I had it in my head that I really wanted to see as much of Nova Scotia as I could while we were there. Here in Ontario, we’re used to taking day trips that require a few hours of driving. We won’t bat and eye at hoping in the car and driving the two hours to Niagara Falls, spending the day and returning home just in time for bedtime.
It’s a good three-hour drive from Halifax to Yarmouth, so we took the day to explore and see the sights. I have to admit I was a little disappointed upon arriving in Yarmouth. I don’t know what I expecting, but I think I was hoping for more hustle and bustle. More ‘things’ to do. Perhaps I missed something.
We happened upon the farmer’s market, which was a neat experience. It was so different from the farmer’s markets here in Ontario. More quaint and homey. And far less busy than the markets here in London. If I lived there I could see myself visiting every week. There was even a live quartet of singers, singing some lively sea chanties!
We did do the sea captains tour of homes, which was quite interesting. Lots of different architectural styles and the homes were surprisingly well preserved. We drove the tour instead of walking, but you could still see the beauty of the homes. One of the things that always struck me was the use of so many vibrant colours. Some of the detail on the homes you just don’t see on modern designs. They mix the oddest combinations and somehow it just works. And when I was going through our pictures from the day I realized I didn’t take any photos of the homes.
Before our tour of the captain’s homes, we had a picnic lunch in Frost Park right beside Echo Circle. I had read about this phenomenon and just had to try it out for myself. The tour book said that if you stand right on the circle your voice echos but if you step just to the side it doesn’t. So of course I had to try it out, and guess what? It WORKED! It was the weirdest thing.
After Yarmouth, we headed back up the shore to Shelbourne. I have to admit, although it is a very small, it is quite beautiful and peaceful. They have done a lot of work on the waterfront and I’d say it’s been worth it. (Not that I saw what it looked like before) They have a few museums you can enjoy and some local restaurants, we tried to go to one but they were all booked the night, should’ve booked ahead, oops! I could have spent more time in Shelbourne, but it was nearing the end of the day and things were already closing up. So we hit a local gastropub type place for dinner, not a place I would recommend, by the way, had a less than spectacular meal and then got back on the road to Halifax.
I took a lot of picture in Shelbourne because of how beautiful it was so this is going to be a bit of a picture dump next. Collage’s just won’t do the pictures justice in my opinion.
It was a great day, a little chilly weather wise, but I’m glad we got a chance to see the south shore. Have you ever been to Yarmouth or Shelbourne?