Northumberland Shore Region
With more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada, this shore is a beach bum’s paradise. This fantastic climate also lends it¬self well to the local wine industry, which is anchored by Jost Vineyards, the province’s oldest and largest winery. Not surprisingly, fresh local lobster is a food of choice for the region and is available at restaurants throughout.
Abundant in history and culture, the Northumberland Shore has long been a welcoming place for visitors and immigrants alike. Explore the Town of Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.” Step aboard the legendary Ship Hector replica at the Hector Heritage Quay and imagine what it was like for the many Scottish immigrants who voyaged across the Atlantic Ocean. Or, be amazed by displays of strength and agility at the Antigonish Highland Games.
- Experience cooking with locally sourced fish, meats, and produce in the hands-on cooking experience, 'Cooking on the Farm' with the Kilted Chef.
- Enjoy award-wining wine at Jost Vineyards in Malagash.
- Learn how maple syrup is made and be sure to savour the maple syrup at Sugar Moon Farm.
- Go oystering! Collect, clean, shuck and taste the delicious treats at Bay Enterprises Limited in Malagash.
- Lovin’ the Lavender, take a tour, learn about the benefits, shop products and taste delicious lavender ice cream, at Seafoam Lavender Farm, located in Seafoam.
- Visit the Tatamagouche Brewing Company and pick up some bottles of Hippie Dippie Pale Ale.
- Visit the Northumberland Fisheries Museum & Heritage Association and visit the lobster hatchery and to take part in the Adopt a Lobster Program.
- For all your barbecue needs, visit The Pork Shop in New Glasgow or Denmark.
Restaurants that Feature Fresh, Local Ingredients
- Amherst Shore Country Inn, Amherst: enjoy stunning views and a candlelit dinner.
- Hillcrest View Inn, Pugwash: try the lobster roll.
- Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche: dine in the actual dining car aboard a train.
- Gabrieau’s Bistro, Antigonish: savour the innovative global cuisine of Chef Mark Gabrieau.
- Pictou Lodge Resort, Pictou: try the award-winning seafood chowder.
- Sugar Moon Farm, Earltown: enjoy the all-day maple brunch in their log restaurant.
Seaside Golf Courses
Get to know the Northumberland Shore:
- Cape George Hiking Trail & Lighthouse: A Looping trail with 3 trail heads, leading you along the coast through meadows and old-growth forests to cliffs with panoramic views of St. George’s Bay and the lighthouse.
- Kayaking at Cape John, Coastal Sprit Expeditions: Get lead through the temperate waters of the Northumberland Strait, the Cape John estuary. The river winds though a wildlife sanctuary.
- Rockhounding at Arisaig Provincial Park: Looking for fossils, some dating back 400 million years, in the layered Sedimentary rock along the shore. Take pictures, not fossils.
- Mountain Bike at Keppoch Mountain: Offering 15 km network of mountain bike trails for all levels, ranging from 0.5 to 5 km.
- Cycling at Trenton Park: Mountain bike a 6.5 km trail through hemlock stands and past a beaver colony and stocked ponds in one of the largest recreation parks in Nova Scotia.
- Birding on the Wallace Bay Wildlife Trail: Pack your field guide as over 168 species of birds have been recorded here. Nature trails wind through wetlands, woodlands and open fields.
- Cycle Oceanside Roads: Grab your bike and head out for a quiet, relatively flat Oceanside cycle. Download Route maps and GPS coordinates.
- Retrace the steps of Scottish immigrants at the Hector Heritage Quay
- Discover history behind “Made in Nova Scotia” at the Museum of Industry.
- Learn about Scottish history in the new world at McCullough Heritage Centre.
- Explore a rich array of artifacts from shipwrecks at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum.
- Visit the Thinkers’ Lodge National Historic Site, the site of the first Pugwash Conference on science and World Affairs in 1957 which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.
- Learn about milling, from “gingerbread” trip to grain ground into flour at the Sutherland Steam Mill and Balmoral Grist Mill.
- Sara Bonnyman Pottery: visit her workshop and watch her throw pots on the wheel.
- Lismore Sheep Farm: home to 100 sheep, pick up colourful hand-knit blankets, mittens and sheepskin slippers.
- Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio: learn about hand-dyed fabrics and be guided in the art of rug hooking.
- Grohmann Knives: tour the knife factory, these handcrafted knives are recognized world-wide for their quality.
- Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, Antigonish: Professional live theatre all summer long.
- deCoste Entertainment Centre, Pictou: Featuring traditional Scottish Ceilidh music.
- Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow: Home to the New Glasgow Jubilee and year round events.
- The Celtic Circle Cultural Centre, New Glasgow: Live music, theatre and performing arts.
- Fraser Cultural Centre, Tatamagouche: home to arts, crafts and cultural activities.
Discover our Warm Water Beaches
Cape John, a Provincial Park Reserve, sits between the Northumberland Strait and John Bay, an estuary of the River John. Visitors can enjoy access to a warm, saltwater beach and ample opportunity to beachcomb and birdwatch.
Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park
Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park is a mile-long sandy beach with a campground. Hiking trails, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking and warm saltwater swimming can all be enjoyed along the shore to Munroes Island. Time your visit right and you can wave to the ferries that run between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Melmerby Beach Provincial Park
Melmerby Beach Provincial Park is a popular 2 km (1.25 mi) long beach, complete with boardwalks, boat launch, canteen, and park facilities. Enjoy the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait at this popular sandy beach that is lifeguard supervised in the months of July and August.
Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
Looking for a great beachside getaway on the Northumberland Shore? With so many beautiful sandy beaches, you've got plenty of choices. At Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort in Braeshore near the town of Pictou, outdoor activities such as ocean swimming, beachcombing, birdwatching, and more are available to visitors.
Pomquet Beach Provincial Park
Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, located east of the town of Antigonish, is a 3-km long supervised (July & August) sandy beach. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the plant life (including wild blueberries) and the sand dunes on the posted interpretive panels.
Waterside Beach Provincial Park
Waterside Beach Provincial Park provides visitors with a long sandy beach, boardwalks, salt marsh and open farmland with picnic tables. The beach is seldom crowded, and the water waters of the Northumberland rarely disappoint!
Northumberland Shore Communities
Navigate through the heart of Scottish culture to the original heartbeat of industry in Nova Scotia.
The Sunrise Trail runs from rolling farmland to coastal villages to hard-working towns – with more than a few lobsters and blueberries in between.