South Shore Special Stuff feature

South Shore’s Special Stuff

We can’t wait for you to arrive so you can see and experience all of South Shore’s Special Stuff. We’ve got gorgeous beaches, incredible camping, awesome accommodations, really tasty restaurants, the sweetest shops and so much more. You’ll also be treated to a whole bunch of “one and only”, “world famous” and “out of this world” spots too. Those that make us extra extra special. Look…

O Christmas Tree Capital

South Shore Special Stuff Christmas Tree Capital

Get festive fir-real! In 1995, Lunenburg County right here on the South Shore was officially recognized as the ‘Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Capital of the World’ and this designation, in turn, helped to earn the county the ‘Forest Capital of Canada’ award in 1996. For more information on our Christmas tree producers visit their site here.

Pewter Economuseum

South Shore Special Stuff Amos Pewter

Visit Canada’s only Pewter Economuseum – Amos Pewter in Mahone Bay. Their artisans began making pewter gifts and keepsakes in 1974 in a vacant boat building shop (circa 1880) that still houses the workshop. At Amos Pewter, designers and craftspeople put the spotlight on the skills and techniques that have been used by pewter makers for decades. Be sure to visit Amos Pewter for high-quality gifts of pewter jewelry, home decor, tableware and ornaments. Open year-round.

Serious Star Power

South Shore Special Serious Star Power

It’s true our on-screen credits are in the hundreds! Thanks to our beautiful communities, very appealing venues and breathtaking backdrops we’ve appeared alongside too many stars to count. And we’ve been asked to play ourselves – our roles have shown incredible range as well playing everywhere from Washington State and New England, to North London and so many points in between. For more on our many TV and movie roles see our feature here.

Prepare to be aMAZEd

South Shore Special Bernart Be aMAZEd

Prepare to be aMAZEd at Canada’s First art maze right here on the South Shore. The Bernart Be aMAZEd offers nearly a kilometre of paths to explore with lots of concrete sculptures, murals, and mosaics created by artists from around the world. There’s definitively something for everyone with a surprise around every corner. For more information click here.

First and Only Festival

South Shore Special HARMONY BAZAAR

Listen to the marvellous music. Atlantic Canada’s Only Women’s Music Festival, the Harmony Bazaar happens every year in Lockport! The first festival was a small gathering in 2005 and has grown into a weekend of activities including youth stages, workshops, industry dinners, art galas, theatre performances, and mentorships. Harmony Bazaar continues to promote female singers and songwriters year-round with a winter music series, plus educational workshops and events. For more info click here.

Swissair Flight 111 Memorials

Swissair Flight 111 Bayswater memorial

You can pay tribute while you’re here. There are two sites dedicated to the memory of the 229 people who lost their lives when Swissair Flight 111 crashed off our coast – one near Peggy’s and another in Bayswater. You can read more about both here.

Largest Equestrian Competition

South Shore's Special Coveside Classic (1)

Watch the action. We are the home to Atlantic Canada’s largest equestrian competition. Every year the beautiful Coveside Stables on Haddon Hill in Chester hosts the annual Coveside Classic Hunter-Jumper Competition. It’s five days of equestrian excitement featuring tremendous skill and showmanship in a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. The event is FREE for spectators and features a truly tasty concession stand filled with local fare and plenty of vendors with the latest in gear and garb for riders of all sizes and their horses. For more on Coveside Stables visit their official site

The FYI on UFOs

South Shore's Special Shag Harbour UFO

Did you know we are home to the only government-recognized UFO sighting in Canada? Uncover the mystery at the Shag Harbour UFO Interpretive Centre, which chronicles the sighting of a UFO reported to have crashed into the waters of Shag Harbour leaving no trace other than yellow foam. Visitors can view television documentaries, newspaper articles, other memorabilia, and an exhibit on outer space. After a tour of our centre, browse the gift shop. The UFO Gazebo and picnic site can be found about three minutes up the road from the Centre, where visitors can look out on the ocean to where people say the crash happened. For more information visit

Cross Via Cable Ferry

Ride the cable ferry that crosses the LaHave River. Its first sailing was logged centuries ago. Since 1832, LaHave has been connected to East LaHave, located on the opposite side of the LaHave River, via a cable ferry. In 1982, Brady E. Himmelman retired after 35 years of service, being the longest-serving captain of LaHave ferries. In 2010, the LaHave Ferry II was replaced by a 14 car capacity ferry named in honour of Brady E Himmelman. The Ferry is operated by The Province of Nova Scotia and costs $7 for a one-way ticket. The trip lasts about five minutes one way.

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