about venturing to the Island.

Hiking The Rum Runners Trail is a 119-kilometre multiuse 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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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 weekend of craft fairs, home-cooked meals, carolers, 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

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.

The Mystery of Oak Island. 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.

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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, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre prior to finalizing your plans.

Boxwood Festival and Workshops July 22 to 28, Lunenburg 902-634-9994 / Discover traditional music and dance in an 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 9 to 12, 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 15 to 18, 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 28, 29, and 30, 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 Late November (dates TBA) 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 largerthan-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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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 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.

Chester Playhouse 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.

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.

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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. Open May to October.

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578 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-6263 Open late May to early October. Visit the museum in the heart of beautiful downtown Mahone Bay. Admission is free and 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.

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133 Central Street, Chester 902-275-3846 Learn about life from the 1850s to the 1890s in the Municipality of the District

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Bridgewater to Liverpool 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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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 the Nova Scotia health card features 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 75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point Follow the signs to White Point Beach Resort and proceed with your camera to take in their 90th Anniversary sculpture show – Sea’Spired. Explore 30 works of art by 18 Nova Scotian artists in a variety of mediums, intimately placed throughout the property. We invite you to discover and explore the essence of the sea through these spectacular works of art.

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.

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Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Explore the seaside village of Petite Rivière. Dotted with artists’ studios, antique shops, 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. wonderful sportfishing experiences for anglers of all experience levels. Contact Vinal Smith or the Nova Scotia Guides Association (NSGA).

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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, offers a range of canoeing, kayaking, biking, and multisport tours to suit everyone’s interests. 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 the Tobeatic’s century-old legacy of fully guided canoe trips. Drenched in history and balanced with masterful back-country cuisine, the trip allows the wilderness to welcome you, teach you, and take you into its heart. Perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers.

Fishing 902-356-2498 / Crossed by rivers and dotted with shining lakes, the South Shore offers a variety of The Queens Crown Passport is your gateway to exploring Queens County via geocaching. We invite you to travel throughout the county visiting places you may or may not have been before, picking up caches along the way. There are 35 caches with varying degrees of difficulty and terrain levels for you to find. There are special rewards from finding them all!

Hiking at Hirtle’s Beach and Gaff Point 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.

Surfing 902-350-6053 / 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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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 24 to 29, 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 127th 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, hearthstyle 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 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 at 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 woodenboxed picnic lighthouse lunch.

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Top Festivals & Events For more festivals and events, see pages 64 to 69 or visit Dates are subject to change, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre. June 22 to 24, 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.

14th Annual South Shore in Motion August 10 to 12, 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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28th Annual Hank Snow Tribute August 16 to 19, 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.

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Queens County Fair September 18 to 22, 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.

Liverpool International Theatre Festival October 18 to 21, Liverpool A four-day festival showcasing outstanding amateur theatre from across North America and around the world. We welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and our Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a line-up of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite. Previous participants have come from Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Germany, and many other countries.

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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 featuring 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 homes in the area. Built around


1854 for Milton F. Douglas, it houses a fine collection of articles relating to life in the 1800s in North Queens, a library, and archives. Open June to September.

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 a person could in a whole week. Open June to September.

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.

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Port Joli to 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 to rejuvinate 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 Route 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.

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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 as 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.

shot here, including The Scarlet Letter, Virginia’s Run, Wilby Wonderful, the 2009 miniseries Moby Dick, and 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. Sable River’s renowned fall foliage offers a spectacular backdrop. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring this picturesque community of 300 people. Photo: Chris Abbott

Baccaro Point Lighthouse


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.

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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

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Historic Shelburne Waterfront


Top Outdoor Activities

For more outdoor activities, see pages 54 to 63.

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 lumberjack skills with log rolling, tree climbing, axe throwing, bow sawing, and cross cutting. Reservations required.

Crescent Beach, Lockeport 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.

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 17 to 19.

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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 programming.

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 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 can leave you with the feeling that we may not be 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, so please confirm with the local Visitor Information Centre prior to finalizing your plans.

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song July 28, Lockeport 902-656-2565 This annual festival celebrates women singers and songwriters who tell their stories through song and music. This family-friendly event features concerts, workshops on writing music, visual art, dance, film, and literature. Shelburne County Lobster Festival

Shelburne County Lobster Festival June 7 to 10, various venues 902-637-2903 Lobster dinners, lobster chowder, lobster burgers, and lobster Newburg take centre stage, while music, dancing, sport tournaments, craft sales, and fun runs round out the weekend’s activities.

Whirligig and Weathervane Festival September 15 to 16, 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 July 20 to 22, 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

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Nova Scotia Marathon July 22, Barrington 902-637-2903 A Boston Marathon qualifying race. This scenic coastal marathon takes you around beautiful Cape Sable Island, including the most southerly point of Nova Scotia, the Hawk.


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Top 5 Heritage & Cultural Attractions


Barrington Woolen Mill Museum

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. Open June to September.

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, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 902875-1310 to arrange off-season tours.

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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

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 cross-section of historic architecture, with examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Victorian styles.

Chapel Hill Museum & Sea Tower 5508 Trunk 3, Shag Harbour 902-723-2949 / This former United Baptist Church was built in 1856 and is situated on a site known as


Chapel Hill. It was also once the location of a 17th century French trading post known as Le Vieux Logis. You will learn about Gilbert Nickerson, “The Old Chairmaker,” who made wreckwood chairs from pieces of wood retrieved from various shipwrecks, including the legendary Titanic! Chapel Hill is also a great place to learn of Evelyn Richardson, who wrote We Keep A Light about life on Bon Portage Island, raising a family and as lighthouse keepers. On your visit, be sure to climb the bell tower for a magnificent view from the top! Let us know how many lighthouses you can see.

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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

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Queens County Museum Perkins House Museum

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Woods Harbour Stoddard Island (Emerald Isle) Bon Portage Island

Charlesville Shag Harbour



Lockeport Cape Roseway Sandy Point

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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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Boulder Cove Cottages Perfect for honeymoons! • Queen size beds • Fireplace • Jacuzzi Tub • Open year-round • 1 Hour from Yarmouth Ferry

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Nova Scotia’s South Shore is a cycling paradise

Explore our Great Outdoors 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.

Beaches and Provincial Parks

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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

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

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. Hubbards Beach Provincial Park Highway 3, Hubbards A day-use park featuring a sandy beach with boat launch, just past Queensland Beach. Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park Highway 3, Upper Tantallon A small picnic area, with an area especially developed for seniors and people with disabilities. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, fishing wharf, and trails aplenty. 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. 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. Second Peninsula Provincial Park Highway 3, Second Peninsula A scenic picnic park with access to a cobblestone beach. Freda’s Beach (municipally-owned) Chester Located in the heart of Chester Village, Freda’s beach is a great spot for an afternoon with the family and watch the sailboats go by. There is a picnic table overlooking the ocean and washrooms with running water just across the street.

Meisner’s Beach in East River East River is the western launching point for the Aspotogan Peninsula. Just down the 329 you’ll find Meisner’s Beach—a wonderful spot for a stroll and to watch the sunset over Mahone Bay.


Western Shore Begin your morning in Western Shore with a stroll through Wild Rose Park. The footpaths along the seawall give panoramic views to the islands of Mahone Bay. The park is also a great place to picnic, or to launch a kayak to venture on the water. Upon your return, cast a line off of the Municipal wharf, then in the afternoon take the kids to the playground at the Legion Park. Anvil Park Anvil Park in Chester Basin offers a peaceful green space in the heart of the community. With a history as the area’s blacksmith shop, an informative monument, and the quiet solitude of the brook in the background, this is a wonderful place for a relaxing break. Village of Chester Gazebo The gazebo at Parade Square, next to the Chester Yacht Club, is a popular place for weddings and summer music concerts. Croft Road Playground Croft Road Playground is located at 25 Croft Road in Chester Basin. It was completely renovated in 2004 with new play equipment and a fenced outdoor basketball/ground hockey court. The playground is also next to the rails to trails that run throughout the community and into other surrounding communities. Chester Basin Green Gym Park Chester Basin Green Gym Park is located across from the playground and includes five different stations of exercise equipment. Legacy Park Legacy Park is located next to the Chester Basin Legion and was unveiled in 2014 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Chester Basin. The park represents the gold mining, tree farming, and other heritage industries of the area. Beaches / Parks

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


Beaches/Parks in Bridgewater-Liverpool 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. Bush Island Provincial Park Off Highway 331, Petite Rivière A small boat launch into the Atlantic Ocean. Cameron’s Brook Provincial Park 7900 Highway 8, South Brookfield A small brookside picnic park shaded by mixed-wood trees. Across the road is Cameron Lake with access to Ponhook Lake, a favourite for canoeing. Cookville Provincial Park 1119 Highway 10, Cookville Just north of Bridgewater. A small roadside picnic park with access to the LaHave River. 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. Greenfield Veterans Memorial Park Route 210, Greenfield A small riverside park with picnic facilities, information kiosk displaying brochures and local events, plus an interpretive panel depicting the area’s history.

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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 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. 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. 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). 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. 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 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.

Crescent Beach Lockeport An expansive white-sand beach on the Lockeport Loop that’s one of the most picturesque in the province. 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. 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. 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 Beach Road, Shelburne A stunning secluded beach that will make you think you’re on a tropical island. Home to the endangered Piping plover. 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. 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-hole course ideal for all levels of players. Bluenose Golf Club 18 Cove Road, Lunenburg 902-634-4260 / 18-hole, par 35. This highly challenging and hilly course offers spectacular views of town and waterfront. 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 / 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 310 Port Clyde Rd., Clyde River 902-637-2415 / 18-hole, par 72. The original 9-hole course opened in 1960. Today’s course features beautiful river and ocean vistas. Day players welcome.

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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-andstay 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.

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 daylong and multi-day tours of the Tusket Islands.

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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. 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

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. Offers tours on 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. 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. Sea Dog 1 Dock Street, Shelburne 902-875-1131 / Kayak rentals. Whynot Adventure Outfitters 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.

Marinas 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.


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. 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. 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. 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.

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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.


Oak Island Marina Treasure Drive, Western Shore 902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 Set sail, tie up, wind down! We’ve got it all! If you are seeking sanctuary from the seas, Oak Island Resort has a beautiful, well-protected marina located in the famous Mahone Bay. All your boating needs can be met here in addition to full access to our resort amenities including full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, La Vista dining room, and nonmotorized watercraft rentals and recreational activities. Open from May to October with 41 berths and moorings. 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 (4 km) This 4-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) Barrington Bay is one of the most scenic trails throughout the municipality. The trail borders Barrington Bay, with beautiful views

of the Atlantic Ocean all along the trail. There are rest stops along the route marked by benches. It is approximately 2.3 km long and goes to Highway 330 (The Cape Sable Island Causeway), where there is ample parking, as well as numerous restaurants and stores. 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 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.

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 crosscountry 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.

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Lion’s Park Trail (3 km) This park is ideally located on Route 12 and houses a picnic area and walking trail that connects 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.


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. 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. Sherose Island Nature Trail (1 km) This walking trail is located at the end of the Barrington Municipal Arena (12 Park Lane, Sherose Island) parking lot, and goes through wooded areas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Picnic area and playground nearby.

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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.

U-picks and Farmers’ Markets For a list of farm markets and U-pick farms throughout Nova Scotia, visit Chester Farmers’ and Artisan Market 20 Smith Road, Chester (at the Chester Train Station) 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 (June 2 to October 22) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 12 p.m. 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 12 p.m. 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.

This diverse market highlights homemade goods, coffee, crafts, pottery, produce, meats, bread, libations, sushi, and more. Open Saturdays, May to September, 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.

New Ross Country Market At the New Ross Fairgrounds, 5024 Highway 12 902-681-3171 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 Local market features coffee and farm vendors, as well as local artisans. Open Saturdays, May 19 to October 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Queens County Farmers’ Market Find fruit, vegetables, crafts, and more. Located at the Exhibition Grounds in Caledonia. Open Saturdays, June to September, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wile’s Lake Farm Market 3254 Highway 325 Wileville, just outside Bridgewater 902-543-6082 / Visit website for hours and special events. Blockhouse Farmer’s Market 64 School Road, Blockhouse 902-212-0627

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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 year-round. Rural Roots Market Every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 3 to September 30 Find us at the entrance to Ross Farm, 4568 Highway 12, New Ross 902 599 1207 / Shelburne Farmers’ Market 20 Maiden Lane, Shelburne

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Trails / U-picks and Farmers’ Markets

Jo-Ann’s Deli, Market & Bake Shop

Wild Blueberry U-Pick 1224 Glenmore Road, Middle Musquodoboit 902-636-8322 Call ahead for seasonal hours.


Festivals and Events

Christmas at the Causeway

April 22 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 21 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 19 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 Lunenburg, 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 26 Kids’ Fishing Derby White Point Beach Resort May 26 to 27 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 7 to 10 Shelburne County Lobster Festival Shelburne County See details pages 50. June 9 to 16 Wood’s Harbour Days Wood’s Harbour

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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

June 22 to 24 Privateer Days Liverpool / See details page 44. June 23 Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race LiverpoolPrivateer5MileRoadRace Flat, fast, and scenic run around the Mersey River. 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 2018 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 Early July (date TBA) Chester Municipal Heritage Society Annual Auction and Flea Market Chester Train Station Chester / July 7 to 8 Mahone Bay Home and Garden Tour Mahone Bay / Tour some lovely properties and participate in workshops focusing on heritage, architecture, gardening, and shipbuilding. July 4 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 14 to 15 Lunenburg Festival of Crafts Lunenburg Arena, Lunenburg Nova Scotian craft producers, entertainers, and traditional food vendors gather to celebrate local culture.


July 20 to 22 Shelburne Founders’ Days Shelburne waterfront See details page 50. July 6 to 8 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 21 to 22 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. Reservations required. Late July (date TBA) 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 22 Nova Scotia Marathon Barrington / See details page 50. July 22 to 28 Boxwood Festival and Workshops Lunenburg / See details page 38.

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June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Celebrate Mi’kmaw culture at this annual event.

August 5 29th 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 13 31st Annual Folk Harbour Festival Lunenburg / See details page 38.

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July 24 to 29 South Shore Exhibition Bridgewater / See details page 43. July 28 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.

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August 3 to 5 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. August 4 Keji’s 49th Birthday Celebration Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site Celebrate with activities, games, free cupcakes and refreshments at this annual family event. August 4 to 5 Heritage Boatyard Co-op celebration Mahone Bay

August 17 to 19 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 10 to 12 South Shore in Motion Festival Bridgewater / 902-530-3130 See details page 44. August 10 to 12 Lockeport Sea Derby Lockeport / Nova Scotia’s longest-running fishing derby celebrates 27 years with draws, largest fish competitions, and fun aplenty. August 15 to 18 Chester Race Week Chester / See details page 38. August 16 to 19 Annual Hank Snow Tribute Liverpool / See details page 44. August 16 to 19 Barrington Municipal Exhibition Barrington / This agricultural exhibition features displays of vegetables, fruits, flowers, artwork, quilts, food, photographs, and more. August 17 to 18 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.

September 18 to 22 Queens County Fair Caledonia / See details page 44.

August 17 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.

September 22 Launch Day Maitland 902-261-2200 / Parade, special attraction, Town Criers Provincial Competition, launch of replica ship, William D. Lawrence.

September 15 to 16 Whirligig and Weathervane Festival Shelburne / See details page 50.

September 28 to 30 Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair Mahone Bay / See details pages 38.

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.

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.



LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA Follow Hank’s journey from Nova Scotia to being a giant of the country music world. 28th Annual Hank Snow Tribute August 16-19, 2018 Summer’s “must see” country music event!


Festivals and Events

August 17 to 19 Shelburne Kayak Festival Islands Park, Shelburne A weekend of instructive clinics cover paddle work, trip planning, and safety.


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

✓ Oh My Cod! ✓ The Dog Shop Bathhouse & Boutique ✓ Jo-Ann’s Deli Market & Bake Shop ✓ Seamist Studio


October 1 to 5 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 5 to 7 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. October 6 Shelburne County Giant Pumpkin Festival Bill Norman Park, Historic Waterfront, Shelburne An assortment of gourd-themed events, including a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin carvings, scarecrow decorating, pumpkin obstacle course, and much more. October 18-21 Liverpool International Theatre Festival Come to Liverpool this October – all the world is on our stage!

November 30 to December 2 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.


Late November (dates TBA) Father Christmas Festival Mahone Bay / See details page 38. November 22 to December 2 Christmas at the Causeway, Barrington This evening festival jump-starts the holiday season and lobster season simultaneously. Watch the parade and fireworks over the bay, and stop by the lighting of the lobster trap Christmas tree. November 30 to December 2 New Ross Christmas Festival See details page 36. 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. January 1, 2019 Polar ‘Bunny’ Dip White Point Beach Resort

Jan 1st Polar Bunny Dip, White Point Beach Resort

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September 29 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.



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. 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. TIANS accredited.

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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-through sites. fire pits, picnic tables, heated in-ground pool, play grounds, and 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. Port Mouton International Hostel 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 24 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 Seaside Resort 8650 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour 866-823-2160 / Oceanstone Seaside 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 threepiece 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. Smoke-free, petfree, 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 sea fresh air will greet you when you stay at the Quarterdeck. Located on Summerville Beach, the villas are luxuriously appointed with well-equipped kitchen, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, Wi-Fi, barbecue, 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, barbecue, 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.


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 30, 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 a beautiful sandy beach with panoramic ocean views. Eight twobedroom cottages, four-piece bath, cable TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, deck, and barbecue. The Villages of Mountain Gap Resort (Fundy region) 217 Hwy #1, Smith’s Cove, Digby 902-245-5841 / 902-245-5840 Our resort features drive-up units and cottages with continental breakfast and Wi-Fi included. On-site chapel, meeting space, wedding receptions, and family reunions. Activities include badminton, volleyball, croquet, basketball court, kid’s playground and play room, walking trail, swimming pool, nightly bonfire, and so much more. The dining room menu includes fresh local seafood as well as other dishes to satisfy your appetite. 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.


Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre 902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 A 45-minute drive from Halifax conveniently located seaside between Chester and Mahone Bay. This four-season resort features oceanview guestrooms, oceanfront chalets, seaside villas, La Vista Dining Room, full service spa, and a host of amenities for relaxation or recreation. Perched high on the shores overlooking a full service marina and the famous Oak Island.


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.

CRAFT BREWERIES, WINERIES & DISTILLERIES Boxing Rock Brewing Company 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 offers light meals and beer-paired snacks most days. Watch for special events. 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. Hell Bay Brewing 38 Legion Street, Liverpool 902-356-3556 / Handcrafted premium beer, made in small batches to ensure maximum freshness. Hell Bay Brewing introduced a Lobster Ale – South Shorer – exclusively for Lobster Crawl 2017. We hope to see the South Shorer back for 2018! 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. Saltbox Brewing introduced a Lobster Ale – Crustacean Elation – exclusively for Lobster Crawl 2017. Word has it we may see it again in 2018! Elmwood Winery 105 Craig Chandler Drive, Pine Grove 902-521-6759 / Small winery growing hybrid grape varieties

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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 Church 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.  Also home of The Thomas Raddall Research Centre. It's all here and more! Giftshop. Admission by donation. 109 Main St. Liverpool, NS Tel: (902) 354-4058

in a sustainable manner with an emphasis on soil health and canopy management. Open for tastings and sales on weekends. 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. Muwin Estates Wine Ltd. in New Ross Lunenburg County Winery 813 Walburne Road, Newburne 902-644-2415 / Tour the winery where traditional country fruit wines are made from local berries, grapes, and honey. Blueberry U-pick. Petite Rivière Vineyards 1300 Italy Cross Road, Crousetown 902-693-3033 / Petite Rivière Vineyards is an old-world style winery producing elegant, complex red wines

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and natural fruit ciders. Our French designed winery is surrounded by lavender gardens and a stone terrace with views of the vineyards and countryside. Enjoy wine tastings, relax on the terrace or indulge in our daily “Ultimate Tour & Wine Tasting”. Tanner & Co. Brewing in Chester Basin

DINING 27 South Restaurant and Lounge 27 South Restaurant and Lounge is located at the Best Western Plus Bridgewater and is led by Red Seal Chef Tom Connors. It is a stylish

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lounge offering casual dining, perfect for business lunches, intimate dinners, or late night cocktails and wine. 27 South proudly serves an eclectic mix of local and international cuisine with some new twists on old classics. The main dining area seats 28 with more seating available the bar or at the newly added booths; the restaurant also offers a sunny patio during the summer months. Whether you are a guest of the hotel, local to the area, or simply passing through, 27 South is a must visit for a truly unique experience on the South Shore. La Vista Dining Room at the Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre 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 Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre. Whether dining in the Fireside Lounge or the La Vista Restaurant, you’ll encounter stunning views of Mahone Bay, combined with seasonallyinspired 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.

Memories Café and Eatery 28 Water Street, Liverpool 902-356-3110 (phone) 902-354-8197 (order by text) Licensed, casual dining on the waterfront in beautiful and historic downtown Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Choose from our extensive menu including all day breakfast, sweet treats and coffee beverages, or delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and so much more! Meals and memories are made here. Oh My Cod! 567 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-2600 / Unpretentious and affordably priced, from soups and salads to dockside burgers, from baconwrapped 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. Open April to October The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill 7499 Route 3, Summerville Centre 902-947-2050 / Perched on a mile-long stretch of white sand,

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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 (902) 543-8233

Open June-September

The surf’s up, the beach is fine, and there’s a tee time and an order of fish ‘n’ chips with your name on it! It’s our 90th year as a local favourite, and we’d love to see you! Come for rustic cottages, Christmas, a beach day, the February Lobster Crawl, or the evening bonfire... complete with a lesson on s’more making. (We’ve had years to perfect it.) We’re just outside of Liverpool, off Route #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 13 draught beers that complement a burger. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are also available. By land or sea, enjoy a traditional South Shore experience. Open April to November. Hours vary by season.

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Salt Shaker Deli 124 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3434 / Sit on the waterfront patio or in the dining room and enjoy this made-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 29.


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 30. 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 30.


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, fishers, 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 recommended. Check website for hours of operation.

MUNICIPALITIES Municipality of the District of Barrington 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. 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. Touch

Gingerbread House Festival, Chester

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 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.

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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Towns of Shelburne & Lockeport 168 Water Street, Shelburne 902-875-2991 / It’s all here. Explore the past, enjoy the present – these scenic seaside towns will have you coming back for more. Plan your stay today.

SHOPS AND SERVICES 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 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.

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.


EXIT Realty Inter Lake 163 Main Street, Liverpool 902-354-4896 / Whether buying or selling, residential, recreational, or vacant land, EXIT Realty Inter Lake has trained professionals to help achieve your goals. LaHave Bakery Route 331, LaHave 902-688-2908 / This is truly a local enterprise with goods baked on-site using locally grown, fresh-milled grains. You won’t be able to resist the scent wafting out the door and simply must stop in for a treat or lunch. Popular with locals and visitors, you’ll find local artists and artisans hanging out here too. And don’t miss the unique Homegrown Skateboards Shop and art exhibitions upstairs.


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.


Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance 97 Kaulbach Street, Lunenburg 902-634-8667 / Located in a National Historic Site, LAMP offers one of Canada’s most innovative post-graduate music schools and the most exciting concert stage East of Montreal. Mahone Bay Tourism and Chamber of Commerce 902-521-6151 (Visitor Information Centre) / Serves to sustain, grow, and connect local business communities and enrich the value of tourism to Mahone Bay and Nova Scotia’s South Shore. 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 appointment or by chance. Queens Museum of Justice 137 Church Street, Liverpool 902-354-4058 / Built in 1854, this courthouse is a landmark Greek Revival Temple Style building that now serves as our Museum of Justice. Learn early forms of punishment and interesting trials throughout our 250-year colonial and current day history.

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Ron S. Seney & Ron Gardner N.S. Fishing Guides Member – Nova Scotian Guide Service® South Shore & Annapolis Valley Area 902-527-8727 /

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. Shelburne County Tourism Association Nowhere else in Nova Scotia can you find the beautiful diversity that you’ll experience in Shelburne County. From the white-powder sand beaches to the ancient forests protecting the fresh-water lakes and rivers, you are in for an abundance of fun. Renowned for birding, stately lighthouses, trails, natural harbours, fresh seafood, and a history dating back to the 1700s, Shelburne County offers travellers a spectacular menu of great vacation experiences. Upper Clements Parks 2931 Hwy 1, Annapolis Royal 902-532-7557 / 888-248-4567 Featuring a theme park with a roller coaster, flume ride, waterslide, laser tag, and many more rides and attractions. An adventure park with ziplines and challenge courses and elevated bridges located in a beautiful forest area. 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.

Kayaking the South Shore

A mere 45 minutes from Halifax, the Municipality of Chester has the best of Nova Scotia all in one place.

Embark on an Island Adventure:

Camp at our coastal island park, Graves Island Campground, experience the 200-year-old mystery of the Oak Island treasure or hop aboard the Tancook ferry and experience true island life.

Discover Local Flavours: Stop at any of the farmer’s markets located in Chester, Hubbards and New Ross and discover local food, drinks and artisanal treasures. Step Back in Time: Experience a day on an 1880’s family farm at Ross Farm Museum, visit historic sites such as the Lordly House Museum and Zoé Vallé Memorial Library and finish your day by pulling up a stool at the oldest pub in Nova Scotia.

Escape and Explore: Cycle or hike

the Rum Runners Trail along our beautiful coastline, taking you past photogenic fishing villages, sandy beaches, seaside artisan shops, and cafés. Top it off with a hike to Castle Rock and be rewarded with panoramic views of Mahone Bay.

Thirsting for a taste of Authentic Life?

Come to your senses in Lunenburg Region! Nova Scotia

South Shore Guide 2018  
South Shore Guide 2018