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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.

Take the historic cable ferry across the LaHave River and explore the many beaches, local artisans, museums and coastal adventures to be had in the LaHave and Petite Riviere area.

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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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Explore Nova Scotia's South Shore - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

Exploring Nova Scotia's South Shore is a unique and savoury experience. Sip your way along the Good Cheer Trail, sample Taste of Nova Scotia dishes, step back in time to our Interpretive Centres and UNESCO Historic Sites and National Parks, take in the beauty of the night sky, stroll the beaches and trails, and be sure to visit our lighthouses!

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Restaurants that Feature Fresh, Local Ingredients

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Art Galleries & Artisans

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Historical Escapes

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South Shore Communities

Barrington Chester LaHave & Petite Riviere Liverpool Lunenburg Mahone Bay Oak Island Peggy's Cove Shelburne & Lockeport

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.