Sailing into Shelburne Harbour from your corner of the Globe is likely the
most romantic approach to exploring this part of Nova Scotia's South Shore.
Imagine what it may have been like when the Mi'Kmaq people saw the first sailing vessels arrive in their land. There are many recollections recorded as petroglyphs in Nova Scotia.
Watching from a birch bark canoe or the security of shore as our (or someone's) ancestors invaded their land.
Every year there are adventurers that discover all that is Shelburne from a seaside reference point. And yes, some now live here.
Kayak sea adventures bring others into the harbour while others discover us by canoe. Inland canoe adventures are another story completely. Read the post about the UNESCO Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere. Still other come up the Harbour with some type of engine powered boat or yacht.
Hikers and bikers frequent our streets from spring through to fall. Motor bike are frequent visitors as well. Something about the 'roads less traveled'... Open air adventurers have more time to consume the fresh air, feel its breezes and smell the salt air.
Both large and, more often, smaller tours find their way to our museums or our many beaches and back roads adventure. Festivals and events are added draws for this style travel.
Both seasonal and year round ferries service Nova Scotia with entry points at Yarmouth (State of Maine connection), Digby (New Brunswick connection), North Sydney (service to and from Newfoundland & Labrador) and Caribou (Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia).
* Nova Scotia is a peninsula and it is connected by land to New Brunswick via the Isthmus of Chignecto. Cape Breton is an Island connected to the mainland of Nova Scotia via the Canso Causeway.
In spite of our land connection, Nova Scotians often feel like we're living on an island. The Music and Tastes of Nova Scotia, the sea air and the welcoming nature of our people combined with an amazing heritage help many visitors celebrate a new freedom. In Shelburne County we express this as 'life beyond the ordinary'. In truth, this applies in one way or another to all Nova Scotia, the three Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick) or by adding in Newfoundland and Labrador, identifying us as The Atlantic Provinces. All said, it's an amazing place to call home.
Did I digress? Many visitors drive in from their homes throughout Canada and the USA in particular. In many cases its a long way to travel and one night in any community is rarely enough. WARNING: Shelburne can refresh you with a sense of calm and uncontrollable cravings can entice you to make visiting habitual.
Just today a Halifax born (84 years ago) Guest and her 89 years young, husband, visiting from their home of 55 years in California took time in the driving rain to make at least one last visit to their most favorite of all, Roseway/Round Bay Beaches. They camped there in their youth over a period of many years.
It's surprising how frequently folks follow their hearts and settle here.
Others find their way here by air. Most initially land at Stanfield International Airport (recently rated as 1 of the top 10 in North America at #10 ranking). It is, by far, the smallest airport in the ranking... For the most part, you'll discover that the philosophy in Nova Scotia is that 'anything worth doing is worth doing well'....just sayin'. Oh yes...just because I mentioned 'doing it well', that doesn't necessarily mean we do it quickly.
Once landed at Stanfield there are lots of options. Car rentals, local and regional bus service, train connections and even shuttle services to such far away places as Shelburne and Shelburne County. Shuttle service can be very cost effective or even luxurious. Booking a shuttle or booking a limo...they both work.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ~ Lao-tzu,
There is also regular air service to Sydney, Cape Breton and smaller regional service for various sized airplanes. Yarmouth Airport has the capacity to handle large private aircraft and it's just an hour drive from Shelburne.
You've got an Electric Powered Car and you want to know if it's feasible to
tour the Maritimes. It looks quite promising though you may want to have a back up plan for some areas. See a Map here. One of the locations is only a 4 minute walk from The Cooper's Inn right here on Shelburne's Dock Street.
Shelburne charging station pictured to the right.>>>>>>>>
Via Rail provides passenger train service to Halifax from points west of Nova Scotia. Many of the already mentioned travel conveyance options can be initiated from the downtown Halifax Station as well.
A growing number of eco type tourists are choosing the more primary physical means of exploring Nova Scotia. It's not uncommon for families to arrive by Bicycles Built for Two, one this summer on a Bicycle Built for Three and of course many single rider cyclists too. Hiking by foot is less common in our area though many Guests choose hiking our trails, beaches and bi-ways once they've settled in the Inn as their home base.
Motor cycles are yet another popular means of exploring Nova Scotia.
This summer we've been fortunate to host Guests raising funds for ALS, USA (over $1.9 milllion over 20+ years) and another, a cross-Canada cyclist on the final stage of his adventure raising funds for Mental Health (over $100k to date). He'll be dipping his toes in St. John's Harbour any day now.
We'd love to hear and perhaps share your story. Don't forget that pictures tell us so much more. Our picturesque landscapes and the beauty of nature in all her moods, the flora, fauna and bird and animal life. There is so much to learn.