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South Shore Region

Legalized pirates called privateers once plied these harsh waters, authorized to attack foreign vessels during wartime. Any coin they earned from captured cargo was theirs to keep – you had to make a living somehow. Privateer Days in Liverpool pays homage to this infamous heritage.

A coin of a different era, today’s Canadian dime, features the Bluenose, a fishing boat that found fame as a racing schooner. Visit the ship’s birthplace of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walk the town’s distinctive waterfront with its colourful buildings and Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

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The Mystery of Oak Island

Book a tour for exclusive access to privately owned Oak Island, where one of the world’s most famous mysteries awaits. Recently made popular by The History Channels mini-series, The Curse of Oak Island. This treasure hunt has spanned over 200 years. The Friends of Oak Island Society holds tours of Oak Island throughout the summer, giving you the chance to see what has taken place in the treasure hunt over the years and where it currently stands. Tours must be booked ahead of time, access to the island is otherwise prohibited due to the ongoing treasure hunt.

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  • Big Tancook Island Red Fish Stores
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    Big Tancook Island, off Chester in Mahone Bay

    Hop on the Tancook Island ferry in Chester and travel to this picture-perfect island located 9.5 km (6 mi) off mainland Nova Scotia.  Stroll the peppery sand of Southeast Cove Beach, search for fossils near the wharf, peddle or hike your way around the island and see why birdwatchers, artisans and photographers flock here.

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    Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Port Joli

    Kejimkujik National Park Seaside is a pristine and isolated 22 km² stretch of coastline near Liverpool.  An outdoor adventurers’ paradise, explore two hiking trails that leads hikers to glacier-carved headlands, secluded rocky coves and white sand beaches where seals and shorebirds are frequently seen. 

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    Lunenburg Waterfront, Lunenburg

    Renowned for its unique architecture, step back in time while walking about the picturesque town of Lunenburg, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Explore artisan galleries and local shops, dine in amazing restaurants, tour the historical waterfront and learn of the rich seafaring history.

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    Peggy's Point Lighhouse, Peggy's Cove

    Nova Scotia’s most photographed lighthouse, Peggys Point Lighthouse, known to many as Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, is situated in the quaint fishing village of Peggys Cove.  Built in 1915, the lighthouse is perched at the tip of the village on wave-washed granite boulders and was home to a post office until 2009.

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  • Blue Rocks, Lunenburg
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    Blue Rocks, Lunenburg

    Nestled on the South Shore near of the town of Lunenburg, artists, photographers and kayakers alike will be delighted with the undeniable natural beauty of the fishing village of Blue Rocks.  Blue Rocks has been a popular destination for artists and photographers since the 1940s.

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  • Hawk Point, Cape Sable Island
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    Hawk Beach, Cape Sable Island

    Located on the southern-most tip of Nova Scotia, The Hawk Beach is spectacular white sand beach where, at low tide, you can explore a 1,500 year old drowned forest of petrified tree stumps that are still rooted in the original soil.  The beach is also known as one of the best birding areas in Nova Scotia.

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  • Fort Point Lighthouse Park, Liverpool
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    Fort Point Lighthouse, Liverpool

    Built in 1855, the Fort Point Lighthouse is the site where deMonts and Champlain landed in 1604 and the location of a Privateers’ fort that defended the town and the trading routes in the 18th century.  Open year-round, the park includes picnic tables, interpretive panels and a beautiful view of Liverpool Harbour and Coffin Island Lighthouse.

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    Three Churches, Mahone Bay

    One of the most iconic views in Nova Scotia is the Three Churches, located in the picturesque seaside community of Mahone Bay.  Be sure to stroll by the churches and to visit the many artisan galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops that dot the vibrant main street. 

  • Big Tancook Island Red Fish Stores
  • Blue Rocks, Lunenburg
  • Hawk Point, Cape Sable Island
  • Fort Point Lighthouse Park, Liverpool