South Shore Fall Experiences
There’s something in the air here. You can taste it as surely as fresh salt spray on your lips. Outdoor experiences & fine dining, lighthouses & wilderness, culture & history – whatever you put on your plate you’ll find in abundance. Whether “just a slice” or a full course adventure, our Shore is road trip perfection! Come by and visit. We know we’ll make you hungry for more.
1. Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
PEGGY’S COVE It’s difficult to think “lighthouse” without picturing iconic Peggy’s Cove. But have you met Peggy’s sisters? We have 35 more dotted along our coast all the way down to Cape Sable Island Lighthouse, Shelburne County! Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool is a Privateers' fort, it defended the town and trading routes in the 18th century. Bring a lunch, it is surrounded by a park that is a great spot for a picnic. Sandy Point Lighthouse in Shelburne sits at the east side of the entrance to Shelburne Harbour and is accessible across a sand bar. You will also find a sandy beach and an opportunity to bird watch. Take a lighthouse road trip.
2. Ross Farm, A Living Heritage Farm
At Ross Farm Museum step back in time and experience life as it once was in rural Nova Scotia. Using heritage skills, animals and tools Ross Farm continues to operate the farm of Captain William Ross who settled in New Ross in 1816 with his family, and 172 disbanded soldiers. Interpreters perform the same daily tasks that were once a rural way of life. Some of things you will see are farmers working in the fields with oxen, blacksmith’s hammering on glowing hot steel and the ladies of Rosebank Cottage baking biscuits. With the right timing you might even get to taste a biscuit hot out ot the oven. Ross Farm is located on Highway #12 in New Ross and is about an hours drive from Halifax. Ross Farm operates year-round. Visit Ross Farm.
3. The Mystery of Oak Island
A grim and fascinating story of buried treasure. Is there a fortune to be discovered in the Money Pit? If so, who buried it – Captain Kidd, or maybe Blackbeard? The mystery dates back over 200 years. Excitement is building as History (Canada)’s Curse of Oak Island gears up to shoot its third season. Book a guided tour of the island, and while you’re there find modern day treasures in the surrounding area! Learn more about the curse of Oak Island.
4. Old Town Lunenburg, an UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lunenburg is a wonderfully preserved 18th-century British Colonial town. Walk the waterfront, and explore the unique shops, museums and restaurants. Besides the many artists and artisans, drop in for a wee taste of rum, vodka, liqueurs at Ironworks Distillery. Then take a tour with Lunenburg Walking Tours or Trot in Time Horse and Buggy Tours. The guided ghost tour is not to be missed! Ghost stories, superstitions and graveyard tales make for spooky fun on this one hour walking tour of Lunenburg. Explore UNESCO Lunenburg.
Rissers Beach Provincial Park is located at the mouth of the Petite Rivière. This park boasts 1.5 km of sheltered beach, an interpretation centre, a boardwalk along an inland marsh, and two campgrounds. When you visit Risser's leave some time to explore the area, Petite Riviere Winery and the Painted Saltbox Art Gallery are close by. Risser's is a real beauty and so are the two dozen more white sand beaches on our coast just waiting for you. Here is a list to get you started, Queensland, Cherry Hill, Summerville, Sandhills, Hirtles Beach, Louis Head and Beach Meadows, just to name a few. Pack your hikers, Hirtles Beach is joined by Gaff Point hiking trail. You can bring your surf board to Cherry Hill all year long. Learn more about our beautiful white sand beaches.
6. Kayak, Canoe or Stand Up Paddle Board
Canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard the Mersey River with Liverpool Adventure Outfitters, retracing 10,000 years of heritage. Fire the cannon from the Liverpool Packet’s deck at the Queens County Museum, drop in to historic Lane’s Privateer Inn, and maybe ‘Hang 10’ and give surfing a try at White Point or Summerville Beach. You can find rentals in Blue Rocks, Lunenburg, White Point and Shelburne. Find your water adventure here.
Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, known as Keji to the locals, is a wild and isolated place, yet only a short distance from Liverpool and White Point Beach Resort, Keji Seaside is 22 km² of raw beauty with two scenic trails. Hike glacier-carved headlands, secluded rocky coves and broad sweeps of silver sand. Choose between Harbour Rocks Trail (5.2 km) or the Port Joli Head Trail (8.7 km). Kejimkujik National Park Seaside.
8. Historic Dock Street, Shelburne
A visit to Shelburne is not complete without a walk down historic Dock Street, a backdrop to several Hollywood movies. Only 10 minutes away in Birchtown, at the new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, (open May 1-September 30) visitors can trace their heritage through the Book of Negroes, a document containing the names of all Black Loyalists who escaped to Canada. Check out the Osprey Art Centre for upcoming entertainment. Plan to eat at Charlottle Lane, a Taste of Nova Scotia Restaurant on the Chowder Trail, (Chef Roland is the 2015 winner of the Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Cook-off). More about Shelburne.
9. Lumberjack Experiences
Join world champion log roller, Darren Hudson at his Lumberjack AXEperience in Barrington. Learn all the aspects of being a genuine Lumberjack-logrolling, tree climbing, competitive sawing and awe throwing! The Lumberjack AXEperience is lie no other in Nova Scotia, and offers our visitors a one of a kind, hands on experience they can't get anywhere else. It's an exciting blend of outdoor adventure, history and culture all rolled up in one. Lumberjack experiences.
10. Lobster Shack, Barrington
The Lobster Shack in Barrington offers Lobster served up as you like it. Lobster dinner, fondue, Tony's famous creamed lobster or a lobster roll? You choose. A Taste of Nova Scotia seafood experience. Across the street from the Lobster Shack you can find Dan's Ice Cream, Dan serves up some of the best ice cream desserts on the South Shore.
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