Everything you need to know about Nova Scotia's South Shore


103 Reasons to Leave the 103

11. Were you ever picked on? Well, now it’s time to pick back — at Lunenburg County’s wide assortment of local U-picks!

U-pick operations are a great opportunity to harvest your own fresh fruit and experience just a little taste of life on the farm, while learning about the work that goes into growing those vine-ripened treats.

Juicy, ripe strawberries, available each June and July, are a favourite and a local specialty.

Depending on the season, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries are also available.

For more information, ask at a local visitor information centre and roadside markets for directions to U-picks, farms and wineries that offer the pick-your-own option.

12. There are beaches, and then there are beaches.

And, thanks to the efforts of the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy, the natural beauty that marks Gaff Point and Hirtles Beach in Kingsburg will be preserved for future public use.

Whether you’re inclined to go for a quick surf or swim in the refreshing tidal waters of the North Atlantic, or if your eye is on a rigorous, invigorating climb along the cliffs at Gaff Point, it’s all there for you to take advantage of.

An inspiration to both artists and athletes, the Hirtles Beach and Gaff Point area is a must-see for visitors to the South Shore and locals alike.

13. Our local libraries: For the folks touring about the South Shore with research in mind, you’d be advised to start your quest for knowledge at one of our local libraries.

The South Shore Regional Library, in fact, has a staff of more than 30 skilled individuals and services in three towns — Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Liverpool — plus two mobile branches that serve both Lunenburg and Queens counties.

14. The farm market has long had an important role in the community life of the residents of Lunenburg and Queens counties, serving up every kind of fruit and vegetable this climate could conceivably produce.

Today, farm markets throughout the region offer a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grocery items, baked goods and crafts.

Many roadside markets are independently operated by local farming families and are open seven days a week during the height of the growing season.

15. Lunenburg County has something for the shopper that dwells deep within each and every one of us.

Some streets and communities are lined with specialty stores, while others cater to those hunting for big box brands.

Whatever your fancy, whether looking for the traditional or nouveau, the ordinary or the extraordinary, you’ll be sure to find something you just can’t put down.

16. Marinas: Among the many water-borne amenities in Lunenburg County, you’ll find a number of marinas ideally designed to accommodate the enthusiastic boater that dwells within all of us.
17.Each summer season, the Greenfield Dragway, located in Queens County at the South Shore Regional Airport, hosts some intense racing action on the 3,937’ x 75’ paved runway track.

The Nova Scotia Drag Racers Association runs four different classes of vehicles in competition at Greenfield, including Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Bike and Sled, attracting racers from throughout the Atlantic region and, in many cases, from far beyond.

The last race of the 2006 season drew more than 230 vehicles to the competition and, according to officials, it’s not at all uncommon for crowds of between 800 and 1,200 spectators to show up and cheer on their favourite racers.

There are five races planned for the 2007 season, including the season-ending finale scheduled for September 22 and 23.

18. If you’ve got a spare summer day on your hands and feel like having an island adventure, but can’t quite afford the plane ticket to Hawaii, you might want to consider making the ferry crossing to the Tancook Islands as an alternate getaway.

Big Tancook, home to a little over 100 full-time residents, offers a venerable paradise, complete with a museum and a tasty eatery. The island is also home to Tancook Island School.

Although known in modern times for its ocean-borne industry, when the island was first settled by European families in 1829, those early settlers were engaged primarily in agriculture.

Little Tancook Island, also accessible via the ferry from Chester, is home to roughly 35 residents, and also maintains a close connection to the brine stew that surrounds the isle.

Both islands would make for an ideal day-trip destination.

19. Lunenburg’s unique fish signs: If you happen to spot what appears to be a flying fish while traversing the streets of Lunenburg, fear not, for your eyes do not mislead you — at least, not entirely.

In November of 2001, Lunenburg artisan Laurie Huck was commissioned by the Town of Lunenburg to craft a series of metal fish and other marine life to replace aging flower baskets.

The unique array of fishy designs subsequently found their way to the midpoints of utility and light poles throughout the town, bringing yet another creative and colourful accent to the community.

In addition to her creative craftwork that is enjoyed by the Lunenburg townsfolk and visitors alike, Ms Huck’s talents have also caught the eyes of some rather famous international art aficionados, including actor Beau Bridges, who commissioned Ms Huck to produce three aluminum mermaids for his Hawaiian home in 2000.

20. Surf city: With its uniquely shaped coastline, Nova Scotia’s South Shore waters offer excellent surf conditions throughout the year.

Some of the best waves occur during the hurricane season, which stretches from June to November. Waves can range in size from knee-high wee ones to literally metres overhead.

For the best waves, check out Hirtles Beach, near Kingsburg, and Cherry Hill Beach, near Voglers Cove.

103 Reasons to Leave the 103
  1. On the cover...
  2. Fun at the South Shore Exhibition
  3. If you’ll recall...
  4. Art galleries
  5. Lighthouse Route scenery
  6. The annual Chester Heritage Society’s...
  7. Canada Day celebrations
  8. Mahone Bay celebrates Scarecrow Festival
  9. If you’re looking...
  10. Community bands
  11. Were you ever picked on?
  12. There are beaches...
  13. Our local libraries
  14. The farm market...
  15. Something for the shopper...
  16. Marinas
  17. The Greenfield Dragway...
  18. An island adventure...
  19. Lunenburg’s unique fish signs
  20. Surf city
  21. A place to lay your head...
  22. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation...
  23. The LaHave cable ferry...
  24. On the way to the Classic Boat Festival
  25. Mahone Bay’s famed three churches
  26. Monthly breakfasts
  27. The Chester and Area Family Resource Centre...
  28. Serene walking trails
  29. Cycling offers an excellent opportunity...
  30. The public washroom...
  31. Antiques galore
  32. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep...
  33. Shop ’til you drop
  34. The New Ross Christmas Tree...
  35. Rissers Beach Provincial Park
  36. Fishing for the big one
  37. The South Shore Exhibition grounds...
  38. The New Ross Community Fair...
  39. Glorious green space
  40. sightseeing underwater...
  41. Birdwatching
  42. Mahone Bay Flea Market...
  43. The Ovens Natural Park...
  44. Greenfield’s planked salmon supper
  45. Paint Mahone Bay...
  46. The LaHave Islands Marine Museum
  47. A summer swim
  48. Fort Point Museum
  49. Indian Falls: hidden beauty
  50. Miller Point Peace Park in Dayspring
  51. Need a quick pick-me-up?
  52. Delicious community suppers
  53. Card Lake Park
  54. Lunenburg’s International Dory Races
  55. Oak Island
  56. Old Lunenburg — UNESCO World Heritage Site
  57. Mahone Bay Settlers Museum
  58. Bluenose II
  59. Great Lunenburg Schooner Race
  60. Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
  61. If you’re in the mood for some horsing around...
  62. Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum
  63. Lunenburg Academy
  64. St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg
  65. Best opportunities for paddlers...
  66. Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum
  67. Let’s have some wine!
  68. Lunenburg Festival of Crafts
  69. DesBrisay Museum
  70. Paint Sea on Site in Lunenburg
  71. Chester Playhouse
  72. If sailing is your passion...
  73. The Founders' Monument
  74. Knaut-Rhuland House
  75. Luxurious beaches
  76. Lake Mush-a-Mush
  77. Dances featuring the absolute best...
  78. Starlight Theatre
  79. The former HMCS Fraser
  80. Gus Vickers Memorial Field
  81. Make Sail for Lunenburg
  82. Queens County SeaFest
  83. Lordly House Museum
  84. Graves Island Provincial Park
  85. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
  86. Mackerel Snappers Picnic
  87. Flower Show and Tea
  88. Shipyards Landing
  89. Riverport Rumrunners Sea Festival
  90. The Herring Choker’s Picnic
  91. World Tuna Flat Races
  92. Love of a fine automobile...
  93. Hubbards Barn Association
  94. Wile Carding Mill
  95. Farms, nurseries and greenhouses...
  96. Excellent golfing
  97. Bayswater Family Fun Day
  98. On the water during Chester Race Week
  99. Veterans’ Memorial Park, Bridgewater
  100. Lunenburg Summer Opera Festival
  101. Ross Farm Museum
  102. Walking tour of Lunenburg...
  103. Bert Corkum Memorial 5-mile Road Race
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