Shelburn, Nova Scotia

Introduction to Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Shelburne is off the beaten track and all the better for it, with a wealth of opportunities for exploration. Canoe the lakes and river, go bird-watching, discover the historic waterfront, try one of the seafood restaurants, or sail the harbour.

One of Canada’s best undiscovered towns, Shelburne is a real hidden gem. Affectionately known as the Lobster Capital of Canada, there is so much to see, do and experience in Shelburne, you may never want to leave.

The inviting white sand beaches, rugged, rocky coastline and dense forests beg to be explored, while the lakes, rivers and vast ocean lend themselves to a whole host of water sports including canoeing, surfing and sailing. Back on land, there are plenty of other activities to try, including golf, trekking and bird watching.

When you’re done, head into town to wander the picturesque streets lined with traditional wooden buildings, and grab a bite to eat at some of the areas finest restaurants, which serve a range of cuisine including delicious locally sourced lobster and other seafood.

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HARBOUR CRUISE

  • Discover the beautiful rugged shorelines of Shelburne
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Canadian sea-life
  • Sit back and relax on a luxurious 44-foot trawler

 


 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
  • Discover the beautiful rugged shorelines of Shelburne
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Canadian sea-life
  • Sit back and relax on a luxurious 44-foot trawler

Experience the overwhelming charm and beauty of the small Nova Scotian seaport of Shelburne on this harbour adventure. Board the MV Brown Eyed Girl, a 44-foot Marine Trader trawler for an unforgettable tour of beautiful Shelburne Harbour and the Historic Waterfront.

Your cruise begins at Shelburne Harbour Marina, and during your journey you can admire the impressive light house. If you are lucky you may even spot sea birds, seals, harbour porpoises and whales which sometimes visit the area.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that we cannot guarantee the sightings of any wildlife, as the creatures are in their natural free environment. Unfortunately the boat is not suitable for wheelchair users as there is a step to negotiate to board. Warm clothing and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended. The boat does have some cover. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. The captain will give historical and descriptive commentary throughout the boat ride. Don’t forget your camera and an umbrella for the Atlantic mists that may arise!
 


Lunenburg, Shelburne

HISTORIC LUNENBURG

  • Uncover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg
  • Enjoy this charming scenic waterfront town

 

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
  • Uncover the UNESCO World Heritage Site
    of Lunenburg
  • Enjoy this charming scenic waterfront town

Founded in 1753, Lunenburg is one of Nova Scotia’s most historic towns and a splendid example of a British Colonial Settlement.

After a drive of approximately 75 minutes, you arrive in this picturesque waterfront town. Your guide will entertain you with intriguing tales of shipbuilding, fishing, rum running, and even the buried treasure of Oak Island, all part of the local lore. You can also enjoy the Lunenburgers’ unique accent –no doubt the result of their Swiss and German forebears (German was spoken here well into the 1800’s).

During your visit, you will have some free time to explore the area independently, perhaps to visit the Fisheries Museum of The Atlantic (at your own expense), where the Bluenose II, a replica of Nova Scotia’s famous racing schooner of the 1920’s, was built in 1963. Known as the Ambassador of Nova Scotia, the ‘Bluenose I’ graces the Canadian dime, and, when not offering tours from the Halifax waterfront, can be found docked here at her home wharf.

Before returning to Shelburne, enjoy a stop in Mahone Bay, famous for its three waterfront churches.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The majority of walking on this tour is during the period of free time, and therefore at your own discretion, however it should be noted that the town of Lunenburg is situated on a hill, therefore inclines will be encountered. Please note that meals or refreshments are NOT included in the cost of this tour, however snacks can be purchased in restaurants or cafés in Lunenburg (at your own expense).
 


SHELBURNE WALKING TOUR

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Shelburne
  • Discover the fascinating history of this town
  • See how everyday items were made by the early Loyalists

 


 

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Shelburne
  • Discover the fascinating history of this town
  • See how everyday items were made by the early Loyalists

This tour offers you the chance to explore the world the way it was in early Shelburne and to experience the lifestyle of early Loyalist settlers.

Shelburne is nestled on the third finest natural harbour in the world and was once the fourth largest community in North America when, in 1783 approximately 3,000 United Empire Loyalists arrived on ships from New York City, and the population quickly grew to more than 10,000.

Begin your tour with a visit to the Ross-Thomson House, which has the oldest restored store in North America. Continue to the Shelburne Country Museum, which houses the oldest fire pumper in North America, before proceeding to the J.C. Williams Dory Shop, where you can witness the art of dory (small boat) making.

Your walk continues down to the waterfront Heritage District, which retains an aura of the 18th century. A visit to the restored Historic District is a must for you to enjoy the uniqueness of this special seaport town. The waterfront was the setting for the movie The Scarlet Letter in 1994, starring Demi Moore and Robert Duvall.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This is primarily a walking tour, covering uneven and hilly ground and approximately 100 steps will be encountered; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes and to wear warm outer wear.
 


Cape Forchu Lightstation, Yarmouth

YARMOUTH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the beautiful town of Yarmouth
  • Discover the historic Country Museum
  • Sample delicious Canadian refreshments

 

Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Explore the beautiful town of Yarmouth
  • Discover the historic Country Museum
  • Sample delicious Canadian refreshments

Uncover the charming town on Yarmouth on this sightseeing tour.

Travelling approximately 60 minutes by coach along the scenic rugged Atlantic coastline, you will discover Yarmouth, a quaint town and fishing port with a long history of shipbuilding and lobster catching.

Yarmouth is known for some of the most exuberant examples of Victorian house styles in the Maritimes, a legacy of the wealthy captains and ship owners of the town’s seafaring Golden Age. Visit the heritage district, which preserves several blocks of these residences, including the Fuller Brush Home.

At Yarmouth County Museum, housed in a former granite church, you can enjoy refreshments before continuing to the waterfront where you can view historic warehouses which survived from the sailing era, including the Killam Brothers Building. Drive along Main Street, which is marked by several distinctive Victorian commercial buildings, including  the turreted Yarmouth Block Building. See the largest building in the town built in the 1970’s - the Rodd Grand Hotel. It is built on the site of the original Grand Hotel, a Second Empire Hotel, which was the town’s landmark for many years.

Your concluding visit is to an icon of Yarmouth Harbour – the large Cape Forchu Lightstation, which is located a few kilometres from the headland of Cape Forchu; the peninsula that guards Yarmouth Harbour. The tall “apple-core” style structure is a notable example of a modernist-style light tower.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven and hilly ground. There are approximately 100 steps to negotiate, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes and bring a jumper or jacket.


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