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Yarmouth and Digby

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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.


Map of Yarmouth and Digby
  • 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

Other destinations[edit]

Brier Island Lighthouse
  • 1 Brier Island Brier Island on Wikipedia — 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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • 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.

By bus[edit]

  • Cloud Nine Shuttle, toll-free: +1-888-805-3335. 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.

By ferry[edit]

Bay Ferries will operate daily to Yarmouth from Portland, Maine beginning in late summer 2019.

Bay Ferries also runs service to Digby from Saint John, New Brunswick.

There is no longer a ferry to Bar Harbor.

By plane[edit]

The nearest major airport is Halifax International Airport. Yarmouth International Airport ('YQI IATA) serves only private planes.

Get around[edit]

There's just no public transit here. Bring a car, or hitchhike. (Hitchhiking is not truly safe anywhere. If you hitchhike, take precautions.)


The Balancing Column on Long Island
  • 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, +1 902 649-2428. Fishing excursions from Port Maitland.

Beaches and parks[edit]

  • Bartlett's Beach, Port Maitland
  • Mavilette Beach, Mavilette
  • Port Maitland Beach & Provincial Park, Port Maitland

Stay safe[edit]

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This region travel guide to Yarmouth and Digby is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.