A Shelburne, Nova Scotia woman is upset about limited public access to the tall ships visiting her community.  

Seven tall ships are in the small south shore town for public visits this weekend, six of them are docked at the government wharf.  

But when Sherri Alexander went to the wharf to see them at 5 p.m. on Saturday, she was denied access.  

"When we got to the gate there was a security person sitting there and he said, 'I'm sorry, it's closed.' My fiancé said, 'That's ok, we don't want to go onto the ships,' and he said, 'No, it's closed,'" Alexander told CBC News.  

"We were shocked, really. We said 'Well, why can't we at least just see them?' He said, 'Nope, sorry, closed at five o'clock.'"  

The wharf is down a road and Alexander says people could only see a few of the ships from far away.

Alexander said there were at least 15 to 20 people attempting to access the wharf to see the ships.

She said she left soon after being denied and doesn't know how many people ended up being turned away.  

Shelburne Mayor Al Delaney says the times for seeing the ships were well advertised.  

He says Transport Canada security regulations require the area be closed to the public at 5 p.m.

The rest of the tall ships that set sail from Halifax are making appearances in Pictou and Pugwash this weekend.

The province says the annual 10-day festival showcases the best of Nova Scotia and brings in an estimated $30 million in revenue for the province.