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VISITOR & ACTIVITY GUIDE 2020-21

South Shore NOVA SCOTIA’S

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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


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See the Best of the South Shore from the Best possible angles. The Best vantage point to begin exploring the South Shore is from the comfort and modern convenience of Best Western Plus Bridgewater and Liverpool. Fill up on our hot breakfast before heading out to paddle, bike, golf, whale watch, wine taste, or hike at Keji Seaside. You could poke around local galleries, explore UNESCO sites, or stretch out on one of our many pristine beaches. Be sure and eat your fill of fresh, local seafood before heading back to our spacious rooms. Just park, unwind, swim, sleep, wake up, and go at it again from the BEST angles.

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CONTENTS

Welcome ..............................................................7 General Information Chart your course................................................ 9 Iconic South Shore landmarks ........... 10–11 Spring ....................................................................... 12 Summer ............................................................ 13–14 Fall ....................................................................... 15–16 Winter.................................................................17–18 Lobster Crawl.................................................18-19 Lighthouse Route road trip .................20–23 Eat & drink .....................................................24–26 Cheers to our Good Cheer Trail...............27 Eight signature experiences...............28–29

Regions Peggy’s Cove ................................................ 30–31 St. Margaret’s Bay to Lunenburg .....32–38 St. Margaret’s Bay and area .........................33 Hubbards/Aspotagan.....................................34 Chester & area .....................................................35 New Ross/Western Shore ........................... 36 Mahone Bay ..........................................................37 Lunenburg .............................................................38

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Photo: Parks Canada/Jerry Black

Dark Skies at Kejimkujik

Bridgewater to Liverpool ......................39–45 Bridgewater .......................................................... 40 Lunenburg Region ............................................ 41 LeHave and Petite Rivière ...........................42 Queens Coast................................................43-45 Mill Village and Port Medway...................43 Greenfield and Caledonia ............................44 Liverpool and area ............................................45 Port Mouton and Port Joli ...........................45 Port Joli to Wood’s Harbour .............. 46–51 Lockeport ...............................................................47 Shelburne and area...................................48–49 Barrington and area ................................. 50–51

Traveler’s Index Beaches and Provincial Parks............ 52–55 Golf courses ..........................................................56 Marinas ....................................................................57 Kayaking and tours ..................................58–59 Trails..................................................................60–61 U-picks and farmers’ markets ............62–63 Festivals and events .................................64–69 Accommodations ...................................... 70–78 All photos courtesy of Tourism Nova Scotia unless otherwise indicated. On the cover: Lobster Trap Tree, Cape Sable Island Photo: Ken Chetwynd novascotia.com/southshore • 5


Photo: Parks Canada / Nicole Boutilier

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WELCOME The vibe of Nova Scotia’s South Shore is undeniably contagious. You will be kissed by the sun, immersed in the ocean, tickled by the wind, nourished by our seafood, and energized by the smiles of each passerby. Home to the “Lobster Capital of Canada” and rated one of the top coastal destinations by National Geographic Traveler, you will discover a coastline rich in sandy beaches, working fishing ports, World Heritage Sites, and historic lighthouses. Whether you are arriving on the ferry in Yarmouth, or exploring via Halifax, you will have the opportunity to explore the scenic Lighthouse Route to discover the best of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to offer you this comprehensive visitor guide to help you make the most of your time along our shore. Welcome to our region. Explore, sip, savour, and stay a while. Our region boasts four distinct seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Lobster, offering unique experiences and outdoor adventures. Our weather is moderate. Daily temperatures fluctuate according to proximity to the ocean. We hope you will experience your best adventures and make lasting memories on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Our tourism website, novascotia.com/southshore, is packed with attractions, festivals and events, outdoor adventures, getaways, and places to eat and drink.

We’d love to hear from you! Join the chatter by checking out our social media pages. Stay up-to-date and browse through videos and photos and be sure to use #novascotiasouthshore and #lobstercrawl to share your experiences.

novascotiasouthshore & novascotialobstercrawl @visitnovascotiasouthshore

@LucyLobsterNS Nova Scotia South Shore Tourism

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GENERAL INFORMATION Sandhills Beach

South Shore Tourism

Tourism Nova Scotia (TNS)

If you have feedback about this guide or your experiences in our region, contact southshoretourism@gmail.com.

902-798-6700 explore@novascotia.ca

Visitor Information Centres

Lunenburg 11 Blockhouse Hill Road 902-634-8100

Municipality of Chester Multiple Tourism Ambassadors locations. tourismchester.ca Barrington 2447 Highway 3 902-637-2015 Town of Bridgewater & District of Lunenburg 125 Cornwall Road 902-530-4677 Caledonia 9874 Highway 8 902-682-2470 Clark’s Harbour 2634 Highway 330 902-745-258 Halifax Waterfront Halifax 902-424-4248 Liverpool 32 Henry Hensey Drive 902-354-5421 Lockeport 157 Locke Street 902-656-3123 8 • novascotia.com/southshore

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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 Most Visitor Information Centres are open from mid-May to mid-October (subject to change). For more information call the above numbers or 1-800-565-0000 or visit novascotia.com.

Nova Scotia Webcams Peek through our window on Nova Scotia Webcams. Visit novascotiawebcams.com seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day all year long to see locations all along the South Shore. Webcam sites include: Cape Sable Island, Chester Ferry, Chester Golf Club, Chester Harbour, Chester Yacht Club, Liverpool, Lunenburg Harbour, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove Village, Sandy Point Lighthouse, Shelburne Harbour, Tancook Island Wharf, White Point Beach, and White Point Golf Course.


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Lunenburg Walking Tour

CHART YOUR COURSE Approximate touring distances along scenic route Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / Wally Hayes

Halifax to Liverpool ........................................................................................ 148 km.............................1 hr 30 mins Halifax to New Ross..........................................................................................90 km.............................1 hr Halifax to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site..................................................................................... 163 km.............................1 hr 55 min 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 ...................................................................................75 km.............................1 hr Liverpool to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site....................................................................................... 68 km.............................55 mins Liverpool to Shelburne.................................................................................... 64 km.............................45 mins Shelburne to Barrington..................................................................................34 km.............................25 mins Barrington to Clark’s Harbour.................................................................... 20 km.............................20 mins Clark’s Harbour to Shag Harbour..............................................................22 km.............................20 mins 12

Kejimkujik Scenic Drive

Shelburne

Ross-Thomson House and Store Museum

Perkins House Museum Liverpool Port Joli

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Lower Barrington Woods Shag Harbour Harbour Cape Sable I.

Clark’s Harbour

Cape Sable

Barrington Woolen Mill Museum & The Old Meeting House Museum

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

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Big Tancook Island

DesBrisay Lunenburg Museum Ferry 103

Port Medway

Risser’s Beach

Hubbards

Head of St. Margaret’s Bay

Chester

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UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere

Blandford Peggy’s

Cove Fisheries Museum William of the Atlantic E. DeGarthe Memorial

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Atlantic Ocean

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Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

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PEGGY’S COVE

The most-photographed in Canada, this iconic whiteand-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.

OAK ISLAND

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. You can experience the iconic ship yourself with a two-hour cruise when she’s in port.

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BLUENOSE II

The Oak Island mystery refers to stories of buried treasure and unexplained objects. Explore Oak Island, where one of the world’s most famous mysteries awaits. Tours must be booked online ahead of time, as access to the island is otherwise prohibited due to the ongoing treasure hunt.

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BLACK LOYALIST HERITAGE CENTRE

ROSS FARM MUSEUM

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. The museum is open year-round so plan to climb aboard for a sleigh ride!

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.

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CRESCENT BEACHES

The South Shore offers tons of beaches and two unique ones, both named Crescent Beach! The one located in LaHave is a 2 km long crescent shaped beach and the only drivable beach in Nova Scotia. The other located in Lockeport is a white sand beach causeway that connects the peninsula of Lockeport to mainland Nova Scotia. This iconic landscape was featured on the Canadian 1954 series $50 bill.

KEJIMKUJIK NATIONAL PARK AND NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE The heart of our region, and the centre of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site abounds with untamed natural beauty, wildlife, and rich Mi’kmaw history. Please note, for 2020 camping is limited due to renovations, but the Park remains open. Just outside Liverpool you’ll also discover Kejimkujik National Park Seaside with sand dunes and secluded beaches. novascotia.com/southshore • 11


South Shore Through the Seasons Explore Nova Scotia’s South Shore year-round and experience a unique way of life that’s been shaped by the sea and the spirit of our people. Venture into our quaint small towns and villages, where historic streetscapes, charming architecture, and lively waterfronts pay tribute to our past, celebrate our present and delight in our future.

SPRING Festivals

Shelburne County Lobster Festival

South Shore Savour and Cycle Tour

June 4-7, Shelburne shelburnecountylobsterfestival.com

May 16, Mahone Bay sweetridecycling.com/south-shore-savourcycle-2020 Kick-start the spring, pairing wonderful local gastronomy with some of the best cycling routes in Nova Scotia. This cycling tour takes you between Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and surrounding communities.

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.

National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21

4th Annual Tour de Keji

Privateer Days

May 30-31, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

June 26-28, Liverpool privateerdays.ca

A family-oriented weekend of competitive cycling, good food and activities. Gentle terrain, quality roads, and low traffic make it friendly for newcomers and fast for experienced cyclists. www.roadents.ca

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. Includes the Liverpool Privateer 5-mile road race, part of the Run Nova Scotia Race Series.

World Oceans Day June 8, South Shore Region oceansweek.ca

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For full listings of festivals, golf courses, and farmers’ markets see the directory starting on page 52.

Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / Acorn Art Photography

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Mahone Bay


Cycle or hike the Rum Runners Trail along our beautiful coastline. The trail takes you past photogenic fishing villages, sandy beaches, seaside artisan shops and cafés. Watch movies under the stars at the Hubbards Amphitheatre at the Hubbards Community Waterfront Park or at Shipyards Landing on the Bridgewater waterfront. The Chester Playhouse is especially well-known for its six-week Summer Theatre Festival. The Astor Theatre in Liverpool is host to current cinema and host to live musical and main stage acts from all corners of the world.

Festivals

Heritage Boatyard Weekend

Home and Garden Tour

August 1-2, Mahone Bay heritageco-op.ca

July 4-5, Mahone Bay mahonebay.com An exciting glimpse behind the garden gates and front doors in this beautifully picturesque seaside town, with Taste of Summer treats to enjoy in tour kitchens.

Boxwood Festival and Workshops July 19-25, Lunenburg boxwood.org A week of performances, sessions, hands-on learning, and social dancing, A chance to delve deeper into traditional and early music and dance, regardless of musical background. Professionals and amateurs alike are welcome, the focus is on community building and making music together.

Nova Scotia Schooner Association Race Week August 3-8, Mahone Bay nsschooner.ca

Folk Harbour Festival August 6-9, Lunenburg folkharbour.com This four-day musical celebration, celebrating its 35th year, features some of the best artists representing traditional and contemporary folk music, from both near and far. Between salty breezes and sweet harmonies, you’ll quickly discover why it’s Nova Scotia’s longest running folk music festival.

Mahone Bay

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Expect temperatures to range from 20°–25°C (70°–80°F) Chester Race Week August 12-15, Chester chesterraceweek.com

surrounded by lush forests, flowing rivers, peaceful lake waters and a unique cultural landscape rich with Mi’kmaw stories and traditions at Nova Scotia’s beloved Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Whether a first-time participant or a seasoned triathlete this venue is sure to inspire!

The largest keelboat regatta in Canada 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.

Beautiful Beaches

Shelburne Founders’ Days

Crescent Beach, LaHave

July 17-19, Shelburne shelburnefoundersdays.com 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 50th Anniversary July 26, Barrington barringtonmunicipality.com 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.

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song July 24 & 25, Lockeport harmonybazaar.com Atlantic Canada’s Only Women’s Music Festival is a weekend of activities including youth stages, workshops, industry dinners, art galas and performances.

30th Annual Hank Snow Tribute August 20-23, Liverpool hanksnow.com What began as a small gathering of loyal fans is now one of Nova Scotia’s largest country music weekends. Visit the Hank Snow Home Town Museum while in town.

Keji Multisport Festival September 11-13 kejimultisport.wordpress.com Imagine the magic of endurance sport while 14 • novascotia.com/southshore

Queensland Provincial Beach, Hubbards Bayswater Provincial Beach, Bayswater Hirtle’s Beach, Kingsburg Risser’s Provincial Beach, Petite Rivière Beach Meadows, Liverpool Summerville Beach Provincial Park, Summerville White Point Beach, White Point Louis Head, Sable River Crescent Beach, Lockeport Roseway Beach, Shelburne The Hawk, Clark’s Harbour

Pitch a Tent! Best Places to Camp Hubbards Beach Campground and Cottages, Hubbards Graves Island Provincial Park, East Chester Ovens Natural Park Family Campground, Riverport LaHave River Campground, Barss Corner Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Petite Rivière Gateway Campground, Caledonia Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Port Joli The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne Fisherman’s Cove RV & Campground, Hunts Point Little Lake Family Campground, Oakhill Oakhill Pines Campground, Oakhill Rayport Campground, Martin’s River For full listings of festivals, golf courses, and farmers’ markets see the directory starting on page 52.


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FALL

Fall in love with the South Shore as the hot, sunny days of summer give way to invigorating autumn air and horizons decorated with crimson, gold and amber leaves as far as the eye can see. This time of year, we are known for our festivals, outdoor adventures and the delicious rewards of another harvest season. Grab your camera for a vibrant seaside display of handmade scarecrows in Mahone Bay or whirligigs and weathervanes in Shelburne. Our year-round moderate temperatures make our beaches a popular fall hiking destination. Provincial parks contain some highly accessible beach hikes. Pack a picnic and head to a lovely family farm to pick high-bush blueberries or Thanksgiving cranberries. The U-pick at Terra Beata Cranberry Farm opens on October 3. Fill your pail with the bright crimson berries and stop by the Bog Store for some sweet dried cranberry snacks or a refreshing cran-raspberry juice.

Festivals

Queens County Fair

Whirligig & Weathervane Festival

September 22-26, Caledonia queenscountyfair.ca

September 19 and 20, Shelburne whirlgigfestival.com The only whirligig festival in Canada featuring hand-crafted wind machines and the largest one of its kind in the world. Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront comes alive with colourful whirligigs. Learn the history and make your own.

To this day it remains a genuine Agricultural Fair held after fall harvest since the first Exhibition in 1886.

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Scarecrow Festival

An Excuse to Stay Indoors

September 25-27, Mahone Bay mahonebayscarecrowfestival.com

Lordly House Museum, Chester

Hundreds of handmade scarecrows are on display throughout this vibrant seaside community.

Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum, Lunenburg Region

Chester Playhouse, Chester

Savour the Trail

Mahone Bay Museum

October 3, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/kejimkuji

578 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-6263 mahonebaymuseum.com

NSCC Lunenburg and Kingstec Culinary Arts students and local producers team up with Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to provide a delicious hike.

Open late May to early October and then by appointment during the off-season. Visit the museum in the heart of beautiful downtown Mahone Bay. Admission is free. Learn about Mahone Bay’s community heritage, shipbuilding history, and 1754 settlement of the area, through exhibits, interactive children’s activities, self-guided history tours of the town, and make new discoveries with our research room.

Lockie the Lobster Knitting Festival Becky’s Yarn and Knit Shop October 3-9, Lockeport Beckysknitandyarn.ca

Shag Harbour UFO Festival October 2-4, NSCC Burridge Campus, Yarmouth shagharbourufoexpo.com

Shelburne County Giant Pumpkin Festival October 10, Shelburne Historic Waterfront

Fall in Love with Chester Saturdays in October, Chester toursimchester.ca

DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater Hooked Rug Museum of North America and Fibre Art Market, Hubbards/ Queensland The Barrington Museum Complex, Barrington Queens County Museum and Perkins House, Liverpool Queens Museum of Justice, Liverpool Milton Blacksmith Shop Museum, Milton

Mahone Bay

Rossignol Cultural Centre, Liverpool Hank Snow Home Town Museum, Liverpool Black Loyalist Heritage Museum, Shelburne Shelburne’s Museums by the Sea, Shelburne Historic Waterfront

Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / Wally Hayes

Barrington Woolen Mill Museum, Barrington Station 20 Train Museum, Explore Oak Island Display, Chester For full listings of festivals, attractions, and hiking, see the directory starting on page 52.

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WINTER OR AS WE CALL IT LOBSTER SEASON Lunenburg

This time of year, we tie a big red bow around a boatload of events as we sip, savour and shell’ebrate! Christmas Crawl will put a twinkle in your eye as you explore our shops, relax in our restaurants and linger with a local libation. Partake in our traditional festivals such as the illumination of Barrington’s (Lobster Capital of Canada) Lobster Pot Christmas Tree, Christmas on the LaHave, Father Christmas, Yule Tide Christmas, Christmas Tree Festival, Craft & Artisan sales—and lobster feasts, yes, it’s lobster season. Full Christmas Crawl Festival details at christmascrawl.ca. Home for the holidays or visiting and looking for the perfect Christmas tree? You’ll find it here in Lunenburg County, the “Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” See christmastreeproducers.com. Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl invites guests to sink their claws into this tasty crustacean on its home turf with a savory month-long celebration of lobster and lobster-themed experiences. Will Lucy the Lobster declare 6 more weeks of winter February 2nd, who wins the Lobster Roll Off Competition? Crawl aboard and sample variations of the traditional Lobster Roll and lobster infused dishes. Order up a ‘Lobster Ale’! Join us for the Fresh Off the Wharf Festival, the ENTIRE month of February. Full Lobster Crawl Festival details at lobstercrawl.ca. The coast is a paradise for birders in late February and March, when tens of thousands of brant geese gather to feed along the shores of Hawk Beach, Clark’s Harbour, and Cape Sable Island. A truly inspiring spectacle is the Brant Fly Away, when the birds take flight at sunset and depart for their roosts at sea. Visit nsbirdsociety.ca for more about birding.

Shop for Locally Crafted Gifts

The Ark, Bridgewater

Hags on the Hill, Peggy’s Cove

Charlotte Lane, Shelburne

Amos Pewter, Mahone Bay

Becky’s Knit and Yarn, Lockeport

Village Emporium, Chester

Going Coastal Fine Arts & Furnishings, Chester

Sea Port Gifts and Treasures, Port Medway Shore Thing Emporium, Liverpool Coastal Queens, Port Mouton

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It’s Lobster Season, indulge in

lobster rolls Nova Scotians have some pretty inventive ways of making lobster rolls interesting, but the key ingredient is fresh lobster! The South Shore lobster season opens the last Monday in November and runs until end of May. You can visit Barrington, the “Lobster Capital of Canada”, or any of these great restaurants during lobster season for a true taste of Nova Scotia. 27 South Restaurant and Lounge, Winner of Lobster Roll Off 2019 Anchors Away Family Restaurant & Dairy Bar Big Red’s in Lunenburg Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack, Winner of Lobster Roll Off 2018 and 2020 Blarney Stone Restaurant Chester’s Café Fo’c’sle Tavern The Gold Bean Café Grand Banker Bar & Grill The Kiwi Café Lane’s Privateer Inn Osprey’s Nest Public House Peggy’s Cove Lobster The Port Grocer Quarterdeck Resort Rhubarb Nova Scotia Rollies Salt Shaker Deli White Point Beach Resort, Elliot’s Dining Room & Founder’s Lounge The Sou’wester

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SHELLEBRATION February 2021!

ONE OF THE MOST DELICIOUS ANNUAL EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA. Lucy Lobster

Move over Phil, Sam and Wiarton Willy, there’s a crustacean sensation weather forecaster (prognosticator) in town for Feb 2nd Groundhog Day here on the South Shore in Barrington THE ‘Lobster Capital of Canada’! At 8am, Lucy the Lob’STAR crawls out of the ocean as the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl gets underway—in search of her shadow…offering her prediction about how much winter is left in 2021. GO LUCY!!! Join us in Barrington, at the gazebo off the causeway leading to Cape Sable Island. Arrive for 7:45AM (yes, AM!), it’ll be worth it! Stick around for Lobster Day in Barrington—visit a Lobster Plant, check out the Lobster Sculptures, and yes, sorry Lucy…savour the sea at Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack!

Lobster Roll Off Competition

Held on the first Sunday of Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl and featuring South Shore Restaurants who are offering their unique twist on the Lobster Roll during Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl. The Roll Off sends Chefs to the wharf with hopes of being named THE “Best Lobster Roll 2021”.

Lobster Chowder Chowdown Showdown

As part of the FOR THE LOVE LOBSTER presented by the Municipality of Chester local restaurants compete for the Golden Ladle Award. Band together to choose the winner!

Lobster Crawl Craft Beer Festival

Shellebrate the amazing craft beers of Nova Scotia at the Lobster Crawl Craft Beer Festival! With the growth we continue to see in the industry and the superior product that is being produced, we are excited to see what the breweries will have in store for us. Our plans include having over 20 craft breweries/cidery’s, high quality food with signature lobster dishes, games and music!

Nova Scotia Lobster Day

By Pro’claw’mation the Final Friday in February is know as Nova Scotia Lobster Day. Lobster Love is on a roll, and this gives us one more reason to band together and shellebrate.

Tail End Party

Taking place on the Final Friday in February this year’s festivities are full of lobster love. Gather your friends and spend February 26th on the Shore as we celebrate all things lobster.

Let Your Lobster Love Linger

With so much to sea and do you’ll want to crawl in a spend a night or two or 28. There’s no shortage of Lobster Loving Accommodations to choose from. Welcome aboard, we’re glad you’re here.

Crawl a’board and stay awhile!

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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

LIGHTHOUSE ROUTE ROAD TRIP Historic 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. For a complete listing of all Nova Scotia lighthouses and historical details, visit nslps.com.

Lighthouses that may be accessed by foot or by car

Fort Point Lighthouse (1855)

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse (1868)

This distinctive “hunchbacked” light is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in Nova Scotia. Become an unofficial lighthouse keeper and climb the tower to toot the hand-cranked foghorn. Lane’s at the Lighthouse offers a gift shop, coffee, freshly baked sweets, and ice cream. Call ahead (902-354-3456) to book your wooden-boxed picnic lighthouse lunch.

Peggy’s Cove This iconic image of Nova Scotia is among the most-photographed lighthouses in the world.

Fort Point Light Museum (1876) LaHave River, Lunenburg County The formal garden is typical of the 17thcentury flower and herb gardens favoured in French settlements such as this one. Also located here is Fort Sainte-Marie-de-Grace which was the capital of Acadia (1632–1636) and is now a National Historic Site.

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


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.

Medway Head Lighthouse (1851)

Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / Acorn Art Photography

Port Medway Located on Long Cove Road, this lighthouse has a functioning light, offers a spectacular ocean view, and is open to the public throughout the summer months. Free admission. Experience the history and culture display.

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.

Lighthouses enjoyed from a distance or by boat Coffin Island Lighthouse (1914) Liverpool Bay View from spectacular Beach Meadows Beach.

Spectacle Island Lighthouse (1873) Port Mouton Bay Floating docks so you can enjoy the Island by foot.

Western Head Lighthouse (1962) Liverpool See the light from Shore Road.

Carter Island Lighthouse (1872) Lockeport Located on one of five small harbour islands and visible from Lockeport.

East Ironbound Island Lighthouse (1870) East Ironbound

Baccaro Point Lighthouse (1850)

See the lighthouse from the New Harbour Road off Highway 329, Blandford.

Port LaTour

Gull Rock Lighthouse (1853)

Perched at the edge of the ocean overlooking Barrington Bay, this lighthouse is an important seabird-watching site and has an on-site picnic park.

Lockeport View by telescope from the Crescent Beach Centre.

Fort Point Lighthouse

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Port Medway Lighthouse (1899)


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Cape Sable Lighthouse (1861) Cape Sable Visible from the tip of Hawk Beach on Cape Sable Island, this is the tallest light in Nova Scotia at more than 30 metres.

Wood’s Harbour Lighthouse (1900) Near Highway 3, located on a large ledge in the harbour. View it best from the wharf.

Kaulbach Island Lighthouse (1914) Indian Point

Cross Island Lighthouse (1830)

Photo: Dennis Jarvis

Wood’s Harbour

Battery Point Breakwater Lighthouse

Blue Rocks

Battery Point Breakwater Lighthouse (1937)

Cape Negro Island (1872)

Lunenburg

Shelburne

Cape Roseway Lighthouse (1788)

Bon Portage Lighthouse (1874)

McNutt’s Island, Shelburne Harbour

Shag Harbour

Brier Island Lodge and Restaurant

Best Whale Watching in Nova Scotia Whale Watching, Oceanview Dining and Accommodations

www.brierisland.com | 1-800-662-8355 Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BrierIslandLodge/

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EAT AND DRINK

Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack

Get a true taste of Nova Scotia along the South Shore, grab a mug along the Good Cheer Trail or Savour the Lobster Trail. 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 Taste of Nova Scotia members, a smorgasbord of eating establishments, craft brewers, vineyards, and growers await you. The Biscuit Eater Café & Books 16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-2665 / thebiscuiteater.com

Boulangerie la Vendéenne 500 Highway 325, Blockhouse 902-530-3090

Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack 3723 Highway 3, Barrington Passage 902-637-3728 captkatslobstershack.weebly.com

Charlotte Lane Café and Gift Shop 13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne 902-875-3314 / charlottelane.ca Winner of 2013 and 2010 Best Small Restaurant (Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia), 2011 Best Restaurant Outside Halifax 24 • novascotia.com/southshore

(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 24 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.

Grand Banker Bar & Grill 82 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3300 / 800-360-1181 grandbanker.com


Oh My Cod!

19 Pleasant Street, Chester 902-275-1492 / kiwicafechester.com

567 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-2600 / oh-my-cod.ca

Lane’s Privateer Inn and Lane’s at the Lighthouse

Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre

27 Bristol Avenue, Liverpool 902-354-3456 / 1-800-794-3332 lanesprivateerinn.com info@lanesprivateerinn.com

902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 oakislandresort.ca

Built in 1798, this privateer mansion has been operated by the Lane family for 57 years. Features 23 guest rooms, Taste of Nova Scotia restaurant and bakery, two-level stone patio and bookstore café. Specializing in fresh, local cuisine. Seafood, steak, fish and chips, sandwiches, and salads. Ten craft beer and cider on tap. Extensive wine list. Lane’s operates the Fort Point Lighthouse where you can enjoy popular picnic lunches. 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. Open year-round with reduced hours in winter. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

68 Bluenose Drive, second floor, Lunenburg 902-634-3333 / 800-533-9336 oldfishfactory.com

Lincoln Street Food 200 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3002 / lincolnstreetfood.com

Kate’s Sweet Indulgence 242B Lincoln Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3399 / sweetindulgence.ca

Old Fish Factory Restaurant & Ice House Bar

Quarterdeck Resort 7499 Route 3, Summerville Centre 902-683-2998 / 800-565-1119 quarterdeck.ca

Rebecca’s Restaurant 249 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-3313 / rebeccas-restaurant.ca

Rhubarb at the Oceanstone Seaside Resort 8650 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour 902-821-3013 / rhubarbrestaurant.ca

Rime Restaurant + Wine Bar 9 King Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3112 / rimerestaurant.ca

Rum Runner Inn & Restaurant 66 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-9200 / 888-778-6786 rumrunnerinn.com

Mateus Bistro 533 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-3711 /mateusbistro.com

The Shore Club

Memories Café and Eatery 28 Water Street, Liverpool 902-356-3110 (phone) 902-354-8197 (order by text) memoriescafe.ca Friendly, 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.

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Salt Shaker Deli

Haddock Shack

124 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3434 / saltshakerdeli.com

6435 Highway 3, Lower Woods Harbour

Shore Club Lobster Suppers

Island View Family Restaurant and Bakery

250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards 902-857-9555 / shoreclub.ca

The Barn Coffee and Social House 458 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-2499

The Beach Pea Kitchen and Bar

Delicious seafood and other local favourites.

6301 Nova Scotia Highway 3, Western Shore 902-627-2513 islandviewfamilyrestaurant.com

Peasant’s Pantry Specialty Meats & Deli

128 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-640-3474 / beachpeakitchen.com

4491 Highway 12, New Ross 902-365-5964 / peasantspantry.ca

The South Shore Fish Shack

Seaside Shanty Restaurant

108 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-643-3232 / southshorefshshack.com

5315 Highway 3, Chester Basin 902-275-2246 / theseasideshanty.com

Sou’Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop

27 South Restaurant and Lounge

178 Peggy’s Point Road, Peggy’s Cove 902-823-2561 / peggys-cove.com

Best Western Bridgewater, Cookville bestwesternbridgewater.com

White Gate Inn & Restaurant

LaHave Bakery

28 Pleasant Street, Chester 902-275-4400 / whitegate.ca

Route 331, LaHave 902-688-2908 / lahavebakery.com

The Rope Loft

White Point Beach Resort, Elliot’s Dining Room & Founder’s Lounge

36 Water Street, Chester 902-275-3430 / ropeloft.com

The Stretch Diner 3758 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester 902-273-7506

The Fo’c’sle Tavern 42 Queen Street, Chester 902-275-1408 / focslechester.com

White Point Beach Resort

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75 White Point Beach Road White Point Beach / 902-354-2711 800-565-5068 / whitepoint.com

Osprey’s Nest Public House 39 John Rieser Drive, Petite Riviere 902-693-6378/ospreysnest.pub


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CHEERS TO OUR GOOD CHEER TRAIL! Ironworks Distillery, Lunenburg

Breweries, distilleries, and wineries Black Point Distillery Highway 329, Fox Point 902-210-8247/ bhdistillers.ca

Tanner & Co. Brewing 50 Angus Hiltz Road, Chester 902-298-0032 / tannerbrewing.ca

Tanner & Co. on Duke 59 Duke Street, Chester 902-919-0998/ tannerbrewing.ca

Tipping Point Distillery 5478 Highway 3, Chester Basin 902-414-4143 / tippingpointdistillers.ca

Saltbox Brewing Company 363 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-0653 / saltboxbrewingcompany.ca Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / White Point Beach Resort

Ironworks Distillery 2 Kempt Street, Lunenburg 902-640-2424 / ironworksdistillery.com

Elmwood Winery 105 Craig Chandler Drive, Pine Grove 902-521-6759 / elmwoodwinery.com

FirkenStein Breweries 371 Baker Road, Bridgewater 902-523-4204

King Street Beer Company 463 King Street, Bridgewater 902-529-0081 / kingstreetbeer.ca

Petite Rivière Vineyards 1300 Italy Cross Road, Crousetown 902-693-3033 / petiterivierevineyards.ca info@petiterivierevineyards.ca Petite Rivière Vineyards is an old-world French style winery producing elegant, complex red wines and natural fruit ciders. Surrounded by lavender gardens and a stone terrace with views of the vineyards and countryside, you can enjoy wine tastings, relax on the terrace or indulge in our daily “Ultimate Tour & Wine Tasting”. Open Year Round.

Shipwright Brewing Company

Hell Bay Brewing

82 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3300

38 Legion Street, Liverpool 902-356-3556 / hellbaybrewing.com

Muwin Estates Wines / Bulwark Cider

Boxing Rock Brewing Company

7155 Highway 12, New Ross 902-681-1545 / bulwarkcider.com

218 Water Street, Shelburne 902-494-9233 / boxingrock.ca

Lunenburg County Winery 813 Walburne Road, Newburne 902-644-2415 / canada-wine.com novascotia.com/southshore • 27


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SEASIDE ADVENTURE & BEACHSIDE FEAST LUNENBURG DISTILLED: A CULINARY ADVENTURE

SEA-TO-TABLE LOBSTER ADVENTURE

Candlebox Kayaking Port Joli

Lunenburg Walking Tours - Lunenburg 902-521-6867 info@lunenburgwalkingtours.com

Take in the colours and characters of Old Town Lunenburg UNESCO World Heritage Site as you explore the waterfront by food and by boat to discover distiller insights, sample award winning rum and enjoy an exclusive gourmet seafood dinner from the deck of the Theresa E. Connor.

902-637-7115 matt@candleboxkayaking.com

East Coast Outfitters – Lower Prospect

Hike to Kejimkujik National Park Seaside’s beautiful white sand beach for exclusive insights on this coastal estuary. Hop in your kayak for a guided tour to a lobster roll picnic. Enjoy a swim, then indulge in a seafood feast at your luxurious beachside resort.

902-852-2567 info@eastcoastoutfitters.com

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Kayak Nova Scotia’s dramatic granite coast and clear, turquoise waters to a charming fishing village for the inside scoop on lobster fishing in this sea-to-table adventure! A chef-prepared lobster dinner, featuring local ingredients and seafood awaits you at the ocean’s edge at sunset.

SIGNATURE LAHAVE ISLANDS GLAMPING ADVENTURE Cape LaHave Adventures – LaHave Islands 902-693-2023 / info@capelahaveadventures.ca

Foodies will love this guided glamping adventure with everything provided. Island hop by kayak to colourful fishing communities and pristine coasts. Indulge in fresh seafood and local flavours prepared for you on the beach, try yoga on stand-up paddleboards, and glamp under the stars.

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LOBSTER FEAST & PEGGY’S COVE ADVENTURE

GREAT CANADIAN LOBSTER FISHING FEAST

Pleasant Paddling – Blue Rocks Oceanstone Seaside Resort – Peggy’s Cove area 866-823-2160 info@oceanstoneresort.com

Nova Scotia essentials are served up by your seaside resort host, exclusively guiding you to Peggy’s Cove authentic fishing village and lighthouse, introducing you to local seafood experts, and meeting Oceanstone’s chef to select your fresh lobster for your gourmet feast by the ocean.

902-541-9233 info@pleasantpaddling.com

Take a thrilling kayak adventure to a seal colony, snorkel hidden inlets, cycle winding coastal roads, and dine on local delicacies. Sleep under the stars in a cozy yurt on your very own private island, just off the coast of beautiful Blue Rocks fishing village near Lunenburg.

White Point Beach Resort – White Point 902-354-2711 800-565-5068 greatday@whitepoint.com

Get a taste of the world’s largest lobster fishery. Join a crew of Nova Scotia lobster fishers for a morning at sea, returning to your seaside resort with the freshest lobster and ultimate bragging rights. Meet at the beachside bonfire, as our chef prepares today’s catch for your cozy dinner party inside.

EXPERIENCES OAK ISLAND LEGENDS & LOBSTER Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre 902-627-3338 tours@oakisland.ca

Explore the coast of legendary Oak Island by boat. Get the inside scoop on treasure-hunting from a local diver. Cruise to your own island and create lobster appetizers with the Chef to savour between stand-up paddle boarding and beach relaxation. A stunning, rolled up seafood dinner makes this Island adventure unforgettable.

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PRIVATE ISLAND YURT FOR TWO


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PEGGY’S COVE Peggy’s Cove, the most photographed spot in Canada needs little description! Climb massive granite boulders to the iconic lighthouse and imagine 20,000 years ago when retreating glaciers moved those same 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. Experience the essence of Nova Scotia.

Peggy’s Cove Checklist Visit the deGarthe Art Gallery Shop for a one-of-a kind souvenir made by local artisans Hike one of the area’s scenic trails Espresso on the deck at Beales’ Bailiwick Taste Dee Dee’s Ice Cream Explore the Coastal Heritage Trail

It’s a 10-minute walk through this active fishing village but we suggest taking the day to step back in time and leisurely shop, snack, sightsee and experience the tranquil atmosphere of Peggy’s Cove. The best way to see Peggy’s Cove is to walk through the village from one end to the other, to experience the contrast between quiet fishing village at sunset and the breaking waves on the rocks. The parking lot on the road into the village provides interpretive plaques. This starting point places you within walking distance of the deGarthe Fisherman’s Monument and Gallery, the St. John’s Anglican Church, the Cove area with fishing boats and wharves, and then the lighthouse and rocks. 30 • novascotia.com/southshore


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Become a lobster chef in 12 minutes. If you haven’t eaten lobster in the worldfamous Peggy’s Cove, cooked the traditional way, then you haven’t really eaten lobster. Nova Scotia lobster is world-famous. And for good reason. We have some of the most fertile lobster fishing grounds, not just in Canada, but

in the world. But many people don’t know how to cook live lobsters. At Peggy’s Cove U-Cook Lobster, cooking and handling a live lobster is part of the fun of our unique process. We offer fresh locally-caught Atlantic lobster and explain the best cooking techniques for your meal that you then can enjoy or take-out. See peggyscovelobster.com.

Hidden Gem

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 chiseled from the wave-washed granite.

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

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ST. MARGARET’S BAY AND AREA

Rum Runner’s Trail, Bike and Bean

Places to Stay Harbourview Inn Peggy’s Cove Bed and Breakfast Oceanstone Seaside Resort By the Bay Bed and Breakfast Larinda’s Landing Oceanfront Cottages

Eat and Drink Shaw’s Landing Sou’Wester Restaurant and Gift Shop Rhubarb Restaurant The Finer Diner White Sails Bakery

A Must Experience

In Terence Bay, visit the SS Atlantic Heritage Park and Interpretation Centre, a memorial site to those who perished in the shipwreck of 1873, the worst loss of life at sea prior to the sinking in 1912 of the Titanic. Visit the interpretation centre to learn the sad history of this marine tragedy, which is not widely known. Stroll the inviting boardwalk along the peaceful and picturesque shores of Terence Bay as you reflect on our maritime heritage and the power of the sea. Visit peggyscoveregion.com for area information and to access the regional map and listings for accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and services.

Delish Fine Foods Shore Club Lobster Suppers

Best Beaches White Rock Beach, Terence Bay Black Point Beach, Black Point Queensland Beach, Queensland Hubbards Beach, Hubbards

Bayswater Beach

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HUBBARDS/ASPOTOGAN A Must Visit

Rug Hooking Museum of North America with incredible collections of hand-hooked rugs and artifacts used in the making of fibre art. Exhibits and workshops May through October.

Outdoor Fun

Samira’s Lebanese Cuisine The Shore Club Lobster Suppers Thorne’s Grocery & Pizza Tuna Blue Bar & Grill The Trellis Café The Savary Plate Old School Pizza

Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course

Places to Stay

Hubbards Recreation Centre Skate Park

Anchorage House & Cottages

Hubbards Sailing Club

The Tuna Blue Inn

Mersey Road Paintball Field

Century House B & B

Beaches

Hubbard’s Beach Campground and Cottages

Bayswater Beach Provincial Park

Rosewood On The Cove Cottages

Fox Point Beach, Hubbard’s Beach

Surfside Inn

Meisner’s Beach, East River

Queensland Beach Cottages

Mill Cove Beach, Mill Cove

Fox Point Beach

Eat & Drink Aspotogan Ridge Clubhouse Parkwood Grill at Aspotagan Ridge Golf Course The Deck Restaurant & Convenience Hubbards Cove Coffee

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Hubbard’s Beach Queensland Beach Fish Store Cottage

Did you know? A monument in memory of the 229 people who lost their lives when Swissair Flight 111 crashed can be found at the Swissair Memorial Site in Bayswater.


A Must Experience SENSEA Nordic Spa

40 Sensea Road (end of Target Hill Road) Chester, NS | 1 855-678-0300 | info@sensea.ca Open Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm

Jamal’s Mediterranean Cuisine King Bo Chinese Restaurant The Kiwi Cafe Linens for Life Tea Room The Rope Loft Seaside Shanty The Stretch White Gate Restaurant Jamal’s Pizza Il Ferramenta

Places to Shop Outdoor Fun Castle Rock Chester Golf Course Chester Skate Park Lordly Park Lido Pool Sherwood Golf Course

Beaches Graves Island Beach Freda’s Beach

Places to Stay Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Mecklenburgh Inn Bed & Breakfast Sherwood Golf & Country Club Chalets White Gate Inn The Windjammer

Eat & Drink Big Reds

The Village Emporium 11 Pleasant Street, Chester 902-275-4773 / villageemporiumns.com A unique and affordable gift shop located in the beautiful seaside village of Chester. Selling the wares of over 20 craftspeople we offer a large variety of local products and some ‘ from away’. Come browse our selections of books, jewellery, clothing, souvenirs and much more. Find us on Facebook @ TheVillageEmporiumChester

Going Coastal Fine Art & Furnishings 41 Queen St, Chester / 902-273-3343 Info@goingcoastalns.com / goingcoastalns.com We are a local family owned and operated custom furniture store & art gallery located in Chester Village. Inspired by coastal living, buying local with 100% handmade product from Nova Scotia artists and crafters. We offer custom build furniture from hardwood dining tables to rustic coastal reclaimed wood cabinets. With our custom work you are able to create what you really want, we listen, assist and provide the best results. We love what we do, and it shows.

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NEW ROSS/WESTERN SHORE New Ross

Western Shore

A Must Visit

The Ross Farm Museum is a living, working farm depicting 150 years of agriculture in Nova Scotia with events year-round.

The Municipality of Chester operates 46 km of trail on the abandoned railway from Martins River to Hubbards. The route connects our communities, serves as a safe off-road passage and showcases the natural beauty of the South Shore.

Eat & Drink

Eat & Drink

Clover Farms Pizza/Subs/Sandwiches

Big Red’s

Peasant’s Pantry Specialty Meats & Deli

Gold Bean Café

Vittles Family Restaurant

The Island View Family Restaurant & Bakery Mo’s Grill & Dining Room La Vista Restaurant at Oak Island Resort

Places to Stay

Did you know? Nova Scotia is the Balsam Fir Christmas tree capital of the world and here in the New Ross Area of the Municipality of Chester they’ve been growing them proudly for centuries.

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Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre


Mahone Bay is a historic town founded in 1754, famous for its three churches along the shores of the bay. With a great array of shops, boutiques, and galleries to get through, one day won’t be enough. Start at one end of town and work your way through remembering to head up both arms of Main Street and along Edgewater Street or just wing it and zigzag into whatever enterprise calls to you. If you want to explore further, rental bikes are available at Sweet Ride Cycling in town. Time is precious and you’ve come to the perfect place to invigorate, relax, and renew your spirit all at once.

Places to Stay

Think social and drink local!

Kitch’Inn

Once you step into the tap room at Saltbox Brewing Company you immediately feel at home. It is a place where other like-minded brewers and beer lovers can share their appreciation of locally-crafted beers, and exchange information and ideas while sampling the variety of brews on tap. Stop by and become a local. saltboxbrewingcompany.ca

Heart’s Desire B&B Fisherman’s Daughter B&B Mahone Bay B&B Bayview Pines Country Inn River Ridge Lodge

Places to Eat The Barn Coffee and Social House Mateus Bistro Rebecca’s Restaurant The Biscuit Eater Café Mug and Anchor Pub Get the Scoop Ice Cream Shop

Did you know? Amos Pewter is Canada’s only Pewter Economuseum. Their artisans began making pewter gifts and keepsakes in 1974 in a vacant boat building shop (circa 1880) that still houses the workshop. At Amos Pewter, designers and craftspeople put the spotlight on the skills and techniques that have been used by pewter makers for decades. Be sure to visit Amos Pewter for high quality gifts of pewter jewelry, home decor, tableware and ornaments. Open year-round. amospewter.com

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TOWN OF LUNENBURG History, culture, and colour: this is Old Town Lunenburg, rated as one of Trip Advisor’s top 10 destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year, and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Enjoy picturesque Lunenburg’s working waterfront, walking tours, seafood and local specialties, and more than 180 shops and services, fine art, golf courses, and festivals. Visit explorelunenburg.ca.

What is a Lunenburg Bump?

Knaut-Rhuland House Museum

A quirky local interpretation of a three-sided Scottish dormer, the Lunenburg Bump, can be seen over the front door of many heritage homes.

125 Pellam Street, Lunenburg

Places to Eat Salt Shaker Deli The Grand Banker Bar & Grill The Knot Pub The Old Fish Factory Restaurant The South Shore Fish Shack

Place to Stay Atlantic Sojourn Bed and Breakfast Brigantine Inn and Suites Captain’s Bell Bed and Breakfast Lunenburg Arms Mariner King Rum Runner Inn

An excuse to stay indoors The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance Lunenburg Seaport 38 • novascotia.com/southshore

902-634-3498 Explore Lunenburg’s settlement story and early history with costumed guides. This National Historic Site, c.1793, is one of the best-preserved Georgian homes in Canada. Experience what life was like for the 18thcentury merchant class. Open daily June 7 – Sept. 30 (by donation).

Lunenburg Paddling Adventours And Rentals Lunenburg’s Back Harbour / 250 meters north of Sawpit Park on Highway 332, Lunenburg (902) 298-8191 Call or text mikekayaking@gmail.com lunenburgpaddling.biz Choose your own adventure! Safe, relaxing kayak tours on sheltered Back Harbour of Lunenburg. All skill levels are welcomed. We have single and tandem kayaks, so we can accommodate the needs of your family. There are lots of little beaches on which to find shells, animals and other treasures—or take a swim. The time on the water is yours, so we can spend it however you want. Most major credit cards, debit and cash are welcomed.


Nova Scotia’s

SOUTH SHORE South Shore regions and attractions map

South Shore

Port Joli Charlesville

Bridgewater Liverpool

St. Margaret’s Bay Lunenburg

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Roseway River Cottages

Our cottages are centrally located so that you can enjoy all of Shelburne County and the South Shore. Only 5 minutes from the Town of Shelburne The Cottages offers a relaxing, quiet woodland setting by the Roseway River.

902-875-3812

Open Year Round rosewayrivercottages.com info@rosewayrivercottages.com

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Sit Back And Enjoy The Sunsets

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

Charlesville Shag Harbour

Barrington

Clark’s Harbour

West Head, Cape Sable Island Cape Sable Island Cape Sable

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

Lockeport Cape Roseway Sandy Point

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Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill

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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.

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BRIDGEWATER

South Shore Exhibition

Bridgewater boasts a variety of visitor services, second in the province only to Halifax. From shopping to accommodations, restaurants, parks and museums, hospital facilities, a public library, sporting facilities, and more, we have everything you’ll need right here in the heart of the LaHave River Valley. Annual events, including the South Shore Exhibition, Afterglow Art Festival, South Shore in Motion, Canada Day on the LaHave, and Christmas on the LaHave make it a hub for excitement all year round. For those with canine companions, don’t miss the South Shore Vet Dog Zone, our dog park on Glen Allan Drive. And, if you have a love of boats, you’ll want to visit the waterfront Bridgewater Marina on LaHave Street.

A Day at the Fair!

Waves Seafood & Grill

Summer Sun & Country Fun at the South Shore Exhibition

Fancy Pants Cafe

July 28 to August 2, Bridgewater thebigex.com The South Shore Exhibition, in its 129th year, is the largest agricultural exhibition in Nova Scotia. It has been around since 1891 and is located on 42 acres. Farm-fresh family fun, the “Big Ex” (as locals call it) features agricultural and livestock competitions, 4-H exhibits, petting barn, live music and carnival rides and games. It all starts with a parade through Bridgewater on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Eat & Drink 27 South Restaurant and Lounge Local Public House River Pub

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Places to Stay Best Western Plus Hotel Comfort Inn Bridgewater Hotel Days Inn Oakhill Pines Campground 388 Oakhill Road, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia 902-543-2885 / oakhillpines.com A family campground with a new playground, clean pool, activities every weekend starting July 1, wooded and open sites, games room, and rental cabins minutes from shopping, close to beaches, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and Oak island.


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LUNENBURG REGION Smell the crisp sea air and fragrant forest trail within Lunenburg Region. Touch the handcrafted imaginations of local artists. See wildlife in its natural habitat. Taste food fresh from the land and the sea. Hear the crash of waves and laughter on the shore. Come to your senses in Lunenburg Region.

A Must Visit

Take a Hike

Blue Rocks

Bay to Bay Trail

Hirtle’s Beach

Gaff Point

Indian Falls

LaHave River Trail

Ovens Natural Park

Miller Point Peace Park

Tancook Island

MARC Trails

A Step Back in Time Halifax and Southwest Railway Museum Fort Point LaHave Museum LaHave Island Marine Museum Parkdale Maplewood Museum Tancook Museum

Fresh Local Goodness Wiles Lake Farm Market

Hidden Gem

Bernart Be aMAZEd: Canada’s first art maze. There’s nearly a kilometre of paths to explore with lots of concrete sculptures, murals, and mosaic created by artists from around the world. There’s definitively something for everyone with a surprise around every corner. Find it on Facebook for more information!

Indian Garden Farm Sweetwood Farm Terra Beata Cranberry Farm The Maplewood Farm

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LAHAVE AND PETITE RIVIÈRE

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The beauty and charm of the Petite Rivière area makes it an inspiring spot for artists and crafters of all types, offering studios and shops for you to explore. Plan a visit to the beach. Crescent Beach is one of a kind; walk, run, or even drive across the beach. Don’t forget to check the tide schedule. Finish off your perfect afternoon by journeying back to Petite Rivière Vineyard. Take a tour, browse the shop, and then relax on the stone patio with a glass of wine, soaking in the glorious view of the vineyard.

Best Beaches

Shop for Souvenirs

Broad Cove Beach

Heart to Hand Studio

Cherry Hill Beach

LaHave Craft Co-op

Crescent Beach

Mariner Craft

Rissers Beach

Maritime Painted Saltbox

Eat & Drink Beachside Pizza and Market LTD LaHave Bakery MacLeod’s Canteen Osprey’s Nest Public House Ploughman’s Lunch Petite Rivière General Store Petite Rivière Vineyards West LaHave Juice Yard

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Westcote Bell Pottery Petite Rivière Vineyards

A Must Experience

Since 1832, LaHave has been connected to East LaHave, located on the opposite side of the LaHave river, via a cable ferry. In 1982, Brady E. Himmelman retired after 35 years of service, being the longest serving captain of LaHave ferries. In 2010, the LaHave Ferry II was replaced by a 14 car capacity ferry named in the honour of Brady E Himmelman. The Ferry is operated by The Province of Nova Scotia and costs $7 for a one-way ticket. The trip lasts about five minutes one way.


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Queens Coast Beautiful beaches, stalwart lighthouses, glimmering lakes and richly diverse Acadian forest. Add in fun festivals, world-class art and music, and a history and heritage as old as the hills, and you’ll see why Queens Coast is a “must-stop” destination for visitors. This quintessential piece of Nova Scotia’s South Shore might even convince you to stay a lot longer!

MILL VILLAGE AND PORT MEDWAY At Exit 17A on Highway 103, you have a scintillating choice; up to Mill Village for lunch at the delightful Riverbank General Store and Café, nestled, well... on the banks of the Medway River, or down to Port Medway with its working wharf and lively community. The Port Grocer Café and Art Space is alive with music and amazing food, and Sea Port Gifts and Treasures offers an eclectic mix of gifts and quirky crafts. Follow the Lighthouse Route west along scenic coastlines, stopping off at the superlative Beach Meadows Beach, through to scenic Liverpool on the Mersey River.

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Kejimkujik National Park Seaside


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GREENFIELD AND CALEDONIA 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. No trip through the bustling hamlet of Greenfield is complete without picking up a coconut cream pie from Stew’s Corner Convenience and Gas. They stock most everything you need for a week at the cabin, as Greenfield is the access point into the lake country of Molega and Ponhook—a maze of roads and paths allow walkers, runners, and 44 • novascotia.com/southshore

cyclists to discover probably the best lakes in Nova Scotia. You can also pick up tasty food from the Kespuwitk Eats ‘n’ Treats and Gas Bar, or if you are lucky to be travelling through in late July, check out the Annual Planked Salmon Supper hosted by the Greenfield and District Volunteer Fire Department. Caledonia has long been the gateway to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, and now Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, with a rich tradition of outdoor activity and adventure. For 2020, camping is limited at the Park whilst extensive renovations take place, but you can choose to camp at the new Gateway Campground, or choose a roof over your head at the Whitman Inn, Mersey River Chalets, or B&B Art of Germany. Stop in at the Hollow Log Café and ask about their Big Rig Challenge.


Past the majestic colonial houses of sea captains of old, sits historic Fort Point Lighthouse. Climb up and sound the hand-cranked foghorn. The rich history and culture are reflected in the area’s festivals, museums and performing arts venues. Couple that with endless opportunities for hiking, biking, paddling, and swimming— or simply enjoy a perfect beach day—and see why we say: Seek Nature’s Rewards!

Eat and Drink

Museum of Justice

Hell Bay Brewing Co.

“Where Judges & Justice Reside” 137 School St, Liverpool, NS B0T1K0 902-354-4058 / Linda.A.Rafuse@novascotia.ca

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Five Girls Baking Paul’s Café Bistro Route 3 Cellar Taproom and Grill Lane’s Privateer Inn

Things to Do Queens County Museum “Giving the Past a Future” 109 Main Street, PO Box 1078 Liverpool, NS, B0T1K0 902-354-4058 / Linda.A.Rafuse@novascotia.ca queenscountymuseum.com 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 too. Admission by donation. Open daily June 1 to October 15 - 9 to 5pm.

Built in 1854, this Courthouse is a landmark Greek Revival Temple style building now serving as our Museum of Justice. Engage in learning early forms of punishment and interesting trials throughout our 250 years of history. Liverpool’s first Magistrate was Simeon Perkins whose home, built in 1766, is also a museum here in Liverpool. Admission by donation. Open daily: June 1 to October 15 – 9:30 to 5pm.

… And So Much More A thriving arts and culture scene centred around the historic Astor Theatre, world-class events and festivals like the International Theatre Festival, Ukulele Ceilidh, and Privateer Days. Boutique shops like Main + Mersey Home Store, Lilieth, and the Adja Gallery. We are also home to the internationally renowned White Point Beach Resort, where it’s always a Great Day on Queens Coast!

PORT MOUTON AND PORT JOLI Pick up the Lighthouse Route from Liverpool and this area of parks and spectacular white sand beaches includes the small but accessible beach at Hunt’s Point, Summerville Beach Provincial Park, Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, and Port L’Hebert Provincial Park. There are many great places to stay and eat, like the Quarterdeck Beachside Villas and Grill, a great selection of rental cottages, or camping at Fisherman’s Cove, plus amazing eateries including; Hunt’s Point Market and Café, Seascape Seafood Restaurant, and Seaside Seafoods. Stop in to browse the extensive collection of local arts and crafts at Coastal Queens Place. You have all the components of a great vacation—right here on Queens Coast! novascotia.com/southshore • 45

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Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

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. 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 rejuvenate on their long spring and fall flights. Breathe our salt air and find your rejuvenation too. Black Loyalist Centre in Shelburne

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LOCKEPORT Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / Acorn Art Photography

Lockeport is known as the most walkable town in Nova Scotia. We suggest starting at the Visitor Information Shop near Crescent Beach and then exploring the boardwalk and trails. Embrace the heritage, harbourfront and beachside lifestyle of Lockeport, which is friendly and relaxing yet energizing.

Shop & Eat Lockeport Town Market Weekly Farmer’s Market Beech Street Studio Lockeport Pharmasave White Gull Restaurant and The Bayman

Signature Attractions Crescent Beach Locke Family Streetscape Roots Head Look-off

A Must Visit Becky’s Knit & Yarn

Home of Locke’s Island Lobster & Lockeport Greenwave 100% pure wool. Complete collections of Opal. Knitting, crocheting and fibre art supplies. A unique yarn shop that loves to “knit outside the lines.” With local custom colours of wool, weekly events, Woolen M’Ocean mobile retail unit and an enthusiastic atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else, you’ll be glad you stopped by for a yarn. beckysknitandyarn.ca

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Canada Day celebrations Widow’s Walk Look-off Lockeport Sea Derby and Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song

Places to Stay Seaside Cottages at Ginger Hill Ocean Mist Cottages Lockeport Cottages & Campground and Lucy’s Cottage

Did you know? We’re home to Atlantic Canada’s Only Women’s Music Festival, the Harmony Bazaar! The first festival was a small gathering in 2005 and has grown into a weekend of activities including youth stages, workshops, industry dinners, art galas, theatre performances, and mentorships. Harmony Bazaar continues to promote female singers and songwriters year-round with a winter music series, plus educational workshops and events.

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Shelburne

SHELBURNE & AREA Shelburne has a deep multicultural history. Originally known as Port Roseway, Shelburne was once occupied by Mi’kmaq, Acadians, Blacks, and American Loyalists. In 1783, during the American Revolution, 3,000 Black Loyalists escaped to freedom in Shelburne, making Shelburne one of the largest cities in North America. Shelburne found its calling in the fishing and shipbuilding industry, but racial tensions forced the Black Loyalists to move to nearby Birchtown, making this land the world’s largest free African population outside of Africa, in the late 18th century. The Shelburne area provides unique experiences that are rich in culture and adventure while providing visitors with places to relax and unwind in a surrounding of historic treasures, wilderness, and beauty.

Best Beaches

Shelburne Cafe

Louis Head Beach

Charlotte’s Lane Café

Roseway Beach Sandy Point Lighthouse Beach Welkum Park

Signature Attractions Sandy Point Lighthouse Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront

Eat & Drink

Black Loyalist Heritage Museum

Anchor’s Away Family Restaurant

Osprey Arts Centre

The Beandock

Boxing Rock Brewery & Taproom

Moe’s Shake Shack Sophia’s Cafe Mr. Fish Ship’s Galley Pub & Eatery Boxing Rock’s Legendary Taproom Nova Scotia Rollies & Catering Inner Harbor Inn 48 • novascotia.com/southshore

Places to Stay Mackenzie’s Motel Cottages Shelburne Harbourside Cottages Inner Harbour Inn Cooper’s Inn Sandy Lane Vacation Rentals Boulder Cove Cottages


Outdoor Fun River Hills Golf & Country Club Graham’s Park Splash Pad Candlebox Kayaking Tours Borrow My Boards - SUP Rentals

Sandy Point Lighthouse The Sandy Point Lighthouse is one of Shelburne’s most popular destinations and is known for its historical, architectural, and environmental significance. The site of the lighthouse is both picturesque and unique. Located on

a sand bar at the entrance of Shelburne Harbour, the lighthouse offers photo opportunities at any time of day. At low tide, you can enjoy the sandy beach which allows you to walk out to the lighthouse for that perfect selfie. Bring your buckets and collect sand dollars, relax on the sand bar and enjoy some treats from the canteen. The shoreline offers a picnic area for visitors to take in the iconic view, often including lots of commercial & recreational marine traffic, which reflects its association with the community and the shipping history of Shelburne.

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Whispering Waves Cottages

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BARRINGTON AND AREA The Municipality of Barrington welcomes you to the Lobster Capital of Canada! Take time to explore our beautiful coastal destination, which includes Cape Sable Island, home to the most southerly point of Nova Scotia. Walk our many beautiful white sand beaches, explore our fishing villages and museums, experience rowing a dory first hand, take a stroll on one of our many walking trails and enjoy seafood dining at its best.

Best Beaches The Hawk Beach, Cape Sable Island Daniel’s Head (South Side) Beach, Cape Sable Island Stoney Island Beach, Cape Sable Island North East Point Beach, Cape Sable Island Causeway Sandhills Provincial Park, Villagedale Crow Neck Beach, Baccaro

Places to Stay Starboard Inn Chestnut Holler Guesthouse Mama’s By The Sea Bed & Breakfast Salty Shores Inn & Café

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Barrington Woolen Mill Museum


Cape Sable Island Causeway North East Point Beach

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Leave mainland Nova Scotia behind at Barrington as you cross the Cape Sable Island Causeway to arrive on Cape Sable Island. It’s home to Nova Scotia’s most southerly point, The Hawk Beach. Follow Route 330 as you meander along the fishing wharf studded coastline. It’s here where the Cape Islander boat was created. Stroll the sandy beach of Daniels Head Beach and keep watch for the endangered Piping Plovers as you try to catch glimpses of Cape Sable Lighthouse: the tallest in the Maritimes. This Recognized Important Bird Area is also a bird watchers paradise and wait until you explore the Drowned Forest.

We are home to the only government-recognized UFO sighting in Canada? Uncover the mystery at the Shag Harbour UFO Interpretive Centre, which chronicles the sighting of a UFO reported to have crashed into the waters of Shag Harbour leaving no trace other than yellow foam. Visitors can view television documentaries, newspaper articles, other memorabilia, and an exhibit on outer space. After a tour of our centre, browse the gift shop. The UFO Gazebo and picnic site can be found about three minutes up the road from the Centre, where visitors can look out on the ocean to where people say the crash happened. shagharbourincident.com novascotia.com/southshore • 51

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BEACHES AND PARKS

Crystal Crescent Beach

Whether you want to camp, picnic, hike, sunbathe or swim, there’s a park on the South Shore to suit your fancy. Many are open year-round. For more information on parks and beaches, visit novascotia.com or parks.gov.ns.ca.

Beaches/Parks in St. Margaret’s Bay– Lunenburg Bayswater Beach Provincial Park 4015 Highway 329, Bayswater Large white-sand beach and picnic area with a view of the open ocean, Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, and Final Internment Site.

Bishop Park 15 Shore Club Road, 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, Sherwood

fields, small cobblestone beach, unsupervised swimming, and camping site rentals.

Hubbards Beach Provincial Park 9 Yacht Club Road, Hubbards A day-use park featuring a sandy beach with boat launch, just past Queensland Beach.

Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park 4775 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, 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.

Lordly Park 133 Central Street, Chester

Cleveland Beach Provincial Park

A block of beauty in the heart of the Seaside Village of Chester. Main entrance on Union Street between Central and King Street. Complete with playground, picnic tables, gazebo and beautiful shady trees.

8878 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Queensland

Mushamush Beach Park

Sandy beach and a picnic area. A sister beach to Queensland.

15 Aulenback Point Road, Blockhouse

A small picnic park on a lake under a canopy of mature softwood trees. Small beach and boat launch.

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

Graves Island Provincial Park 230 Graves Island Road, Chester Off Highway 3. Picturesque area with picnic tables (some covered) scattered through open 52 • novascotia.com/southshore

Mushamush Lake is great for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and picnics. A shallow lake, it’s also perfect for swimming. The beach and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.

Queensland Beach Provincial Park 9600 Highway 3, Queensland The warm water of this small white sand beach makes it one of Nova Scotia’s most popular, perfect for summertime swimming and people


Fancy Lake Provincial Park

Second Peninsula Provincial Park

A small picnic park on the lakeshore offers a lunch stop and an opportunity for a swim in fresh water.

781 Second Peninsula Road, Second Peninsula This large scenic picnic park on the ocean has tables scattered under a stand of spruce and fir and can easily accommodate group picnics. Access to Cobble Beach.

Freda’s Beach 18 Peninsula Road, Chester Located in the heart of Chester Village, Freda’s beach is a great spot for an afternoon with the family and to 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.

854 Conquerall Mills Road, Hebbville

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.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji Paddle, hike and connect with nature and Mi’kmaw culture. Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve. Petroglyphs, traditional encampment areas and canoe routes attest to the presence of the Mi’kmaw people for thousands of years.

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 on the Atlantic Ocean.

Cameron’s Brook Provincial Park 8000 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.

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

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watching. Supervised July 1 to August 30. Change rooms, toilets.


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Hirtle’s Beach

White Point Beach

318 Hirtle Beach Road, Kingsburg

75 White Point Beach Road, White Point

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.

A one-kilometre white sand beach between the open Atlantic Ocean and a fresh water lake and tidal estuary. Popular surfing location year-round with access via White Point Beach Resort.

Ninevah Provincial Park

Woodland Gardens Beach

North Brookfield

130 Jubilee Road, Bridgewater

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.

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.

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

Crescent Beach Lunenburg Connecting the LaHave Islands to the mainland, this beach stretches out from the shore to Georges Island and provides a popular beach destination for tourists throughout the summer.

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 kilometrelong 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. 54 • novascotia.com/southshore

Beaches/Parks in Port Joli to Wood’s Harbour Crescent Beach 157 Locke Street, 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 1,500-year-old drowned forest.

Louis Head Beach 1586 Sandy Point Road, Shelburne This stunning 1 km long white sand beach is popular with walkers and runners year-round, and a place to gather for family picnics and swimming in the summer when the estuary’s shallow waters are warmed on incoming tides.


Sandy Point Lighthouse Beach

Located just across the Causeway on Cape Sable Island

1586 Sandy Point Road, Shelburne

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 birdwatching site.

Situated at the mouth of Shelburne Harbour. This is one of Shelburne’s most popular photo opportunities at any time of day. At low tide, you can walk out to the lighthouse. Bring your buckets and collect sand dollars, relax on the sand bar while enjoy some treats from the canteen.

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside St. Catherine’s River Road, Port Joli Harbour Rocks Beach: Granite Headlands and views of basking seals. St. Catherine’s Beach: white sands and gorgeous turquoise water.

Port L’Hebert Provincial Park Hwy 103 near Port Joli 71 ha outdoor recreation park, featuring looped trails and waterfowl viewing opportunities.

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.

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GOLF COURSES

Aspotogan Ridge Golf & Country Club

Osprey Ridge Golf Club

14 Parkwood Drive, Hubbards 902-857-1333 / aspotoganridge.com

492 Harold Whynot Road, Pine Grove 902-543-6666 ext 1 / ospreyridge.ns.ca

9-hole course ideal for all levels of players.

18-hole, par 72. Championship course designed by Graham Cooke. Nominated for Golf Digest’s Best New Course in Canada 1999.

Bluenose Golf Club 18 Cove Road, Lunenburg 902-634-4260 / bluenosegolfclub.com 18-hole, par 35. This highly challenging and hilly course offers spectacular views of town and waterfront.

Chester Golf Club 222 Golf Course Road, Chester 902-275-4543 / chestergolfclub.ca 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 / granitespringsgolf.com 18 hole, par 72 course. 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 / indianlakegolfcourse.ca 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. 56 • novascotia.com/southshore

River Hills Golf & Country Club 310 Port Clyde Road, Clyde River 902-637-2415 / riverhillsgolf.ca 18-hole, par 72. The original 9-hole course opened in 1960. Today’s course features beautiful river and ocean vistas. Day players welcome.

Sherwood Golf and Country Club 500 Sherwood Road, RR #2 Lunenburg County 902-275-4956 / eden.travel /sherwood 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 / 1-866-683-2485 whitepointgolf.com 9-hole, par 35. Designed by Donald Ross. Surrounded by ocean views and beaches. Green fee players welcome. Stay and Play Packages available.


Bridgewater Marina

Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia / Wally Hayes

237 LaHave Street, Bridgewater 902-527- 6279 30 slips seasonal, overnight, weekend, and weekly rentals. Water, sewer, washrooms, showers, and laundry.

Brooklyn Marina 100 Shore Road, Brooklyn near Liverpool 902-354-4028 brooklynmarina2015.wordpress.com 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 / cyc.ns.ca Marina and launching facilities, and moorings. Hull, engine, and sail repair, plus gasoline and diesel nearby.

Gold River Marina 242 Demont Road, Chester Basin 902-275-1322 / goldrivermarina.com Sheltered marina with a 50-tonne marine railway. 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 / lryc.ca Marina and launching facilities. 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 / boatlocker.ca 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 / lyc.ns.ca Mooring and berth rentals available. Hull,

engine, and sail repair nearby. Gas and diesel on-site. Club kitchen and bar.

Mahone Bay Civic Marina 681 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-0348 / mahonebaycivicmarina.ca On-site showers and free Wi-Fi. Stroll around to explore the town and ‘Sea’ all that Mahone Bay has to offer!

Oak Island Marina Treasure Drive, Western Shore 902-627-2600 / 800-565-5075 oakislandresort.ca 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 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.

Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and Marina 107 Water Street, Shelburne 902-875-4757 / shyc.ca Marina with floating docks, moorings, and wharf. On-site showers, laundry, fuel, and Wi-Fi, plus clubhouse and bar.

Shining Waters Marine 148 Nautical Way, Tantallon 902-826-3625 / shiningwaters.ca Docking and moorage, boat launch, fuel, haul, and storage. On-site store carrying boating necessities. Washrooms with showers and laundry. Dining room, pub, and two decks on the water.

South Shore Marine 130 Marina Road, Chester 902-275-3711 / southshoremarine.ca 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. novascotia.com/southshore • 57

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Borrow My Board SUP Board Rentals 43 Ann Street, Shelburne 902-512-0183 Perfect for an afternoon or add excitement to your cottage rental! Delivery included for 2+ hour rentals within Shelburne County (additional fee over 35km). Boards available in 8, 10 & 11 feet. Life Jacket, paddle and leash included in rental.

Candlebox Kayaking 182 Water Street, Shelburne 902-637-7115 / candleboxkayaking.com Based at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and specializing in sea kayak tours, coaching, and kayak rentals. Offers calm, scenic tours of Port Mouton, Kejimkujik National Park 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.

Cape LaHave Adventures 90 Bells Cove Road, Dublin Shore 902-693-2023 / capelahaveadventures.ca 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 multi-day

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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 info@eastcoastoutfitters.com Halifax’s premier paddling spot since 2001. 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.ca Freewheeling Adventures orchestrates guided and self-guided bicycle, walking, sea kayak,


The Kayak Shack 89 Water Street and 106 Duke Street, Chester 902-980-0522 / kayakshack.ca Providing access to front and back harbours, plus the nearby 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. Rentals of stand-up paddle boards, rowboats, bicycles, and canoes are also available. Daily kayak tours. All safety equipment and basic instruction is included.

Salty Dog Boat Tours 36 Treasure Drive, Western Shore (902)300-4108 / saltydogtours.com

Oak Island Marina 902-300-4108 /saltydogtours.com Come with us on an adventure as we explore by boat the mysteries of Oak Island and the magic of the greater Mahone Bay area. We have guided Sea Tours of Oak Island running daily from Oak Island Resort out and around Oak Island. Ask about our picnic lunches and our Island culinary excursions.

Liverpool Adventure Outfitters 4003 Sandy Cove Road (Highway 3), Liverpool 902-354-2702 liverpooladventureoutfitters.com Liverpool Adventure Outfitters provides canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and biking tours. Tours are available with or without accommodations and custom tours are available to groups by request. Please note that advance bookings are required. Also offers bicycle, canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Ocean kayak and stand-up paddleboard clinics are available in season.

Pedal and Sea Adventures 8384 St Margaret’s Bay Road, Black Point 902-858-3030 / 877-777-5699 pedalandseaadventures.com 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. Panniers and car racks offered. Bike rentals include helmet, trunk bag, lock, pump, and spare tube.

Pleasant Paddling 245 The Point Road, Blue Rocks 902-541-9233 / pleasantpaddling.com Pleasant Paddling offers sea kayak guided tours, rentals, and lessons. 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 / theseadog.com/kayak-rental Our fleet of kayaks are modern, stable, recreational boats which are easy to handle, allowing you to enjoy the scenery and adventure. Whether you are a first-time kayaker or experienced, you’ll feel comfortable and secure throughout your tour. Both single and double-equipped kayaks are available.

White Point Beach Resort 75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point 800-565-5068 / greatday@whitepoint.com Head to the boathouse when you are here for all kinds of fun. Canoes, kayaks, and SUP boards available for overnight guests or with day passes for your enjoyment.

Whynot Adventure Outfitters 23 Jake’s Landing, Kejimkujik 902-682-2282 / whynotadventure.ca Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site’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. novascotia.com/southshore • 59

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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.


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TRAILS South Shore hikes include seaside trails with Atlantic Ocean views, trails through old growth forest and even follow the path once taken by steam engines. For detailed trail descriptions and maps, visit trails.gov.ns.ca or novascotia.com/see-do/trails. For snowmobile trails, visit snowmobilersns.com. Aspotogan Trail (13km) This inland section of the Rum Runners Trail often follows along water. Enjoy the hike along a river, a brook, a lake and a pond. Joins East River to Hubbards.

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.

Castle Rock Trail (3.2 km from parking area) Hike, bike or ride your ATV to the heights of Castle Rock, looking over East River. The panoramic views across Mahone Bay are breathtaking. There are 3 different routes— easiest, moderate and most difficult—so hikers of all levels can enjoy the trail.

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.

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.

Graves Island Provincial Park Trail (4 km) Exit 7 off Highway 103. Four short trails, well suited for family groups, take hikers around

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the island to see the drumlins, islands, and sailboats.

Hirtle’s Beach and Gaff Point, Kingsburg (7 km round trip) Off the beaten path, offers great scenery with a mixture of beach, estuary, forest and rugged coastline complete with unique geology and a variety of wildlife.

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. Follow the shoreline to see harbour seals basking on the rocks just off the trail. Park 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.

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. The path continues to course along Lake Lawson with rest stops along the way.

Lockeport Walking Trail (4 km) A 4-kilometre (2.5-mile) walk; boardwalk, sand dunes, two old CNR trestle bridges, salt marsh; views of traditional Cape Island fishing boats, birds. Interpretive signage.


Sable River Foot Bridge Trail (3.5 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.

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.

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. 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.

Roseway River Trail (about 1 km) Shelburne. The Roseway River Trail crosses the Roseway River near Falls Lane on two small train bridges. The trail follows the abandoned railway bed and ends at the road near the entrance to the Islands Provincial Park.

Ruby’s Trail (5 km) Located on the Murphy Family Tree Farm in New Ross. With beautiful vistas and wooded areas this new trail was created in memorian to their late granddaughter Ruby and in gratitude to the community who offered such support and compassion during their time of loss.

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.

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.

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.

Woodlawn Multi Use Trail (34.6 km) Interconnected shared multi use trail in eastern Shelburne County to the Queen’s County line at Wilkins Lake to join the Queen’s County trail system into Port Mouton and Summerville Beach Provincial Park.

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U-PICKS AND FARMERS’ MARKETS

Hubbard’s Farmers’ Market

For a list of farm markets and U-pick farms throughout Nova Scotia, visit farmersmarketsnovascotia.ca. Chester Farmers’ and Artisan Market

Hubbards Farmers’ Market

20 Smith Road, Chester (at the Chester Train Station) chesterfarmersmarket.net

Hubbards Barn, Highway 3 hubbardsbarn.org

Locally produced food including produce, meats, dairy, and specialty goods. This outdoor market operates Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May to October.

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.

Lunenburg Farmers’ Market

King Street (between Dominion and Empire streets) / bridgewaterfarmersmarket.ca

May to September, Lunenburg Arena / September to April, Lunenburg Community Centre lunenburgfarmersmarket.ca

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.

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.

Bridgewater Farmers’ Market

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Shelburne Farmers’ Market

Blockhouse

20 Maiden Lane, Shelburne shelburnensfarmersmarket.ca

Handmade goods, local meats, and bakery fare share space at this indoor/outdoor market. Open May 27 to October; Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Ross Country Market At the New Ross Fairgrounds, 5024 Highway 12 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

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, Heckman’s Island, Lunenburg / cranberryfarm.ca 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.

Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool

Wile’s Lake Farm Market

Local market features coffee and farm vendors, as well as local artisans. Open Saturdays, May to October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3254 Highway 325 Wileville, just outside Bridgewater / wilesfarmmarket.com

Queens County Farmers’ Market

64 School Road, Blockhouse

Exhibition Grounds in Caledonia

A place to shop for organic local food, artisans handmade items and relax with a coffee. Running all winter from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Find fruit, vegetables, crafts, and more. Open Saturdays, June to September, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blockhouse Farmer’s Market

Rural Roots Market Ross Farm Museum / ruralrootsmarket.ca Every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 3 to September 30.

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Privateer Days, Liverpool

There’s no shortage of music, food, social, and natural history along the South Shore. Come celebrate with us! Dates 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 novascotia.com/southshore.

APRIL APRIL 11

Lockeport Easter Egg Hunt APRIL 18

Run Our Shore 5K, 10K, youth and half-marathon Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool runourshore.com

MAY MAY 2-3

South Shore Expo Liverpool / thesouthshoreexpo.com MAY 18

“Dark as Keji” Twilight Party and Moonlight Dip

MAY 30-31

4th Annual Tour de Keji Omnium Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site / parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

JUNE JUNE 4-7

Shelburne County Lobster Festival Shelburne County shelburnecountylobsterfestival.com JUNE 14-20

Wood’s Harbour Days Wood’s Harbour / barringtonmunicipality.com JUNE 10

Chester Cut N Run chester.ca/events

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site / parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

JUNE 20

MAY 16

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

South Shore Sip, Savour and Cycle Tour Mahone Bay / sweetridecycling.com/ south-shore-savour-cycle-2020 MAY 25

Kids’ Fishing Derby White Point Beach Resort / whitepoint.com 64 • novascotia.com/southshore

Kejimkujik Seaside BioBlitz

JUNE 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site / parkscanada.gc.ca/keji


Free Entry, Activities start at 11am Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Liverpool / privateerdays.ca

Free Entry, Celebrations Region-wide

JUNE 22

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Graves Island Show ‘n Shine

EARLY JULY (DATE TBA)

Graves Island, East Chester / chester.ca

Chester Municipal Heritage Society Annual Auction and Flea Market

JUNE 27

Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race Liverpool / facebook.com/ LiverpoolPrivateer5MileRoadRace

Chester Train Station / tourismchester.ca JULY 8-19

Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts

JULY

Peggy’s Cove peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com

JULY AND AUGUST

JULY 4-5

Port Medway Readers’ Festival Port Medway portmedwayreadersfestival.com JULY 1

Mahone Bay Home and Garden Tour Mahone Bay / mahonebay.com JULY 6

Hubbards Barn Food Truck Rally

Canada Day Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Hubbards / hubbardsbarn.org

A rac on

Queens County Museum “Giving “Giving the the Past Past a a Future” Future”

QUEENS MUSEUM OF JUSTICE “Where Judges & Justice Reside”

Adjacent to to Perkins Perkins House, House, we we invite invite you you to explore to explore the the Adjacent history of of our our County. Come County. Come on on in in and and experience our experience our great great history new new interactive interactive Privateer Privateer Ship—The Ship—The Liverpool Liverpool Packet.  Packet.  Immerse yourself yourself in the in the life life of of the the Mi'kmaq, Mi'kmaq, and and engage engage Immerse in our our marine history. marine history.  Also  Also home home of of The The Thomas Thomas Raddall Raddall in Research Research Centre. Centre. It's It's all all here here and and more! more! Giftshop. Giftshop. Admission by by donation. donation. Admission 109 109 Main Main St. St. Liverpool, Liverpool, NS NS Tel: Tel: (902) (902) 354-4058 354-4058 www.queenscountymuseum.com www.queenscountymuseum.com

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

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JULY 18-19

JULY 28-AUGUST 2

Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships

South Shore Exhibition

Barrington / novalumberjacks.com JULY 11-12

Lunenburg Craft and Food Festival of Crafts Lunenburg Arena, Lunenburg explorelunenburg.ca JULY 17-19

Peggy’s Cove Studio Tour

Bridgewater / thebigex.com JULY 28

Nova Scotia Marathon/Half Marathon,10km & 5K Run Barrington / barringtonmunicipality.com JULY 31-AUGUST 2

Hawk Days Barrington / barringtonmunicipality.com

Peggy’s Cove Area peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com

AUGUST

JULY 18

Chester / chesterartcentre.ca

Great Canadian Green Crab Hunt

AUGUST 1

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Port Joli 682-2772 after May 15

Kejimkujik’s 51st Birthday

Chester Art Festival

Boxwood Festival and Workshops

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

Lunenburg / boxwood.org

AUGUST 1-2

JULY 19-21

Heritage Boatyard Weekend

Shelburne Founders’ Days

Mahone Bay / heritageco-op.ca

Shelburne waterfront shelburnefoundersdays.com

AUGUST 1-2

JULY 13

Graves Island, East Chester / chester.ca

Rissers Annual Family Sand Castle Competition

AUGUST 2

JULY 21-27

Rissers Provincial Beach Park, Petite Rivière JULY 20-21

Learn-To-Camp Weekend Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji JULY 24

Bike or Hike Tancook Island Meet at Chester ferry at 9:45 a.m. modl.ca JULY 24 AND 26

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song Lockeport / harmonybazaar.com

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Barrington/Port La Tour Show & Shine

32nd Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival Lunenburg 902-634-4565 / nsfolkartfestival.com facebook.com/nsfolkartfestival 12 noon -4:00pm $5.00pp Over 50 NS artists show & sell their art. Music, food and a live auction at 2:00pm round out the afternoon. “The Best Four Hours of Fun on the South Shore in the Summer”. If you missed us in 2020...come August 1st, 2021. AUGUST 2-9

Nova Scotia Schooner Association Race Week Mahone Bay / nsschooner.ca


AUGUST 29

Savour the Seaside–Crab Fest 2020

Lunenburg / folkharbour.com AUGUST 7-9

29th Annual Lockeport Sea Derby Lockeport / lockeportseaderby.ca AUGUST 8

Cape Days

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 11-13

Keji Multisport Festival: Women’s Triathlon and Open Triathlon

Cape Sable Island barringtonmunicipality.com

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

AUGUST 12-15

SEPTEMBER 11-13

Chester Race Week

Gold River Pow Wow

Chester / chesterraceweek.com

Gold River / mmna.ca

AUGUST 13-16

SEPTEMBER 18-20

Barrington Municipal Exhibition

Fall for the Stars, Dark Sky Weekend

Barrington / barringtonmunicipality.com

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

AUGUST 14-16

South Shore in Motion Festival Bridgewater / southshoreinmotion.ca AUGUST 14-16

Shelburne Kayak Festival Islands Park Shelburne shelburnekayakfestival.ca AUGUST 14-23

Medway Head Lighthouse Art and Craft Show Port Medway AUGUST 15

Great Canadian Green Crab Hunt Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Port Joli 682-2772 after May 15 AUGUST 20-23

30th Annual Hank Snow Tribute Liverpool / hanksnow.com AUGUST 21 AND 22

New Ross Community Fair New Ross Community Fair Grounds, New Ross newross.ca AUGUST 22

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SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20

OCTOBER 3-9

21st Annual Whirligig and Weathervane Festival

5th Annual Lockie the Lobster Knitting Festival

Shelburne / whirligigfestival.com

Becky’s Yarn and Knit Shop Lockeport beckysknitandyarn.ca

SEPTEMBER 20

40th Anniversary Terry Fox Run Various Locations terryfox.org SEPTEMBER 22-26

Queens County Fair Caledonia / queenscountyfair.ca SEPTEMBER 25-27

Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair Mahone Bay mahonebayscarecrowfestival.com

OCTOBER OCTOBER 2-4

Shag Harbour UFO Expo

OCTOBER 10

Shelburne County Giant Pumpkin Festival Shelburne / town.shelburne.ns.ca OCTOBER 10

Thanksgiving Weekend at Kejimkujik Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 14-JANUARY 5

Christmas Crawl South Shore Region / christmascrawl.ca

NSCC Burridge Campus, Yarmouth shagharbourufoexpo.com

NOVEMBER 20-22

OCTOBER 3

Shelburne / shelburneandlockeport.com

Savour the Trail at Kejimkujik

NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 8

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca/keji

Father Christmas Festival

Shelburne Celebrates Christmas

Mahone Bay / mahonebay.com

Beautiful, Relaxing White Sand Beaches Gorgeous Waterfront Accommodations One-of-a-Kind Festivals & Events Must-see Museums Fun & Inclusive Summer Camps Thrilling Surf Locations Intriguing Art & Culture Lobster, Lobster and More Lobster Year-round Recreation Programming One of NS’s Finest 18-hole Golf Courses & so much more!

municipalityofshelburne.ca

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Located along Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore. Only 60 minutes from Yarmouth & 2.5 hrs from Halifax.


Christmas at the Causeway Barrington / barringtonmunicipality.com DECEMBER 4 -DECEMBER 6

New Ross Christmas Festival New Ross / newross.ca NOVEMBER 27-29

Chester Village Christmas Chester / tourismchester.ca

FEBRUARY 2021 FEBRUARY 1-28

DECEMBER

Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl

DECEMBER 1

Nova Scotia’s South Shore festival.lobstercrawl.ca

New Germany Christmas Festival New Germany Elementary School / modl.ca DECEMBER 1-7

Lockeport’s Christmas by the Sea Lockeport / lockeport.ns.ca DECEMBER 4-6

New Ross Christmas Festival

Fat Bike Festival Mahone Bay / mahonebay.ca FEBRUARY 14

For the Love of Lobster tourismchester.ca Nova Scotia’s South Shore / lobstercrawl.ca

newross.ca DECEMBER

Christmas on the Mersey Liverpool / regionofqueens.com

OPENING NIGHT JULY 8 PAINT PEGGY’S COVE JULY 11–13 STUDIO TOUR JULY 17–19

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WIN A R TO $500 GIFT C ER TIFIC

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ACCOMMODATIONS Communities are listed in order as found when travelling through the region on the Scenic Travelway roads. All properties listed have been licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia and approved by at least one of three recognized quality programs (Canada Select, NS Approved, CAA/AAA) to ensure they are clean and comfortable. Most open year-round.

Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast 328 Seligs Road, Prospect 902-852-2241 / relaxatsandcastle.com

Seaside 224 B & B 224 Prospect Bay Road, Prospect 902-222-7069 / seaside224.com

Anchors Gate Bed and Breakfast 4281 Prospect Road, Bayside 902-852-3906 / anchorsgatebb.com

Big Lake Hospitality 5849 Prospect Road, Big Lake 902-982-1296 / biglakeca.tripod.com

Peggy’s Cove Bed & Breakfast 19 Church Road 902-823-2265 / peggyscovebb.com

The Breakwater Inn 130 Peggy’s Point Road 902-821-2307 / breakwaterinn.ca

Clifty Cove Motel 8444 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour 902-823-3178

Oceanstone Resort 8650 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour 866-823-2160 / oceanstoneresort.com

By the Bay Bed and Breakfast 10502 Peggy’s Cove Road, Glen Margaret 902-821-2348 / bythebaybandb.ca

Bay Breeze Motel & Cottages 6970 St. Margaret’s Bay Road 902-826-2213 / 800-565-2615 baybreeze.ca Motel units: Seven superior oceanfront, eight economy, four-piece bath. Cottages: 70 • novascotia.com/southshore

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.

Oceanfront Cottages 7532 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Boutilier’s Point 902-425-4662 / larindaslanding.com

Colwell’s by the Sea 10 Colwell Drive, Queensland 709-745-2760

Pleasant View B&B and Guest House 9301 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Boutilier’s Point 902-857-1201 pleasantviewbandb.com

Queensland Cottages 461–469 Conrads Road, Boutilier’s Point 902-233-0367 queenslandcottages.com

Larinda’s Landing Oceanfront Cottages 7532 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Boutilier’s Point 902-425-4662 / 1-866-766-2233 Email: info@larindaslanding.com Website: www.larindaslanding.com Starting rate: $ 189.00 + tax p/n Amid coastal vistas and maritime scenes, Larinda’s Landing is perfectly situated on beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay just 35 minutes from Halifax! The property has eight wellappointed cottages enjoying spectacular views, comfort and luxury. Our amazing location gives you the chance to explore many of Nova Scotia’s popular attractions, all within driving distance from our property. We offer free BBQ propane, parking, Wi-Fi, satellite TV & more! Larinda’s landing is your perfect home away from home.

Surfside Inn 9609 Highway 3 902-857-2417 / 800-373-2417 thesurfsideinn.com


White Gate Inn & Restaurant

56 Shore Club Road, Hubbards 902-857-9402 / anchoragehouse.com

28 Pleasant Street 902-275-4400 / whitegate.ca

Hubbards Beach Cottages

Windjammer Motel

226 Shore Club Road, Hubbards 902-857-9460 / hubbardsbeach.com

4070 Highway 3 902-275-3567 / windjammermotel.ca

Rosewood Cottages

Sherwood Golf & Country Club

187 Shore Club Road, Hubbards 902-857-2001 / rosewoodonthecove.com

500 Sherwood Road, Sherwood 902-275-4956 / eden.travel/sherwood

Fish Store Cottage Vacation Rental

Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Mill Cove / 709-745-2760

36 Treasure Drive, Western Shore

Ice House Cottage 490 Mill Cove Shore Road, Birchy Head 902-440-0924 / musicmiracle.com

Century House B&B, Pottery & Gallery 5206 Highway 329, Blandford 902-228-2041

902-627-2600 / oakislandresort.ca

Oak Cottages 68–70 Murry Road, Martin’s Point 902-423-3202 / info@vpil.ns.ca

River Ridge Lodge 28 Silver Point Road, Martin’s Point

Gray Gables Bed & Breakfast

778-887-7444 bbcanada.com/riverridgelodge

19 Graves Island Road, East Chester 902-275-2000 / graygables.ca

SENSEA Nordic Spa Dream Cocoons 40 Sensea Road, Chester 855-678-0300 / sensea.ca

Bayview Pines Country Inn 678 Oakland Road, Indian Point 902-624-9970 / bayviewpines.com

Fisherman’s Daughter B&B

Mecklenburgh Inn 78 Queen Street, Chester 902-275-4638 / mecklenburghinn.ca

97 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-0660 / fishermans-daughter.com

arrive on the tide Wake up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with salty breezes & everything you could dream of at OakIsland Resort & Conference Centre. Unwind in one of our newly renovated guestrooms, cozy weathered chalets, or luxurious seaside villas. Enjoy fresh regional cuisine, live music, water sports, crackling bonfires, ocean panoramas & more. We also take sunset s’mores pretty seriously here.

located between chester & mahone bay 1 800 565 5075 902 627 2600

info@oakislandresort.ca

oakislandresort.ca

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Heart’s Desire Bed & Breakfast

Rise-Again Cottage

686 Main Street 902-624-8470 / heartsdesirebb.com

175 Second Peninsula Road, Martin’s Brook 902-640-2643 / riseagaincottage.ca

Just Like Mom’s Bed & Breakfast

Solterre Concept House Retreat

20 Pleasant Street, Mahone Bay 902-531-2048

39 Three Pastures Road, Second Peninsula 902-492-1215 / solterre.com/concept-cottage

Kitch’inn

Addington Arms

319 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-0797 / kitchinn.com

27 Cornwallis Street, Lunenburg 902-634-4573 / anchor@addingtonarms.com

Mahone Bay Bed & Breakfast

Alicion Bed & Breakfast

558 Main Street, Mahone Bay 902-624-6388 mahonebaybedandbreakfast.com

66 McDonald Street, Lunenburg 902-634-9358 / alicionbb.com

Three Thistles B&B and Apartment

42 Falkland Street, Lunenburg 902-634-7150 / ashleahouse.com

389 Main Street 902-624-0517 / three-thistles.com

New-found Guest House 180 Hamm’s Hill Road, Blockhouse 902-521-3999 / thenewfoundguesthouse.com

Ashlea House Bed & Breakfast

Atlantic Sojourn Bed & Breakfast 56 Victoria Road, Lunenburg 902-634-3151 / atlanticsojourn.com

Atlantic View Motel & Cottages 230 Mason’s Beach Road, Lunenburg 902-634-4545 / atlanticview.ca

MUSIQUE ROYALE A Festival of Music in Historic Nova Scotia

Baywatch Cottage of Lunenburg 88 Hebb Point Road, Lunenburg 709-745-2760

Bluenose Lodge 10 Falkland Street, Lunenburg 902-634-8851 / bluenoselodge.ca

Boscawen Inn 150 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3325 / boscawen.ca

Brigantine Inn 82 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3300 / brigantineinn.com

Captain’s Bell Bed and Breakfast 289 Pelham Street, Lunenburg 902-442-1655 / captainsbellbandb.com

Dockside Inn 84 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3005 / docksider.ca

Duke Street Studio Bed & Breakfast

35 years

musique

royale.com

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86 Duke Street, Lunenburg 902-634-4165


Water Sprite Bed & Breakfast

167 Victoria Street, Lunenburg 902-634-8234 / homeportmotel.com

208 Pelham Street, Lunenburg 204-960-7368 / waterspritebb.ca

Kaulbach House Bed & Breakfast

Lily Front Motel & Cottages

75 Pelham Street, Lunenburg 902-634-8818 / kaulbachhouse.com

693 Mason’s Beach Road, First South 902-634-8085

Lennox Tavern Bed & Breakfast

Ovens Natural Park Oceanview Cabins

69 Fox Street, Lunenburg 902-521-0214 / lennoxtavernbb.ca

326 Ovens Road, Feltzen South 902-766-4621 / ovenspark.com

Lunenburg Arms Hotel & Spa

Rose Cape House

94 Pelham Street, Lunenburg 902-640-4040

Rose Bay / rosecapehouse.ca

Lunenburg Inn

3299 Highway 332, Rose Bay 902-766-4923 / saltyrose.com

26 Dufferin Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3963 / lunenburginn.com

Lunenburg Oceanview Chalets 78 Old Blue Rocks Road, Lunenburg 902-640-3344 / lunenburgoceanview.com

Salty Rose Beach Houses

Shobac Kingsburg 902-429-1867, ext 222 shobac.mlsarchitects.ca

Mariner King 15 King Street, Lunenburg 902-634-8509 / marinerking.com

Pelham House Bed & Breakfast 224 Pelham Street, Lunenburg 902-634-7113 / pelhamhouse.ca

Rum Runner Inn 66–70 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-9200 / rumrunnerinn.com

Sail Inn 99 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3537 / sailinn.ca

Salt Shaker Deli and Inn 126 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-8973 / saltshakerdeli.com

Smuggler’s Cove Inn 139 Montague Street, Lunenburg 902-634-7500 / smugglerscoveinn.ca

The Wellshire Bed and Breakfast 201 York Street, Lunenburg 902-634-3418 wellshirebedandbreakfast.blogspot.ca

Topmast Motel 76 Masons Beach Road, Lunenburg 902-634-4661 / topmastmotel.com

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Toba’s Bed & Breakfast 4952 Highway 332, East LaHave 833-862-2722 / tobasbnb.com

Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre

Days Inn & Conference Centre Bridgewater 50 North Street, Bridgewater 902-543-7131 / daysinn.ca

River Reflections Bed & Breakfast

527 Highway 10, Bridgewater 902-530-0101 / bestwesternbridgewater.com

255 King Street, Bridgewater

Comfort Inn Bridgewater

Lighthouse Motel

49 North Street, Bridgewater 902-543-1498 / bridgewatercomfortinn.com

1101 Highway 331, Conquerall Bank 902-543-8151 / lighthousemotel.ca

Oakhill Pines Campground

Petite Villa

388 Oakhill Road, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia 902-543-2885 / oakhillpines.com

5 Green Bay Road, Petite Rivière petitevilla.com

A family campground with a new playground, clean pool, activities every weekend starting July 1, wooded and open sites, games room, and rental cabins minutes from shopping, close to beaches, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and Oak Island.

Hunt Island Retreat

902-527-2682 / riverreflectionsbandb.ca

Molega 902-423-3202 / info@vpil.ns.ca

B & B Art of Germany 9865 Highway 8, Caledonia 902-682-2114 / bbcanada.com/10580.html

Whitman Inn 12389 Highway 8, Kempt 902-682-2226 / whitmaninn.com

Blueberry Bay Seaside Inn 1621 Eastern Shore Road, West Berlin 902-356-2780 / blueberry-bay.com

Brooklyn Shores Bed & Breakfast 112 Brooklyn Shore Road, Brooklyn 902-354-7171 / bgmaclaren@msn.com

Motel Transcotia 3457 Highway 3, Brooklyn

Best Western Plus Liverpool Hotel & Conference Centre 63 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool 902-354-2377 / bestwesternliverpool.ca

Geranium House Bed & Breakfast 87 Milton Road, Liverpool 902-354-4484

Lane’s Privateer Inn 27 Bristol Avenue, Liverpool 902-354-3456 / lanesprivateerinn.com

Mersey Lodge 2537 River Road, Milton 902-354-5547 / merseylodge.com 74 • novascotia.com/southshore


Port Mouton International Hostel

147 Highway 8, Milton 902-354-2908 / mortonhouseinn.com

8100 Highway 3, Port Mouton 902-947-3140 pmhostel@eastlink.ca

Gallery Guest House B&B 611 Shore Road, Mersey Point 902-354-5431 bbcanada.com/galleryguesthouse

White Point Beach Resort

Bramble Lane Cottage by the Sea Port l’Hébert 902-875-2729 rentals@sandylanevacations.com

75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point 902-354-2711 / whitepoint.com

1& Only Riverside Accommodations

Captain’s Quarters Cottages

Meadow Pines Cottage

6731 Highway 3, Hunts Point 902-683-2491 / captainsquarters-ns.ca

977 West Sable Road, West Middle Sable 902-875-2729

Fisherman’s Cove RV & Campground

Louis Head

6718 Hwy 3 Hunts Point, NS 902-646-0160 / camp@fishermanscoverv.ca fishermanscoverv.ca

Sanderling Beach House 220 Seaside Drive, Louis Head 902-875-2729

We are a small 42 site campground with 3 way, 2 way, & Tenting Sites. We are located on the south shore Lighthouse Route approx. 2 hours from Halifax on our east and 2 hours from Shelburn on our west. Many tourist locations on either side of us. Just a 4 minute walk from the campground is Hunts Point Beach. 8 minutes from the campground is Summerville Beach and 12 minutes is Carters Beach. We offer free WI-FI, showers and coin operated laundry. There is also an Air Fried Burger & Ice Cream Boat on location.

Swim Guest House

63 Cottage Drive, Sable River 902-656-3071 / 1andonly.ca

14 Rockland Ferry Road, Rockland 902-875-2729

Come and get it!

Fraser’s Ocean View Cottages 6765 Highway 3, Hunts Point 902-683-2012 / oceanviewcottages.ca

Hunts Point Beach Cottages 6739 Highway 3, Hunts Point 902-683-2077 / huntspointbeach.com

Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill Resort 7499 Highway 3, Summerville Beach 902-683-2998 /quarterdeck.ca

Summerville Beach Retreat Chalets 7478 Highway 3 902-683-2874 / novascotiachalets.com

Port Mouton Bay Cottages 8403 Highway 3, Port Mouton 902-683-2020 / cottagesinnovascotia.com

‘It’ being a unique, four-season Maritime experience, just south of Liverpool on the Atlantic coast. Come for rustic cottages, surfing, s’mores, golf, fresh seafood, romance, porch naps, and a South Shore vibe reminiscent of childhood beach holidays. Book online or give us a call!

1.800.565.5068 whitepoint.com

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Morton House Inn B&B


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Ocean Mist Cottages

Roseway River Cottages (2008)

1 Gull Rock Road, Lockeport 902-656-3200 / oceanmistcottages.ca

47 Riverview Drive, Shelburne 902-875-3812 / rosewayrivercottages.com

Seaside Cottages at Ginger Hill

Shelburne Harbourside Cottages

Ginger Hill Road, Lockeport 902-656-2089 / seasidecottages.ns.ca

10 George Street, Shelburne 902-875-4555 shelburneharboursidecottages.com

Castaway Ocean Lodge 755 West Green Harbour Road, West Green Harbour 902-875-2729

Cooper’s Inn 36 Dock Street, Shelburne 902-875-4656 / thecoopersinn.com

Inner Harbor Inn 1 Dock Street, Shelburne 902-875-1131 / innerharborinn.com

MacKenzie’s Motel and Cottages 260 Water Street, Shelburne 902-875-2842 / mackenzies.ca

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The Heron’s Nest Tourist Suite 14 George Street, Shelburne 902-265-2038 theheronsnest.wix.com/touristsuite

Wildwood Motel Minto Street, Shelburne 902-875-2964 / wildwoodmotel.ca

Boulder Cove Cottages 119 Boulder Cove Road, Churchover 902-875-1542 / bouldercove.com

Shipwright’s Cottage 1381 Shore Road, Gunning Cove 902-875-2729


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Moony Resort

Chestnut Holler Guesthouse

Upper Ohio 902-423-3202

35 Villagedale Road, Barrington 902-635-4006 / chestnutholler.com

Whispering Waves Cottages

Salty Shores Inn & Café

308 Black Point Road, Ingomar

3533 Highway 3, Barrington Passage 902-575-2175 / salty-shores.ca

902-637-3535 whisperingwavescottages.com

Clyde River Cottages & Campground 2461 Upper Clyde Road, Clyde River 902-637-3481 / clyderivercottages.com It’s a home away from home with 7 -1 & 2 bedroom full housekeeping cottages, fully equipped, full stove, fridge, microwave, kettle, pots & pans, dishes etc. Outside firepits and picnic tables. Heated inground pool. Decks with chairs to sit back and relax or nearby you can visit local historic sites, restaurants, beaches, shopping, museums. Our campground has full hook ups, 20 or 30 amps, pull throughs, pay showers, laundry room, ice, wood, licensed to sell alcohol to guests only.

Starboard Inn 3412 Highway 3, Barrington Passage 902-635-1937 / starboardinn.ca

Mama’s by the Sea B&B 14 Oscar Street, Clark’s Harbour 902-745-2900 / mamasbythesea.ca

VISIT THE AW VISI AWAR WARD WINNING

AMOS PEWTER EST. 1974

Yarmouth County

Museum

& Archives EXPLORE YA Y RMOUTH’S RICH HISTORY

Halifax Waterfront I Halifax Airport Peggy’s Cove I Mahone Bay

22 Collins St., Y Yarmouth • 902.742.5539

amospewter.com • 1.800.565.3369

www.yarmouthcountymuseum.ca

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...through photographs,, documents and artifacts.


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South Shore Guide 2020  

The vibe of Nova Scotia’s South Shore is undeniably irresistible. You will be kissed by the sun, immersed in the ocean, tickled by the wind,...

South Shore Guide 2020  

The vibe of Nova Scotia’s South Shore is undeniably irresistible. You will be kissed by the sun, immersed in the ocean, tickled by the wind,...