Shelburne is the shire town at the heart of its namesake county. Shelburne is small – pop. 1700 – but also stalwart and proud. A traditional shipbuilding and fishing community, Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront and 10-block Heritage District at the end of an excellent harbour is one of the best kept secrets in Nova Scotia. These streets, this architecture is a portal ba ck to the great age of sail and to the founding of the town in the 1780s when the population swelled to 10,000 with the arrival of United Empire Loyalists and Black Loyalists made famous in the novel and (soon) the movie The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, partly filmed in Shelburne.
Today, Shelburne is a quiet town at the southern tip of the province where fishing survives and recreational sailing thrives. It’s a town among many small communities strung along this coast, interrupted only by miles of white sand beach and rocky headlands. Fishing boats cruise in and out of the harbour on their way to check lobster traps or hook some ground fish or try for swordfish out in the Gulf Stream. Shelburne Ship Repair brings in large vessels for refit. At the end of the fishing season and through the summer, lobster boats parade at night, each decked out with their own light show.
There’s a great pride of place about Shelburne and the deep, rich history and contemporary quality of life that fosters it. The community is stubbornly independent and fiercely loyal to its heritage while being a welcoming place for newcomers. This is small town life at its best – safe, affordable, friendly, clean, natural and varied, all in a place with top notch services like new schools, great health care, quality entertainment venues, a mix of small businesses. We call this “Big Ocean Country,” and while the harbour and nearby open Atlantic Ocean is a great source of natural beauty, recreation and livelihoods, the vast protected forests, numerous lakes and rivers are also there to enjoy.
We picked a great place to live, raise our kids and start a craft brewery. Chickens peck about our back yards. We greet friends as we bike to and from work. The hours are long, the work is demanding, but the rewards are infinite. Besides, there’s sailing all summer and beer all the time. Come visit our brewery in beautiful Shelburne and raise a pint with us.