Dory Building


Dory Shop Sign


Who We Are

Step into this authentic harbour-side dory factory to discover the historic Shelburne Dory and the world of the Grand Banks fishery as it existed from 1880 to 1971.

Lightweight and versatile, dories are small, shallow-draft boats with flat bottoms, high sides and sharp bows. Easy to build, thanks to their simple lines, and able to withstand the rugged ocean, dories were the backbone of the fishing industry, both in Nova Scotia and around the world.

One of Shelburne’s great claims to fame is the town’s rich dory building traditions; a skill which still survives today thanks to the Dory Shop Museum. Known for its exceptional strength, the Shelburne Dory was the preferred dory of local fishermen, making it the most popular small craft in the Atlantic Provinces for almost a century.

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Are you interested in sharing your thoughts on local heritage sites and do you reside (permanently or seasonally) in one of the following: Municipality of the District of Argyle, Municipality of the District of Barrington, Municipality of the District of Shelburne, Town of Clark’s Harbour, Town of Lockeport or Town of Shelburne? Please click here to proceed to the survey and contribute to a Saint Mary’s University graduate student research project.

Hours & Admission

Open Seasonally

June 1 - October 15

Monday - Sunday
9:30 am - 5:30 pm


Adult - $4.00
Youth (5 -16) - Free
Children under 5 - Free

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