Shelburne County is full of hidden gems just waiting for you to discover them! Our Top 10 picks may be well known to our local residents, but not always known to our visitors. We want you to get out and explore our magnificent County. Become enchanted by our unspoiled panoramic views: whether it’s from one of our many pristine white sand beaches, geocaching along our many trails, floating down a river or from the top of a lighthouse.
EXPLORE OUR HIDDEN GEMS
Sable River Swinging Bridge - Nestled among the pine trees you will find Nova Scotia’s only pedestrian swinging bridge. Follow the trail “around the river” from the Foot Bridge Trail to the Tom Tigney Trail. Make sure you stop along the way and take a few photos at the historic mill on the Tom Tigney river.
Nova Scotia’s most Walkable Town – take a self guided historic walking tour with interpretive signage along the Boardwalk/Back Harbour/Trestle. The Town of Lockeport is home to one of Nova Scotia’s most famous beaches – Crescent Beach – it was once featured on the back of the Canadian $50 bill. Lockeport also boasts Nova Scotia’s only Provincially Registered Historic Streetscapes.
Welkum Park – Tucked away on beautiful Welshtown Lake, grab your picnic basket and swim suit and spend an entire day at Welkum Park. This park is great for a family excursion.
Washrooms, change rooms and picnic area on site.
Shelburne’s Rail Trail Line – Hike and explore Shelburne’s Rail Trail Line through the historic town of Shelburne, over the picturesque Roseway River to the Islands Provincial Park. Many geocaches are hidden along the way, bring your GPS and have your own treasure hunt!
Roseway Beach – Swim in the warm fresh channel at Roseway Beach, located along the Shore Road (past Gunning Cove). This white sand beach is one of many of the beautiful beaches located in Shelburne County. Surf, relax, swim, collect seaglass and seashells and just enjoy your day at the beach!
Clyde River Railway Trail – Hike, bike, geocache or explore your way along the Clyde River Railway Trail. This trail will take you high above the beautiful Clyde River beginning in Port Saxon and leads you through to Clements Pond (to Highway 103).
Sandhills Provincial Park – As the tide comes up over the warm flats (ocean floor), go for a swim in some of the warmest waters in Nova Scotia at Sandhills. A great park for family gatherings, picnics and lots of beach fun! Explore the beach for seaglass, seashells and sand dollars. Dig for quahogs at low tide (in season) and just enjoy the feel of the warm white sand between your toes. Washrooms and change rooms on site.
Drowned Forest – Visit the most southerly point of Nova Scotia to see this extraordinary hidden gem. Located on The Hawk, the drowned forest can only be seen at low-tide. The forest is a broad area of old preserved tree stumps, some still rooted in their original soil. These ancient tree stumps, which are believed to be over 1500 years old, were covered and uncovered over time by sea, sand, sea level change and erosion. The Hawk is also an Important Bird Area, which makes it a great birding destination. Nova Scotia’s tallest lighthouse, Cape Sable Lighthouse, can be seen from The Hawk.
Site of the 1967 UFO Incident – Visit the site of one of the few Canadian Government recognized UFO sightings; located in Shag Harbour. From this site and along the coast into Wood’s Harbour, you can view fishing boats in the harbour and take in the most glorious sunsets in the County. Take a break and relax as you watch the sun sink into the Atlantic.