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Take a Guided
a Walking Tour:
There are lakes and rivers galore to test the prowess of the novice and experienced canoeist alike. The Yarmouth County Tourist Bureau has a brochure that will outline a canoe trip just suited to your abilities. If you haven't got your own canoe, you can rent one at Lake Milo..
|#7 Stop at the Bar:
No, it's not a favourite watering place, but rather a bar of land around which a great deal of fishing activity takes place. The wharves, shanties, lobster pots, lobster cars and a Cape Islander or two provide all the props for the photographer that you could ever want. Don't be afraid to ask questions if there is anyone around. The locals will be more than pleased to provide you with answers.
|#8 Watch the Herring Fleet Leave
The herring fleet leaves the harbour before sundown. One of the best places to watch this parade of 'small ships' is at 'Fish Point' - a monument site dedicated to those who go down to the sea in ships
|#9 Visit the Yarmouth Light:
No trip to Yarmouth is complete without a trip to the Yarmouth Light. This beacon to mariners was first lit in 1840. There are blue flags (irises) in abundance in season, as well as lupins in June and lots of wild roses, canteen, gift shop and information services available.CAUTION: Though the rocks are beautiful, they can be very dangerous. We do not encourage you to climb them.
#10 Visit Killam Brothers Wharf:
Yarmouth's new Public Marina for visiting yachts is
expected to become
a focal point for visitors to downtown Yarmouth. Enjoy the
have lunch and explore
If you are fortunate enough to be here when the foghorn is blowing, make a point of visiting near the source. The horn itself is located in a building close to the lighthouse, but the terrain beneath the escarpment on which the apparatus is located is close enough.
Sandford Wharf & Short Beach Wharf:
Sandford wharf is noted for having one of the smallest drawbridges in the world as part of its structure. The existence of this drawbridge allows the boats to move in to snug harbour, but allows the fishermen easy access from one side to the other.
Short Beach wharf is being used by fewer fishermen
but its lack of commercial activity makes it an ideal spot
your own line. You don't even need a pole - just a line
and a hook are
required, and maybe something for bait. It can almost be
you'll catch something. As of March 2000 the wharf is in
caution shold be used when going o this wharf. There
are still fish
but it is also a perfect spot to take pictures. Like
many of our
lighthouses this wharf is part of a dying
#15 Visit Dennis Point Wharf:
#16 Port Maitland Wharf:
#18 Bartlett's Beach:
If you follow Route #1 East a few miles past Port Maitland, you see a sign directing you to Bartlett's Beach. This is a much smaller beach but one with charms all its own. Wild rose bushes grow among the dunes and when the delicate blossoms are gone, they're replaced by rose hips as big as crab-apples.
Beach: Mavillette Beach sits almost on the
county line, but if
the truth be told, and it must, Mavillette Beach is located,
not in Yarmouth
County, but in Digby County. It's a beach too good to miss -
a three mile
expanse of sand and sea. This beach, too, is maintained by
Government and has car park areas and change houses nestled
amid the sand
#20 Pembroke Beach:
#21 Have a Beach Party:
|#22 Lounge Around:
There is a great deal to choose from in the way of activity that doesn't take you quite so close to nature as hiking trails and beaches. There are a number of lounges and beverage rooms in the area, most of which offer 'live' entertainment
|#23 Go To The Theatre:
The Yarmouth Arts Regional Center, better known as Th' YARC, showcases a wide variety of entertainment throughout the year including comedy, dramas, and musical performances. We also have in this area the Evangeline Play which is co-ordinated by Araignee de boui boui. We have the recent movies playing at our cinemas located in the Tri- County Mall, on Starr's Road.
|#24 Visit an Art Gallery:
The Sign of the Whale 2.5 miles from Yarmouth on route one are galleries that you don't want to miss. Also, the ARC usually features one or two local artists.
|#25 Attend a meeting of the Yarmouth County Historical
Held the first Friday of every month, these meetings are short on business and long on entertainment. The group meets at the Museum, 22 Collins Street, Yarmouth and sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Topics can range from those pertaining to local history to a slide show on the historical and general aspects of North East Thailand
In Yarmouth County we have sea kayaking for those who like adventure.
#27 Take part in Yarmouth Cup
Yarmouth Cup is a regatta comprised of three events that will appeal to everyone from Wind surfers to Ocean racers. The races conclude in Yarmouth Harbour on Labour Day weekend with a waterfront party on Saturday night, followed by a brunch and Awards Dinner/dance on Sunday. On Labour Day Monday the fleet will gather for a Farewell sail past in Yarmouth Harbour.
#28 Attend a Church Service:
Although the area seems to have a majority of Roman Catholicsand Baptists most other denominations have churches here as well. Whether you choose the elegance at St. Ambrose, the Cathedral for the parish, or a small country church you are sure to be welcomed.
#29 The Yarmouth County Museum:
This is a privately owned museum located at 22 Collins Street and a small admission fee is charged. The museum is a reflection of the area's past and many of the exhibits have a distinctly nautical flavour. The museum is particularly well known for its collection of ship's paintings, but its exhibits also tell a great deal about those who stayed on shore. It has received international awards and is one of ten museums from across Canada to receive the 1989 Canadian Parks Service Heritage award for its service to local history.
#30 The Firefighters Museum:
The Firefighters Museum is located at 451 Main Street. It is the only Provincial Firefighters Museum in Canada and in addition to its vast collection that appeals to the child in everyone, the upstairs portion of the museum is a National Exhibit Center and displays travelling exhibits from across the country and around the world.
#31 The Argyle Township Court House and Gaol:
The Argyle Township Court House and Gaol is located in the lovely riverside village of Tusket. It is the oldest standing Court House in Canada, having housed its first sessions on 29 September, 1805. The building has been lovingly restored and is now open to the public during the summer months. The archives and genealogical research center of the court house are open year round.
Le Musee Acadien is located in West Publnico on Route #355. The first permanent settlement in what we know as Yarmouth County was established at Pubnico by a few families who had been brought from France in 1651 by Charles de La Tour. This museum tells of their early settlement, of Le Grand Derangement of 1755 and of those who returned to pick up the pieces of their language and culture
The Yarmouth Golf and Country Club maintains a 18 hole golf
course has its hazards, but this course has a highway
six from the rest of the course. The West Pubnico Golf And
is another great place to try out your golf swing. Boast the
season in the Province.
#35 The local Y.M.C.A. has a wide range of facilities that are available to the casual user. For a modest daily fee, you can: Swim in the Pool Steam in the Sauna While away some time in the Whirlpool Play Racquetball Work out in the Fitness Centre.
|#36 Midsummer Eve
A celebration of Midsummer's Eve, held on a weekend in June at South Cove Nursery, located on the Brenton Road, between Brenton and Brazil Lake. Free workshops on growing herbs, cooking with them, preserving them and decorating tips will br presented. Campfire legends of Midsummer's Eve with a side-serving of herbal popcorn are scheduled and herbal activities for the children (hunting for fairy treasures, making herbal chaplets and more) are scheduled for both days. Herbal refreshments served. Exit 34, off Highway 101 right 2 km South Ohio, Richmond Road, 5 km from South on Brenton Road. Contact Carla Allen, 742-3406.
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|#38 Wedgeport Fishing Tournament
Held from the Breakwater Wharf in Wedgeport (route 334), this tournament is two days of fishing in the Tusket River around the Tusket Islands (registration fee $35.00 per entrant). For more information contact Gerard Pothier 663-4371.
#40 Dinner Theatre
Presently Yarmouth features two dinner theatres, one held at the Rodd's Grand Hotel the other at the Red Knight Enterprises. They are very well done and good entertainment. For more information contact the Grand at 742-2446 and the Red Knight at 742-1129.
These gardens that are displayed for the garden tour are beautifully designed and manicured. They offer the magnificent array of flowers, bushes, trees and shrubs. Come take a garden tour
|#41 Shoot a Bullet or an Arrow:
During the summer the Scotia Sportsmen's Association makes use of a 100 yard outdoor range. Handguns and rifles are the priority two evenings each week and there is archery practice on two nights. If you're interested call Victor McGuire at 742-5153.
|#42 Dig for Clams:
To be on the safe side, you should check with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (742-0871) to be sure that the little molluscs are safe for consumption.
#46 Play Bridge There is an avid group of Duplicate Bridge players in the area. To find out if there is a game you can get in on, call Inge Hausgaard at 761-2872. The Bridge games take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, every Wednesday night, the cost is $3.50. Everyone welcome.
#47 Read a Book, Magazine or Paper The Isaac Walton Killiam Memorial Library Building Houses the Yarmouth branch of the Western Counties Regional Library. The building, donated as a memorial to the Yarmouth-born industrialist, has reserved its most attractive quarter as a reading room featuring popular magazines and newspapers. The library is open from 10 a.m. ;till 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. For a spot to relax and slow down to vacation pace, it is unequalled. You can also purchase a book at one of our local book stores and read at one of our beautiful parks or beach at your leisure. Just float away to other place in a relaxed atmosphere.
#48 Bowl a string or two: If you've found a rainy days or winter days reduces your activity options, bowling is a good way to get your exercise and stay warm and dry. Brunswick Street Lanes (Closed for the summer June to August)
#49 Bingo! As with nearly every other
are bingo games almost every night of the week. One of the
is held each Monday night at the Fire Hall on Pleasant
Street. If you drop
in on that game, the players or will be pleased to give
you the line up
for the week.
|#50 Hunt for Antiques: There are a few shops
in the area
that deal primarily in antiques, Up Town Antiques has a
to choose from just to name a few; pictures, paintings,
crocks, oil lamps
and a whole lot more for more information call 742-4490,
Collectibles have a vast array of things call 742-1105, but
the fun you can have hunting through second hand shops and
yard sales. Saturdays are yard sale days and you have to
start early to
get the pick of the crop.
#51 Duck Pond Inn & Space Barn: Just a short drive north along route 1 brings you to Beaver River. Located on the Beaver River Road, about a block in, is the Duck Pond Inn & Space Barn. From the historical home and antique buggy in the drive to the latest information on the exploration of the earth and planets, this combination offers a one-of-a-kind visitors experience.
#52 Shop after all, don't you have that cache of mad money you've saved for just this occasion? In Yarmouth, you can find almost anything your heart desires from locally made crafts to imported woollens.
#53 The Bi-way Drives are Fun! Drive slowly and over the far side of every verdant hill Yarmouth County will never fail you. Find a fresh, clear river. Stop at a shaded picnic table. Drift through a deep cool valley. Frolic along a white sand beach. Claim a clean, uncluttered camp site. Along almost every road Yarmouth County brings you a refreshingly new sense of time, where you can hear crows calling, cattle lowing in the fields and silence even. The bi-ways are something to see and hear. One thing there is always time for on vacation is eating and Yarmouth, like many other areas, has its regional specialities.
#54 Rappie Pie: This dish properly has the more elegant sounding name of patate au la Rapure, but when your mouth is watering Rappie Pie is easier to say. This is a uniquely Acadian dish that gives you meat and potatoes in a whole new way. Not all restaurants serve this dish, but if you find one that does be sure to try it.
#55 Lobster: Although lobster is known around the world, one of the most tasty ways of enjoying it are rarely served outside this area: Hot lobster sandwiches. They are so good indulge yourself.
#56 Seafood in General: Fresh from the water to the pan' is the motto of many restaurants in the area and if they can't serve it fresh they won't serve it at all! While you're here you can do your cholesterol level and, if the old saying is true, your brain, a real service by eating your fill of fish.
#57 Visit the Sealed Landers Mill Stone: Located at this foot of Vancouver Street, these stones were used in a mill established near this site by Sealed Landers, the first settler in the Town of Yarmouth.
#58 Mill Stones at Middle West Pubnico: These stones were in use at a gristmill driven by the waters of the Barrington River and operated by the ancestors of the Acadians now living in Pubnico. After the expulsion they were brought to Central Argyle at the Ryers's Brook Mill. They were erected at their present location two hundred years after this village was established in 767. Yarmouth has a very rich history, much of which is evidenced by the collections of the various museums. However, there are a number of other spots that should be visited to get and even closer feel for the hardships and challenges that faced the early settlers.
#59 See the French Acadian Shore: Visit l
the largest and tallest wooden church in North America,
while on your trip
to the French Acadian shore. Enjoy superb beaches with the
in the world and the Acadian cuisine of the ‘longest main
street in the
#62 Visit the Old Meeting House at Gavelton. Follow Route 3 to Tusket and then be on the watch for signs indicating a left turn toward Raynardton. At the dam at Tusket Falls take the road leading across the iron bridge. At the next intersection over to the left. On your right at the following junction of the road stands the Old Meeting House. Its architectural style is quite different from most of what is seen in the area.
#63 Explore Mountain Cemetery: This is one of the most carefully maintained cemeteries to be found anywhere. Although many of the grave markers tell heart wrenching stories, be on the lookout particularly for the monument erected by the provincial government in memory of Herbert Huntington, and the memorial to Bowman B. Law the only M.P. to lose his life in the fire that destroyed the Parliament building in Ottawa in 1916.
#64 Dig for your Roots: The archives/library
at the Yarmouth
County Museum may be small, but it houses a wealth of
information for those
who think their family tree may have roots in this area.
The Isaac Walton
Killam Memorial Library and the Argyle Township Courthouse
are also good
sources of information.
#65 Study the Runic Stone: One of the most controversial exhibits at the Yarmouth County Museum is the Runic Stone. There are indications that the Norse may have had a settlement here as early as 1002. Part of the ‘evidence' for this claim is the Runic Stone, found along the shores of Yarmouth Harbour. Some swear it is authentic, others swear it is a fake. Take a look. Study it. What do you think?
#66 Check out the temperance Hall at Beaver River: The community of Beaver River straddles the Yarmouth/Digby County line. The first Total Abstinence Society in Canada was formed there in 1828. The hall built to house this new organization still stands.
#67 Visit Ellenwood Park: This is another Provincial Picnic park located on Lake Ellenwood. There are facilities for camping but it is also a great place for picnicking, hiking and swimming (supervised). Plan to spend a leisurely day in these magnificent surroundings.
#68 Stop at the Glenwood Picnic Park: This is a Provincial Picnic Park also and has well maintained grounds, eating areas, etc. This is a quiet spot, albeit just off a busy highway, and is nestled by a gently flowing river. The best way to get there is to follow Route #3 to Glenwood, but if you want to spend less time driving and more time relaxing, you can take Highway #103 and watch for exit signs as you near Exit #32.
#69 Wedgeport Tusket Island Tours: Experience the life of the Wedgeport Acadian Fisherman, Daily narrated (bilingual) four hour eco-tour cruises from the Wedgeport Historic Tuna Wharf, to the picturesque and enchanting Wedgeport Tusket Islands with dozens of fishermen's shanties, wooden wharves and thousands of lobster traps. View island lighthouses, sea birds and seals. Children can fish for pollock at island wharf. Learn about Micmac and Acadian histories connected tot he 365 Tusket Islands. And much, much more. For more information call 1-800-566-TUNA.
#70 Stroll through a Rose Garden: The Manor Inn, located in Hebron - about 4.5 miles from Downtown on Rt. 1 is one of the most beautiful settings in which one can wander over 9 acres of beautifully manicured property. Of particular note is the 100 feet in diameter circular rose garden.
#71 Watch a Windmill: Windmills are by no means a common sight on the Nova Scotian landscape, so don't pass up the opportunity to get a good, close look at the one recently constructed in Darling's Lake.
#72 Count the Islands: A drive along Highway 3 particularly from Argyle through to Lower West Pubnico on Route 335 takes you close enough to the coastline to count many of the hundreds of Tusket Islands that seem to bob like corks on the waves. In fact, if you leave Route 335 at Lower West Pubnico and follow Surette's Road, there are almost more islands than you can count spread out before you and two come equipped with lighthouses!
#73 Visit Marie Surette's Grave: Follow route 3 to Tusket, and watch for directional signs to Surette's Island. In the church yard in front of the modest church is an even more modest grave marker. It's the tombstone of Marie Babin Surette, the last survivor of all the Acadian deportees who returned to Nova Scotia. Mrs. Surette died on December 30, 1862, at the age of 110.
#74 Explore the Tittle: Follow the directions to Marie Surette's grave a and go just a little further to where the road forks. Turn to the right. This road, with its two natural causeways, will lead you to Far Point Island and the Tittle. Here you will see what remains of a seasonal fishing community. At a time when modes of transportation were not conducive to returning home at the end of each day's labour, the entire family would move here for the season. From this vantage point the view more of the Tusket Islands can add to your island count.
#75 Poke through a Pocket Wilderness: To be honest about it, this once more takes you over the line into Digby County, but you see much of Yarmouth County's interior on the way. Follow Route 340 beyond Carleton, across the county line to the Wentworth Lake Pocket Wilderness. Meandering paths through the forest lead to the shores of the lake and there are tables for picnicking if you're so inclined.
#76 Visit the Goose Bay Marsh: The interpretative trail at the Goose Bay Marsh on Roberts Island offers an easy walk through a variety of natural eco-systems. A boardwalk takes visitors across to an n island dominated by oak trees. Species of waterfowl and small fur bearing animals abound. Take Highway 103 to the Glenwood Exit. Turn right and travel back route 3 about 1 km to the Roberts Island turn off. Cross the causeway and turn right. The beginning of the Stan O'Brien Interpretative trail is on the right about 500 feet from the intersection.
#77 Lighthouse Park: The are surrounding the lighthouse is a park where visitors can walk and explore the rocks. Care must be taken to respect the waves and tidal action around the rocks at the lighthouse as, with certain winds and tidal conditions, rogue waves can catch the unwary off guard. There is also a Picnic Park located on the Abbott's Harbour Road in Middle West Pubnico (Exit 31 off Highway 1030, le Parc du Phare is located on the site of a lighthouse.
#78 Find a Fish Ladder: Follow route #3 through Arcadia and Pleasant Lake to Tusket until a directional sign to Raynardton indicates a left turn. Take it, but proceed carefully for it crosses a limited access highway. The road wanders along the headwaters of the Tusket River. As you cross the smaller, wooden bridge, pull off the road and take a closer look at the dam that is holding back a wall of water. Before you reach the dam, a dirt road leads off to the left to the hydro electric generating station. Both sites contain fish ladders. The one at the generating station is easier to see, but you should be able to locate the other.
#79 Learn to Sail: The Yarmouth Sailing Association is devoted tot he development of sailing and sail training in Yarmouth County. The group's activities are primarily based out of the Lake Milo aquatic facility where sail training programs and sailing races are held throughout the summer months. The club has two boats available for those who don't own sail boats. Contact Commodore Mark Muise 742-3195 or David Arenburg 742-7437.
#80 Learn about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers:
locally as Little River Duck dogs, the Tolling Retriever
is the only Canadian
bred hunting dog. The breed was developed here in Yarmouth
#82 Chebogue Meadows Interpretive Trail Provides an interesting walk through 12 distinct wildlife habitats, typical of interior south western Nova Scotia. Trail brochures are available from the Department of Lands and Forests office in Yarmouth.
#83 Visit the Utkubok Trail: The Utkubok Trail is located in Arcadia, only minutes from downtown Yarmouth (just head east on Starr's Road past Yarmouth International Airport). The trail features Wildlife Habitat Stations strategically placed to highlight 12 distinct and valuable local wildlife habitats. The trail is wheelchair accessible with assistance. A fabulous spot to visit for an hour or a day.
#84 Watch a Sunset: Nowhere in the world are sunsets more magnificent than in Yarmouth. Every spot is great for viewing this daily event, but one of the nicest is at Sand Beach, where you can keep the lighthouse in the foreground as you watch the sun sink slowly, and radiantly, beneath the horizon.
|#85 Watch the Sunrise:
The sun rises slowly over Yarmouth Count y. It warms the horizon with soft colours that are the complete opposite of those seen at sunset. Birds begin to sing and the earth wakens to a new day. You will hear sounds you won't hear at any other time of day, and there is a special stillness about this time. The lakes are as smooth as glass and if you're near one you may even see deer come to the edges to drink. The effect is such that you'll be convinced that there really is a Brigadoon - and it may be right here.
|#86 Listen to the Sounds of the Sea :
In addition to the fog horn there is the noise of the rolling surf, the hawking of the seagulls, the putt-putt of the small fishing vessels or steady drone of the car ferries that sail in and out each day. Find a quiet spot away from the usual hustle and bustle and you can even hear the silence.
#87 Listen to Colloquialisms:
#88 Call on Fellow Club Members:
#89 Attend a local Fireman's Day:
Acadien de Wedgeport:
#91 Planters Awareness Day-
#98 Yarmouth Bluegrass Jamboree An
of traditional music held at Doctor's Lake Camping ground.
If you like
good music, this is the place to be.
Harvestfest (October) A celebration of the
traditional time for
harvesting crops. Held in Downtown Yarmouth, it includes
ox haul contests;
an extended Farmer's Market's; a HarvestFeast featuring
Corn, potato pancakes
and apple cider; and many other events.
#101 Enjoy Yourself and Plan to Come
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