Kingsburg - The Peninsula
The villages of Kingsburg and Upper Kingsburg have the most naturally beautiful oceanfront settings on Nova Scotia's South Shore. They're located at the end of the Kingsburg Peninsula where the sound of surf is everywhere. The village is home to three glacial drumlins, creating a natural amphi-theatre overlooking two magnificent sand beaches. Three rugged headlands—Hell’s Point, Rose Head and Gaff Point—and backshore freshwater lakes make up a spectacular natural environment. Despite its great appeal, the area remains sparsely populated, spectacularly beautiful and easily accessible.
Kingsburg's oceanfront is varied—sandy beaches, large granite boulders and slate cliffs and shoals, cobblestone dunes, driftwood and tidal pools. World class surfers consider Kingsburg one of the greatest surfing destinations in the world.
Kinsgburg represents the quintessential Nova Scotian old time village with just a hundred and twenty-five houses—many of which are two hundred year-old classic Cape Cod style—and no stores.
Nearby, Lunenburg (15 minutes), Bridgewater (30 minutes) and Halifax (80 minutes) offer all the necessary amenities—hospitals, cinemas, fitness facilities, restaurants, grocers, bakeries, and more.
Town of Lunenburg
Lunenburg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is known for its distinctive historic waterfront, bright red buildings and the Bluenose II schooner. It's a special place with a history of shipbuilding, fishing, and seafaring. It's a town that's hardly changed in over one hundred years. Architecturally well-preserved, Old Town Lunenburg is celebrated for its 18th-century British town planning and revered as a proper German settlement with a sustained vernacular architectural tradition spanning 250 years. With tourism as its most important industry, the town boasts plenty of cultural attractions—the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, the Lunenburg School of Art, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival, the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, the Boxwood Flute Festival, and many more.
Town of Mahone Bay
Described in Fodor's Travel Wire as "a postcard perfect Maritime town," Mahone Bay is known for its lifestyle, its beautiful harbor, its three churches and its access to world class sailing. The colors on Main Street, with an assortment of artisanal galleries, eclectic shops, restaurants, museums and inns, combine century old architecture with modern day amenities and make more a most charming view for passersby.
Town of Liverpool
Liverpool is the southern gateway to the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere—an internationally recognized region of natural and cultural heritage—and one of only 16 biosphere reserves in Canada. A vibrant and lively community, the “Port of the Privateers” as it's known, boasts many festivals and attractions. Experience the majestic colonial houses of captains past and visit wonderful museums showcasing the area's rich history, country music, folk art, world class photography and wildlife. Hike along the beautiful coastline dotted with lighthouses and dig your toes into the unspoiled white sand beaches.
Town of Shelburne
As the town where the Scarlet Letter was filmed, Shelburne is a charming harbourside town with a grand selection of immaculately preserved 18th century houses and public buildings.
Shelburne honours its boat building past by crafting dories and building boats at the Muir-Cox Shipyard just as they have since 1820.
A Tall Ships port and home to two stunning 18th century longboats, built in 2008 as replicas for the boats from The Bounty, its waterfront is a historic replica of times gone by. Its harbour plays host each summer to hundreds of local and visiting sailboats of every size and daily harbour tours in the summer. An annual Lobster Festival is also held along with the Whirligig and Weathervane Festival - the first of its kind in North America held each September.
Canada's history comes alive here, Loyalist Encampment of 18th Century Life, the largest historical re-enacting group in the Maritimes, produce and present historical spectacles during mid-summer Founders' Days.
Museums in Shelburne include the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown where historical records of the hundreds of black families who migrated to Nova Scotia following the American Revolution are found. At the time, Shelburne was the largest settlement of free blacks 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 abound. The local arts centre hosts Friday Night Hootenanny on the waterfront and at community halls throughout the county.
Shelburne is 2.5 hours from Halifax airport, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Yarmouth ferry , and 2 and a half hours from Digby Ferry to N.B.(http://www.town.shelburne.ns.ca/).