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Welcome to Shelburne

Shelburne’s stunning scenery and fresh salt air greet you as soon as you step off the ship. The charm of this historic seaside town is almost palpable.

This picturesque area on Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore has been the filming site for The Scarlet Letter, Wilby Wonderful, Virginia’s Run, and the two-part TV mini-series, Moby Dick.

French Acadians settled in the region to fish in the late 17th century and named the town Port Razoir because of how the harbour resembled an open razor. New England privateer raids between 1705 and 1708 saw the fishing village abandoned by the Acadians, and the Loyalists moved in.

Nearby exploration opportunities keep you close to port, but you’ll feel as if you’ve slipped into another time. Enjoy the waterfront scenery, visit the historic Dock Street attractions, and browse in the many quaint shops in town. Take a minute to chat with a local—many of them are descendants of the Loyalists who first settled here. Shelburne’s natural beauty, rich heritage, and friendly residents will keep you lingering until you’re forced to return to the ship for your next adventure.


Wayne Langthorne
Port Manager

Town of Shelburne
168 Water Street, PO Box 670
Shelburne, NS  B0T 1W0

Phone: (902) 874-2040
Email: shelburnestevedores@ns.aliantzinc.ca
Website: www.town.shelburne.ns.ca

Things to do

Learn About Canada’s Best Kept Secrets

Birchtown is the land with the largest population of free Africans outside Africa during the 18th century. Visitors can attend the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre for an interactive lesson on the fight for freedom.

Take Samples at Our Craft Brewery

Shelburne has its own craft brewery; Boxing Rock and it is one of the seventeen breweries in Nova Scotia. Visitors can take a tour and sample our legendary beer.

The Sandy Point Lighthouse

One of Shelburne’s most popular destinations known for its historical, architectural and environmental significance. Located on a sand bar at the entrance of Shelburne Harbour, the lighthouse offers a picturesque backdrop at any time of day.

The Guild Hall Market

Stop by this weekly, Sunday afternoon market created by over 35 unique local growers and makers on the historic Shelburne waterfront.

Explore Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront on Foot

Go back to the 18th century in this celebrated seaport’s artfully restored Historic District on the waterfront. Explore the dory shop, barrel factory, general store, stunning harbour view and much more.

Sailing Adventures

Set sail in the luxurious MV Brown Eyed Girl for an unforgettable tour of beautiful Shelburne Harbour. Come see our wildlife of puffins, seals, harbour porpoises, sea turtles and minke whale.

Roseway Beach

The sights and sounds of the wind and surf greet you as you drive down the gravel road to Roseway Beach, located on beautiful Round Bay. Another local favourite for swimming and picnicking during the summer. Enjoy the beach year round for walking, birding, star gazing and photography - especially when the full moon shines on the bay.

River Hills Golf & Country Club

A beautiful 18-hole course with incredible views. Play along the majestic Clyde River on the front nine and then head into an elevated, wooded experience framed by rock walls before returning riverside to three challenging finish holes.