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About Yarmouth

Yarmouth is definitely the place to visit in Nova Scotia. Yarmouth and the sorrounding Digby and Shelburne make the rich financial, business, education,and lifestyle centre in the South West of Nova Scotia. The city is known for its unique tradition, history and French maritime atmosphere. What makes Yarmouth a special place is the Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Killam Bros. Shipping Office dated back to the 19th Century.

Water sports lovers and beach enthusiasts will find the place very amusing. The nearby Mavillette and Port Maitland beaches with magnificent view at the rolling ocean tides will take your breath away. Yarmouth’s port is world famous for one of the largest lobster fishing grounds and is vital to Yarmouth's history and development. Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores have contributed a great deal for the development of Canada's most lucrative fishing industry.

Walk down the streets of Yarmouth, explore the museums, restaurants and boutiques and experience the truly historic port town.


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Cape Forchu Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Route is one of Nova Scotia’s most attractive sigths, the Cape Forchu Lightstation. It is one of the 160 lighthouses in Nova Scotia and is definitely a significant part of the culture of Nova Scotia.

W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum

Visit the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum and explore the marine heritage of Yarmouth. Enjoy the simulation of a traditional fishing wharf and other attractions. Definitely worth a visit!

Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth

Visit the Firefighters' Museum to take a fascinating look at the neat map of Yarmouth in the 19th century and compare it to today's city.


The wild side of Yarmouth

Visit  Kemptville and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, which is the largest protected wild area in the Atlantic region.

Sea Captain's Home Heritage Walk

Take the Sea Captain's Home Heritage Walk through the town of Yarmouth and admire the 400 sea captain's homes originally from the 19th Century. These homes are the symbol of Yarmouth’s rich heritage as a seasport. The architectural styles range from the second empire to the Greek revival, Queen Anne revival, Gothic revival, Georgian, Italianate, vernacular and eclectic style.



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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and explore the the art of Nova Scotia. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the only art gallery in Canada to have a satellite branch. Its helps to make art more accessible across the province and bring the visual arts and Nova Scotians together.


Historic Acadian Village near Yarmouth

Visit the historic village where you will experience the colourful culture of the Acadians. You will still meet the descendants of its founder, admire the pre-1920s works and houses, fish sheds, and the blacksmith shop from the 1800s. The old Acadian cemetery, lighthouse date to late 1800s . As you walk through the village have a look at the panoramic view of the beautiful Pubnico Harbour.


Bike Route Cape Forchu in Yarmouth

If you love cyckling you musn’t miss this opportunity. The road out to Cape Forchu Lightstation is more than just a biking path. It offers many interesting spots for photographers. The route will take you throught the coastline, fishing villages in John’s Cove. Definitely an unforgetable experience.

Yarmouth, Wilderness, & Shelburne

As you visit Yarmouth & Cape Forchu you might find the sourrounding areas very attracitve. Explore the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and the Shelburne's town from the 18th Century. Start your journey with driving to Carleton and then Kemptville, stay in Trout Point Lodge in East Kemptville. Next, take the Highway. 203 along the border of the beautiful wilderness area finish in Cooper's Inn.


Getting to and from Yarmounth

Take the Trius Lines Bus from the Rodd Colony Hotel. You can reach Yarmouth by a ferry through the port of Maine.


Weather in Yarmouth

Nova Scotia is known for its moderate climate that is the result of the sourrounding ocean. In summer and autumn it is usually sunny, although sometimes it gets very windy. Winters often turn out to be very snowy but, again, the ocean keeps temperatures moderate.


Winery of Nova Scotia

You can be surprised coming to the wine-producing regions of Northumberland Strait and Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia’s. They are the the world’s coldest grape-growing areas yet are ground to very well known world’s wine species. You should have a taste of the Innovative sparkling wines which are the Nova Scotia’s specialty and wine from Gaspereau Vineyards, Jost Vineyards and Domaine De Grand Pre. You will not regret it!


Cousine of Nova Scotia

You’ll you will never forget the taste of the local seafood. The smoked salmon and Solomon Gundy, the world famous Digby Scallops and lobster will suprise even the most demanding food passionates. Try the ethnic dish such as Lunenburg sausage served with sauerkraut or a traditional Acadian stew or fricot, or the unique texture of rappie pie.


Markets in Yarmouth

Take a journey to one of the colorful and folklore markets full of fresh produce, local wines and fine foods.


Fun facts about Yarmouth


1. Yarmouth has one of the world's largest lobster fishing grounds
2. Despite the cold weather, there is a considerable number of wineries in Canada.
3. Canada has 60 words to describe “snow” and 18 for “camel.”
4. The baseball glove was invented in 1883.
5. Canada doesn’t own the North Pole. Many people don’t realize that in fact it is not owned by any country.
6. Canada is actually home to great inventions like basketball, the electric light bulb, electric range, television, telephone, zipper and the electron microscope.
7. The world’s largest beaver can be found in Alberta at the Beaver lodge!
8. Canada has the greatest number of people who are hard water fisher. In the year 2000, anglers spent 4,489,296 days ice fishing!
9. Canada has made a significant contribution to rock and roll, beginning with “Sh-Boom” by the Crew-Cuts in 1954.h Other famous Canadian rock-and-rollers include Paul Anka, Neil Young, the Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Steppenwolf, Avril Lavigne, Rush, Bryan Adams and Barenaked Ladies
10. Many famous authors have come from Canada, including Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), and Alice Munro (Lives of Girls and Women)



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