Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is where you can find some of the darkest and clearest skies in North America. The region is so perfectly suited for viewing the night sky that it has been designated the first Starlight Reserve in North America by The International Starlight Foundation. In 2018, AirBNB recognized Yarmouth & Acadian Shores as a trending astrotourism destination leading to strong growth in travel.
Our night skies: Totally, truly, awesome.
Top 10 Stargazing Spots in Yarmouth & Acadian Shores
Wedgeport Nature Trail
A great location to view the dark skies of Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, the newly renovated Wedgeport Nature Trail features viewing platforms for taking photos and capturing amazing views. You can even borrow a telescope from the Wedgeport Tuna Museum, located near the trail.
Located at: End of the paved road on Hwy 334 to Wedgeport
GPS Location: 43.696657, -65.983132
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
This spectacular and unique lighthouse is the second most photographed lighthouse in Nova Scotia.Explore the rugged landscape and take in the breathtaking views of the night sky. Visit the Cape Forchu Lighthouse year-round for stunning views of the night sky.
Located at: 1854 Hwy 304, Cape Forchu NS B5A 4A7
GPS Location: 43.794508, -66.154609
Trout Point Lodge
Each summer & fall Trout Point offers guided star gazing from the Lodge’s vantage as one of the best places for astronomical observation in North America, with dark & clear night time skies. Learn about our solar system, universe, and galaxy!
Located at: Trout Point Rd., East Kemptville, NS B5A 5X9
GPS Location: 44.128929, -65.739476
Photo Credit: Kristine Rose Photography
Deep Sky Eye Observatory
Have you seen the Milky Way? The Rings of Saturn? The spiral arms of distant galaxies? Come and discover the night sky the way it was meant to be seen. Located only 24 minutes from Yarmouth, in North America’s first certified Starlight Tourist Destination as designated by the Starlight Foundation.
Located at: 342 Frotten Rd., Quinan, NS B0W 3M0
GPS Location: 43.913293, -65.801112
Port Maitland Beach
A one-kilometer stretch of sand and pebble beach paired with a grassy picnic area. the nearby wharf and fishing boats are some of the favorites amongst many painters, photographers and your everyday visitors.
Located at: 3297 Shore Rd., Port Maitland
GPS Location: 43.990329, -66.152877
Photo Credit: Bill Curry Photography
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
Sit back, relax and enjoy the quiet beauty nature has to offer. Ellenwood’s shorelines are home to some of Nova Scotia’s rarest plants and the lake creates a nurturing habitat for both brown and speckled trout, chain pickerel and Atlantic Salmon.
Located at: 1888 Mood Rd., Yarmouth, NS B5A 4A8
GPS Location: 43.925276, -65,995854
Enjoy the night-sky by the sea with a relaxing visit to the Argyler Lodge. An ideal spot for your vacation in Yarmouth & Acadian Shores with a welcoming atmosphere and delicious dining options.
Located at: 52 Ye Olde Argyler Rd, Lower Argyle
GPS Location: 43.737238, -65.836337
Comeau's Hill Beach
A small, secluded beach on the Atlantic ocean that is a great place for everyone. It is adjacent to the Tusket Islands and is one of the few places where the island chain can be seen from land.
Located at: 1972-2238 Comeau’s Hill Rd.
GPS Location: 43.685116, -66.023960
Pinkney's Point Beach
A long, narrow beach covered in pebbles and sand, featuring a beautiful view of the ocean and sunsets. A great location for a fun-filled day with your family, friends and pets.
Located at: Cooks Beach Rd.
GPS Location: 43.735144, -66.079916
Pubnico Point Trail
A beautiful nature trail, surrounded by a sea of windmills. Walk along the boardwalks, take-in the view of the surrounding ocean, streams and rivers, and connect with the nature around you.
Located at: 2200 Hwy 335, Pubnico
GPS Location: 43.595816, -65.798997