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In Shelburne
First things first -- food. Charlotte Lane is an exceptional restaurant (check out the menu here) located within walking distance of Dock Street. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa and crafts are sold at the Bean Dock, also on Dock Street. You can also have an Alexander Keith's beer, a sandwich, or even a traditional maritime meal at the Sea Dog saloon, a huge yellow building at the far end of the street.

Otherwise, Shelburne offers a number of unusual small-town attractions. For all your cooping needs, consider visiting the Cooper's Shop, a working barrelmaker across from the Cooper's Inn; closer to the wedding site, the Old Dory Shop hosts a museum devoted to the flat-bottomed fishing boats common to the area since the mid-19th century. The Ross Thomson House on Charlotte Street, a museum in the form of an 18th-century store, offers a look at Shelburne in the 1780s -- at its peak as a thriving port community. You can also learn about Shelburne's shipbuilding past by visiting the Muir-Cox Shipyard, including a working boatshop and a Shipbuilding Interpretive Center. A few kilometers away a Black Loyalist museum can be found, commemorating the town's unusual legacy of Black expatriates from the American colonies. (Unfortunately, the Black Loyalist museum recently suffered a fire and will probably be closed over the weekend of August 5th.) Information on all of Shelburne's museums can be found here.

Shelburne also affords convenient access to a number of hiking trails, including a particularly gentle one passing directly through town and continuing along a 13-mile former railway line through the woods. Also close by is Islands Provincial Park, a wooded spit of land jutting into Shelburne's harbor offering great views and a perfect place to barbecue. (Click here for a brochure.) And about five miles from Shelburne, along the shore road, you'll find Roseway Beach -- a nice place to propose or just to spend a few hours lounging on the white sand.

Touring Nova Scotia
There's more to Nova Scotia than just the Blue Nose and lobster. Halifax is a city built on shipping and mercantile fortunes. In the summer, the harbor fills up with ships and sailboats. The museums are lovely, but you don't really come to Nova Scotia to go to museums, do you?

Head north to Cape Breton Island for mountains and moose. Head west to the Annapolis Valley for rolling hills and farms. Head south for the Lighthouse Route through fishing villages and Nova Scotia's rocky coast. Driving south from Halifax, the coastal road (Rte. 3) will take you through Nova Scotia's scenic villages along the Lighthouse Route. Visiting towns such as Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg could keep you busy for days.

Hiking
For nature enthusiasts, Kejimkujik National Park is an interior park with miles of hiking trails and a 475 year-old hemlock tree. Also, Thomas Raddall Provincial Park at Port L'Hebert features marvelous coastal scenery, including white sand beaches. Closer to Shelburne, the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct provides a fairly comfortable two-hour hike through the rocky coves and scrub pine forests of a wild peninsula formerly inhabited by sheep farmers. Basking seals may be visible on coastal rocks in summertime. Farther south, the Hawk, a beach at the southernmost point of nearby Cape Sable Island, bird-watchers congregate for the fowl. Check out this map as a starting place if you're interested in visiting.

This website will give you a better idea about Nova Scotia's history, culture, and attractions: http://novascotia.com/en/ home/default.aspx

If you're interested in letting other people know when and where you'll be going while you are in Nova Scotia, please use the guest bulletin board. And feel free to email (Renbo@earthlink.net; kstarr@heronfdn.org) or call if you have questions: 212-923-9196.
 

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