Founders Day Festival in 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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Neptunes Rise is the perfect getaway while being close to amenities.

 Stillwater Lake, Canada, 2020
A Dream Beach House
I have a lingering memory of our week at Sanderling Beach House. It is of waking up in the master bedroom and gazing out the full length windows to the sun filtering through the fog and lining the beach grasses with silver. That's just one of many that I will treasure. The house was well designed, with clear views outside, room to be together and apart, a well stocked kitchen and comfortable beds. We appreciated the colourful deck chairs (just looking at the range of shades was a treat onto itself) and the sand toys. Helen was very helpful and took a personal interest. The only drawback was the horrendous state of the 1.8 klm. road going in. It was so rough and rocky we felt it hindered our ability to go out and about exploring. Other than that, it was just perfect. 
 Thornbury, ON, Canada, 2017
 Terrific Getaway
We stayed at the Castaway Ocean Lodge for a week and had a wonderful time. The view from this venue was exceptional and its location was perfect for day trips to nearby towns. The cabin had everything we needed to make this vacation very relaxing.

South Bend, IN, 2014

As beautiful place as we've ever seen, and so quiet!  (if you don't count wind, flapping wings and chattering squirrels).  We loved Sand Hills and Shelburne - Chester was a bit too precious.  Nova Scotians were so friendly and outgoing.  But most of all we loved the unimpaired abiility here to relax and reflect.
M. DiPietro
Newton, MA, 2007

Dock Days (previously known as Founders Day

18th Century Loyalist Encampment
The Regiment Offers a Gun Salute
A expert log roller and his dog! The dog stayed on for ages.
Sam and John watch the parade with friends.
Sabrina and Conner cruise their way through the Founder's Days Parade.
It is hard to drag the boys away from the bouncy slide.
Stroll down Dock Street past the food and souvenir vendors


In the spring of 1783, 3000 United Empire Loyalists escaped the American Revolution and settled on the shores of Shelburne Harbour. With the promise of free land, tools and provisions, and the protection of the British Crown, four hundred families associated to form a town of Shelburne. 

Founders Days Festival celebrates our history and heritage.  Events include a Regimental Re-Enactment, Eighteenth Century Dances, canoe jousting and Dory races; a Yacht Regatta, a "Parade of Lights" and a Coastal Oldies Car Show. There are fireworks, face painting and of course, lots of toe tapping music.




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