What to see and do in Nova Scotia. Suggestions for festivals, events, family entertainment,  kayaking, Sailing, golfing and hiking.
What to see and do in Nova Scotia.  Suggestions for activities, adventures, beaches, lighthouses, restaurants and museums.

Sandy Lane
Vacation Rentals
135 Water St
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
B0T 1W0 Canada

tel: 1 902 875 2729
toll-free: 1 800 646 1577

Guest Testimonials

Our last day at the cottage how the time has flown! We know of the village of West Green Harbor, smells of the sea, cries of the sea gulls, the lobster pots drying in the sun, the bold colours of the lupins swaying along the road, the gentle breeze fades into the distance as we fly home - we leave with fond memories of the soft rhythm of life in Nova Scotia.  The house and location is tranquil, restful and easy on the soul. We end this journey with a smile and leave a little of ourselves behind.

A. Lunn
Berkshire, UK, 2009
 We had a great stay at the cottage. The house itself is spacious and clean, and in a lovely secluded spot a few minutes walk to the water. Our kids had a great time wading in the ocean water and skipping rocks. The area was also great - we visited a few beaches all within 10-30min drive and they were amazingly beautiful and empty! We would definitely stay again!
 Toronto, Canada, 2019
Perfect getaway location for relaxation
My husband and I had a wonderful week at Red Head Retreat. it was completely peaceful with only the sounds of gulls, waves on stone at the foot of the bluff and intermittent bird song. The house is spacious, comfortably furnished and open and airy with lots of natural light. The back deck is perfect for enjoying a quiet coffee in the mornings with dawn over the trees and In August it gets full shade in the afternoon, which makes it perfect for lolling in the Adirondack chairs with books and a cold drink. And there always seemed to be a refreshing breeze off the ocean. This was most welcome because we were there during a hot, humid week. But even the foggy mornings seemed special in that house. Alerted by the management company and a previous guest's post, we limited our time on the large back lawn and on woodland trails in the region due to ticks. We took extra medication precautions for our dog and checked her and each other after each excursion. Happy to report that we didn't see a tick all week! But we did see lots of deer. The back lawn area seemed to be an early morning and evening gathering place. At dusk on one day we counted 12 does and fawns of assorted sizes (see photo). We also saw plenty of rabbits, and pheasants, plus a beaver or muskrat by the causeway on the approach road. We are familiar with Nova Scotia's south shore and like to choose a base from which to explore by car and at times by bike or foot. Red Head Retreat is our favourite rental so far. There is no direct beach access from the house but many beautiful beaches - usually very sparsely peopled - within a short driving distance. We also treated ourselves to a final night dinner out at the Charlotte Lane in Shelburne. it was our fourth visit to the restaurant over the past decade and it never disappoints. But a note to other guests who might be inclined to give it a try - do make a reservation. We saw several tourists walk in and be disappointed the evening we were there. Altogether, a lovely week. Thank you!
 Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada, 2015
What a lovey cottage with a spectacular view! The kids had a great time picking blueberries, taking a walk down to the wharf and amazing rocks. Carter's Beach made for a fun day. I loved searching for sand dollars and exploring. A wonderful way to spend a long weekend!
Moore and Harris Family
Dartmouth, NS, 2009


Discover Nova Scotia's South Shore and find the perfect spot for your next family vacation.  From bird watching adventures to beach combing; hiking to biking; sailing to kayaking; there are lots of attractions, activities and things to see and do in Nova Scotia.  Attend one of the many colourful festivals and events. Spend an afternoon soaking up the sun on one of our deserted white sandy beaches. Take in a round of golf.  Watch as bald eagles glide gracefully overhead. Visiti our museums and discover the rich heritage of our maritime history.  Explore one of the many lighthouses that dot our shoreline. Don't forget your camera, there are thousands of pictures to be taken!  Search the listings below for more information on activities and attractions along Nova Scotia's South Shore.

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Crescent Beach

A mile-long stretch of white sand

Crescent Beach is a great family-friendly beach; there are always lots of kids, dogs and adults enjoying the sand and surf. Canada Day is a very popular day to visit the beach.

Sandy Point Lighthouse Beach

Our Closest Beach

Sandy Point Beach is my favourite stress reliever! It is always a treat to spend a few moments breathing in the salt air and feeling the sand between my toes. 8 minutes from Shelburne, Sandy Point Beach is our first choice for a quick trip to the beach.

Carters Beach

A Tropical Vision

Carter's beach generally has gentle rolling waves and is quite suitable for kids to go paddling / swimming. The beach is comprised of three different beaches that meld into one. We love this beach!

Louis Head Beach

A Golden Treasure

Unsupervised and practically deserted most of the time, it is always possible to find a private spot on this stunning beach.

Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

A favourite seaside hiking destination!

Experience the Atlantic shoreline in this pristine nature reserve. Two trails lead to the shoreline where you will be amazed by the beautiful beaches, abundance of wildlife and sheer beauty of the environment. A must see for all nature lovers!

Lobster Festival

June 7 - 10, 2018

Whether you are a lobster connoisseur or seafood lover looking for something truly unique, Shelburne's Annual Lobster Festival is a delicious event. So, come an join the feasting and festivities!

Sandy Point Lighthouse

Guarding Shelburne Harbour

This attractive lighthouse, which originally was built on a pier, now sits on a crib at the east side of the entrance to Shelburne Harbour. At low tide the tapered wooden tower is accessible across a sand bar.

Kejimkujik National Park

Labour Day to mid-June: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Keller Williams

Keller Williams

Your South Shore Real Estate specialists


Escape to the South Shore's Hidden Gem

The charming town of Lockeport is connected to the mainland by a natural causeway of Crescent Beach.

Summerville Beach

A Spectacular Beach

This one kilometer white sand beach is one of the most popular beaches in along the South Shore.


Historic town set on a spectacular harbour!

The seaside town of Shelburne with its Historic District, marina and yacht club, performing arts centre, Provincial Park, museums, shopping and fine dining, is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike.

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park

A Nature Lover's Haven, wonderful beach

Overlooking Port Joli Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore, Thomas Radddall Provincial Park is abundant with nature.

Osprey Arts Centre

Performing Arts in Shelburne

For what is happening in Shelburne, check out the Osprey Arts Centre's busy performing arts schedule. There is always something interesting going on!

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