See and Do
Explore and Discover Shelburne County and Region
We know what we know.
We often know what we don't know.
Yet none of us know what we don't know.
In perspective, a knowledge of Shelburne Region falls under #1 'We know what we know.'
Under #2 the pictures and short captions on this page will often connect on that level of insight.
It is #3, 'not knowing what we don't know' which can be most inspiring. Liken it to taking the road less traveled and finding that jewel you weren't looking for, nor had imagined.
The Shelburne region is that kind of gem or unexpected, unanticipated discovery.
One example that has personal meaning comes to mind. When first arriving in Shelburne I thought I knew about calm and certainly knew what it meant to and for me. Calm was definitely on my radar. Oddly it addresses #1 and #2.
In fact, it was really the discovery of a seaside 'calm' that totally redefined what 'calm' truly is for me. A 'none of us know what we don't know' epiphany that may never have occurred without coming to Shelburne.
Literally every highlight on this page is a window for those kinds of moments for you.
And certainly well within the range of magic moments is the Shag Harbour Incident. It's not among the highlights below. Now that it is on your radar perhaps you'll want to delve more deeply. Jacques Cousteau's family did. Here's a wee clue to start you on that journey, 'Celine and Fabian Cousteau'.
The Road not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Historic Shelburne Properties
Shelburne is said to have more pre-1800original wood structures than any town in Canada and arguably the USA. Those folks looking up aren't always watching birds.
Civilian and Military re-creation give a sense and feel of many aspects of Historic Shelburne.
Lawrence Hill's ''Book of Negroes''
is but one example of how history connects. As a mini series many scenes were produced here. Many other movies have chosen the Shelburne setting for it remarkable quaint and storied look.
Shelburne County Lighthouses
The illusion of the view suggests the Sandy Point Lighthouse above is central to the width of the Harbour. You'll discover this and many more storied Shelburne County Lighthouses connecting our yesterdays with today
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre
A world class connection. A story told in a way that truly allows us to feel the connection and better understand the complexities of our times, then and now. A must stop. You'll want to visit again and again. Book a Tour.
Time Travel ~ Shelburne Style
Here we see a c1900 picture of what is now The Cooper's Inn (on the left). It was the age of sail. And what we now call Dock Street a mere waterfront path. Explore.Self-Guided and Guided Tours available.
Every Dory has a Story
Learn about the craft of dory building, Shelburne style. The Museums by the Sea has several component parts. The Dory Shop honours the traditions of the qualities that make ones like this unique.
Cape Roseway Lighthouse
WWII armaments protected the harbour gateway from marauding vessels.
Roseway Lighthouse. The original was Nova Scotia's 3rd oldest.
Hike. Explore. Adventure. Visit The Cooper's Inn Blog to read more.
Museums by the Sea
Each Museum has a story.See a remarkable old fire wagon or historic artifacts the Shelburne County Museum (Green in the photo). Visit the Ross Thompson House with living quarters and mercantile. Perhaps refresh with knowledge of how to make the 'sports drink', switchel.
Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club
Weekly races over the summer season. A Marina. And year round social activity speak to the welcoming nature of sailors and their fans.
All on the natural and world class Shelburne Harbour.
Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct
Canada's National Parks include this beautiful treasure and its just a short drive from Shelburne. Birders. Hikers. Nature Lovers. A day at the Park with Picnic and Camera and your favourite companion. All yours to Explore.
More Places to See and Things to Do
Boxing Rock Brewing Company
Craft Beer and Craft Cider lovers won't want to miss a sampling at Boxing Rock Brewery.
Axe throwing at the Taproom is a scheduled activity. Observe or play?
..and you'll want to know the storied Legend of Boxing Rock
Osprey Arts Centre
The hub of a community may easily be celebrated through the hearts of its people and its theatre.
The 2021 summer's Lawn Chair Festival will be held at the Guild Hall. Free access. Watch for scheduling. Donations are welcome.
Cooper's Inn Package Getaways
With all these reasons to explore 'life beyond the ordinary' in the Shelburne Region you'll discover even more by checking out our packaged getaways. 2, 3, 4, 5 and longer Escapes are often best buys. Solo offers too. Take a look here.
Everybody loves Whirligigs. One of Nova Scotia's most fun Festivals has been on hold of late. Museums by the Sea has Whirligigs for sale. You'll see many doing their exercises about town. For the Kid in Us!
Just 6 doors down from the Inn you can enjoy your fitness routine.
Shelburne Physio location couldn't be much more convenient.Recent expansion has nearly doubled their gym space.
Touring Shelburne Harbour is easily with Candlebox leading the way. Safety 1st.
Enjoy an evening on Shelburne Harbour. Seabirds and Seals and fun for the family. Must be booked at least 24 hours ahead. See more.
Nova Scotia Rocks ~ Read Guide
Explore our shores and beaches for more rock hounding opportunities than you might ever imagine. Please keep safe and be sure you've acquired any special permissions before exploring unknown areas.
Photo Credit: Darlene Haliday
Love the Birds
There are many easily accessed birding locations throughout the Shelburne Region including notable sanctuaries. A helpful and useful resource is iNaturalist. Link here and type in the area you plan to explore.
Shelburne Region is home to a truly rich vein of talents. Painters. Musicians. Writers. Carvers. Rug Hookers. Knitters. Weavers. Potters. Jewelers. Flute, Fiddle and Guitar Makers. Sea Glass and Driftwood Artists. Driftwood Art by Darryl Swaine
World's #3 Natural Harbour
The historic significance of Shelburne Harbour never ceases to amaze. Trading. Sailing Academy. Ship and dory building. Shelburne is considered #3 after only Sydney, Australia and Havana Cuba.
Shelburne Barrel Factory
Tradition continues as old style barrels are produced by modern day coopers using the tools and methods that are proven by time. From cups to coasters and buckets to bail tubs and rain barrels. Planters too. A Guest favourite. See more here.
It's a one stop spot. 4 Museums and all located within minutes walk of one another. See Bessy Murray's 1st piece of Nova Scotia Tartan, The Old Meeting House, Seal Island Light Museum and Western Counties Military Museum. So much to see.
Shelburne Region Beaches
Discover many of Nova Scotia's best Beaches. 10 to 40 minutes will take you to other world you know you want to visit. Beautiful sand beaches and some remarkable shores to explore. Hard to ask for more.
Roseway~Round Bay Beach pictured 15min from Inn
Just when you thought 'Could there be any more?' Indeed there is yet we leave most of that up to you.
The Acadian Village
Located in Lower West Pubnico the Village is a step back in time with Acadian Story Tellers sharing their saga from the early days in Nova Scotia. Humour and food and perhaps some music. Be entertained and educated in a caring way. 45 minutes from the Inn and well worth the drive. You'll want to try out some Acadian Cuisine while in the area.
at Cosby's Garden Centre
A real favourite of our nearby 'parks' is Concrete Creations. It's just down the road a piece in Brooklyn (45 minutes) The photo above is just a teaser. This place is quite simply a most remarkable 'pleaser'. Every age and curiosity will want to share. Nearly 7 acres of Sculptures. Admission by donation. Learn more.
Sunset over Shelburne Harbour
Cliche' perhaps.... yet the lights of Shelburne, no matter the time of day set the pace and the mood.'Calm' eases its way into our journey before we know and it feels good.