South Shore and Annapolis Valley

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  • 1. Black Loyalist Heritage Site


    When Shelburne's population exploded after the Revolutionary War, Black Loyalists were relegated to land 7 km (4½ miles) northwest of town. The community they created—Birchtown,...Read More

  • 2. Domaine de Grand Pré

    With award-winning vintages and sigh-inducing Fundy views, a stop at Domaine de Grand Pré is doubly pleasing. Vineyard tours and tastings are offered twice daily,...Read More

  • 3. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

    Flanked by sailing ships and painted a brilliant red, this museum on the Lunenburg waterfront strikes a dazzling pose. An aquarium features 14 tanks with...Read More

  • 4. Kejimkujik National Park

    You'll have to veer inland to see this 381-square-km (147-square-mile) national park, which is about halfway between the Atlantic and Fundy coasts. The Mi'Kmaq used...Read More

  • 5. Port Royal National Historic Site

    Downriver from Annapolis Royal is this reconstruction of Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain's fur-trading post. The French set up shop here in 1605—two...Read More

  • 6. Acadia University Art Gallery

    Temporary exhibitions here are devoted to established and up-and-coming artists, and there's a permanent collection strong on maritime and Inuit art, works on paper, and...Read More

  • 7. Admiral Digby Museum

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

  • 8. Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market

    On Saturday morning from 8 to 1 mid-May through mid-October and also on Wednesday from 10 to 2 in July and August, the best place...Read More

  • 9. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

    Like everything else in this town, the plants here are a blast from the past—17 heritage-theme acres represent different eras and include a glorious Victorian...Read More

  • 10. Archelaus Smith Museum

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

  • 11. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Western Branch)

    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 mandate,...Read More

  • 12. Barrington museums


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

  • 13. Big and Little Tancook Islands

    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 and...Read More

  • 14. Cape Forchu Lighthouse

    Cape Forchu

    It isn't the South Shore's most photogenic lighthouse—the one at Peggy's Cove wins that award—but this one scores points for its dramatic vistas and the...Read More

  • 15. Church Point Lighthouse and Le Petit Bois

    A faithful replica of the former lighthouse and keeper's quarters not only offers incredible views and information panels, it's also staffed by a marine biology...Read More

  • 16. deGarthe Memorial


    A local artist carved the striking 100-foot deGarthe Memorial, a bas-relief carved from local granite. The memorial commemorates fishermen who...Read More

  • 17. DesBrisay Museum

    Artifacts dating back to the mid-19th century, including rare photographs of local shops, factories, and shipyards, are among the holdings of this museum of Lunenburg...Read More

  • 18. Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia

    A good rainy-day destination, this museum recounts the history of firefighting in the province through photographs, uniforms, and other artifacts, including vintage hose wagons, ladder...Read More

  • 19. Fort Anne National Historic Site

    Gazing over the grassy knolls, it's hard to believe that this fort qualifies as the "most attacked spot in Canadian history" or that those knolls...Read More

  • 20. Fort Edward National Historic Site

    Despite a devastating fire in 1897, some evidence of Windsor's earliest days remains at Fort Edward, which, dating from 1750, is the oldest blockhouse in...Read More

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