Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is located at the southwest end of Nova Scotia, Canada, and offers travelers a variety of coastal and backwoods experiences, gourmet dining, vacation packages, and travel deals.
Everywhere you go you'll discover the hospitality of a region unlike any other in Atlantic Canada. Pass through the Pubnicos and be welcomed to the oldest Acadian settlement in the world. Travel along the scenic coastline of Argyle and the colourful French Acadian shore of Clare as the sea unfolds before you. Wander through Yarmouth and enjoy museums, restaurants and shopping in a truly historic port town. Visit Kemptville and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, the largest protected wild area in the Atlantic provinces. The Yarmouth & Acadian Shores region is a rich blend of heritage, culture and community spirit. A place where the sea influences all aspects of life, and Acadian warmth beckons you to extend your stay.
Many other scenic routes including old Hwy 1 and old Hwy 3.
The Green Shuttle
Atlantic Canada's first Eco-Friendly Shuttle Service offering shuttle service between Yarmouth and Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Service 7 days a week. http://www.greenshuttle.ca
Cloud Nine Shuttle
Yarmouth to Halifax/Dartmouth, operating on the #101 and #103 highways and points en route. Also parcel pickups and deliveries. Service 7 days a week.
The Cat, 58 Water Street, Phone: +1 902 742-6800, The Cat Ferry. (Catamaran), "North America's fastest car ferry" is located on Water Street in downtown Yarmouth. The ferry provides service to and from Bar Harbor and PortlandMaine between May 31 and October 12, 2009. Between May 31- July 3, 2009 and September 8 - October 12, 2009 there is service 6 days a week, excluding Wednesdays. July 4- September 7, 2009 there is service 7 days a week, with Bar Harbor sailings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday and Portland sailings all other days.
Tobeatic Wilderness & Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere
Spanning parts of 5 counties, the Tobeatic Wilderness Area remains the largest wild area in the Maritimes. Unique barren and semi-barren landscapes with outstanding undisturbed glacial landforms characterize the area, including esker fields, moraines, kettles and outwash plains. It protects remote and undisturbed wildlife habitat, protects expansive wetlands, pockets of old-growth pine and hemlock forest, and the headwaters of 9 major river systems flowing to both the Atlantic and Fundy coasts.
Taken together with the neighbouring Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site the Tobeatic Wilderness Area forms the central core of an expansive protected landscape within interior southwestern Nova Scotia.The Tobeatic Wilderness Area contributes significantly biodiversity protection in Nova Scotia. An historic refuge for wildlife, today the Tobeatic Wilderness Area protects native biodiversity, with undisturbed wildlife habitat for many species, including a small but provincially significant remnant native Nova Scotia moose population, healthy and abundant black bear, and a re-introduced population of American marten.
A Brief History of the Tobeatic by Andy Smith
In the late 1930s, Chief Sanctuary Warden, Chester Gray of Kemptville, Yarmouth Co., led Burton Spiller, a writer for the American magazine Field & Stream, on a 10-day fishing trip into the newly created Tobeatic Game Sanctuary. In his account of the trip, Spiller described portaging his canoe in the area of Siskech Lake:
"I was struggling along . . . when I suddenly heard a great organ playing. The sound came from somewhere before me and I went on eagerly, for organ music has a strange power to stir my soul. Presently I found myself in a great cathedral. Towering hemlock trunks rose all around me, stretching upward of fifty - sixty - seventy feet to where the lofty and interwoven branches barred the sunlight. Among these branches the winds stirred, and the effect was one of celestial music. Soft, resonant, deep, it sang of a time when God walked in the cool of the forest. Then as the wind played upon muted pipes, the chorus rose, full, swelling, triumphant, a mighty diapason of sound that held me breathless." [Burton L. Spiller, Fishin' Around, New York: Winchester Press, 1974, p. 53.]
Sea Captain's Home Heritage Walk, Town of Yarmouth, . In Yarmouth, clustered from Albert Street through to Parade Street. Yarmouth is home to 400 sea captain's homes, built between 1850 and 1900. These impressive homes testify to the area's rich heritage as a seasport. Architectural styles include: second empire, Greek revival, Queen Anne revival, Gothic revival, Georgian, Italianate, vernacular and eclectic.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, . The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch brings the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of Nova Scotia to the world. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the only provincial art gallery in Canada to have a satellite branch. Its establishment helps to make art more accessible across the province and bring the visual arts and Nova Scotians together.
Cape Forchu, ☎ 902-742-4522, . This stunning lighthouse sits atop a 17 acre park. Facilities include: museum, tea room, 2 gift shops, walking trails and look-off points. This is Nova Scotia’s 2nd most photographed lighthouse and is the Beacon to Canada. Many events take place throughout the summer.
Historic Acadian Village, Hwy 103, Exit 31 to Rte 335, south 10 km (6 mi), left on School St, right on Old Church Rd. Lower West Pubnico., ☎ 1-888-381-8999, . An historic village featuring the colourful culture of the Acadians, in the oldest Acadian region still inhabited by descendants of its founder; pre-1920s work and lifestyle; houses, fish sheds, and blacksmith shop from the 1800s; old Acadian cemetery; lighthouse dating to late 1800s. Panoramic view of beautiful Pubnico Harbour. Bilingual guides.
Sweeney Fisheries Museum, 112 Water St, Yarmouth, ☎ 902-742-3457, . he W. L. Sweeney Fisheries Museum was created by his son and daughters to tell the story of the men and women of Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Limited, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Step across the threshold and back in time. Explore the Sweeney marine heritage through unique exhibits: a simulation of a traditional fishing wharf, complete with fishing, processing and ship repair sheds, wharf decks and even a coastal freighter. Nothing is roped off in this interactive museum - come in for a unique and authentic experience, hands-on!
Argyle Township Court House & Archives, 8168 Hwy 3, Tusket, NS, ☎ 902-648-2493, . The oldest standing courthouse in Canada (a National Historic Site), built in 1805 and restored in 1982. Includes cell-block, jail-keepers’ quarters, furnished courtroom, grand jury room and judges’ chambers. Guided tours.
Yarmouth County Historical Museum & Archives, 22 Collins St., Yarmouth, NS, ☎ 902-742-5539, . Award-winning general history museum with an emphasis on Yarmouth's rich 19th-century seafaring history. Collections of china, glass, costumes, furnishings, toys, tools, musical instruments, ship portraits and models, etc. Period rooms. Archives and genealogical research centre. Next door is the Pelton-Fuller House, summer home of the "Fuller Brush Man".
Bike Route, Cape Forchu, Yarmouth, NS. The road out to Cape Forchu Lightstation twists and turns, offering dozens of spots for photographers. The route hugs the ocean, and passes through an active fishing village in John’s Cove. There are several stops to pull over and rest, or to explore the coastline. The lightstation itself at the end of the route is the 2nd most photographed in Nova Scotia. From the Visitor Information Centre in Yarmouth, turn left onto Main Street heading North. Turn left turn onto Hwy 304 south, Vancouver Street (horse statue at intersection). Turn left on Leif Erikson Dr., stay on Hwy 304 until the very end; the road ends at Cape Forchu.
Yarmouth, Wilderness, & Shelburne, . Combine a visit to the seaport of Yarmouth & Cape Forchu, with an exploration of the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, and a conclusion in Shelburne's charming 18th century historic district. Primary road is Hwy. 203. Start in Yarmouth, take the Sea Captain's Home Heritage Walk and explore Main Strret. Drive to Carleton and then Kemptville, overnight accommodation at Trout Point Lodge in East Kemptville, adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Then drive on Hwy. 203 along the border of the beautiful wilderness area, see rivers, upland bogs, and granite barrens. Conclude in Shelburne, a Loyalist town with a rich history. Overnight accommodation at Cooper's Inn.
Bike Route, Cape Forchu, Town of Yarmouth. The road out to Cape Forchu Lightstation twists and turns, offering dozens of spots for photographers. The route hugs the ocean, and passes through an active fishing village in John’s Cove. There are several stops to pull over and rest, or to explore the coastline. The lightstation itself at the end of the route is the 2nd most photographed in Nova Scotia. From the Visitor Information Centre in Yarmouth, turn left onto Main Street heading North. Turn left turn onto Hwy 304 south, Vancouver Street (horse statue at intersection). Turn left on Leif Erikson Dr., stay on Hwy 304 until the very end; the road ends at Cape Forchu.
Dining at Trout Point Lodge, 189 Trout Point Road, Kemptville, NS (off the East Branch Road off Hwy. 203), ☎ 902-761-2142, .