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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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Then get out on the water and discover the South Shore from the vantage of the sea. Navigate through island-studded bays and past sweeps of silver sand. Float over the resting place of the SS Atlantic, the worst disaster for the White Star oceanliner company until a ship called the Titanic set sail.

Look for the many lighthouses on the Shore, weather-battered but still standing guard, including the much-photographed beacon in Peggy’s Cove. Come ashore to history in Shelburne, with its original United Empire Loyalist homes dating to 1783, or nearby Birchtown, the site of the first freed Black settlement in North America.

But if you are down to your last dime, try your luck finding the rumoured pirate booty buried on Oak Island. The scuttlebutt is that it belonged to Captain Kidd or Blackbeard, and treasure seekers have been digging for 200 years. Six have even died trying.

So come to think of it, we’d rather you not try. Go for a nice hike instead.

Don’t Miss Outdoor Adventures:

  • Surfing at White Point.
  • Sea Kayaking at Mahone Bay, Lower Prospect and Lunenburg.
  • Hike the Kejimkujik National Park – Seaside. 22-kilometers of  glacier-carved headlands, rocky coves and broad sweeps of silver.
  • Seaside and Inland Golfing
  • Coastal bird watching on Cape Sable Island, one of the best birding destinations in Canada
  • Hiking at Oven’s Natural Park, explore the famous sea caves from above by hiking the spectacular coastal cliffs or below from a hour-long boat tour.
  • Take a self-guided tour of the Coastal Heritage Trail at the SS Atlantic Heritage Park starting in Terence Bay, flowing the Head of the Bay around the Aspotogan Peninsula as the 13 interpretive panels teach you about the regions history.

Great Photo Spots:

  • Fort Point Lighthouse, Liverpool
  • Hawk Beach, Cape Sable Island
  • Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Port Joli
  • Lunenburg Waterfront, Lunenburg
  • Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove
  • Three Churches, Mahone Bay
  • Day trip to Big Tancook Island, off Chester
  • Blue Rocks, near Lunenburg

Lighthouse Route

Travel along a sea-sculpted coast, from the home port of an iconic schooner to a world-famous lighthouse, with innovative cuisine and more than a few salty stories in between.


South Shore Communities

Oak Island Lunenburg


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