Residents of Nova Scotia, we encourage you to explore the beauty in our own backyard. Be sure to check ahead with restaurants, accommodations, and attractions to ensure they are open and to learn what safety precautions are required before you go.
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The Northumberland and Eastern Shores have a multitude of historic museums and sites, as well as community run museums for visitors to learn about the lifestyles along our shores. There is something for every age and interest. Step back in time to learn about the Hector passengers at Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, 1867 Sherbrooke Village, the industries of Nova Scotia in the Museum of Industry in Stellarton or 1940’s Eastern Shore at Memory Lane Heritage Village. Our award winning attractions are around every bend.
Pictou County’s oldest wooden church, a masterpiece of pioneer architecture was opened in 1834.
Measuring almost 3 metres, this outdoor hummingbird sculpture is the largest in North America.
A park located in New Glasgow, dedicated to the history of Nova Scotians of African descent.
Sherbrooke Village’s Indigenous Art Gallery exhibits and interprets art with a focus on the works of Indigenous artists.
The museum showcases impressive antiques, artifacts and horse drawn machinery.
The third Caribou Lighthouse, the one that remains standing today, was constructed around 1971.
A park dedicated to the Westray Mine explosion in 1992.
A monument to commemorate the landing of Prince Henry Sinclair and offers a panoramic view of Chedebucto Bay.
Explores rural life in Nova Scotia during the 1940s, including life during and after the Second World War.
Historical 19th-century churches located downtown Antigonish.
Cape George Lighthouse is still guiding ships safely ashore with its flashing lamp.
A 1925 one-room schoolhouse converted into a museum.
A beautiful look-off spot with 1.7 km of maintained trail to explore!
Captain Savalette was a fisherman from France, who used the shores and islands of Tor Bay to fish during the 1500s and 1600s.
A memorial to Nova Scotia’s Icelandic settlers.
The Queensport Lighthouse is a heritage lighthouse because of its historical, architectural, and community values.
The building is home to a museum that explores Guysborough’s cultural history, and a Visitor Information Centre.
Come and relax as you wander through the ruins of an 18th century fishing settlement.
Illustrates the history of Canso Town and eastern Guysborough County, with exhibits from Canso Harbour.
Exhibits showcases the light-keeper’s way of life and demonstrates the operations of the light station.
A peaceful, historic park that features a series of large stones, all painted by a talented artist.
Displays of artifacts and photos of the mining and fishing history of Goldboro and the surrounding areas.
The lighthouse has been an important and integral part of the local community since the establishment of the first lighthouse in 1901.
This heritage building features a museum and visitor information centre.
Folk art birds, mermaids and animals in and around a brightly decorated house.
Come in for a cup of tea and a warm welcome at this typical homestead of an inshore fisherman.
A gardener’s delight featuring over 800 varieties of daylilies and 100 varieties of rare Japanese irises.
A provincial park established in 1986 occupies the nearby mine site.
A 230-seat restored heritage building that serves as both theatre venue and community facility in the heart of Musquodoboit Valley.
The building houses a museum and a visitor information centre with a picnic area outside.
Experience Acadian life as lived in Grand Desert and West Chezzetcook.
A community museum established on the site of an original 200-year-old family farm.
Explore a restored 200-year old fishing village, walk the boardwalk, sample seafood, and do some shopping!
The beautiful St. Mary’s River has been a popular spot for anglers and nature lovers for decades.
The Goldenville Gold District was once known as Nova Scotia’s Klondike
Every day is a trip back in time as Nova Scotia’s 19th-century heritage is brought to life.
The collection commemorates the contributions of those who have served in the army, navy, air force and special services.
In 1938 a cairn was erected on the site of a non-denominational cemetery to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden.
This replica was built in 1973 to resemble, as closely as possible, the original church that formed the mother congregation of Presbyterianism in the area.
The Hector Heritage Quay features the story of the 18th-century Scottish migration.
The early 19th-century home of Dr. McCulloch contains various artifacts as well as genealogical information.
Trenton’s diverse and distinct industrial heritage is showcased at the Trenton Heritage Room.
Atlantic Canada’s largest museum offers fun artifacts, exhibits, and stories.
This municipal heritage site features one of the last surviving footbridges in North America.
Kiosks are located in different communities of Pictou County to explain each area’s rich history.
The museum preserves the area’s rich sea heritage and offers an Adopt-a-Lobster program.
The museum houses over 2000 artifacts, scrapbooks, a video library, and medals in over 30 categories of sport.
One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters.
Built in 1880, the home is filled with exquisite Victorian architecture, from stained glass windows to a grand staircase.
This community museum features exhibits depicting the cultural heritage of Antigonish.
Interpretive panels are located on rocks around the Lighthouse which tell the story of the historic fishing community of Arisaig.
Interpretive panels describe the life cycle of tuna and the history of tuna fishing.
Contemporary abstract art and old-fashioned gardens, located on Beaver Dam Farm.
Built in the form of a replica to the former Scotia Ferry, the museum is a must see stop on the Marine drive.
Family-run lavender farm with a wide range of natural lavender products.
A wide selection of beautiful, locally made wool, sheepskin products and wooden knitting needles.