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Yarmouth & Acadian Shores: Where the Stars Align

Date Posted: June 21, 2017Reading time: 2 minutes


We’re taking a weekly look at something or some place we love in Nova Scotia! Follow along each week this summer as we celebrate well-known favourites and local hidden gems.

With some of the best stargazing and a unique history running at least 400 years deep, the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region is a fantastic place to visit during the summer in Nova Scotia. Once a region of turmoil as France and England fought for control over Atlantic Canada, the region is alive with tales of the past, now home to French-speaking Acadie and various English-speaking communities.

Last summer, when our Video Content Producer, Andre Doucet, returned from a weekend in the area spent with his crew, we heard all about Yarmouth’s beautiful night skies and spectacular sea captain homes dating back to the 1800s. Needless to say, Yarmouth stargazing is on all of the Tramps’ bucket lists for this summer.

Time away from the city is a great way to relax, which often helps to get the creative juices flowing. So, a few of us are looking to #visitYAS in early July to kick back and let the historic beauty of the area inspire us, both personally and professionally.

If you’re thinking of planning a visit to the area, here are a few must-do tips from the Tramp team:

Yarmouth Starry SkyStargaze

With some of the clearest, darkest skies, far removed from the city lights of Halifax, anyone going to the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region should plan to get at least one night of stargazing in. A favourite camping spot is Ellenwood Provincial Park, but there are several others in the area, including Camper’s Haven, Lake Breeze Campground and Castle Lake, with the latter two options offering cottages for rent as well.

Walking Tours

The Sea Captain’s Walking Tour in Yarmouth’s historic district is a particular favourite. As one of the largest ports on the Eastern Seaboard in the 1800s, the prestigious old sea captain homes in Yarmouth that remain are a testament to the town’s vibrant history and wealth. There are, of course, some other great walking tours and nature trails to explore in the area, including a walking tour of and around the 175-year-old Cape Forchu Lighthouse – named one of Canada’s greatest public spaces.

Cape Forchu LighthouseLive Music

Music is a cornerstone of Acadian culture, and any great party with lots of music is referred to in Acadian culture as a “Tyme.” In the summer, you can find a good old tyme with Musique de la Baie, or “Music of the Bay” – a series of nightly local music acts in restaurants throughout the region during the high season, played in both French and English.

Oyster Farm Tour

Climb onboard an authentic fishing boat at Eel Lake Oyster Farm and see how their ‘‘Ruisseau’’ oysters are grown, then learn to shuck oysters and taste the local delicacy back on land!