Yarmouth and Digby are the two western-most counties of Nova Scotia. Traditional Anglo-Scottish and Acadian French culture intermingles amongst the villages, harbours, beaches and lighthouses, a remnant of the colonial past. Away from the shore, there are significant inland wilderness areas, including over 365 lakes and several major rivers.
- 1 Digby — home to a fleet of sea scallop trawlers, and to dive bars and waterfront patio restaurants serving the famous Doggy scallops
- 2 Kemptville — a popular location for sport fishing due to its many rivers and lakes
- 3 Pubnico — an excellent place to explore Acadian history and culture
- 4 Yarmouth — known for the Cape Frochu Lighthouse, and traditional Anglo-Scottish and Acadian French culture
- 1 Brier Island — the westernmost part of Nova Scotia and the southern end of the North Mountain ridge with Long Island lying immediately northeast, an important stopover point for migrating sea birds
- -Tobeatic Wilderness Area — A 120,000-ha pristine wilderness area that can be accessed from East Kemptville. A semi-barren landscape, surrounded by more productive woodlands. Expansive wetlands, long stillwaters, fast flowing river and more than 100 lakes provide diverse aquatic habitats.
- The Acadie Spirit Trail (French Shore) — explore the vibrant culture and captivating history of French-speaking Nova Scotians
Yarmouth and Digby, located at the western end of Nova Scotia, offers travellers a variety of coastal and backwoods experiences, and a chance to experience Nova Scotia Acadian culture.
As a fishing region, the seafood is excellent, especially the scallops from Digby.
- Highway 101 - South Shore
Yarmouth to Halifax
- Highway 103 - North Shore
Yarmouth to Halifax
- Highway 203 - South Shore Inland
Scenic drive from Shelburne (Nova Scotia) through Kemptville to Carleton, near Yarmouth
- Many other scenic routes including old Hwy 1 and old Hwy 3.
- Cloud Nine Shuttle, toll-free: . Yarmouth to Halifax/Dartmouth, operating on the #101 and #103 highways and points en route. Also parcel pickups and deliveries. Service 7 days a week.
Bay Ferries also runs service to Digby from Saint John, New Brunswick.
There is no longer a ferry to Bar Harbor.
There's just no public transit here. Bring a car, or hitchhike. (Hitchhiking is not truly safe anywhere. If you hitchhike, take precautions.)
- Balancing Column on Long Island (46 km S on Rte 217 down the Right Neck to East Ferry, take the ferry across the Petit Passage ($7/car return, every hour at :30) to Tiverton on Long Island, drive another 4 km on 217 to the Balancing Rock Trail). A 1.7-km hike on a well-maintained trail to a column of basalt 6.1 m high by 1.2 m wide balancing on its end over the Bay of Fundy. Free.
- Nova Scotia Historic Acadian Village, Pubnico. On a 17-acre site that overlooks the Pubnico Harbour, you can step back in time to discover the life and culture of the Acadians in the early 1900s. (Summer only.)
- Cape Forchu Lightstation. Dramatic, bold coastline and historic lighthouse. Drive to Cape Forchu easily from downtown Yarmouth, passing the numerous fishing shanties and lobster pounds along the way.
- Scallop Days Festival, Digby. 3 days in the first week of August. Scallop-shucking contests, a parade, and an exhibition of local artists.
- Tight Lines Guide Service, ☏ . Fishing excursions from Port Maitland.
Beaches and parks
- Bartlett's Beach, Port Maitland
- Mavilette Beach, Mavilette
- Port Maitland Beach & Provincial Park, Port Maitland