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Northumberland Shore Region

With more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada, this shore is a beach bum’s paradise. This fantastic climate also lends itself well to the local wine industry, which is anchored by Jost Vineyards, the province’s oldest and largest winery. Not surprisingly, fresh local lobster is a food of choice for the region and is available at restaurants throughout.

Abundant in history and culture, the Northumberland Shore has long been a welcoming place for visitors and immigrants alike. Explore the Town of Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.” Step aboard the legendary Ship Hector replica at the Hector Heritage Quay and imagine what it was like for the many Scottish immigrants who voyaged across the Atlantic Ocean. Or, be amazed by displays of strength and agility at the Antigonish Highland Games.

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Culinary Experiences

Restaurants that Feature Fresh, Local Ingredients

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    Outdoor Adventures

    • Cape George Hiking Trail & Lighthouse: A Looping trail with 3 trail heads, leading you along the coast through meadows and old-growth forests to cliffs with panoramic views of St. George’s Bay and the lighthouse.
    • Rockhounding at Arisaig Provincial Park:  Looking for fossils, some dating back 400 million years, in the layered Sedimentary rock along the shore.  Take pictures, not fossils. 
    • Mountain Bike at Keppoch Mountain: Offering 15 km network of mountain bike trails for all levels, ranging from 0.5 to 5 km.  
    • Cycling at Trenton Park: Mountain bike a 6.5 km trail through hemlock stands and past a beaver colony and stocked ponds in one of the largest recreation parks in Nova Scotia. 
    • Birding on the Wallace Bay Wildlife Trail: Pack your field guide as over 168 species of birds have been recorded here.  Nature trails wind through wetlands, woodlands and open fields. 
    • Cycle oceanside roads: Grab your bike and head out for a quiet, relatively flat oceanside cycle. Download Route maps and GPS coordinates

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    Cultural Entertainment

    • Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, Antigonish: Professional live theatre all summer long. 
    • Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow: Home to the New Glasgow Jubilee and year round events.  
    • Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery is an independent book shop and family experience owned by award-winning author and storyteller Sheree Fitch. Visitors can picnic, share stories, discover books, peek into Mabel Murple's "house", meet Willow the donkey and other animals on the magical hobby farm "Happy Doodle Do".
    • Loch Broom Log ChurchExplore the replica of the first church built in Pictou County where summertime tours are conducted in Gaelic and English, just like the church masses were in 1787.

    Northumberland Shore Communities

    Amherst Antigonish New Glasgow PictouPugwashTatamagouche

    Sunrise Trail

    Navigate through the heart of Scottish culture to the original heartbeat of industry in Nova Scotia. 
    The Sunrise Trail runs from rolling farmland to coastal villages to hard-working towns – with more than a few lobsters and blueberries in between.