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Liverpool (Nova Scotia)

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Liverpool (Nova Scotia)

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Liverpool, the "Port of the Privateers"[1] is a small town in Queens County located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Established in 1759, Liverpool was once known as Ogomikigeak (dry sandy place) and Ogukegeok (place of departure) by the Mi'kmaq. Samuel de Champlain later named the harbour Port Rossignol after a captain who was using the harbour for fur trading. The expulsion of the Acadians set the stage for New England Planters to found Liverpool. Initially sympathetic to the cause of the American Revolution, residents eventually "rebelled against the rebellion" after American Privateers repeatedly attacked local shipping, even the town itself. The golden age of the Liverpool Privateer had begun. During the remainder of the American Revolution, through the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, Liverpool privateer vessels preyed on enemy ships in the West Indies and North Atlantic.

An important harbour for timber export, ship building and fishing, Liverpool enjoyed a comfortable existence until the mid-19th Century. The new star of the ship building world, steel, ruined Liverpool's wooden ship industry.

Prohibition in the United States allowed Liverpool to become a rum running centre in the 1920's. The town's fortunes were further bolstered with the 1929 completion of the Mersey Paper Company in Brooklyn and a new era dawned in the town.

Today Liverpool is part of the larger Region of Queens Municipality and enjoys a thriving festival season. Surrounded by quiet, unspoiled white sand beaches and protected wilderness, Liverpool makes a great year round hub for travellers looking for good food, culture and nature activities.

Get in

Liverpool is located halfway between Yarmouth and Halifax on Highway 103 on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. By car From Halifax, get on Highway 102 North (Bayers Rd.), then take Exit 1A toward Highway 3/Highway 333/Peggy's Cove/South Shore/Yarmouth. Merge onto Highway 103 West, then get off at Exit 19. For a longer, more scenic drive, take the Lighthouse Route (Highway 3), which goes along the coast and directly through Liverpool.

Get around

While there is no public transportation in Liverpool, many attractions are accessible by foot. There are several taxi companies in the area.

See & Do

  • Watch the seals basking on the rocks at Kejimkujik National Park - Seaside[2].
  • Visit the Hank Snow Country Music Centre[3] - live music on Wednesday afternoons in July and August at the old Railway Station.
  • Toot the horn at Fort Point Lighthouse. Built in 1855, it was here that brave Liverpudlians defended their town and trade from all manners of privateers and agressors. Later in times of peace, the lighthouse cast a welcoming light, bidding safe entry to the harbour. Maritime and privateering history is enacted by costumed intepreters. Visitors can watch a presentation by the son of a previous lightkeeper, enjoy the tranquil, tree lined picnic park witha scenic view of Coffin Island Lighthouse, or browse in the gift shop. Lighthouse open mid-May to mid-October.
  • Get sand in your shoes when you take a relaxing stroll on one of Queens County's numerous pristine white sand beaches. Carter's Beach, located on Exit 21 off Route 3 in Southwest Port Mouton is hidden away but worth the effort to find. Uncrowded and unspoiled, the beach leads to clear Caribbean green water.
  • Dip your paddles in one of the hundreds of lakes around the County. Hike the wilderness in the surrounding areas. Cast a line and catch a smallmouth bass. Queens County has one of the highest percentages of protected wilderness parks and nature reserves in Nova Scotia.
  • Join the party in July as Liverpool celebrates Privateer Days[4]. Firworks, music, crafts, historic tours and encampment, and graveyard tours all pay tribute to the town's rich heritage.
  • Chat with a ghost at the Perkins House Museum[5]. Perkins House is the oldest house in the Nova Scotia Museum collection. This charming example of a Cape Cod was built in 1766 for Simeon Perkins, a native of Connecticut. He came to Nova Scotia in 1762 during the Planter migration, participated in privateering, and soon became one of Liverpool's leading citizens. Among the many features of this graceful old home is the Perkins Diary, Simeon's 40-year testimonial to colonial life in Liverpool. Interactive ghost holograms are the lastest feature in this must-see!






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