Northumberland Shore

Beginning at Amherst, near the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border; this trail boasts rolling green farmlands, towering cliffs and an abundance of sandy beaches with the warmest waters north of the Carolinas.

Scottish heritage and traditions are proudly celebrated through festivals, attractions and museums throughout this region. Enjoy the fresh seafood, blueberries and fine wines this region produces.

Attractions are many and include the giant wood carvings throughout historic Amherst; the displays & trails at the Tidnish Information & Interpretive Centre; the giant blueberry at Oxford; the Peace Ground and Thinkers Lodge, a National Historic Site at Pugwash; winery tours at Jost Vineyards in Malagash; 290 million-year-old fossils at the Brule Fossil Centre, and the famed giantess Anna Swan Exhibit at Tatamagouche; the historic Balmoral Grist Mill at Balmoral Falls and the Sutherland Steam Mill at Denmark; the McCulloch Heritage Centre and ship Hector dockside, the Lobster Hatchery and Lighthouse Museum, free tours at Grohmann Knives, and performances at the DeCoste Centre – all in Pictou; the Westray Monument and Sampson Trail in New Glasgow; the impressive Museum of Industry in Stellarton; the rugged coastline, exhibits and lighthouse at Arisaig; the Cape George Point Lighthouse; the Tuna Interpretive Centre at Ballantyne’s Cove; the Hall of the Clans at St. Francis Xavier University, the Highland Games in Antigonish; and the interesting Fraser Mills Fish Hatchery.

You will find beaches almost everywhere, with the larger and more popular at Heather Beach, near Northport, Waterside Beach at Toney River; Melmerby Beach at Little Harbour; Dunn’s & Mahoney beaches near Antigonish and the magnificent dunes at Pomquet.

Seasonal sailings begin May 1, 2019 to Wood Island, Prince Edward Island from Caribou, NS.
Ferry schedule.

Where to Eat, Stay & Play while touring this area

Just follow and explore the Sunrise Trail along the scenic coast to Auld’s Cove, where the Canso Causeway leads to Cape Breton Island.

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