Town of Shelburne Nova Scotia

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

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

What a gem, a perfectly secluded and private place to have a great get away to the South Shore. Well equipped kitchen, bathroom and other amenities. Close to local town for all supplies. Highly recommend.
 Valley, Canada, 2020
 Your own world
It's the third time I've stayed in this snug little house on its very own bay. Ragged Island Retreat is like a ship on the sandy, tidal lake -- a short kayak trip from the crashing ocean beach at Hemeons Head, and along a strip of land protected by the Nature Conservancy. I could watch the changing waters, and birds overhead, all day. Cool mists for evening walks and sun-heated swimming in the deep salt water pools of the "lake" are both amazing. This area is so beautiful -- rural and wild, yet a short drive from the town of Lockeport and the beautiful harbor of Shelburne, and the long sand beach at Louis Head.
 New York, NY, US, 2017
The house was well taken care of, renovated, and modernized. As advertised, Orchard Point is very private and secluded. Standing on the shore of the ocean, you get to fall asleep to the sound of waves. It is also conveniently located only 15min from downtown Shelburne, where you can explore the local museums, breweries, and great dining places! If you’re a bit more adventurous, 45min in either direction you will find some of the best beaches in the province (Hawk Point & Carter’s Beach) and other hidden gems! Cell reception was hit and miss on the entire peninsula, but WiFi at the house was very good, we were able to stream Netflix without any lag! The host is very responsive and helpful! Overall, a great experience!
 Halifax, Canada, 2021
Private with beautiful views and Red Head Retreat is a lovely place to relax. Super tranquil!
 Hudson, NY, 2021


The gardens along Dock Street are rich with colour.
Taking the children for a walk along Shelburne's Dock Street on a glorious summers day in August.
A view of Shelburne from the harbour. The white church was constructed as part of the set for the movie "Moby Dick" that was shot in Shelburne in the summer of 2009.
A beautiful summers day on Dock Street.
Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club is a hub of activity in the summer.


In the spring of 1783, over 5000 settlers arrived on the shores of Shelburne Harbour from America. Assurance of living under the British flag, and promises of free land, tools, and provisions lured many to the British Colonies at that time. In the fall of 1783, a second wave of settlers arrived and by 1784, the population of this new community is estimated to have been at least 10,000 the fourth largest in North America - much larger than either Halifax or Montreal.

Today, Shelburne is a charming historic town set on a truly spectacular harbour. Unspoiled by industry or shipping, local town's folk like to boast that it is the third best natural harbour in the world after Sydney and Halifax. Over 16 km long, and dotted with small communities and beaches, the harbour is perfect place to sail, canoe or kayak.  

A walk through the Historic District is a trip through architectural history. The six narrow lanes and four streets retain the same dimensions and character as laid out by the original British surveyors.  Of the 46 residential properties in the District, only one was built after 1900.  Eight of the twelve dwellings facing the water were built before 1785. With over a dozen architectural styles present Shelburne's wooden heritage is considered the most significant in Canada.
The museum complex, with it four museums - the Muir-Cox Shipyard, Dory Shop Museum, Ross-Thompson House and the Shelburne County Museum are all worth a visit.  When the dory shop was established in 1880, it was part of a dory-building industry, which at its peak, included at least seven shops along the Shelburne waterfront. 


Shelburne, Nova Scotia

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