Our rich ecotourism opportunities are tied to the Sissiboo River. The origins of the name “Sissiboo” are not known. One legend is that a loyalist encountered a Mi'kmaq who wanted to show him six owls that were in a tree nearby. He pointed in the direction of the tree and said, in french, “six hiboux.” The Loyalist thought that he was pointing at the river, which was in the same direction, and was saying Sissiboo. Others think the name is simply a derivation from the Mi’kmaq word for river, “Seboo.”
The river is a real wilderness experience with some class three and four rapids, and lots of good fishing spots. Eagles nests are abundant along it shores and on some parts of the river you can actually watch eagles dive for fish. The number of fish species in the river include: trout, sturgeon, yellow perch, and white perch. In the estuary you can find huge striped bass, plus smelts, mackeral and herring.
The river flows out of a chain of lakes near the border with Annapolis County, named respectively, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Lakes.
The Sissiboo River follows a winding course, draining a large area and passing through the former lumbering communities of Weymouth Falls and Weymouth Mills. The Sissiboo becomes tidal at Weymouth and its estuary is called Weymouth Harbour.
The river currently is obstructed by four dams, three of which are used to generate hydroelectricity:Weymouth Falls, Sissiboo Falls and Fourth Lake.