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Yarmouth is a town on the western tip of Nova Scotia, Canada. The town is known for the Cape Frochu Lighthouse and the nearby area boasts both traditional Anglo-Scottish and Acadian French culture. It also makes a good base for exploring the inland wilderness areas, which feature over 365 lakes and several major rivers.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Halifax, take Highway 101 on the South Shore or Highway 103 on the North Shore.

By bus[edit]

  • Cloud Nine Shuttle, toll-free: +1-888-805-3335. Yarmouth to Halifax/Dartmouth and points en route on the #101 and #103 highways, parcel pickups and deliveries, 7 days a week.

By boat[edit]

  • Bay Ferries, toll-free: +1-877-762-7245. June 15-Sep 30, departs Portland 2:30pm EDT, departs Yarmouth 8:30am AST. International car ferry, daily 6-hour crossing between Yarmouth and Portland (Maine). US$107/person + US$199/auto (one way, high season).

By plane[edit]

Yarmouth Airport (YQI IATA) serves private planes. The closest scheduled services are at Halifax.

Get around[edit]

Yarmouth is fairly easy to navigate by car; local cab services include R & L Taxi (+1 902 742-8294), Sea Crest Taxi (+1 902 742-9114), Tri County Cab (+1 902 742-2323) and Yarmouth Town Taxi (+1 902 742-7801).


  • Cape Forchu Lightstation. Dramatic, bold coastline and historic lighthouse now open to the public. Small museum and tea room. Cape Forchu was named by Champlain in 1605. Drive to Cape Forchu easily from downtown Yarmouth, passing the numerous fishing shanties and lobster pounds along the way. [1]
  • Chebogue Salt Marsh and Chebogue Point. The largest salt-water marshland in the province was once the home of a major Acadian French settlement.
  • Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia, 451 Main Street, +1 902 742-5525.
  • Sweeney Fisheries Museum, 112 Water St. Explores the Sweeney marine heritage through a number of exhibits including a simulation of a traditional fishing wharf with fishing, processing and ship repair sheds, wharf decks and a coastal freighter.



There aren't any beaches in the town, but there are a few within a short drive.

  • John's Cove Beach, Highway 304 (just before you reach the Cape Frochu Lightstation). Sandy curve with views of Yarmouth Harbour
  • Pembroke Beach, Pembroke Cove. Beach on the Atlantic Ocean and a birding destination
  • Sand Beach, Chebogue Rd.

Cinema and theatre[edit]


  • Undersea Discovery, Hardscratch Road, +1 902 742-7234. Scuba diving gear.


  • C & J's Ocean View Tours, Water Street (Ferry Terminal), +1 902 745-2536. Bus tour.


There is an Atlantic Superstore, Sobeys, and Wal-Mart



  • Old World Bakery and Deli, 232 Main St, +1 902 742-2181. Tu-Sa 9AM–10:30PM.
  • The Shanty Café, 6B Central Street, +1 902 742-5918. M-Sa 6AM-8PM. The Shanty offers homemade Canadian and Cuban food. Vegetarian and other healthy options. Its mandate is to provide meaningful employment to individuals who face barriers to employment as a result of disability, mental illness, age, language, literacy, etc. Burgers $7.50, sandwiches $4.50-8.50, breakfast $3.50-6.50, haddock dinner $8-13.
  • Jo-Anne's Quick-N-Tasty, Route 1, Hebron, +1 902 742-6606. Daily 10:30AM–7PM. Diner with excellent seafood.
  • Snack Place Restaurant, 2 Cann Street, +1 902 742-7702. Fish & chips, seafood, etc. Daily 11AM–8PM ('til 9PM F & Sa).
  • Chuck's Diner, 7 Hardscratch Rd, +1 902 742-8448. Daily 7AM–8PM. Drive-in restaurant.




  • New Century Restaurant, 280 Main Street. daily 11AM-9PM. Canadian Chinese food. All-you-can-eat buffet on weekends.


  • Old Mill Seafood & Dairy Bar, 785 Hardscratch Road, +1 902 742-2686. M-F 10AM-7PM; Sa Su 9AM-6PM. Mains $11-25.
  • Rudder's Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub, 96 Water Street, +1 902 742-7311. Daily 11AM–10:30PM. A five-minute walk from downtown. Known for its seafood, service and spacious wrap-around deck overlooking Yarmouth's waterfront. The 18th-century beamed ceilings and thick plank floors are part of the draw. Live entertainment most nights of the week.
  • Windlass Restaurant, Kelley's Cove, +1 902 742-2290. Daily 11AM-8PM.


  • Prince Arthur Steak & Seafood House, 73 Starrs Rd, +1 902 742-1129.


Bars & pubs[edit]

Tea rooms and cafés[edit]

  • Mischa's Café and Ice Cream Parlour, +1 902 649-2470. 3198 Hwy 1 Port Maitland.





  • Ellenwood Provincial Park & Campground, Highway 340, +1 902 761-2400. Fresh water beach and park



  • Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum, 57 Tuna Wharf Rd, Highway 334, Lower Wedgeport, +1 902 663-4345. 9AM-6PM daily from mid-June to late August. A museum dedicated to sport tuna fishing with photos, trophies and displays from when Bluefin tuna were plentiful in the area. There are also displays on Acadian culture and Wedgeport's history.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Yarmouth
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