Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Road Trip
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Road Trip
The southwestern most tip of Nova Scotia is a region renowned for its Acadian roots, colourful fishing villages and towering churches. The town of Yarmouth is the hub of this region and is home to numerous activites and attractions including beautiful beaches, galleries and artisan shops, and even a foodie walking tour which visits a number of the town's wonderful restaurants. Cultural enthusiasts will discover a bounty of local music, theatre, museums, and historic architecture throughout the region.
Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse
Situated on a beautiful 17 acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour, step back in time and discover the life, work, and culture of the Acadians in the early 1900s. Whether it’s wandering through traditional Acadian buildings, immersing yourself in hands-on activities or taking in the views around the village, there is something for everyone to discover here.
Acadian Kitchen Party at Argyler Lodge
Indulge in a chef-prepared, four-course dinner featuring Acadian and Cajun recipes that incorporate the freshest seafood and local wines perfectly as you are immersed in the Acadian culture, cuisine, and spirit, during an authentic Acadian kitchen party.
Argyle Township Court House, Argyle
Take a guided tour through Canada’s oldest standing courthouse which is also a designated National Historic Site and see the cell block, jail keeper’s quarters, courtroom, grand jury room, and judges’ chambers.
The Hatfield House
Dine in an elegant restaurant situated in a New England-style home that overlooks the Tusket River when you visit The Hatfield House. Here you’ll experience locally inspired dishes incorporating local ingredients that have been created by the head chef and his creative team.
Deep Sky Eye Observatory
Experience the beauty of the stars as you learn the basics of navigating the night sky at the Deep Sky Eye Observatory. You’ll be introduced to various constellations, planets, and even distant galaxies while discovering hidden gems in the skies above us.
East Coast Paddle Company
Explore the great outdoors from the water aboard a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with East Coast Paddle Company. It’s a fun filled way to explore the Yarmouth & Acadian region and a great way to spend those hot summer days.
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty within Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park. Stroll the woodland trails and the shoreline or try your hand at fishing in the lake for trout, chain pickerel, and Atlantic salmon. The Park is within the Starlight Designated area in Southwest Nova Scotia making is a prime spot for viewing the starry night sky.
Yarmouth Sea Captains' Homes & Mercantile Heritage Walking Tour
The grand sea captains’ homes throughout Yarmouth are a testament to the sea and the wealth it generated in this seaside town. Along this self-guided walking tour, you’ll see many beautiful examples of Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Georgian and vernacular architecture built between 1850 and 1900.
Savour the Sea Harbour tour & Wharfside Lobster Supper
This adventure is filled with food, music and stories. You’ll take a boat tour of Yarmouth Harbour while hearing stories of life at sea and clapping along to local tunes. Dine wharfside on a three-course lobster dinner prepared with local ingredients before returning to downtown Yarmouth.
Museums & Galleries, Yarmouth
Take a break and step into one of the many museums and galleries located within the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region. Learn about local history and events when you visit the Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia and the Yarmouth County Museum and discover exquisite artwork by local artists and artisans when visiting the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch and Murray Manor Art & Culture House Gallery.
Cape Forchu Lightstation
Visit Cape Forchu Lightstation, an “applecore” style lighthouse near the town of Yarmouth and explore the grounds, walking trails, and interpretive and information centre where you can learn about the history of the lighthouse. Work up an appetite? Be sure to stop in at the Keeper’s Kitchen in the Lightkeeper’s house beside the lighthouse for fish & chips or the chef’s famous lobster roll.
Visit the world’s second smallest drawbridge, located at the Sandford Wharf near Yarmouth. This drawbridge was built to connect both sides of the wharf system to allow fishermen to cross quickly and easily. Take in the view of the ocean and the fishing boats in this busy fishing community.