Experience the great outdoors and recreation in Shelburne County. Whether it’s teeing off at River Hills Golf & Country Club, biking the Lockeport Loop, bird watching on The Hawk or camping at Island’s Park, the possibilities are endless! Come experience our beautiful scenic landscape for an open-air adventure you won’t soon forget!
CREATE YOUR ADVENTURE!
GOLF * PARKS & TRAILS * BIKING * SPORTS * FISHING * HUNTING * CAMPING * BIRD WATCHING
RIVER HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Clyde River, NS
Experience this 18 hole golf course, located along the beautiful Clyde River. Golf through wooded hills and take the time to soak in the many spectacular views. One of the first Nova Scotian Golf Courses to open for the season.
PARKS & TRAILS
Located in Sable River, the trail crosses the East Sable Road twice and 3/4 of the way along your hike you will come upon a fenced boardwalk bridge which crosses the Tom Tigney river and then Sable River. Take some time to take in the spectacular view while there!
Take a stroll among the tall Pine trees and the follow the signs until you discover Sable River’s hidden gem. Experience the movement under your feet as you cross Nova Scotia’s only swinging bridge which is suspended over the beautiful Sable River. A truely unique experience and a great way to spend a day!
Located on the Sable River, from highway 103, Exit 23, follow the Old Highway 3.
Great spot for picnicing.
From the 103 Highway, take Exit 24 along the #3 Highway from Jordan Falls to Lockeport. Turn right onto Hayden’s Road.
From the head of this trail you can take a left and walk towards Camp Jordan or take a right to go across the Jordan River. The old CN rail bridge has a fenced boardwalk along it. Enjoy this hike beside salt water marshes as you let nature surround you!
ROOD’S HEAD PARK
A coastal lookoff perched on the southern most point of the isthmus (a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas usually with waterforms on either side), that forms the town of Lockeport. From the top of the hill a small path winds down to the rocks, providing not only a fantastic view of the breaking surf but a breathtaking view of Crescent Beach.
THE SALT MARSH BOARDWALK
This boardwalk extends along the back of the northern side of the causeway into Lockeport, offering a close up look at the delicate salt marsh ecosystem that has formed the back harbour. Informative signs are found along the way as well as a gazebo to sit and enjoy the crisp salt air.
The Roseway River Trail crosses the Roseway River near Falls Lane on two small CN bridges that have a fenced board walk along them. The trail follows the abandoned railway bed and ends at the road near the entrance to the Islands Provincial Park.
RAIL LINE TRAIL
THE ISLANDS PROVINCIAL PARK
Open May 21 – September 6
Located across the harbour from the beautiful historic town of Shelburne, the Islands Provincial Park offers a great maritime camping experience! Settle in for the night or longer, as you camp beside the Atlantic Ocean in a campsite nestled in among the great pine trees.
Offers 70 campsites, water outlets, two picnic areas, unsupervised beach, boat launch, & trailer dump station.
A variety of summer activities on site, see website for more details.
A small day use park tucked away on Welshtown Lake, about 14KM from the town of Shelburne. Features a sand beach, unsupervised fresh water swimming, picnic tables, 3 gazebos, change rooms and washrooms. Red Cross swimming lessons and Royal Life Saving courses are available in July and August. Contact the Municipality of Shelburne Recreation and Parks Department at 902-875-3544 for more information or to register.
6KM south of Highway 103, Exit 29 (Barrington). Sandhills Provincial Park features a 2.5KM white sand beach. At low tide there are wide sand flats which warm the water when the tide comes back in which makes this a great beach for swimming and snorkeling. A spectacular sand dune system backs the beach area.
A great beach for beach combing, finding sand dollars, deep sea clamming (in season), kite flying and so much more! Bring the family for the day, pack a lunch that can be enjoyed in the large picnic area. Sit back and enjoy the day!
Change facilities, washrooms, outdoor shower and taps available on site.
The Barrington Bay Trail follows the old CNR Railway line from Barrington Passage to Doctor’s Cove. It’s a great trail for walking, hiking, biking, cross country skiing and horseback riding. Interpretive signs are found along the trail as well as rest stops and an observation deck with a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Wood’s Harbour Trail was once the rail line that ran through Wood’s Harbour, used for transporting passengers, mail, fish, boats, etc. The last run was in 1969. In 1984 the ties and rails were removed and today is a 1.5 km multi-purpose trail.
Discover Shelburne County by bicycle. Journey through our scenic bicycle routes, through quaint towns, along our coastal splendor. Into historic districts and scenic byways. Our picturesque county will have you captivated by it’s many attractions and magnificent beauty!
Shelburne County is home to many sporting & recreation facilities. You can find ways to be physically fit during any and all of our seasons! We are home to the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Flames and the Sea Star Ice Dogs, as well as the Lockeport Greenwaves, Shelburne Rebels and the Barrington Barons high school teams. During the spring and summer months you will often see members of our Queen of Hearts Dory Club rowing a dory or two at the Cape Sable Island Causeway where you can join them and give it a try yourself every Tuesday night. We are host to the Nova Scotia Marathon/Half Marathon which is a qualifying marathon for the Boston Marathon.
The town of Clark’s Harbour is home to the Foggies, and is known as the Birthplace of Baseball in Nova Scotia.
To find out more about our facilities and programs click on the links below.
Clyde River Motor Cross Facility
Cast your line in one of our many lakes and river systems and enjoy a relaxing day of fishing. A license is required for anyone 16 years of age and older and can be purchased in many of our local shops in the County.
You may also cast your line off any our our local wharves (no license required) for a chance of catching some fresh makeral and/or flounder. If you are lucky enough you may catch a ride out in the Atlantic for some deep sea fishing for a truely unforgettable adventure!
Enjoy Shelburne County’s great outdoors! Explore our wilderness and be one with nature. You can hunt in Shelburne County in the fall and winter months (October – December) whether it’s white-tail deer , a variety of ducks, Canada Geese or pheasants & grouse you are after, you will find it all here!
A license is required for all hunters and non-resident hunters will require a licensed guide.
Click here for more information.
THE ISLANDS PROVINCIAL PARK
Open June – August
CLYDE RIVER COTTAGES & CAMPGROUND
Clyde River, NS
Open Year Round
LOCKEPORT COTTAGES & CAMPGROUND
Open Year Round
Nova Scotia is one of the best birding locations in Canada and Shelburne County is one of the best locations in Nova Scotia. About 440 species have been recorded in Nova Scotia. Shelburne County offers pelagic birding at its best. Birders coming to Shelburne County should expect the unexpected year round. Many birds gather in the area in large numbers. Shore birds and sea birds gather in abundance, especially in the fall. Here are some of the birds visitors will find of interest: Ipswich Savannah Sparrow, Boreal Cickadee, Dickcissel, Gray Jay, a variety of gulls, Shearwaters, Jaegars, Dovekie, Northern Fulmar, Buff Breasted Sandpiper, Harequin Duck and Snowy Owl.
Cape Sable Island qualifies as an important bird area and no other IBA site in the Maritimes has so many species (5 in total) that meet the IBA criteria: the Atlanitc Brant (globally significant), the Semipalmated Sandpiper (globally significant), the Semipalmated Plover (globally significant), the Short-Billed Dowitcher, (globally significant) and the endangered Piping Plover (nationally significant). Globally or nationally significant means threshold numbers are at least 1% of the global population or national population of a given adult population found at a site.