Things To Do - Attractions

Attractions

Escape to Southern Nova Scotia and discover a truly unique experience. From the longest golf season in Nova Scotia, to the numerous seaside festivities and the beauty of surrounding woodland, beaches and walking trails, Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is one of the best kept secrets of Nova Scotia. Take your time and visit some of the local attractions.

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Acadian Museum and Research Centre in West Pubnico

A unique experience in an authentic Acadian community founded in 1653. Discover Acadian history and culture through collections of artifacts and an Acadian homestead built c. 1864. Features include: an aboiteau (300 year-old Acadian drainage system),... Read More

West Pubnico
Phone: (902) 762-3380 
Web Site: www.museeacadien.ca

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch continues to bring 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... Read More

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 749-2248 
Web Site: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

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Cape Forchu Lightstation

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... Read More

Cape Forchu
Phone: (902) 742-4522 
Web Site: www.capeforchulight.com

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Église Ste-Anne Church

?glise Ste-Anne Church is the oldest Acadian parish on mainland Nova Scotia. A municipally registered heritage property, the architecture and decor of ?glise Ste-Anne Church speaks eloquently of local faith and artisanship. In 1999, a painting of the... Read More

Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau
Web Site: www.eglisesainteannechurch.com

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Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse

In this early 1900s Acadian village, situated on a beautiful 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour, experience a language, culture and way of life that has thrived along this shore for more than 350 years. Be welcomed into our homes, experience our... Read More

Lower West Pubnico
Phone: (902) 762-2530 
Web Site: www.acadianvillage.museum.gov.ns.ca

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Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de recherche

A unique experience in an authentic Acadian community founded in 1653. Discover Acadian history and culture through collections of artifacts and an Acadian homestead built c. 1864. Features include: an aboiteau (300 year-old Acadian drainage system),... Read More

Lower West Pubnico
Phone: (902) 762-3380 
Web Site: www.museeacadien.ca

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Musée Eglise Sainte-Marie Church Museum

The largest wooden church in North America--the steeple reaches 185 feet (56.4 m) above the ground. It was built over a period of two years, from 1903 to 1905. Since the year 2000 this breathtaking structure is also a registered museum. It houses two... Read More

Church Point
Phone: (902) 769-2832 
Web Site: www.museeeglisesaintemariemuseum.ca

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Th'YARC

Th'yarc (the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre) is the largest multi-function performance centre in southwestern Nova Scotia. Th'yarc presents both professional and amateur artists, including dramas, comedies and musicals. The centre consists of a 343 soft... Read More

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-8150 
Web Site: www.yarcplayhouse.com

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W.L. Sweeney Fisheries Museum

The 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... Read More

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-3457 
Web Site: www.sweeneyfisheriesmuseum.ca

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Yarmouth County Museum & Archives

Award-winning general history museum with an emphasis on Yarmouth's seafaring history. Collections of china, glass, costumes, furnishings, toys, tools, musical instruments, ship portraits and models, etc. Period rooms. Archives and genealogical research... Read More

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-5539 
Web Site: www.yarmouthcountymuseum.ednet.ns.ca

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Acadian Cemetery & Chapel

This site commemorates the location where a group of Acadians, fleeing the Expulsion, arrived in 1755. It is also the site of the first Acadian cemetery of Saint Mary's Bay, used as a burial ground until 1786. The Little Chapel, with its statue of the... Read More

Major's Point
Phone: (902) 837-4416 

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Argyle Historical Baptist Church

The Argyle Historical Baptist Church was built c. 1877, and is representative of rural Protestant Churches erected by the Planters. This particular location is significant, in that genealogical records and fieldstones in the accompanying graveyard date... Read More

Argyle

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Argyle Township Court House & Archives

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.

Tusket
Phone: (902) 648-2493 
Web Site: www.argylecourthouse.com

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Collins Heritage Conservation District

The Collins Heritage Conservation District delivers a strong reminder of the Yarmouth's prosperous past and prominence during the "Age of Sail" as a major center of shipping. The majority of residences within the district (31 in total) were built for... Read More

Yarmouth
Web Site: www.yarmouthheritage.org

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Église Sacre-Cœur Church

Sacred Heart Church sits atop a hill and its steeple can be seen from both ends of the village. It has splendid panoramic view of St. Mary's Bay. This beautifully kept historic wooden church was built c. 1880. Bilingual guides in Jul & Aug.

Saulnierville
Phone: (902) 769-2113 

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Église Saint Alphonse Church

L'église Saint-Alphonse (1921) est un lieu de culte spécial à cause de la simplicité de sa construction et du travail d'artisans locaux qui ont construit l'autel et la grotte en bois. Les côtés de l'autel sont décorés de murales peintes... Read More

Saint-Alphonse

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Église Saint Bernard Church

This church, built over a span of 32 years (1910-1942) is a testament to the determination and coordinated efforts of farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen. The three foot thick granite block walls gives it a unique style. Musique Saint-Bernard concerts are... Read More

Saint-Bernard
Phone: (902) 837-5687 

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Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia

Rare collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia, including one of Canada's oldest steam pumpers, an 1863 Amoskeag; examples of almost every type of fire engine ever used in Nova Scotia; many smaller items e.g. antique toy fire engines.

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-5525 
Web Site: www.firefighters.museum.gov.ns.ca

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Killam Brothers Shipping Office

During Yarmouth's golden age of sail Killam Brothers Shipping Office prospered, playing a major role in Yarmouth's financial growth. Visit a mid-1800s shipping office, largely unchanged since the Killam Brothers ran their fleet of sailing vessels from... Read More

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-5539 
Web Site: www.yarmouthcountymuseum.ednet.ns.ca

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Old Acadian Cemetery, Église St.-Pierre / St. Peter's Church

The old Acadian Cemetery of St. Peter's Church is the burial ground for some of the early Acadian settlers who returned to Nova Scotia after their expulsion in 1755.

Lower West Pubnico
Phone: (902) 762-2530 
Web Site: www.multiculturaltrails.ca

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Pelton-Fuller House

Welcome to the summer home of the Fuller-Brush man! This Victorian home (c. 1895) features period-furnished rooms, costumes and memorabilia of the "Fuller Brush Man" and his company. This is the only "sea-captain" home in Yarmouth open to the public.

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-5539 
Web Site: www.yarmouthcountymuseum.ednet.ns.ca

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Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Center

This Visitor Centre, located on the campus of Université Ste-Anne in Church Point, is a vibrant hub of activity where residents, students and visitors meet. Situated under the bright red roof, the Centre houses an artist run gallery "Le Trécarré", a... Read More

Church Point
Phone: (902) 769-2345 
Web Site: www.rendezvousdelabaie.com

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Rocco Point Chapel & Trail

A .5km trail located at Rocco Point (est. 1784), site of the first Acadian Mass celebrated post-deportation. Points of interest include a chapel, Stations of the Cross and a boardwalk leading to an observation deck. Rocco Point is an especially rich... Read More

Ste. Anne-Du Ruisseau

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Southwest Nova Scotia Genealogy Circuit

The Southwest Nova Scotia Genealogy Circuit is a partnership of 13 archives and research facilities in Southwestern Nova Scotia. As the first part of North America to be permanently settled by Europeans, many present-day American and Canadian citizens... Read More

All of Yarmouth and Acadian Shores
Web Site: www.swnsroots.com

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The Marble Lady

The Marble Lady, commemorating the life of Margaret Lindsay McNaught Webster, is located at the Town Point Cemetery in Chebogue. At this location the first English-speaking setters in Yarmouth County arrived on June 9, 1761. Many of Yarmouth's founding... Read More

Chebogue

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Université Sainte-Anne

Imagine studying French while being totally immersed in the language and culture! The Universit? Sainte-Anne French Immersion Program affords students that exact opportunity; by eating, sleeping, studying, working and playing in French 24 hours a day,... Read More

Church Point
Phone: (902) 769-2114 
Web Site: www.usainteanne.ca

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Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum

A museum and interpretive centre, featuring mementos and pictures from the 1930s to the '70s of the Sport Tuna Fishing Capital of the World. Fishing exhibits, fish tank, touch tank, Acadian history, Wedgeport general history & videos. Nature trail.

Lower Wedgeport
Phone: (902) 663-4345 
Web Site: www.wedgeporttunamuseum.com

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Western Counties Regional Library

Records are found principally at Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne branch libraries. Records available include: Cemetery records, Census, Church Registers, Deeds, Directories, Family Histories, Genealogy Handbooks & Manuals, Land Grants, Newspapers, Parish... Read More

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-2486 
Web Site: www.westerncounties.ca

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Yarmouth Family History Centre - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

A repository for genealogical information regarding residents of Yarmouth & Acadian Shores.

Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 434-6836 

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