Arts & Culture

The culture of the South Shore can best be described as eclectic. Mi'kmaq communities are still vibrant and many First Nations people continue to practice the ways of their ancestors. If you look deeply enough you can see the influences of early French and German settlers. You see it in the traditions and surnames (many of them anglicized) but also in the architecture and in place names. Today, more and more people from around the world are choosing to settle on the South Shore, bringing with them new ideas and traditions.

The result of so many cultures coming together is that the South Shore is a region rich in music, food, fine arts, folk arts, fashion, theatre and dance!


Museums telling the tale of settlers and their families are found throughout the South Shore, often in the original structures, some of which were once one-room school houses, barns and family dwellings. Art galleries and shops are filled with paintings, pottery, sculptures and photography, often depicting historical, cultural and the scenic beauty found throughout the region.

pic-winterThe South Shore is literally bursting at the seams with flavours, music and colours. It is a culture that is welcoming and it is no accident that artists from around the world have found a home here. Sometimes they come to find out how these artists and artisans are so inspired. Maybe it's the Ovens Natural Park, the three Churches in Mahone Bay, or the brightly colored sail boats off Chester. It could be the serenity and beauty of White Point or Historic Old Town Lunenburg, or perhaps the displays at the Desbrisay Museum. Whatever it is, its attracted people to the South Shore for thousands of years and continues to do so today.

Go to our Visiting Here Directory to find museums, theatres, and more on the South Shore.