YARMOUTH – ST. MARY’S BAY
Discover the joie-de-vivre.
BE AMAZED BY STORYTELLERS IN THIS LAND OF SEA AND SONG.
Pedal past brightly painted houses, towering wooden churches and 400-year old seaside villages on your adventure along the Nova Scotia’s Acadian Shore.
This trip along the Acadian Shore brings you around the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, riding along the coastal Route 1, from the town of Yarmouth up to the sheltered Belliveaus Cove. This quiet road takes you along an almost continuous stretch of fishing villages and settlements, known as the longest Main Street in Canada. Points and capes offer fantastic vantage points to watch ships make their way in and out of harbour.
Yarmouth is Nova Scotia’s arrival point for the ferry from Portland, Maine – an ideal starting point for exploring Nova Scotia’s southwest region, home to Canada’s largest lobster fishery. The historic town features unique and luxurious homes, built by wealthy sea captains between 1850 and 1900.As you make your way north, be sure to take a short 8 km detour to the apple-core shaped lighthouse at Cape Forchu . Located at the westernmost point of the province, the lighthouse guides ships into the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, where the world’s highest tides create a rich whale feeding ground and an endlessly beautiful shore. The views, picnic grounds and hiking trails of the cape have given it the distinction as one of Canada’s greatest public spaces.
Connect with active and retired fishermen at one of the many “living wharves” along the Acadian Shore to hear fascinating tall tales and try your hand at splicing rope and tying knots. The panoramic shoreline at Mavillette Beach Provincial Park is surrounded by marram grass covered dunes, which are home to numerous bird species. The beachland is bookended by dunes and a working wharf that frame extensive sand flats at low tide.
The unique Acadian villages on either side of Route 1 boast magnificent churches that serve as beacons to fishermen returning from the sea. Along the way, you can dine on local seafood and try some Acadian cuisine, especially “rappie pie”, a chicken and potato dish, sometimes served with molasses. Be sure to visit Saint Mary’s Church in Church Point, one of the largest and tallest wooden buildings in North America with its spire rising 56 metres from floor to steeple.
The final stop at Belliveaus Cove is highlighted by Parc Joseph-et-Marie Dugas Park, which includes a five kilometre interpretive trail, a fruit & veggie stand, a lighthouse, and the opportunity to dig for clams at low tide.
Throughout this region, discover lively music and folklore nightly with Rendez-vous de la Baie – Music by the Sea at various restaurants, pubs and cafés.