The Sea Dog
1 Dock Street
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
902-875-1131
Inner Harbor Inn

Our History

The Sea Dog Restaurant specializes in seafood and many of our dishes are prepared with seafood caught in our waters. You never know when you might be sitting next to the fisherman who caught your meal. Have no fear, we also have meat and potatoes for those who favour the land more and salads for the gardeners.

The Sea Dog Restaurant is located in the historic town of Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Nestled on the third finest natural harbour in the world and was once the fourth largest community in North America when, in 1783, 3000 United Empire Loyalists arrived in ships from New York City and the population quickly grew to more than 10,000. As a result of this migration, nearby Birchtown became the first free black settlement in Canada. The United Empire Loyalists, who maintained allegiance to the British Crown during the American Revolution, created an instant boom town in the wilderness. The population, which had grown so quickly, decreased within three to four years to a few thousand, as the loyalists moved on to other destinations.

1910 Shelburne Waterfront

The Waterfront Historic District retains an aura of the 18th century. The Ross-Thomson House, which has the oldest restored store in North America; the Shelburne County Museum, which has the oldest fire pumper in North America; the Dory Shop, where the art of dory-making is demonstrated during the summer; the Coyle House, where Tottie's Crafts sell their wares, and the Muir-Cox Shipyard, where the shipbuilding heritage of the community is portrayed and a thriving youth sailing school is housed.

The waterfront was the setting in 1994 for the movie "The Scarlet Letter" starring Demi Moore, Gary Oldman and Robert Duvall. Part of the movie set remains for tourists with an authentic historic market square. When the movie was finished the cast and crew held their WRAP (as in, it's a wrap) party at the Sea Dog, The Poor Boys, one of our local bands played for the crowd.

The Sea Dog Restaurant is located in the middle of all this history. The establishment has a seating capacity of 150 with the harbour side deck. It is the prime location for viewing Shelburne’s harbour and numerous local and visiting boats and yachts. To name drop on some of the famous tall ships to tie up alongside the Sea Dog are the "Bounty", "Matthew", “Amistad” and "Bluenose".

The Sea Dog is on the site of the original Shelburne Yacht Club (land purchase Sept 4th, 1904) and was named Bruce's Wharf. The structure of the building is loosely based on the Original Yacht Club. The original club fell victim to the effects of Hurricane Edna in 1954 and was swept into the harbour by a huge wave. The current building was opened in the 1972 and has continued uninterrupted service since.

In 2015 the second story (formally “The Wreck Room” lounge) was completely renovated and 5 luxury suites were created, bring the Inner Harbor Inn to life and joining the Sea Dog Restaurant and Sea Dog Kayak rentals as a full destination location.

Pictures of the rooms with details and pricing can be found on the INN section of this website.

Information about kayaking can be found on the KAYAK section of this website.

Two groups of Algonquian-speaking indigenous peoples, the Abnaki and the Micmac, were in Nova Scotia when the first Europeans arrived. Vikings may have been the first Europeans to explore Nova Scotia, but the first recorded exploration was made in 1497 by English explorer John Cabot. French claims were established by Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 and by Jacques Cartier ten years later.

In 1604 Pierre du Guast sieur de Monts, Samuel de Champlain, and Baron de Poutrincourt established a colony at Port Royal, but in 1607 the colony was abandoned. Poutrincourt returned in 1610 and established the first successful settlement of Europeans in what is now Canada. In 1621 King James I of England changed the area's name from Acadia to Nova Scotia. Eight years later groups of Scots settled at Charlesfort, near Port Royal, and at Rosemar, on Cape Breton Island. Throughout the 17th century the English and French battled over control of Nova Scotia.

The Peace of Utrecht in 1713 confirmed British control of Acadia, although the French retained Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island. During King George's War in 1744, the French and British again battled over Nova Scotia. The British decided to make Nova Scotia British by bringing in more settlers. Halifax was founded as a fishing port and naval station, and other towns were planned. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the French settlement of Fort Beauséjour fell under an American attack, and Fort Gaspereau fell to the British.

After the war Governor Charles Lawrence ordered more than 6000 Acadians deported to the American colonies, but about 2000 escaped. By 1763 Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick were joined to Nova Scotia, although Prince Edward Island was separated from Nova Scotia in 1769 and Cape Breton Island and New Brunswick were detached in 1784.

Cape Breton Island was re-annexed in 1820. In 1758 Canada had its first representative assembly election, in Halifax. During and after the American Revolution (1775-1783) about 30,000 United Empire Loyalists (American colonists loyal to Great Britain) migrated to southwestern Nova Scotia, which later became the province of New Brunswick. By the 1860s plans for the unification of all the Canadian colonies were being proposed.

Nova Scotians generally disliked the idea of entering the union, but Sir Charles Tupper, the Nova Scotia premier and later prime minister of Canada, agreed to the terms of the Québec Conference of 1864. Nova Scotia entered the Dominion of Canada in 1867. At that time, Nova Scotia was in economic turmoil, as its shipbuilding industry was diminishing. Trade and industry lagged after the American Civil War ended in 1865, and large numbers of Nova Scotians migrated to western Canada and the United States.

The demands of World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), however, improved the economy. After 1950 the province made significant gains, as mining and manufacturing began to play a vital role in the economy. As the 1990s began, however, living standards remained low in Nova Scotia by countrywide standards.

IMDb’s summary’s and reviews of movies shot in Shelburne Nova Scotia.

Mary Silliman’s War
Mary Silliman's War is a unique, award-winning film on the American Revolution.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107526

The Scarlet Letter
An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114345

Moby Dick
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334573

Wilby Wonderful
A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383717

Virginia’s Run
When fisherman Ford Lofton's (Gabriel Byrne) wife dies in a horseback riding accident, the devastated widower tells his daughters they can no longer ride. The younger of the two, Virginia (Lindze Letherman), can't shake her passion for horses, and cares for a young foal named Stormy behind her father's back. When Ford moves to sell Stormy, the girl enlists a friendly horse trainer named Jessie Eastwood (Joanne Whalley) to try to change Ford's mind and let Virginia keep Stormy for her own.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0307639

The Book of Negros
Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 18th century.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1495950

Eternal Kiss
• Eternal Kiss tells the story of David Manners, a thirty-something filmmaker from the small seaside town of Harker's Cove who gets more than he bargained for when he sets out to make a documentary about people who believe in the existence of vampires... and finds himself the target of media mogul Elisabeth Langstrom, a very real vampire who is convinced that David is her soul-mate. But nothing is as simple as it seems in a film that has more twists and turns than a mountain road - David has secrets of his own, including a tortured past that even he doesn't fully remember or understand, and a burgeoning love affair with Laura Watson, the new girl in town, who may also be more than she seems. Also in the mix are vampire hunters - Dr. Simon Polidori and his daughter Miranda, who have an agenda of their own, which involves using David as bait for Langstrom. Meanwhile, David's best friend and business partner, Oliver Seward, thinks that David is going a bit nuts, but he remains steadfast, even when called upon to help combat a creature that he doesn't really believe exists. Finally, there are Langstrom's victims - Emily Parker, a girl David meets at a bar in Toronto... Amanda Doyle, the deputy mayor of Harker's Cove... and Stephanie Fielding, a young lawyer who specializes in "real estate" exclusively for one client. All of them are just pawns in her game, as she maneuvers everyone towards a final showdown which was prophesied centuries before. In the end, however, it all comes down to a choice for David - destiny, or free will - and the question of whether true love can really conquer all!
Writtent by Paul Kimball
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720101