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.
Don’t Miss Experiences:
- Visit the world-famous Peggy’s Cove Village and the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.
- Experience a day on an 1880’s family farm at Ross Farm Museum in New Ross.
- Sail on the iconic Bluenose II in Lunenburg.
- Take in a live performance at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, The Chester Playhouse in Chester, or the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne.
- Hop aboard the Tancook Island ferry in Chester and travel to this picture-perfect island located 9.5 km (6 mi) off mainland Nova Scotia.
- Explore Lunenburg’s colourful waterfront, narrow streets, captivating architecture, seafaring history, award-winning restaurants, and Ironworks Distillery.
- Take a harbour-side stroll along historic Dock Street in Shelburne.
- Receive hands-on lumberjack training with world champion log roller Darren Hudson on the Barrington River.
- Help protect endangered shorebirds and other local species at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside.
- Experience the wines and take a tour of Petite Riviere Vineyards, known as one of the oldest grape-growing regions in North America.
- Row, row, row a Dory at the Queens Hearts Dory Club Row & Ride Tuesday evenings all summer long at Cape Sable Island Causeway.
- Let your imagination run wild as you explore the Concrete Creations at Cosby's Garden Centre in Brooklyn.
- Sample craft beers at Hell Bay Brewing Co. in Liverpool and Boxing Rock Brewing Co. in Shelburne.
- Explore the Dory Shop Museum in Shelburne where you can witness the art of crafting these vessels first-hand.
Get to know the South Shore:
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.
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!
- Hike the Kejimkujik National Park – Seaside. 22-kilometers of glacier-carved headlands, rocky coves and broad sweeps of silver
- Experience the Dark Sky Preserve at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, the second-largest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Canada
- Cycle the Rum Runners Trail, a 109 km, two-day ride from Lunenburg to Halifax. Stop at award-winning restaurants, explore attractions and seaside artisan shops.
- Try your hand at surfing at White Point Beach Resort
- Go on a guided sea kayaking tour in Blue Rocks, Mahone Bay, Oak Island, the LaHave Islands, Lower Prospect and Shelburne.
- Experience stand-up paddleboarding on the Mersey River, the LaHave Islands, White Point Beach Resort, and in Lower Prospect.
- Take a Shelburne Harbour Boat Tour and enjoy breathtaking views of the historic waterfront, savour a delicious lobster dinner aboard and try your hand at mackerel fishing.
- Seaside and inland golfing along the South Shore
- Coastal bird watching on Cape Sable Island, one of the best birding destinations in Canada
Restaurants that Feature Fresh, Local Ingredients
- Rhubarb at Oceanstone Resort, Indian Harbour
- Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay
- Charlotte Lane Café, Shelburne
- Saltshaker Deli, Lunenburg
- Grand Banker, Lunenburg
- Fleur de Sel, Lunenburg
- Ironworks Distillery, Lunenburg
- Shore Club Lobster Suppers, Hubbards
- Biscuit Eater Café, Mahone Bay
- Capt. Kat's Lobster Shack, Barrington
- Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill, Summerville Beach
Art Galleries & Artisans
- Amos Pewter: see how artisans cast molten pewter into sculptures and keepsakes at this economuseum.
- Laurie Swim Gallery: view amazing quilted works of art you would swear are paintings.
- Spruce Top Rug Hooking or The Hooked Rug Museum of North America: love hooked rugs? Be amazed by the skill.
- Maritime Painted Saltbox: features contemporary fine art and folk art.
- Buchanan Gallery: devoted to the artists of the area and showcase local works.
- Light My Fire Studio: Discover artistic and functional candles and even learn to make your own in the studio
- Art Gallery Tour of the South Shore.
Best Photo Spots on the South Shore
- Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
- Queens County Museum, Liverpool
- Seal Island Light Museum, Barrington
- Shelburne County Museum, Shelburne
- Fort Point Museum, LaHave
- Barrington Woolen Mill Museum, Barrington
- Old Meeting House, Barrington
- Ross Farm Living Agricultural Museum, New Ross
- Ross-Thomson House & Store Museum, Shelburne
- SS Atlantic Heritage Interpretive Park, Terence Bay
- LaHave Islands Marine Museum, LaHave Islands
- Black Loyalist Heritage Site, Birchtown
- Wile Carding Mill Museum, Bridgewater
- The Knaut-Rhuland House Museum, Lunenburg
South Shore Communities
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.