Northumberland Shore Region
The cultural roots of early Scottish settlers run deep here – names like New Glasgow give it away. In 1773, the Hector arrived from Scotland and the first of many waves of Gaelic immigrants walked down the gangplank. Today, you can board a replica of this three-masted, fully rigged ship at the Hector Heritage Quay in the town of Pictou, and try to imagine how those 170 pioneers endured 11 arduous weeks at sea, slowed down by storms and smallpox.
Once on shore, they discovered what the Mi’kmaq First Nations people already knew – the warm blue waters of the Northumberland Strait teemed with seafood, and the lands were fertile. The settlers forged an enduring way of life, and you can still hear the skirling of bagpipes and watch caber-tossing at the Antigonish Highland Games, the oldest games of this kind outside of Scotland.
Today, visitors will be rewarded with kayaking, sailing, zip-lining, golfing, birding and hiking by day, and theatre, music, exhibits and festivals by night.
Don’t Miss Experiences
- Cook on the farm with the Kilted Chef in a hands-on cooking class that you will never forget.
- Enjoy award-wining wine at Jost Vineyards on the Malagash Peninsula.
- Hike through the sugar bush then savour some buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup at Sugar Moon Farm.
- Retrace the steps of Scottish immigrants at the Hector Heritage Quay.
- Adopt a lobster and discover local fishing heritage at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum.
- Swim in the warm waters of Melmerby Beach Provincial Park.
- Discover history behind “Made in Nova Scotia” at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton.
- Spend a night in a caboose and dine in the dining car at the Train Station Inn in Tatamagouche.
- Visit the Seafoam Lavendar Farm where the earthy scent of the surrounding forest, mixed with a hint of salt spray and the aroma of lavendar will treat you to a sensory overload... in a very good way!
- Mountain bike, snowshoe, or hike through 40km of non-motorized, multi-use wilderness trails on Keppoch Mountain.
- Visit Taste of Nova Scotia's 2013 Restaurant of the Year, Gabrieau's Bistro, in Antigonish.
- For the golfers - don't miss our on spectacular seaside golf courses.
Get to know the Northumberland Shore:
Great Photo Spots
- Tidnish Suspension Bridge, Tidnish Cross Roads
- Balmoral Grist Mill Museum, Balmoral Mills
- Green Hill Provincial Park Look-off, Greenhill
- Melmerby Beach Provincial Park, Little Harbour
- Cape George Point Lighthouse, Cape George
Northumberland Shore Communities
Navigate through the heart of Scottish culture to the original heartbeat of industry in Nova Scotia.
The Sunrise Trail runs from rolling farmland to coastal villages to hard-working towns – with more than a few
lobsters and blueberries in between.