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Shelburne is the place you want to be this summer! A gem of a place in the heart of Nova Scotia's South Coast. this charming harbourside town has a grand selection of immaculately preserved 18th century houses and public buildings, the harbour plays host each summer to hundreds of local and visiting sailboats of every size and is also the site this year of the National Albacore Racing Regatta.

Harbour Tours leave the marina three times daily, including a sunset cruise and some on-board kitchen parties. The town is host in September to the annual Whirligig & Weathervane Festival - the 1st of its kind in North America!

Canada's history comes alive here, with the largest historical re-enacting group in the maritimes, who produce and present historical spectacles during mid-summer Founders' Days. In addition to three museums in Shelburne, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown features historical records of the hundreds of black families who migrated to Nova Scotia following the American Revolution, making the area the largest settlement of free blacks in the world.

With more restaurants and cafes per capita than most places in the world, Shelburne is a terrific place to sit, eat, drink and enjoy the atmosphere - whether on a harbourside deck or picnic knoll, an intimate, award-winning cafe or a main street outdoor cafe.

Live music, dance and theatre abounds in area, at the local arts centre at local pubs and at community halls throughout the county.

The famed Unesco sites of Lunenburg and Kejimikujik Park are just minutes away, as are white sand beaches, wild rivers and historic lighthouses.

The selection of cottages, suites, motels and lodges couldn't be better - whatever your desire or budget.

The annual Lobster Festival, Whirligig & Weathervane Festival and Founders' Days events are family friendly. We are a Tall Ships port and home to two stunning 18th century longboats, built in 2008 as replicas for the boats from The Bounty.
     Nearby there are great birding spots, geocache sites, lighthouses and beaches. We have a terrific marina, yacht club and sailing school.

Within a few minutes drive are the charming communities of Lockeport, Jordan, Birchtown, Barrington, Clarks Harbour, Cape Sable Island, Cape Negro, and Shag Harbour. Visitors come from throughout the world to vacation in Nova Scotia.

We'll see you in Shelburne - the place you want to be.


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