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Proud lighthouses stand guard over charming fishing villages and island-studded bays all along the South Shore. Discover historic towns, privateering legends, tales of pirates and their treasure and local artisans who are known to craft treasures of their own.

Quirky festivals like the Whirligig and Weathervane Festival in Shelburne and the Great Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair in Mahone Bay are sure to leave you smiling. The Privateer Days in Liverpool is a re-enactment of the battles of 1782 with the privateers of the American Revolution.

Visit the famously photographed lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, where waves crash upon the granite stone around it. The South Shore region provides many perfect photo opportunities, such as:   

  • The colourful Town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • The three churches of Mahone Bay.
  • The Fort Point Lighthouse in LaHave. 

Nature lovers will enjoy capturing the beauty of Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, where shore birds and seals frolic and play.

Let the Lighthouse Route guide you through the South Shore region, along rugged, wave-carved headlands, tranquil island-studded bays, historic towns and weathered fishing villages where legends of the sea come alive. We have over 20 lighthouses, from the Cape Forchu Lightstation in Yarmouth to our most famous lighthouse in Peggy’s Cove.

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