Things to Do

Looking For Something to Do?

Escape the ordinary and experience a more natural way of life.

Check out the following Top 10 Things to Do in the Municipality of Shelburne.

Sandy Point Lighthouse

Come and enjoy the Sandy Point Lighthouse! You will find everything you may desire on a warm summer day; Sandy Beach (at low tide), room for kids to play and a full service canteen with ice cream, chips, refreshments, hot dogs, hamburgers and other snacks!

Open most days 12-6 during the summer months only.

Breakfasts are the first and third Saturdays of every month year round.

This facility also services as a special events location and caters to weddings, family get-togethers, meetings, special occasions, and group suppers.

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Trails are perfect to enjoy a leisurely stroll, to observe and / or photograph many types of wild flowers, trees, birds, wildlife, and natural landscapes, or to add to your personal work-out routine. These level terrain trails are active transportation connections in the communities of Sable River, Jordan Falls, and between the Islands Provincial Park and the Town of Shelburne for locals and visitors alike.

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Some of the most beautiful, natural coastline in Nova Scotia is found within the Municipality of Shelburne. From the warm estuarine waters of Louis Head to the wild, open coastline of Black Point, an array of dynamic coastal ecosystems provide habitat for plants, birds and other wildlife. Residents and visitors are drawn to our sandy beaches for a wide range of activities including walking, kayaking, photography, bird watching and simply spending time in nature.

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River Hills Golf and Country Club

River Hills Golf & Country Club takes you along the beautiful Clyde River, with many spectacular views.  This 18-hole course is beautifully landscaped with ponds and lined with magnificent rock walls.  This is truly a course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all ages.

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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre museum tells the story of the world’s largest free African population outside of Africa, in the late 18th century in Nova Scotia.

In addition to the Centre, you can also visit historic buildings and the National Monument commemorating the Black Loyalist Landing in Birchtown in 1783.

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Interpretative Sites

One Tourism Interpretive Site is located in each of our seven districts, including a place to relax and learn something about the local area. These locations are signed and each one has a beautiful view and story to tell.

Sea Kayaking, Surfing and SUP Boarding

We welcome you to kayak on our paddle perfect waters.  Experience scenic coastlines, explore our beautiful harbours and bays and views that are worth the paddle.

Kayak Launch Sites include: Black Point Road, Carleton Village Beach, McNutts Island, The Islands Provincial Park, Dock Street, Sandy Point Lighthouse, Jones Harbour,and North Water Street (Lockeport).

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Osprey Arts Centre

The Osprey Arts Centre is the arts performance hub of Shelburne County. Each year we present a full season of live music, theatre, dance, art exhibits, film screenings, youth events, workshops, day camps and community events. Talented amateurs and lifelong professionals give it their all on our stage.

The sounds of summer music festival is "Rattling the Halls" throughout Shelburne County with an amazing line up of talent.

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Geocaching is the ultimate treasure hunt. A geocacher can located a cache location using GPS technology and then share the cache and location online. It is a fun way to add excitement to visitors driving, camping and hiking experiences with friends and family!

There are many geocaches to be discovered within the Shelburne County. Uncover hidden gems as you make your way through our many coastal communities and discover treasures just waiting to be found! Check out the Shelburne County GeoTrail Adventure Passport  – Consisting of 32 caches located throughout Shelburne County.

Boxing Rock Brewery

Boxing Rock has been brewing legendary Nova Scotia craft beer on the South Shore since 2013. Visit us 7 days a week (May-October) for samples and pints, shop in our retail store, and enjoy amazing local food from Finest Kind Food. Local live music (Fridays), axe throwing, brewery tours, and more; check our Facebook page for events.

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McNutt's Island

Located in the mouth of the Shelburne Harbour, McNutt's Island is the prefect place to step away while exploring. Enjoy a 6 km hike across the island as you vist old bunkers and the Cape Roseway Lighthouse. *Only accessible by boat.

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