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Warm Waters & Swirling Bagpipes


The warm, sparkling blue waters and long sandy beaches that stretch along the Northumberland Shore make this region a vacation paradise. The Northumberland Shore offers more warm water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada while freshly caught lobster, wild blueberries from Oxford and maple syrup from Sugar Moon Farm are just a few of the delicacies found in the area.

Glooscap statue at the Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi’kmaw Museum in Truro.

Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaw Museum, Truro

Gaze at the 40-foot statue of Glooscap and learn about the Mi'kmaw – Nova Scotia’s Indigenous peoples - at the Glooscap Heritage Centre. In folklore, Glooscap was the first man, created from a bolt of lightning in the sand and is a significant figure that appears in many Mi’kmaq myths.

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Victoria Park, Truro

Located on 400 acres in the centre of Truro, Victoria Park is the perfect place for a little peace and quiet. Walk along Lepper’s Brook and view two sets of waterfalls or if you’re up for a challenge, climb all 175 steps of Jacob’s Ladder.

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Heather Beach Provincial Park

Heather Beach Provincial Park, Port Howe

Discover one of the many Northumberland Shore's red sand beaches when you visit Heather Beach Provincial Park. This long, shallow beach is one of the warmest ocean beaches in Nova Scotia and also a popular destination on hot summer days. The beach is lifeguarded during the summer months.

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Fox Harb'r Resort in Nova Scotia

Fox Harb’r Resort

Discover one of Canada's only five-star resorts and experience amazing food, golf, activities, and accommodations all in one location. Play a round at the Graham Cooke-designed championship golf course then dine on seasonally-inspired menus that showcase the best locally-sourced ingredients at their award-winning restaurant. The resort also features a tennis center, sporting lodge with shooting sports, spa & wellness center as well as a private 4,885-foot airstrip and a deep sea marina.

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Jost Vineyards, Malagash

Situated on the shores of the Malagash Peninsula, discover the award-winning wines that are produced from grapes grown on-site. Take a tour of the vineyard and peruse the winery shop and sample the selections over a locally inspired meal in the winery's restaurant, Seagrape Café.

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The Creamery Square Heritage Centre, Tatamagouche

This unique heritage complex features community museums, exhibits, collections, and archives for the Northumberland Shore region. The Centre is also home to a popular weekend farmers' market that showcases local farmers, producers and artists.

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Sara Bonnyman Pottery Studio, Tatamagouche

Visit a working pottery studio and watch potter Sara Bonnyman in action as she crafts functional stoneware. Informal guided tours are offered most afternoons where Sara’s large collection of antique Nova Scotia pottery can be viewed.

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Train Station Inn in Tatamagouche Nova Scotia

Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche

All aboard! Experience this unique country inn where your room is actually a renovated railway caboose with decor reflecting its railway past. Breakfast is available in the on-site cafe and in the evenings, dine in the circa 1928 Tatamagouche Railway Dining Car.

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Sugar Moon Farm maple products

Sugar Moon Farm, Earltown

Enjoy a locally-inspired brunch featuring all-you-can-eat whole-grain buttermilk pancakes drenched in maple syrup, smoked sausages, maple baked beans, and more. After brunch, take a tour of this fully working sugar camp.

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Sutherland Steam Mill Museum, Denmark

Explore this 120-year-old sawmill and discover Nova Scotian ingenuity through hands-on exhibits. For nearly 70 years, the Sutherland family produced carriages, sleds, windows, and fancy gingerbread trim, which were shipped all over the world.

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Lismore Sheep Farm, River John

Explore a working farm with over 300 sheep! The wool is used to make pillows, comforters, rink seats, blankets, and yarn. Sheepskin slippers and mitts are also available in addition to wool felting supplies, birch knitting needles, and crochet hooks.

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Seafoam Lavender Farm, Seafoam

Located on the pastoral shores of the Northumberland Strait, the beautiful rows of lavender at Seafoam Lavender Farm are a delight for the senses. This small, family-owned and operated agricultural business produces small batches of superior-quality, direct-from-the-farm lavender products.

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The Hector Heritage Quay on the Pictou Waterfront

Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou

This living-history attraction tells the story of 18th-century Scottish migration to the New World and the role of Ship Hector in making Pictou the “Birthplace of New Scotland”. Travel back in time and step aboard the full-size replica of Ship Hector to learn about Nova Scotia’s Scottish heritage.

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Adopt-a-Lobster at Northumberland Fisheries Museum & Hatchery, Pictou

The Adopt-a-Lobster program helps to successfully raise and release lobsters back into the ocean to help maintain the stock. Learn all about lobsters, and after adopting your own, release it back into Pictou Harbour.

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Tuna fishing on the Northumberland Strait

Bluefin Tuna Charters, Antigonish County

Nova Scotia is Canada’s best kept secret for big game fishing. From June to October every year, schools of Giant Bluefin Tuna return to the temperate waters of Nova Scotia's Northumberland Strait. Operators in Antigonish County include Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters, MacInnis Bluefin Tuna Charters, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters, Wahleaha Bluefin Tuna Charters, and more.

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