Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

You know what they say… when you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yarmouth lies at the intersection of two founding cultures in Nova Scotia, and the seaport is a launching point for travels into French-speaking Acadie and English-speaking communities founded by settlers known as the Planters.

But before you head off, explore Yarmouth, home to the biggest fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada. Its hundreds of sea captain homes built between 1850 and 1900 stand as reminders of the wealth the ocean has long offered to those tough enough to ply the waters. And the best place to ponder that sea is the Cape Forchu lightstation – the views, picnic grounds and hiking trails have earned it distinction as one of Canada’s greatest public spaces.

The Acadian shore is home to communities with roots over 400 years deep. Though history hasn’t always been kind to them – the Acadians were caught between France and England as they fought for control over Atlantic Canada - their identity is still very strong, and you can marinate yourself in the culture, traditions… and food. 

Not To Be Missed Experiences

  • Immerse yourself in Acadian culture and food at Rendez-vou de la Baie and Le Village historique de la Nouvelle Ecosse
  • Forage for delicacies in the forest with a naturalist and cook your bounty at Trout Point Lodge
  • Visit living wharfs for a hands-on opportunity to experience the tools & skills of the fishery and hear tall tales from our fishermen
  • Get your hands in the sand and dig for clams with locals at Belliveau Cove
  • Get the feel of a working fishing dock inside the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum

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