Positioned on the Bay of Fundy, Yarmouth is a charming port town known for its prosperous lobster fishing, vibrant Canadian art and historic museums and buildings. Yarmouth’s waterfront is dotted with locally-owned diners, fine-dining restaurants and boutiques, while the surrounding region reveals lakes and tranquil parks.
Things to do in Yarmouth
Experience Yarmouth local life along the harbourfront, where waterfront bars sit alongside cafes and restaurants. Grab some house-brewed beer and fresh seafood at the waterfront Rudder's Seafood Restaurant-Brew or enjoy fine dining cuisine at the circa-1887 Michael at the Inn restaurant. The centre of town is also home to various boutiques, including the Every Bloomin' Thing florist and Yarmouth Wool Shoppe Ltd clothing store.
Are you interested in the local art scene? Head to the central Art Gallery of Nova Scotia or The Yarmouth Waterfront Gallery to admire its rotating contemporary art exhibits by regional artists. Visit the Yarmouth Farmer's Market on a Saturday to browse local stall holders selling baked goods, seafood, produce, jewellery and handicrafts.
Discover more about the town’s history at the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives, where you can explore historical artefacts, including homewares, tools and clothing. Afterwards, head over to the Firefighters’ Museum to see old firefighting vehicles, equipment and safety devices.
Venture across the water to the Cape Forchu Lightstation Museum, where you can see a circa-1840 lighthouse and see ancient lenses, stained-glass ornaments and handcrafted buoys in the on-site museum. The museum is positioned on the edge of Cape Forchu and offers panoramic coastal views from picnic tables and grassy lawns.
Getting around Yarmouth
Yarmouth is about three kilometres from Yarmouth International Airport and is serviced by well-maintained highways, international ferries and shuttle buses. You can explore the downtown area on foot or use taxis or a hire car to travel further afield.