History of Shelburne

Black Loyalist Heritage

In the late 18th century, Birchtown was the largest free Black community in British North America.  It was the centre of the Black Loyalist experience in Canada and its founding represented a turning point in the history of persons of African descent in Canada.

The Settlement of Shelburne.

Shelburne Harbour has the third-best natural harbour in the world. The native Mik’maq traversed the Roseway River and used the surrounding lands for summer encampments long before our shores were visited by Spanish, Portuguese and French fishermen.

Historic Shelburne

The new town of Shelburne quickly became a fishing and shipbuilding centre. Fishing is still a primary industry today. Some other industries are lumbering, fish processing, and the manufacture of barrels, institutional furniture, granite monuments, and marine supplies.

Breathtaking Lighthouses

Beautiful Architecture

Historic Landmarks

Local Folklore