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Warm Waters & Swirling Bagpipes


The warm, sparkling blue waters and wide sandy beaches of the Northumberland Strait make this region a vacation paradise. The Northumberland Shore offers more warm water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada. 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 Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaw Museum, Truro

Gaze at the 40-foot statue of Glooscap and learn about the Mi'kmaw – Nova Scotia’s Aboriginal peoples- at the Glooscap Heritage Centre. In folklore, Glooscap was the first man, created from a bolt of lightening 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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Pugwash Disc Golf, Pugwash

Played much like traditional golf, disc golf players use a flying disc (or Frisbee®) instead of balls and clubs. The goal is the same: complete each hole in the fewest strokes, or in this case throws. This leisurely activity is the perfect pass-time for the whole family.

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Fox Harb’r - clay shoot

Try your hand at shooting clay pigeons on a field closely replicating the field conditions of an upland game or waterfowl shoot. Expert instruction is provided for the safe and proper use of firearms for this fun activity suitable for all ages and skill levels.

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Jost Vineyards, Malagash

Situated on the shores of the Malagash Peninsula, award-winning wines are produced from numerous varieties of grapes grown on site. Tour the vineyards and winery shop and of course sample the selections. Afterward, enjoy lunch on the patio with a glass of your favourite wine.

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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 weekend farmers market showcasing local producers.

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Sara Bonnyman Pottery Studio, Tatamagouche

Visit a working pottery studio and watch 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 and appreciated.

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Balmoral Grist Mill Museum, Balmoral Mills

Tucked away in a wooded gorge just minutes from Tatamagouche, view the mill in action, just as it would have been when it was built in 1874. Experience the sights and sounds of wooden gears, shafts and pulleys turning the original Scottish granite millstones as they turn grain into flour.

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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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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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Northumberland Bluefin Tuna Charters, Cribbons Wharf

Join Captain Jamie MacGillivray aboard the Amy and Laura for some tuna fishing with this 30-year veteran fisherman. A true family affair, Jamie learned from his father and has been catching lobster, herring, scallops, and tuna on the beautiful Northumberland Strait for as long as he can remember.

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