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Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Yarmouth (2001 population 7,561) is a town in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada.

First called Port Forchu, Yarmouth was first laid out in 1759 and incorporated in 1890. Through the 19th century it was a major shipbuilding centre, at one point making more ships per capita than any other port in the world. When steamships started to take over that sector of the transportation industry, the town declined.

Tourism is now a major boost to the local economy. Two major ferry routes from Maine end at Yarmouth.

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