Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships cruise the South Shore


 Summer is sizzling along Nova Scotia’s South Shore and it’s not about to cool off. Hot on the heels of welcoming Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his family, a parade of Tall Ships from around the world kicks off what promises to be an exceptional August for vacationers to the South Shore.

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships call on the ports of Lunenburg August 10 – 12 and Shelburne August 14 – 15. Visitors to the host communities will experience warm hospitality, glorious white sandy beaches and cultural events like the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival with a UNESCO World Heritage Site as its backdrop. Shelburne, known as the Lobster Capital of Canada, will serve up a feast of festivities to honour Canada’s 150th birthday.

As the Tall Ships pull up their anchors, the East Coast Paracon Festival in Liverpool explores the mysteries of the universe from August 11 – 13 before welcoming the 27th Annual Hank Snow Tribute August 17-20. Paddles will make a splash in Shelburne at the Kayak Festival August 18 – 20.

Explorers can navigate Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route by visiting world-famous, historic lighthouses in Peggy’s Cove, Fort Point, La Have, Liverpool, Sandy Point, Sambro and at Medway Head in Port Medway before enjoying the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show and Sale at Port Medway Lighthouse Park inspired by “What a Lighthouse Seas” August 19 -27.

Throughout the area there is plenty more to experience from Farmers Markets featuring local art and artisans, fresh local berries and produce, and harvesting your own feast at Ross Farm. Or you can simply savour your way along the Sea Food Trail at Taste of Nova Scotia’s collection of award-winning restaurants for an exceptional culinary adventure.

Nova Scotians continue to enjoy stay-cations this summer alongside travellers from around the world. While basking in the attention garnered following the Prime Minister’s visit to Kejimkujik National Park Seaside and Islands Provincial Park, the Town of Lunenburg made headlines being named the Cultural Destination of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide Americas Awards based in the U.K. Lunenburg also earned a distinguished third place on the Top Ten Destinations in Canada.

Summer of 2017 is filled with celebrations and officials with South Shore Tourism Co-operative Limited suggest it’s only the beginning. “The energy and excitement here on the South Shore is growing as we realize the potential of working together to share what is special and unique about this corner of the world,” says Donna Hatt, President, South Shore Tourism Co-operative. “Other countries and provinces are discovering us and that bodes well for a growing and prosperous tourism industry, not just for the South Shore but for the entire province of Nova Scotia. Plans are well underway to bring in a spectacular Fall and Christmas Sea’son festival that will round out 2017 and give way to a new Lobster Festival in February 2018.”

More than 44 members of the South Shore Tourism Co-operative continue to work together to cross-market and promote each other’s businesses, events, cultural exhibits and adventures. As a result, the South Shore is building momentum as a growing number of travellers realize the number of things to see and experience in the area year-round.

For the latest festivals, events and attractions along the south shore please visit one of our Visitor Information Centres where you will find knowledgeable staff and our South Shore Guide 2017 or visit

For more information on the South Shore Tourism Co-operative Limited, to become a member, or to receive updates please contact the organization directly at

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South Shore Tourism Cooperative Founding Team Members include:

Donna Hatt, Chair
Marketing & Product Development Manager, White Point Beach Resort

Angela Steeves, Treasurer
General Manager, Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre

Joanne Cooper, Secretary
General Manager, Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel and Conference Centre

Stephen Workman
Business Development Manager, Ross Farms

Richard Lane
Economic Development Officer, Region of Queens Municipality

Suzy Atwood
Tourism and Community Development Officer, Municipality of the District of Barrington

Chris Abbot

Tourism & Marketing Coordinator, Town of Shelburne

Dave Waters
Economic Development Officer, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
Darren Shupe
Manager of Community & Economic Development, Shelburne