Founded in 1761 by New Englanders from Massachusetts, Yarmouth reached the peak of its prosperity in the 1870s. It's still the biggest town in southern Nova Scotia due to the ferry that once linked the province to Bar Harbor (Maine, USA). When that service was terminated in 2010, Yarmouth had it tough, with locals lobbying unsuccessfully to get it back. What they did get, however, is in many people's eyes even better: a high-speed passenger and vehicle catamaran linking Yarmouth with Portland, Maine's largest city.
The Collins Heritage Conservation District, centered on Collins St, boasts some beautiful Victorian buildings to complement Yarmouth's handful of interesting attractions, but there's no compelling reason to stick around. That said, with its recent re-positioning as the gateway to exploring the quiet, gentle pleasures of the Acadian Shores and Annapolis Valley, the locals hope you will – stick around, that is.