On the Water

Tubing on Clyde River

Spending a fun-filled day tubing down the Clyde River

If you are seeking fun, adventure and amazing natural beauty you will find what you’re looking for on Shelburne County’s inland and coastal waters. With miles of ocean coastline, rivers and streams and of course our many lakes and ponds, there’s a lifetime of water activity opportunities here, whether you choose to go by canoe, kayak, tube, surfboard, sailboat or motor boat.

Canoeing in Shelburne County


Shelburne Harbour and surrounding rivers are a wonderful place to canoe or kayak.  Shelburne County is home to many tranquil, gentle and beautiful flatwater rivers and also boast some challenging whitewater rivers as well.  The Tobeatic Wilderness  can involve a 1:1 ratio of paddling to portaging, here you will have an experience like no other as you explore our UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Kayak among the coastal islands, past sea cliffs and along our sandy beaches and experience Shelburne County’s rich ocean heritage, incredible scenery, and shorebirds and sea mammals. Our inland lakes and ponds amid the fragrant balsam woods offer equally rewarding kayaking and canoeing adventures.

You may catch a glimpse of some of our local wildlife such as, beaver, muskrat, white tail deer, osprey and eagles, black bear, coyote and an array of ducks on your adventures.  Generally April and May are our high water months.  Canoes may be rented and canoe trips scheduled at Portage Canoe Works.  Phone 902-637-1676 for more details.  You can also rent canoes at Spencer’s Garden Centre on Ohio Road in Shelburne. Phone 902-875-3055 for more information.

Southwest Paddlers – Nova Scotia 

Canoe Shelburne


Boating Shelburne County



Shelburne Harbour is reputed to be the third  largest natural harbour in the world and it is a beautiful spot to visit by boat.  If you are traveling to Shelburne by water and need services, including showers, laundry, internet access, fuel and food – or want to enjoy sailing lessons on the harbour contact:
Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club


Shelburne County’s coastal cruising grounds are some of the best in the Nova Scotia because of its protected harbors, stunning scenery, and a pristine environment.



Shelburne Harbour Boat Tours




Join Captain Ken Taylor and First Mate Sherri Taylor aboard their 44-foot Marine Trader trawler for an unforgettable tour of beautiful Shelburne harbour and Historic Waterfront.  Set your sights on lighthouses, birds, seals, harbour porpoises and maybe even a whale!

Phone 902-875-6521 for more details or visit their website at:
Shelburne Harbour Boat Tours





tubing in Shelburne County



Tubing in Shelburne County has become more and more popular.  No need for a large canoe or kayak, just grab a blow up boat or tube and head to one of our many river systems and take a quiet leisurely adventure down the river.  Catch a glimpse of a turtle sunning himself on a rock or a bald eagle soaring high overhead.  The solitude that surrounds you will keep you coming back!







Nova Scotia Boat Racers Association



A full summer of modified lobster boat races will get your heart racing and find you cheering on your favorite boat!

Click here for a  full schedule of races and events hosted by the NSBRA.





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