This town is located at the mouth of the French and Waugh Rivers, and is the Indian word for “meeting of the waters”. The original French settlement here was destroyed by the British in 1755 on their way to sack Louisbourg. French Hugenot Col Joseph Fredirick Walsh Desbarres was given a land grant in the area, though his settlement didn’t survive, but his offspring have remained in the region. One notable resident was Anna Swan, born here in 1846, who went on to grow 240 centimetres (8 ft) and joining P.T. Barnum’s “Greatest Show on Earth” circus for years. There is a life-size statue of her in the town at the Fraser Culture Centre.
Annual Supper for Charities pot luck supper held the 1st Sunday of August at the Falls, Hwy 311, South of Tatamagouche. (657-2428). Festival of Christmas Trees & Christmas Auction Fraser Cultural Centre from November 24 to December 2nd, open daily 1-4. Summer Celebrations Tatamagouche Area Singers perform at the North Colchester High School early July (657-9118.). Tatamagouche Fireman’s Labour Day Weekend & Parade takes place on Main Street (657-3004)
Balmoral Grist Mill Museum
660 Matheson Brook Rd, Balmoral Mills
(off Hwy 311 on Hwy 256)
This is the oldest operational grist mill in Nova Scotia, built in 1874 on Matheson’s Brook. Discover this wonderful three-storey grist mill tucked away in a wooded gorge where wheat, oats, and buckwheat are ground and sifted just as they have been since. Alexander McKay opened the mill. Feel the mill in action and hear the whir of wooden gear as shafts and pulleys turn the mill’s Scottish granite millstones. Sample the nutty flavour of oats toasted and turned on the cast-iron floor of the kiln, heated by the maple fire. Open June 1 to October 15 Mon-Sat 9:30 – 5:30, Sun 1 – 5:50. Admission by donation.
Fraser Culture Centre
Main Street, Tatamagouche
(at east end of the village}
Promotes arts, crafts and cultural activities in the North Shore area and helps preserve and present this area’s heritage. The building, operated by: Northumberland Arts Council, contains the Town Office, the 1889 Gallery: an exhibition of local curios (co-sponsored by the Sunrise Trail Museum), the North Shore Archives Society: an exhibit on Nova Scotian giantess Anna Swan handicrafts displays. Nature trail. Free admission Open daily: June-Aug, 9 am-5 pm; May & Sept, 1-4 pm (closed Mon)
Fraser Mills Fish Hatchery
Hwy 104 to Rte 316.
Over a million Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout and landlocked salmon are raised here annually to stock the province’s lakes and 36 ponds. At the visitor centre, learn about the hatchery and local angling. Free admission. Open year-round. Daily 9am-4pm.
Sunrise Trail Museum
216 Main Street, Tatamagouche B0K 1V0
(on Hihgway 6)
Exhibits include North Shore Mi’kmaq Acadians at Tatamagouche DesBarres and his first settlers’ 19th-century agriculture, shipbuilding and lifestyle and early 20th-century lifestyle. Admission fee. Open: June 23 to Labour Day
Sutherland Steam Mill Museum
3169 Denmark, Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0
(take # 6 east to 326 south)
When Alexander Sutherland built his sawmill in Denmark, N.S., in 1894, steam was replacing water as the most efficient way to cut logs. After the sleighs, carriages and sleds the company manufactured during its early years lost popularity, the mill turned out much-needed lumber for England during World War II as well as materials for local houses. The recently restored mill’s importance to and influence on the community is still evident in the fancy gingerbread trim on many local houses. Open June 1-Oct. 15, Mon.-Sat., 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun., 1-5:30 pm. Admission fee.
Brule Fossils Museum &
Tatamagouche Fossil Trackway Centre
Highlights fossils from one of the most important trackway sites in the world. Hundreds of footprints of amphibians and reptiles older than the dinosaurs. See conifers and tracks preserved from 290 million years ago and reconstructions of the animals that made the tracks. Admission Charged. Open: June-Sept