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was active in all aspects of fishery including the catching, processing, and shipment of fish. Only a three-minute walk from the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum is the Firefighters‘ Museum on Main St. Learn about the history of firefighting in Nova Scotia at the Firefighters’ Museum,open daily. Check out different types of fire enginesused between the 1800s and 1900s as well as Canada’s first horse-drawn steam engine. The museum carries thousands of artifacts including patches and badges from all over the world. Continue on Main St. to experience the beautiful landscape at Frost Park. The park features a 150-year-old fountain, a gazebo and a compass-rose which overlooks Yarmouth’s harbour. Frost Park was originally a small cemetery of early settlers and some of the tombstones remain in sight of visitors. The park contains historic markers for visitors to read about the town’s history. It is well-maintained and has beautiful flowers. Frost Park is a favourite spot to relax and go for a stroll all year round. The town of Yarmouth has some unique places to shop for art lovers with many shops displaying a wide range of unique, good quality and made locally of gift options for you, your family and your friend to remember Yarmouth by. Our next issue will follow the tide and spotlight the must-visit small seaside towns and villages of the Annapolis Valley and along the Bay of Fundy Coastline as we continue to share our must-visit destination as we explore the best Nova Scotia has to offer.

Yarmouth is a port town in southwestern Nova Scotia. Locat- ed at the entrance of the Yarmouth Harbour, the town of Yarmouth has some of the most buoyant Victorian style homes in Nova Scotia. Preserved by a local heritage commi- ttee, many of these Victorian homes were of sea captains and ship owners in the early years of European settlement. Yarmouth’s industrial heritage ranges from shipbuilding to railway construction. Railway and Steam ship promotion in Yarmouth created the first tourism marketing in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s. Today, essential industries in Yarmouth include fishing and tourism.

One of the main industries in Yarmouth is tourism, largely due to the ferry that provides transit from Yarmouth Harbour to Bar Harbour in Maine. Bay Ferries offers a 3.5-hour ride between the two countries, Canada and the United States, on The CAT high-speed ferry. Vehicles ranging from cars to tour buses are welcome aboard with the foot passengers. The ferry is great for sight-seeing for whales and other wildlife. The CAT has cafés, movie areas, free Wi-Fi, and a gift shop all on board. When tourists arrive at the Yarmouth Harbourfront, they don’t have to look far for historical sites. To learn more about Yarmouth’s history, the best places to start are at the local museums. First at the award-win - ning Yarmouth County Museum & Archives. This museum has over 20,000 artifacts that showcase Yarmouth’s heritage. The Yarmouth County Museum & Archives is in a former church and contains the third-largest ship portrait collection in Canada. Next, skip over to The Harbourfront Museum, which is located within the historic Kil - liam Brothers building on Water St. See how the tourism industry has impacted Yarmouth over the years through the artifacts displayed at The Harbourfront Museum. Then enjoy a five-minute walk along the waterfront over to the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum. The interactive museum containing around 90 percent authentic materials is there to tell the story of Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Limited. Founded in 1923,Sweeney Fisheries

Photo Credit - Jive Photographic

Photo Credit - Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association





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