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Digby, Nova Scotia

History of Digby, NS

Established in 1783 under the leadership of Rear Admiral Robert Digby, the town was first settled by the United Empire Loyalists who built the town as a fishing and lumbering centre. With a long, sea faring history, Digby was an important regional transportation centre in the 1890’s where trains connected with steamships. Explore the town’s history and genealogy at the Admiral Digby Museum. Today, the picturesque town of Digby has a population of 2,092 and hosts a large scallop fishing fleet.

Digby Ferry Information

Digby also serves as a port for a year-round ferry service that crosses the beautiful Bay of Fundy between Digby and Saint John, New Brunswick. Travelers can relax on the full-service ferry while enjoying spectacular views of the bay. View the Princess of Acadia Ferry Schedule.

Accommodations in Digby

This small, quaint town has a variety of accommodations to suit every traveler’s style. Cheerful inns and bed & breakfasts, a beautiful resort and spa, a friendly hostel and even a campground are all nestled in the town within walking distance to hiking trails, shops, restaurants and a vibrant waterfront. View a list of accommodations in Digby.

Digby Restaurants

A visit to Digby is not complete without sampling their famous scallops. You’ll find these fresh and delicate morsels served in a variety of recipes and styles throughout the town’s restaurants and pubs. Stop at the Memorial look-off on Water Street and you may even catch a glimpse of a fleet coming in with its daily catch. Be sure to try some of the other local specialties as well: lobster, dulse (seaweed) and Digby chicks (a smoked herring) to name a few. View a list of restaurants in Digby.

Digby’s Best Attractions

  • Golf at one of Canada’s finest golf courses, designed by world class golf course architect Stanley Thompson, at the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. The resort also features fabulous dining and a variety of spa services.
  • The Bay of Fundy offers some of the world’s most spectacular whale watching with many whale watching tours to choose from, departing from Digby and along Digby Neck and Brier and Long Islands. 
  • Take in the view of the harbour and enjoy the summer concert series as you stroll along the Admiral’s Walk on the Digby waterfront. 
  • Savour the fresh seafood and local entertainment during Digby Scallop Days.
  • Experience the energy as the streets come alive with thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts during the annual Wharf Rat Rally
  • Relax at nearby Sandy Cove Beach or hike along one of the many trails near town.