- 1 Antigonish — a service hub for the surrounding region, and home of the picturesque campus of St. Francis Xavier University
- 2 New Glasgow — see its historic downtown core
- 3 Pictou — the birthplace of new Scotland
The Northumberland Shore has more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada. Fresh local lobster is a food of choice for the region and is available at restaurants throughout.
The Northumberland Shore was the landing place for the first European immigrants, and the Town of Pictou, known as the “Birthplace of New Scotland.”
The Trans-Canada Highway 104 is the main road in and out of the region.
Halifax is the closest major airport.
Pictou is the closest town in Nova Scotia to the Prince Edward Island ferry.
Highway 104 is the main routes between New Glasgow and Antigonish, while Highway 106 takes you from New Glasgow to Pictou and the PEI ferry. Route 337 provides a nice drive around Cape George.
The Sunrise Trail is a scenic motorway which passes through many of the coastal towns and villages in the area. The trail is known for its stunning ocean views and seaside farms. It is the access route for several attractions. These include the Cape George Lighthouse (the park at the lighthouse features several kilometres of hiking trails), Ballantyne's Cove Bluefin Tuna Interpretive Centre, and the Arisaig Lighthouse. It also passes through Antigonish, home of the Antigonish Highland Games every July, and of St. Francis Xavier University.
New Glasgow offers several museums and galleries, and you can learn about the history of Scottish immigration at the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou.
Gorge yourself on crustaceans at the Pictou Lobster Festival in July.
Enjoy the beaches of Caribou Provincial Park and Waterside Beach Provincial Park.
- Pictou County pizza. A regional variant of pizza found in Pictou County. The pizza is made with a "brown sauce" and Halifax-made pepperoni called "Brothers". The pizza can be shipped frozen across Canada via an arrangement between a local pizza shop and the local UPS agent.
- Jost Vineyards, 48 Vintage Lane, Malagash, toll-free: . The province’s oldest and largest winery. The mild climate is the basis for the local wine industry. Daily wine tastings, vineyard tours, locally inspired gourmet fare at the Seagrape Café, and a broad selection of wines and wine merchandise in the boutique.