Welcome to Yarmouth

As your ship cruises to the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, toward the gorgeous rocky shores of Yarmouth County and Acadian Shore, you’ll understand why Leif Erikson may have decided to explore this part of the world–as some say he did–way back in the year 1000.

When you step off the ship, you’ll want to waste no time, as there’s so much to see and do in this seaside town!

The charming architecture in the Town of Yarmouth is sure to steal your attention. Our Heritage district contains many stately unique houses and churches, all built by affluent merchants, sea captains and ship owners from days gone by. Most of the buildings that were erected here during the height of the shipbuilding era still remain in their grand state.

When you’ve worked up an appetite visit our local restaurants and cafés where you can taste some of the freshest seafood in the world. If sampling local craft beers, wines, and delicacies is a passion of yours, whet your appetite with a guided foodie tour of the area!

Come immerse yourself in Acadian culture, learn about the age-old fishing industry, visit the second most photographed Lighthouse in Nova Scotia and even climb the 77 steps to the top. Take a tour exploring the Tusket Islands. Be sure to chat with some of the locals and experience a “tyme” (and learn what that is!). And, if the stars align and you’re in the area after night falls, cast your eyes to the sky. The region is so perfectly suited to view the night sky it's been designated as a Starlight Tourist Destination by the Starlight Foundation. There’s a bit of magic in Yarmouth and Acadian Shores.


Neil MacKenzie
Executive Director

Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association

Phone: (902) 307-2457
Email: nmackenzie@yasta.ca

Things to do

Cape Forchu Lightstation

Towering over the jagged coastline at the edge of Yarmouth is the Cape Forchu Lightstation. Enjoy a guided tour with the lighthouse keeper, visit the museum, have a picnic lunch while taking in the scenery, or take a walk on the surrounding hiking trails. Climb the seventy-seven steps inside the lighthouse to the lantern room where you will be treated to the breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and landscapes. You’ll quickly see why this site has been declared Canada’s Best Public Space.

Yarmouth Walking Tours

Every town has its secrets… its stories. Set aside some time for a fully guided 75-minute tour to get a wonderful glimpse into Yarmouth’s past. You’ll hang on to every word of the history, folklore, and legends of this seafaring town. The stories will linger in your mind’s eye long after you leave the shores of Nova Scotia.

Le Village Historique Acadian de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Take a stroll back through time—through the early 1900s to be exact—and see firsthand how the Acadians of the area lived. The Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia is set on a 17-acre site that overlooks the visually stunning Pubnico Harbour. Watch re-enactments and demonstrations of how Acadians in this area worked and lived over a hundred years ago. Discover their language and become immersed in a special, rich culture.

Tusket Island Tours

Learn how to haul a real lobster trap, visit private floating docks, fishing shanty workshops and sit down to a traditional seafood chowder made from a recipe passed down through generations. Enjoy fabulous live entertainment on your sail back to the Wedgeport dock.

The Waterfront

Explore the beautiful Yarmouth waterfront, with many local restaurants and cafés, galleries and shops along the way. Take in the beautiful views, especially as night falls.