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Northumberland Shore


Antigonish Highland Games
Antigonish Highland Games Dancers

There’s something special about Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore. Perhaps it’s the region’s title as the blueberry capital of Canada. It could also be the hosting of the oldest continuous highland games outside of Scotland. Or maybe it’s the region’s beaches with the warmest waters. There are many things that make this region unique and with the combination of historic sites, maple syrup, vineyards of an award-winning winery and summer festivals, it also makes for an incredible vacation destination.

Recommended Northumberland Shore Experiences

Connecting With Our Roots

Celebrate Celtic culture at one of our internationally renowned annual events. Join in the fun at the Antigonish Highland Games in Antigonish, the oldest continuous highland games outside of Scotland or at the Gathering of the Clans.

No Sour Grapes Here

Take a drive along the gorgeous Sunrise Trail and then visit Jost Vineyards, beautifully located on the shores of the Malagash Peninsula. Featuring seasonal tours, and complimentary wine tastings, Jost Vineyards has won more than 150 international awards and medals, and has a varietal sure to please every palette.

A Sweet Experience

Visit Sugar Moon Farm and learn about the history and craft of maple sugaring in the sugar camp. Be sure to try their famous buttermilk pancakes in the pancake log-house and check out their selection of 100% all-natural maple products.

Outdoor Activities

No matter where you are, you’ll quickly discover the Northumberland Shore to be the ultimate outdoor playground. The region features over 30 beautiful beaches, a variety of championship golf courses, and activities ranging from kayaking in Antigonish, rockhounding at Arisaig Provincial Park to hiking in Wentworth Valley.

How to Get to the Northumberland Shore Region

There are eleven scenic routes that will lead you to each of Nova Scotia’s distinct tourism regions. Each route highlights many of the region’s culture, history and natural attractions. The following trails will take you to and around the Northumberland Shore region.

  • Sunrise Trail