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THE NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AND HISTORIC PICTOU

SPRINGHILL has been recently designated a National Historic Site by the Government of Canada recognizing the contribution of coal mining to the industrialization of Canada.  Visitors to the town are invited to gain some insight into the life of a coal mining community through visiting the Miners Museum and by taking a guided mine tour.  No visit to Springhill would be complete without a visit to the Anne Murray Centre where many of the memorabilia and awards highlighting her illustrious show business career are displayed.

OXFORD, a small rural community a short distance from Springhill is designated the Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada.  The Wild Blueberry and Maple Centre utilizes exhibits, interpretive panels and multimedia displays to share secrets of the wild blueberry and maple industries.

PUGWASH is a shipping and fishing community located on a beautiful harbour at the mouth of the Pugwash River.  Noted for the "Thinkers Conferences' which were convened at Pugwash by Chicago industrialist Cyrus Eaton, the community is also host to the annual "Gathering of the Clans' in early July.  A short distance north of Pugwash visitors can view in the distance the Confederation Bridge, a nearly 13 km long structure that joins Prince Edward Island with the mainland of Canada.

WALLACE is a picturesque seaside village where fishing, farming and lumbering provide a livelihood to local residents.  The Wallace and Area Museum showcases numerous historic artifacts and documents that recite the early life of the Mi'kmaq, Acadian and Loyalist settlers.  Nearby, Jost Vineyards provide tours of its extensive vineyards that overlook the waters of the Northumberland Strait.

TATAMAGOUCHE is a village where Victorian homes, long established businesses and a slow traditional way of life have blended comfortably with modern lifestyles.  The word Tatamagouche is a native Mi'kmaq word meaning "meeting of waters".  Museums, art and craft markets, antique shops and boutique eating-places dot the main street.  A working, water-powered grist mill is located approximately 20 minutes from the village while warm sandy beaches with "the warmest waters north of the Carolinas" await the traveler a short distance to the east of the village.

PICTOU is a vibrant and picturesque town situated on a magnificent harbour located along the Northumberland Strait of Nova Scotia.  Settled in 1773 by Scottish settlers the town is renowned as the "Birthplace of New Scotland".  A replica of the ship Hector that brought the Scottish settlers to a new life in a new land is moored in the harbour at the Hector Interpretive Centre.  Craft and art shops, museums, antique stores, flea markets and boutiques dot the waterfront boardwalk.  Festivals featuring entertainment highlighting the Scottish heritage of Pictou run throughout the summer months.  A short distance from Pictou is the ferry terminal  from which ferries depart for Prince Edward Island several times a day.