South Shore and Annapolis Valley

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  • 1. 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...Read More

  • 2. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic


    Flanked by sailing ships and painted a brilliant red, this museum on the Lunenburg waterfront strikes a dazzling pose, and the exhibits and...Read More

  • 3. Port Royal National Historic Site

    Historic District/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...Read More

  • 4. 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...Read More

  • 5. 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...Read More

  • 6. Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market


    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...Read More

  • 7. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens


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

  • 8. Archelaus Smith Museum

    Cape Sable Island | 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 and...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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...Read More

  • 12. Black Loyalist Heritage Site

    Birchtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Cape Forchu Lighthouse

    Cape Forchu | 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, scoring...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. DesBrisay Museum


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

  • 16. Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia


    A good rainy-day destination, this museum recounts the history of fire fighting in the province through photographs, uniforms, and other artifacts...Read More

  • 17. Fort Anne National Historic Site

    Military 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

  • 18. Fort Edward National Historic Site

    Historic District/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...Read More

  • 19. Fort Point Lighthouse Park


    The Port of the Privateers exhibit inside this structure—one of Canada's oldest surviving lighthouses—recounts its decades of stalwart service...Read More

  • 20. Grand Pré National Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    Added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2012, this site commemorates the expulsion of the Acadians by the British in 1755. The tragic...Read More

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