Weymouth is a picturesque village of rolling hills, restored homes and established family businesses built near the mouth of the Sissiboo River, where the river meets St. Mary’s Bay. The highway through Weymouth North follows the gentle slope of the riverbank, and in summer and fall, is canopied by large maple trees that provide a natural tunnel for visitors driving through the village. On either side of this provincially designated Evangeline Trail, are reminders of the rich history of Weymouth, magnificent Victorian or Georgian homes, many restored to their previous glory and painted in the popular ‘heritage’ colours of the day.
The business center of the village was built in a valley between two steep hills, on the east and west side of the bridge that separates the ‘downtown’. The Goodwin Hotel on the east side is a well-known village landmark. The hotel and nearby Weymouth Trading Post are among the older businesses in the county. Refer to the Local Businesses page for a more complete list of businesses in and around the village of Weymouth.
The village of Weymouth and surrounding communities of Weymouth North, Weymouth Mills, Weymouth Falls, New Edinburgh and others, are all part of Digby County. The region is a land characterized by acres of pristine forests and miles of spectacular, rugged coastline. The nearby Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world!
There are plenty of things to do. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy sea kayaking, canoeing, hiking, birding, sport fishing and whale watching; and the Sissiboo River that has played such an important role in the development of Weymouth, has become one of the more popular recreational waterways in the county. To read more about adventures and destinations in Nova Scotia, visit Outdoor Nova Scotia.
The following is list of major attractions for visitors to Weymouth and Digby County:
Whale Watching at Digby Neck
The long, slender parcel of land separating St. Mary’s Bay from the Bay of Fundy is known as Digby Neck. Here, in the Bay of Fundy, is some of the best whale watching in the world. The rare Right Whale can be observed as well as other more common species such as the Humpback, Minke and Pilot whale.
There are numerous whale watching tours of the Bay of Fundy from the Digby Neck area. Tours are offered from mid-May to late October. For more information go to Google and type in the keywords: whale watching Nova Scotia
New France Historic Park
In 1892, Jean Jacques Stehelin, a wealthy French aristocrat established an elaborate settlement in Digby County known as New France. Among the facilities constructed at his ‘Electric City’ were a teahouse, a chapel, a casino, a sawmill, a wooden railway and a blacksmith’s forge. The Electric City was also endowed with electric power, 30 years before it available at nearby communities. The New France Historic Park at Langford Lake, Digby County opened in the summer of 2000. The park, a project of J.D. Irving Ltd., is a ‘must see’ for any visitor to Weymouth.
The new park is open the year around and is about 17 miles from Weymouth on Route 340 (toward New Tusket and Havelock). For more information on New France and The Electric City go to: New France - La Nouvelle France (much of the content and planning of this website were provided by students of Weymouth Consolidated School).
Weymouth Historical Teas
Summers in Weymouth would not be complete without historic teas. Members of the Weymouth Historical Society and other community groups hold several teas each summer at the St. Thomas Church. The teas began nearly 20 years ago as a bicentennial project for the village.
Historic Teas are held at the St. Thomas Church, Weymouth every Thursday from mid-June to mid-September. For additional information contact the Board of Trade or a member of the Weymouth Historical Society.
Acadian World Congress
The Acadian World Congress will be held in Nova Scotia in July and August, 2004. The official opening and other activities associated with this huge Acadian cultural event will be held in the nearby Municipality of Clare (a few miles from the village of Weymouth). About 250,000 Acadians are expected to arrive in Nova Scotia for the international congress.
The official opening of the World Acadian Congress is scheduled for July 31st at Church Point in the Municipality of Clare. Numerous events are scheduled throughout the province until August 15th 2004. For more information refer to these websites: World Acadian Congress 2004 and Congrès Mondial Acadien 2004.