9 Reasons to Visit Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Just recently, the Region of Queen’s mayor, John Leefe, appealed to Paul McCartney to come to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for a quick trip and the former-Beatle could see his hometown’s namesake and sip beer overlooking a river named after Sir Paul’s famous Mersey. And although this never transpired maybe Paul will slip in at a later date when he has more time.

Here are my favorite reasons to visit Liverpool:

  1. Authentic Architecture: Many historic towns are restored to their former glory through excavating and following old plans. Liverpool doesn’t need to do this. The town has these old places in great abundance representing the 1700’s, 1800’s and prosperous early 1900’s when Liverpool was a prominent ship-building community.
  2. Beaches: Nowhere else in Nova Scotia can you find as many beaches within a 15 miles radius as around Liverpool.
  3. Fort Point Ligthhouse: One of the last great, working lighthouses in Nova Scotia the Fort Point light is also a museum.
  4. Simeon Perkins Museum: In the days of the privateers Simeon Perkins was a leader in outfitting privateer vessels and his original home along with artifacts is on display.
  5. Privateer Days: Usually around July 1st, this festival features pirates and a running gun battle with the King’s Orange Rangers and Liverpool privateers versus American privateers and pirates. Great action!
  6. Rossignol Cultural Centre: This is a celebration of history including aboriginal life, as well as having a very interesting outhouse museum.
  7. Sherman Hines Museum: View the photographs of one of the world’s finest photographers.
  8. White Point Beach Resort: One of eastern Canada’s top resorts with a full compliment of surfing, bike and kayak rentals.
  9. World Class Artists: Painter Roger Savage and folk artist Joe Winters lead a group of premier artists who sell their art all over the world.

In addition, Liverpool was the home of Thomas Raddall, one of Canada’s greatest fiction authors with books like “His Majesty’s Yankees”and “Hangman’s Beach.”

Is Nova Scotia RV Unfriendly?

A few years back I was accosted by an awful little man who owned a campground down the road. The reason? I had allowed a friend to park his RV on my acreage while he drove around Nova Scotia in his small car. He was from the west and wanted a break from the confines of his vehicle. In addition to bothering me this overzealous campground nut went to the local grocery store and banged on the doors of two RV’s from the U.S. who had parked for the evening.

I’m not an RV’er but I used to work in tourism and anything to do with tourism in the province interests me. Since then I have been doing research into this man’s claim that RV’s have to park in a registered campground. Here’s what I found on a sign at a Walmart.

“Section three (3) Article three (3) of the Tourism Accommodations Act states: “no person shall use, maintain, operate or manage a camping establishment or permit the use of any lands for the overnight parking or RV for the traveling or vacationing public unless there is a licence which is in force. 1994-95, c.9, s.3.”

I remember phoning up Doug Mathews of Tourism Nova Scotia and asking him about this ban and he was unapologetic. He gave me the impression that RV’ers were not important to Nova Scotia tourism and that they should camp in authorized camping areas to avoid “dumping their toilets in the ditches,” as he explained. He also said that they never bought gas here and “just a few groceries.” What an attitude for a paid employee of ours.

I don’t know if this attitude has changed at all but the law is supposed to be repealed in the spring. (Andrew Cornwall, the one who gave me the picture and wrote a study on the RV situation in Nova Scotia, has since informed me that the signs came down last fall and the law is supposed to be changed any time now)

It’s evident that he either has buddies in the Campground Association or they saw him robbing a bank.Because my RVing friends told me that in RV magazines and websites Nova Scotia has been chastised for this behavior toward RVers. And in the tourism economy we are going through right now (dismal) you would think that every RV coming here was sacred.

For Andrew Cornwall’s study, The Economic Effects in Nova Scotia
of the RV Overnight Parking Ban and Aspects of Campground Minimum Standards
, Click Here