South Shore and Annapolis Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in South Shore and Annapolis Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Acadia University Art Gallery

  • Museum/Gallery

Temporary exhibitions here are devoted to established and up-and-coming artists, and there's a permanent collection strong on maritime...

Admiral Digby Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The town, county, and this museum are named for Britain's Rear Admiral Robert Digby, who during the American Revolution helped evacuate...

Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market

  • Market/Bazaar

On Saturday mornings from 8 to 1 mid-May through mid-October and on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 in July and August, the best place in Annapolis...

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Like everything else in this town, the plants here are a blast from the past—17 heritage-themed acres represent different eras and...

Archelaus Smith Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum, named for an early New England settler, is worth a visit. It recaptures late-1700s life with household items such as quilts...

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Western Branch)

  • Museum/Gallery

This is the gallery's satellite location. As with the flagship in Halifax, this one is housed in a heritage building and has a broad...

Barrington museums

  • Museum/Gallery

The town of Barrington, on the mainland side of the Cape Sable Island Causeway, has several old buildings along Highway 3 that are worth...

Big and Little Tancook islands

  • Island

Out in Mahone Bay, 8 km (5 miles) out from Chester, these scenic islands have trails for hiking and biking, and provide great bird-watching...

Black Loyalist Heritage Site

  • Museum/Gallery

When Shelburne's population exploded after the Revolutionary War, Black Loyalists were relegated to land 7 km (4½ miles) northwest of...

Cape Forchu Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

It isn't the South Shore's most photogenic lighthouse—the one at Peggy's Cove wins that award—but this one finishes a close second,...