Nova Scotia Place Names

I love the names in Nova Scotia.

Shelburne County Place Names

Gunning Cove, I wonder how that name came to be?

Canneries in Canning?

Wolfville? Hmmm, anything to do with wolves?

New Minas?

How about Bear River?  Paradise?

What is your favourite place name in Nova Scotia?


Shelburne in the Beandock


A visit to Shelburne found me as usual drawn to the waterfront, its lack of telephone poles and overhead wires really make me feel as though I peek into history.

A walk led me to the bright coloured door with an OPEN sign. The Beandock was busy with locals in and out for coffee, skor bars, and cinnamon rolls other home baked goodies for  morning starts.

Lunch was a treat, with plates of fresh crisp sandwiches on seedy thick breads and melt in your mouth and fingers skor bars.

The dining room is heavy with C’s, cozy, comfortable, clean and casual, not to mentions the coveted tables with views of Shelburne Harbour.

Shelburne down at the Beandock

Dock Street, History in Shelburne

 “During the American Revolution pro-British refugees gathered in New York. The wealthier classes went to England while others sought refuge in Nova Scotia. In 1783 four hundred such families came together to found the Town of Port Roseway.  The first Governor renamed Shelburne after then English Prime Minister, Lord Shelburne. Within a year the population soared to over 10,000. The settlement was too large and could not be sustained, most of the refugees moved back to England or on to other parts of the Canada, while others returned to the United States.”

Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Historic Waterfront District of Shelburne was an entertaining winter afternoon stroll.

American Loyalists landed here in 1783 and parts of the town layout has stayed exactly as the British mapmakers laid it out.

The Cooper’s Inn, a Provincially Registered building is directly across the street from the barrel factory.

Buildings still exist today from the 1700’s and a self guided tour along Dock Street feels like a step back in time.

Famous Movie sets have graced Dock Street, which runs along the harbour, the 3rd  largest natural harbour in Nova Scotia. The Scarlet Letter and most recently Moby Dick were filmed here.

History, strolling, and warm cup of tea are a perfect afternoons entertainment in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

This barrel factory produces the barrels to store salt bait and trawl lines for today’s lobster fishery.