The town of 2,000 is named for Sir Robert Digby, a British rear admiral who transported 1500 Loyalists from New England in 1783, in a convoy led by his ship HMS Atlanta. Digby is on a narrow strip of land that separates the Annapolis Basic from the Bay of Fundy. Fundy’s tides are the largest in the world, up to 10 metres, 32 ft. The town is home to one of the largest scallop fleets on the Atlantic, and has several fish processing plants, and a producer of smoked herring, locally called “Digby Chicks”.

One of the early settlers was the great grandfather of inventor Thomas Alva Edison. The town’s Trinity Anglican Church (1785) – the only church in Canada to be built by shipwrights. The United Church at Bayview (1877) was built as the first Presbyterian Church in Canada and later was converted to a United Church. Many old settlers were buried in the Old Loyalist Graveyard and the Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery. The Old Loyalist Cemetery (1783) – a United Empire Loyalist graveyard. Admiral Digby and the first Loyalists landed here in 1783. Fisherman’s Memorial (1867 – 1967) – dedicated to local fishermen who lost their lives at sea. Soldier’s Cenotaph (1921) – a monument to those who died in service to Canada during World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Admiral’s Walk/Loyalist Park has a seaside promenade, provides great views. The Admiral Digby Well (1780) is located on the Admirals’s original property and now marks the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf. Water Street provides a waterfront vista of services, shops, restaurants and tourist facilities, along with a spectacular view of the Annapolis Basin and Digby’s Scallop Fleet. The Point Prim Lighthouse (1817) which sites on the high cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy was one of the first lighthouses in Nova Scotia.

Digby Scallop Days – second week in August, Digby celebrates its dependence on the sea, with a Queen’s Ball, a Grand Street Parade, scallop shucking and gear-knitting competitions and — as it’s Grand Finale — a parade of the scallop fleet in the harbour under the fireworks!

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Digby Attractions

Admiral Digby Museum

95 Montague Row, Digby
902 245-6322
Housed in a mid-1800s Georgian home, the museum presents period rooms showcasing important collections of furnishings, permanent exhibits, paintings, photographs, maps, and artifacts that relate to the interesting general and maritime history of Digby County, its people and its industries. The extensive genealogy department has staff eager to assist in researching their family histories. The museum has also provides a narrated Historic Walking Tour of Digby three evenings a week all summer. Open Mid June to August 31 (Tuesday to Saturday 9 – 5; Sunday 1-5); September 1 to mid October (Tuesday to Friday 9 to 4:30); Off Season Wednesday and Friday (9 – 4:30).
Admission ffee; donations greatly appreciated.

Bear River Heritage Museum

{1890 Clementsvale Road}
Box 182 Bear River, NS B0S 1B0
Zoe Onysko, President
(902) 467-3809
The society was established in 1983 to preserve the history of Bear River and surrounding area. The museum houses displays of diverse aspects of life in and around Bear River. The museum also features an extensive collection of military memorabilia of veterans of the community. Open July 1-October 1, Mon-Sat 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Sun 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. Admission free, donations welcome

Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse

Lighthouse road, Gilbert’s Cove, NS B0W 2R0
(about18 km southeast of Digby)
RR 1, Box 62, Plympton, NS B0W 2R0
(902) 837-4849
The aim of the society is to maintain and beautify the 95 year old lighthouse. On display are many historical pictures as well as some marine artifacts. There is a tea room, craft and souvenir room and plenty of parking. There is a beautiful picnic area and a wonderful spot for beachcombing and swimming. Everyone is welcome. Operated by: Gilbert’s Cove & District Historical Society Open July & August daily 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Admission free, donations welcome.

Point Prim Lighthouse

Digby Gut – Point Prim (Prim Point), a rocky headland, is the west entrance point for Digby Gut, the deep water passage, 0.4 mile wide, between high steep shores, which leads to Annapolis Basin.

Savary Provincial Park

Plympton, NS B0W 2R0
101 Highway , 15 minutes west of Digby
1 800-670-4357

The park has an open and hardwood-treed picnic area with panoramic view of St. Mary’s Bay, scenic walking trails, lovely beach, picnic tables and public washrooms. At low tide you can beachcomb along the rocky shoreline.

Musée Ste-Marie (St. Mary’s Museum)

(In St. Mary’s Church), Church Point NS (about 40 km southeast of Digby)
Box 28, Church Point, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2832 fax (902) 769-0048

Musée Sainte-Marie is the largest wooden church in North America a collection of church artifacts such as vestments, furnishings, documents and photographs are on view for visitors and parishioners. Open May-October (Thanksgiving weekend) daily 9:00 am-6:00 pm no admittance during funerals, masses and weddings. Admission fee.

Upper Clements Theme Park

2931 Hwy 1, just 20 minutes east of Digby
Upper Clements, NS B0S 1A0
Toll Free: 1-888-248-4567
Fax: 1-902-532-7681

Upper Clements Park is a Family Entertainment Centre for All Ages, which is provincially owned but operations are run by the Hanse Society, a community-based, non-profit organization. Children especially love it. It is a family park of discovery, modern adventure and old fashioned fun. It is also a dazzling showcase of Nova Scotia’s heritage and culture. A waterslide park, paddleboats, miniature golf and skateboarding are also available within the Digby area. Open: June 9 to Labour Day.
Admission fee

Digby, Nova Scotia Area Map