Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Road Trip
Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Road Trip
The southwestern most tip of Nova Scotia is a region renowned for its Acadian roots, colourful fishing villages and towering churches. Yarmouth is the hub of this region and is a great stopping point for hiking, fishing and seafaring adventures, while cultural enthusiasts can discover a bounty of local music, theatre, crafts, museums, galleries and, historic architecture.
Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse
Step back in time and discover a village depicting Acadian life in the early 1900's. Enjoy an Acadian picnic lunch by the shore and participate in hands-on activities to get a taste of what daily life was really like.
Eel Lake Oyster Farm
Just 20 minutes outside of Yarmouth, this small family-owned business specializes in Ruisseau oysters. Grown in the cold, pristine waters of Eel Lake, taste the difference of a freshly harvested and shucked oyster. Take a boat tour to learn more about how oysters are grown, harvested and enjoyed from the “Oysterman” himself.
Eglise Ste-Anne Church, Ste Anne du Ruisseau
Visit the oldest Acadian parish on mainland Nova Scotia. This municipally registered heritage property’s architecture and décor are a testament to local faith. In 1999, a painting was discovered in the church rectory’s attic that is belived to have belong to the church’s founder, Father Sigogne from the year 1799.
Argyle Township Court House, Argyle
Take a guided tour of the oldest standing courthouse in Canada and designated National Historic Site. View the fully restored cell-clock, jail keeper’s quarters, furnished courtroom, grand jury room, and judges’ chambers.
Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum, Wedgeport
Located in the Sport Tuna Fishing Capital of the World, this museum features pictures and mementos from the heyday of sport tuna fishing. Exhibits about the local fishery and community history as well as a fish tank and touch tank will leave the whole family hooked on this experience.
Cape Forchu Lightstation, Mug Up Tea Room, Yarmouth
Enjoy a traditional mug-up in the cozy 20-seat dining room overlooking the Yarmouth harbour and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Afterward, head out for a guided walk through the Leif Ericsson Park and discover spectacular views of the rugged coast line.
Stanley Lobster Pound, Yarmouth
Stanley Lobster Pound is located in the heart of the Yarmouth Bar Lobster Community and has access to over 500,000lbs of fresh live lobster and Jonah crab. The same area is also home one of the largest fleets of Cape Island lobster fishing boats in the world. After a tour of the lobster pound, make your way to the beach for an authentic lobster feast on the shore.
Sea Captains Walking Tour, Yarmouth
Walk along a number of the oldest streets in Yarmouth to see beautifully restored heritage properties. Many of these stately homes were built during the golden age of sail and have been carefully preserved and restored.
Museums & Galleries, Yarmouth
When it’s time for a break from the breathtaking scenery and fresh sea air, Yarmouth has plenty of fascinating museums and galleries to keep you occupied. Explore the marine heritage of the area at the Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum, or learn more about the history of the community at the Yarmouth County Museum. You can also head to the Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia to pay tribute to Nova Scotia’s firefighters. If art galleries are more your thing, be sure to check out the Western Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the only satellite gallery of its kind in Canada.
Sandford Drawbridge, Sanford
One of the main reasons to visit this quaint little fishing community is to see the smallest working drawbridge in the world. This tiny bridge was built so that the fisherman and visitors could cross from one side of the Sandford wharf system to the other without having to travel the long way around.
June Deveau, Inspiration to Creation
Join Acadian artist June Deveau on a journey to discover some of the hidden gems of the area that inspire her work. Explore the traditions and flavours of the unique Acadian culture while exploring various art forms and even try your hand at creating some art of your own.
Rendez Vous de la Baie Visitor Centre, Church Point
Experience the colourful history and culture of the French Acadian Shore by taking an engaging guided tour along “la Baie Sainte Marie”. Visit the largest wooden church in North America, discover hidden coves used by rumrunners and learn about the history of the Acadian people.