Published Fall 2017
You’re going to fall in love with the South Shore of Nova Scotia as we roll into this crisp, clear, colourful and cozy season. Here’s our Top 10 Things to See and Do from Peggy’s Cove to Charlesville and all points in between!
1 – Paddle at Sea Level
See the sea up close and personal! Discover uninhabited islands, rare rock formations, lighthouses and pristine sandy beaches. Paddle by moonlight. Purchase a sea kayak tour around the LaHave Islands or majestic Mahone Bay with Cape LaHave Adventures. For the history buffs, kayak along one of our historic waterfronts like Lunenburg or Shelburne. Chat with the fisherman in Yarmouth or traverse the waterways of the Mi’kmaq at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Hook up with Freewheeling Adventures out of historic Hubbards for some kayaking, hiking or biking. Explore with Liverpool Adventure Outfitters. There are days and nights of adventures to be had!
2 – Surf the Waves
Surf the swells and enjoy the wicked waves of fall and winter (it’s hurricane season) on Nova Scotia’s southern coast. Hundreds of bays and inlets offer some of the best surfing on the eastern seaboard. Rent some gear at Rossignol Surf Shop Boathouse, White Point Beach, and learn to surf. Head for Summerville Beach Provincial Park and a 1 km stretch of white, sandy beach for some serious wave action. Not a surfer? Pack a picnic and watch the show!
3 – Sip along the Good Cheer Trail!
Tap into some of the South Shore’s newest breweries on the #Good Cheer Trail! Visit Saltbox Brewing in Mahone Bay and try one of their ales or ciders made with local apples. Keep traveling the trail to Hell Bay Brewing Co in Liverpool and sample their award-winning English Ale and Dark Cream or try a more seasonable brew. Hop on over to Boxing Rock Brewing Co, Shelburne’s ‘brewery in the woods.’ Book a tasting and learn about the brewing process while inhaling the aroma of fresh hops or try a “Flight” of samplers. For a taste of France, experience the exquisite wines of Petite Riviere Vineyards on the slopes of South Shore’s drumlin hills and lavender gardens. Blend past and present at IronWorks Distillery, set in a 100-year-old marine blacksmith shop in historic Lunenburg and offering premium spirits and fruit liqueurs made with local produce.
There’s lots brewing on the South Shore on-ramp to the Good Cheer Trail!
4. Savour the Seafood Trail
Whether it’s a stop on the Chowder Trail, Lobster Trail, Oyster Trail or Fish & Chips Trail, it’s time to travel the South Shore for a sumptuous seafood road trip. Crack open your lobster at the Sou’Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop at world famous Peggy’s Cove or La Vista Dining Room at the Oak Island Resort. Enjoy seafood straight off the boat at Lane’s Privateers Inn in Liverpool! Experience the Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & Grill for a modern salute to the classic seafood and enjoy their 180 degree view of white, pristine sands of Summerville Beach. Visit one of the many ‘Trail’ stops, upload a pic to your digital passport and collect a stamp to win prizes! Watch for the first-ever Lobster Fest, a three-week festival along the South Shore starting February 2 2018 and bursting with lobster rolls, lobster art, lobster tales featuring the stories of fishermen and women!
5 – Sea Stars!
Visit the fabulous year-round destination White Point Beach Resort where you’ll experience a culinary adventure like no other – the Stellar Beach Feast – ON the beach and IN the dark of night. Accompanied by the sound of the waves, you’ll be treated to a delicious feast prepared for you by White Point’s Chef and Sommelier. Discover the stars with your very own Dark Sky interpreter. Journey further into the night at Kejimkujik National Park & Historic Site, a Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Dark Sky Preserve. Set up camp and see night sky the same way the Mi’kmaq did thousands of years ago.
6 – Uncover the Unusual
Travel to Shag Harbour where you’ll uncover the mystery of a UFO siting in 50 years ago that involved Russian submarines, the Canadian Navy, the Government of Canada and MUFON – the world’s largest UFO investigating body! Hear from experts who’ve authored books about the incident and locals who were there. Believe it or not!
Scare up some fun and take in the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival and Antique Show where hundreds of life-sized scarecrows line the streets of the seaside community and rare treasures await antique lovers.
Go wild. Throw some axes and learn to be a lumberjack for a day! Join World Champion Lumberjack Darren Hudson of Wild Axe Productions and learn the five essential skills of a lumberjack beneath the saying pines along the beautiful Barrington River. Skills building for the serious!
Climb the historic Fort Point Lighthouse for a view of Liverpool Bay and crank the foghorn like the innkeepers of olden days and imagine warning vessels in the harbour of rocky shores.
7 – Travel in time.
Travel time and hear the stories, ceremonies and practices of the Mi’kmaq at the Kejimkujik National Historic Site where you’ll discover more than 500 engravings or ‘petroglyphs’ this cherished cultural landscape.
Come and celebrate Autumn – or ‘toqa’q – a time when the birds migrated.
Study an incredible collection of artifacts discovered on the banks of the Mersey River going back 8500 years at the Sipuke’l Gallery in Liverpool and see the works of Mi’kmaq and Acadia First Nation artists from across Canada.
Visit the birthplace of the Bluenose a fishing boat that found fame as a racing schooner in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the town’s distinctive waterfront with its colourful architecture and Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
8 – Harvest a Feast
Harvest a feast at our trail of Farm Market’s from Hubbards, to Chester, to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg! It’s harvest time and the South Shore of Nova Scotia is ripe with fresh produce, baking, art and handcrafts for those early Christmas shoppers. Discover the healthy Haskap berry. Play squash for the weekend at Wile’s Lake Farm Market & Bakery near Bridgewater where the lowly squash is featured in life-size sculptures. Experience what life was like on a Nova Scotia family farm over 100 years ago at Ross Farm Museum and visit Rosewood Cottage, the original family homestead.
9- Get Away to Golf
Grab your golf clubs and discover ocean views dotted by sailboats and yachts on the fairways of Chester Golf Club. Spectacular views of the Lunenburg waterfront are yours when golfing the hills of Bluenose Golf Club. Find challenge and reward at the Graham Cooke-designed Osprey Ridge Golf Club in scenic Pine Grove. Golf the small greens, narrow fairways amid the strong sea breezes of White Point Golf Club at a beachside resort community. Crisp cool weather, clear skies and beautiful course conditions all make fall a great time to golf and by now your golf game is in top form right?!
Everyone knows that Nova Scotia is world-famous for our lobster and that it is a must-try while visiting. From a traditional lobster dinner at the Shore Club in Hubbards, to a lobster boil in Peggy’s Cove, lobster rolls at Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack in Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, or lobster beer at Saltbox Brewing Company.
But the best time of year when Nova Scotia lobster is harvested fresh from the Atlantic Ocean, and is the most abundant and has the best flavor – is from November till May. And if you haven’t eaten fresh lobster in Nova Scotia, then you be sure to mark your calendar – each February, when Nova Scotia’s South Shore Lobster Crawl Festival offers lobster lovers an abundance of lobster-infused events.
For all the latest festivals, events and attractions along the South Shore visit novascotia.com/southshore.