Towns & Municipalities

The South Shore is a place where you can experience the bold Atlantic coastline or explore the charming rural communities that dot the countryside here. Within the region are towns that offer all of the comforts and amenities found in more urban areas, access to both quaint specialty shops and "big box" shopping, hotels, spas and restaurants, recreation and culture, health care and education.


Region of Queens logoA gateway to the UNESCO South West Nova Biosphere Reserve, close to fifty communities make up the Region of Queens Municipality, including the commercial centres of Liverpool and Caledonia.

With an ancient landscape shaped by nature, our coastline's pristine white sand beaches, the lush inland forests and bountiful lakes and rivers are a constant source of spiritual rejuvenation and inspiration. Our vibrant cultural scene centres on the historic Astor Theatre, but also includes a host of thriving local and international festivals, talented musicians, artists, photographers and culinary experts.

Breathe in the clean fresh air, marvel at all the stars you never knew existed, and enjoy the opportunities to be at one with nature. Our healthy lifestyle is complemented by a renowned hospital and a newly-opened recreation and community facility – Queens Place Emera Centre.

Start building the life of your dreams in Queens. We are the perfect place for you to become your own boss or to pursue an active retirement. Considered the next affordable haven outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia's best kept secret awaits . . . .


Municipality of the District of Chester logoThe Municipality of the District of Chester is located in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia and covers an area of approximately 1,400 square kilometres. The permanent population of the Municipality is approximately 11,000; however this increases significantly in the summer months due to the influx of seasonal residents.

The community has a strong base of small businesses and entrepreneurs (many of them artisans producing products you won't find anywhere else). The environment is conducive to creativity and as a result residents create products like folk art, works of glass fusion, pottery, and a very long list of other gifted goods.

Additional industry includes boat building and repair and large, technologically advanced manufacturing plants and firms that export around the world.


Municipality of the District of Lunenburg logoThe Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is the third largest rural municipality in Nova Scotia in terms of total property assessment and encompasses a geographic area representing more than 432,000 acres and 102 communities.

The District is home to a growing population of more than 26,000 and is considered one of the "hot spots" for development and growth in Nova Scotia.

Rich in charm and history, it offers a safe, rural lifestyle with wonderful seaside communities, sparkling coves and beaches, miles of Atlantic shoreline and numerous recreational lakes, all within a short commute of the largest metropolitan area (Halifax) in Atlantic Canada.


Town of Bridgewater logoBridgewater is a thriving town nestled in the heart of the LaHave River Valley. Known as the "Mainstreet of the South Shore," Bridgewater is strategically located and serves as the regional commercial centre.

Residents and visitors enjoy a wide variety of services and attractions and business people discover a welcoming and cooperative business climate. With a championship golf course, walking trails that span the town, short drives to beautiful white sand swimming beaches and now a brand new recreational facility, the Lunenburg County Lifestyles Centre (scheduled to be opened in early 2013), it is waiting for you to discover it.


Town of Lunenburg logoThe Town of Lunenburg was formally established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. A vibrant and stable economy was built on farming, fishing, shipbuilding and ocean-based commerce, particularly the West Indies trade. More than 200 years in fishing, shipbuilding and marine related industries has provided Lunenburg with a strong economic base that continues today.

In 1992, the Government of Canada designated "Old Town" Lunenburg as a National Historic District. In 1995, the World Heritage Committee, under the auspices of UNESCO, recognized Lunenburg's cultural and natural heritage by adding it to their World Heritage List.

More than 180 local businesses make Lunenburg a commercial centre for surrounding communities.


Town of Mahone Bay logoA treasure since 1754, Mahone Bay is located only an hour from Halifax and Stanfield International Airport.

The town's heritage homes and original architecture are much photographed and painted. There is a first-class elementary/junior high school, many shops and services, recreational facilities abound, and all within walking distance.

Mahone Bay also produces many events and festivals which appeal to residents and visitors alike. They are made possible thanks to the literally hundreds of volunteers who have involved themselves in the life of the town.


 The rural Municipality of Shelburne is a unique coastal community. We are rich logo shelb crest in cultural, historic, economic and natural diversity. Together with our Loyalist roots, fishing industries, small business economy, community services and self-reliance we have shaped our character.

Our Municipality offers you fine white sand beaches, a rugged coastline and headlands, wilderness, forests, artisans, independent professional service businesses and a diversified, marine focused economy. You can canoe or camp along our lakes and rivers, paddle or surf in the ocean, sail in our harbour, walk or ride our extensive trail system or sit back and do some bird watching.

It is a quality of life that complements professionals, retirees and working family's lifestyles.We invite you to enjoy a quality, pace and contentment of life that is second to none.


town of lockeportLockeport was incorporated in 1907. Lockeport soon became one of the wealthiest places in the Province from the success of these early settlers in the fishing industry.

Our famous Crescent Beach gives Lockeport a distinctive charm. This beach was featured on the back of the 1954 Canadian fifty dollar bill. Lockeport is home to Nova Scotia's first Provincially Registered Streetscape. It includes five historic homes which are situated at the lower end of South Street and overlooking Lockeport Harbour. All amenities are within walking distance of overnight facilities.

Lockeport is home to Nova Scotia's first Provincially Registered Streetscape. It includes five historic homes, which are situated at the lower end of South Street and overlook Lockeport Harbour. The architecture of the homes includes Colonial, Georgian and Victorian.

Enjoy the unique shopping experience that has made Lockeport so special. Family oriented restaurants serve home style meals with a side order of Lockeport hospitality. Lockeport is also home to several fish processing plants and lobster pounds. A walk about of this picturesque fishing village is a must to witness nature at it's finest. Visit Lockeport and experience the South Shore hospitality that keeps visitors returning year after year. "Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime"


town of shelburne logoThe Town of Shelburne is a full service community where a diverse population can live, learn, work and play while enjoying a peaceful and well-balanced quality of life. We welcome friends and guests to enjoy Shelburne's natural and historic beauty.

Situated on the South Shore of NS, the Town of Shelburne a wonderful coastal area. Residents have access to a variety of activities and organizations to participate in, education, health services, churches, and friendly residents that will make you feel welcome.