Canada Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide - Nova Scotia
Canada Travel Guide - Nova Scotia


Shelburne (pop. 2,245) is a town in Nova Scotia, Canada whose rich history and picturesque charm has captured the hearts of many and attracted the attention of the international film industry. Shelburne is located on the western South Shore of the peninsula.

Shelburne was settled in 1783 when some 3,000 United Empire Loyalists, who had maintained allegiance to the British Crown during the American Revolution, arrived by ship from New York City. This created an instant boomtown in the wilderness. The population swelled to 16,000 over the next few years, then decreased as the Loyalists moved on to other parts of the province.

The town's history comes alive along Dock Street, where the rambling warehouses and 18th-century homes along the water-front have been carefully restored, making it a great place for a stroll. Many of these buildings have been declared heritage properties. This area's authentic 18th-century charm has led to its being used as a set in major motion pictures.

Seaside fishing villages, some of the most scenic coastline vistas in the world, inlets and beaches a plenty await the traveler. Shelburne is "thrust" into the Atlantic Ocean at the very Eastern tip of mainland Canada.

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway, Interstate 95, or a host of routes from the New England States and Quebec through New Brunswick to Nova Scotia and... on to Shelburne. From Prince Edward Island, you can take the Confederation Bridge or the ferry from Wood Islands PEI, to Caribou, NS.


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J. C. Williams Dory Shop

For almost one hundred years the dory was one of the most important small boats in the Atlantic Provinces and parts of New England.

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Osprey Arts Centre

The Osprey Arts Centre houses the Osprey Theatre and the Coastline Gallery.

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(Dance, Galleries/ Exhibits/Shows, Music, Performing Arts, Theatres)
Ross Thomson House & Store

Today Ross-Thomson House, the only original store building remaining in Shelburne, is restored as it was in the 1820s.

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This museum features one of the oldest fire pumpers in North America, permanent exhibits of shipbuilding in Shelburne and the Shelburne Loyalists, and temporary and traveling exhibits.


Muir-Cox Shipyard

The Muir-Cox Shipyard at the south end of Dock Street in Shelburne is one of the oldest shipyards in Nova Scotia, having been in almost continuous operation from the 1820s (William Muir) until 1984 (William and George Cox).

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