Visit Southwest Nova Scotia

Picture postcard towns with imposing Victorian mansions scalloped with gingerbread trim. Quaint weathered fishing villages snuggled into the coastline. Communities with intriguing buildings and homes speak of the unique character of the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley, the South Shore, and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores. But as you explore these places – their attractions, restaurants, shops, and museums – you’ll discover a unifying element, the friendliness, and warm welcome everywhere you go.

Discover Southwest Nova Scotia

The rich cultural tapestry of the area; the Mi’kmaq people have made this region home for more than 10,000 years and welcomed French and English explorers just 400 years ago. Explore a way of life at the Historic Acadian Village in West Pubnico and the picturesque French Acadian Shore. Visit the Black Loyalist Heritage Site in Birchtown and discover that many of these settlers were passengers on the Underground Railroad.

Experience our Maritime way of life in a quaint fishing village and tour among famous and historical lighthouses, anchored on the rugged coasts that have cautioned seafarers for centuries. Visit our three internationally recognized UNESCO world heritage sites.

exploring Southwest Nova Scotia

You’ll remember us for our seafood; from smoked salmon and Solomon Gundy, to world-famous Digby Scallops and lobster from the Lobster Capital of Canada, Barrington. Whether you’re a first time visitor or coming back to experience it all again, you’ll enjoy every moment exploring Nova Scotia’s Backyard.

Experience Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

Start here for French flair and fabulous food.

Bienvenue, welcome to Yarmouth & Acadian Shores. Here, where the distinctive flag of the Acadian nation flies proudly throughout scenic communities, cultures combine to give you a rich experience steeped in warm hospitality. Pick you your very own Acadian Passport. Learn about the Acadian way of life at the Rendez-vous de la Baie center in Church Point and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse in Lower West Pubnico. Join the fun as local musicians get your toes tapping at lively Musique de la Baie kitchen parties. Savor fresh-caught seafood at lobster suppers where guests learn how to eat lobster the ‘real way’ and sample some traditional rappie pie – a true Acadian treat!

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores of Nova Scotia

In picturesque Yarmouth the town’s reputation as a 19th-century shipbuilding capital rubs shoulders with today’s busy life as a fishing port and a popular center for year-round festivals, events, and concerts. The Cape Forchu Lightstation, an Atlantic beacon since 1839, is a well-known landmark along with the magnificent Victorian mansions built by successful sea captains. A fascinating array of museums help to tell the tale of Yarmouth’s colorful past and present.

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Experience South Shore Nova Scotia

A destination shaped by seafaring and adventure.

South Shore traditions are shaped by the sea. Starting at Peggy’s Cove with its world-famous lighthouse and ocean vistas, the coastline continues dotted with over 25 lighthouses, secluded coves, and inviting beaches that offer countless outdoor adventures including sea kayaking, sailing, surfing, and diving. Then move inland to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site for outstanding hiking, biking, and camping.

South Shore Nova Scotia

Fishing and shipbuilding were the industries that created many of the scenic towns and villages along the South Shore. Lunenburg’s distinctive historic waterfront with its bright red buildings beckons visitors to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous schooner Bluenose II. Shelburne honors its boat building past by crafting dorys and building boats at the Muir-Cox Shipyard just as they have since 1820. Privateer Days in Liverpool pay tribute to maritime history with a vivid re-enactment of a battle between townspeople and privateers from the American Revolution who were infesting Nova Scotia’s waters.

For centuries, the beauty of the South Shore has inspired artists, writers, and musicians. Numerous festivals and theatres bring to life colorful characters, stories, and music that capture the spirit of this dynamic coastal region. Pair these artists with masterly chefs who prepare some of the province’s finest culinary offers for a truly memorable South Shore experience.

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Experience Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

A day filled with great whales, fine wines, and the highest tides.

The powerful ebb and flow of the Bay of Fundy tides dramatically alter the coastline. From Windsor, through the coastal areas of the lush Annapolis Valley, down to the tip of Brier Island, the Bay of Fundy paints a different landscape every day. Picture a fleet of fishing boats at Hall’s Harbour sitting on the muddy ocean floor. Six hours later, those same boats are floating at the wharf’s high tide mark. From tidal bore rafting to the thrill of whale watching at Brier Island to enjoying the tasty ‘catch of the day’, there are numerous ways to experience this astonishing natural phenomenon. During Digby Scallop Days, an annual ‘must-attend’ event, the town’s famous fleet is celebrated for the delicious seafood it ships around the world. Another ‘must-attend’ event is the annual Pumpkin Regatta held in Windsor where contestants race giant pumpkins across lake Piziquid.

Bay of Fundy
Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley, long known for its fertile farms and abundant harvests is rapidly growing into Canada’s newest wine region. Imagine traveling through the magnificent valley visiting vineyards, sampling wines, enjoying delectable dishes featuring locally grown produce and then taking in some of the area’s outstanding attractions like Grand-Pré National Historic Site commemorating the story of Acadian settlement from 1682-1755 and their Deportation along with the beautiful 17-acre Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal and Port Royal National Historic Site across the river. Festivals and events add to the experience along with shopping excursions to farmers’ markets that feature bountiful produce along with extraordinary arts, crafts, and entertainment. Something to satisfy all the senses!

Something for all ages – the region is home to Atlantic Canada’s premier theme and adventure parks, Upper Clements Parks. With more than 30 rides and attractions, dining and entertainment it is the perfect place for fun in the sun.

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