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Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore

Nova Scotia from Dartmouth and Halifax to Mulgrave along the Marine Drive.  Includes Guysborough and part of Halifax counties.

The best playground, work and retirement area in the Maritimes.

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Boating on the Eastern Shore

For the canoeists, kayakers, and boaters, besides the places listed below there are hundreds of fresh water lakes to use.  The only trick is to find a route into them, here Goggle Maps may help.  Eastern Shore Lakes System is an example.  Underlined text are links to further information.

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Head of Chezzecook (38/365)

Porters Lake to Chezzetcook Sea Route: Porters Lake, NS; (44.726735,-63.300319); Distance: 26 km;
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East Chezzetcook Harbour : 37 Goverment Wharf Rd, East Chezzetcook, NS; (44.711,-63.236536);
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Musquodoboit Harbour (49/354)

Petpeswick Yacht Club: 434 E Petpeswick Rd, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS; (44.76693,-63.150922); 902-889-2896;
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Ostrea Lake Harbour: Ostrea Lake Rd, Musquodoboit, NS; (44.718426,-63.089032);
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Musquodoboit River Canoe Route: Upper Musquodoboit - Musquodoboit Harbour, NS; (45.136267,-62.949046); Distance: 77 km, 2-3 days, 5 portages; Info Sheet;
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Lake Charlotte (66/337)

Baker's Point Fisheries Wharf Marina: 33 Baker's Point Rd, East Jeddore, NS; (44.728275,-63.002304); 902-845-2347;
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Clam Harbour (80/347)

Little Harbour Sea Route: Owls Head Harbour, NS; (44.736491,-62.832212); Distance: route A 19 km, B 10 km
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Tangier, NS (95/308)

Coastal Adventures Sea Kayaking Tours: Box 77, 84 Mason's Point Road, Tangier, NS, B0J 3H0; (44.800718,-62.692552); ; 877-404-2774; info@coastaladventures.com; Day trips, Extended Tours, Instruction, Kayak sales and rentals;
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Tangier Harbour Sea Route: Tangier, NS; (44.800718,-62.692552); Distance: 17 km;
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Carter's Point Harbour: 193 Murphy's Rd, Halifax County, NS; (44.78517,-62.762502);
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Murphy's Camping On The Ocean: Murphy's Rd, Tangier, NS; (44.774478,-62.757196); 902-772-2700;
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Murphy Cove Sea Route: Murphy Cove, NS; (44.785551,-62.762196); Distance: 17 km;
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Popes Harbour Sea Routes: Popes Harbour, NS; (44.814176,-62.638907); Distance: route A 12 km, B 16 km;
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Spry Bay (108/295)

Mushaboom Harbour Sea Route: Taylors Head, NS; (44.81034,-62.560272); Distance: 13 km;
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Spry Bay Yacht Club and Marina: Winging Point Rd, Spry Bay, NS; (44.833459,-62.610079); 902-772-2555, Mark S. Krause, Commodore; mskpsm@gmail.com; A limited service facility, catering primarily to sailboat and small power craft. The Marina is open from May to October;
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Sheet Harbour (120/283)

Sober Island Sea Route: Beaver Harbour to Sheet Harbour Passage, NS; (44.855625,-62.471352); Distance: 27 km;
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Mushaboom Fishermen's Wharf: Winter's Point Rd, Sheet Harbour, NS; (44.853967,-62.556002);
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Clearhead Fishermen's Wharf: Mushaboom Rd, Sheet Harbour, NS; (44.849343,-62.527227);
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Port Dufferin (123/280)

Bay of Islands (Port Dufferin) Sea Route: Port Dufferin, NS; (44.895829,-62.376852); Distance: 22 km;
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Gammons Creek Harbour: Gammon Rd, Port Dufferin, NS; (44.903824,-62.349687);
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Bay of Islands (East Quoddy) Sea Route: East Quoddy, NS; (44.910845,-62.30793); Distance: 18 km;
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South East Quoddy Harbour: Milts Rd, Port Dufferin, NS; (44.908536,-62.307855);
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Marie Joseph (169/234)

Ecum Secum Sea Route: Ecum Secum, NS; (44.966498,-62.137642); Distance: 37 km;
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Marie Joseph Harbour: Rte 7, Marie Joseph, NS; (44.965633,-62.078848);
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Liscomb Mills (176/227)

Liscomb River Canoe Route: N. on New Chester Rd, Ecum Secum, NS; (45.116298,-62.282038); One way, 32 km, 3 days; Info Sheet;
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Liscombe Lodge Marina: 2884 Highway #7, Liscomb Mills, NS; (45.012086,-62.103417); 902-779-2307 or 800-665-6343; liscombe@liscombelodge.ca;
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Liscomb (186/217)

Little Liscomb Harbour: Little Liscomb Wharf Rd, Little Liscomb, NS; (45.025669,-61.97186);
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Liscomb Island Sea Route: Little Liscomb to Sonora, NS; (45.02695,-61.973534); Distance: 17 km;
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Sherbrooke (190/213)

Sonora Harbour: Wharf Rd, Sonora, NS; (45.057698,-61.904662);
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St. Mary's River Canoe Route: Hwy 374, Trafalgar, NS; (45.280715,-62.634562); Distance 57 km, 2 days; Info Sheet;
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Lochiel Lake Canoe Route 1: Hwy 7, Aspen, NS; (45.355372,-62.058856); Distance: 6.4 km loop;
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Indian Harbour Lake Canoe Route 1: Hwy 211, Port Hillord, NS; (45.107999,-61.846175); Distance: 9.3 km;
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Port Bickerton (219/184)

Bickerton Coast Guard : Off Hwy 211, Bickerton West, NS; (45.109998,-61.681051);
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Port Bickerton West Harbour: Bickerton West, NS; (45.094277,-61.727335);
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Goldboro (248/155)

Isaac`s Harbour Sea Route 1: Goldboro Interpretive Center, Goldboro, NS; (45.181413,-61.651621); Distance: 13 km loop;
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Goldboro/Isaac's Harbour: Hwy 316, Goldboro, NS; (45.181023,-61.652046);
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Country Harbour Sea Route: Drum Head to Coddles Harbour, NS; (45.14724,-61.6009); Distance: 13 km;
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New Harbour (258/145)

New Harbour River: New Harbour, NS; (45.180706,-61.461861); Distance: 18 km round trip;
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New Harbour Wharf: New Harbour Rd, New Harbour, NS; (45.170072,-61.451738);
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Charlos Cove (287/116)

Charlos Cove Harbour : Wharf Rd, Charlos Cove, NS; (45.246401,-61.330748);
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Whitehead (292/98)

Whitehead to Canso Sea Route: Whitehead to Canso, NS; (45.241899,-61.189417); Distance 36 km;
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Tor Bay (The Sugar Islands) Sea Route: Port Felix, NS; (45.246159,-61.224067); Distance: 13 km;
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Port Felix East Harbour: Port Felix, NS; (45.253743,-61.21582);
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Lower Whitehead Harbour: Deming Point Rd, Lower Whitehead, NS; (45.22233,-61.176299);
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Cole Harbour River Canoe Route: 5 km north Hwy 316, of Upper Whitehead, NS; Start (45.326324,-61.181452) - Exit (45.266792,-61.251637); Distance: 12 km;

Cole Harbour River RouteThe Cole Harbour River is a series of lakes and stillwaters with minimal stretches of moving water. The total length of the trip was just over 12 km with three short and well traveled portages. The route can be covered by a tandem canoe in about three hours. First of all find Cole Harbour in Guysborough County and drive there along Route 316. The final takeout is accessed by an old road through a pit by turning inland off of main road at N45 15.587 W61.14.541. Go right at both forks to get right back to the river where you can park at approx. N45 15.971 W61 14.512. This road probably requires SUV or truck but it is short so you can walk it instead and leave your car near the road. Another option is to paddle right to the bridge crossing Rt. 316 where the river empties into the Atlantic (approx. N45 15.943 W61 15.670). The stretch of river from the takeout to here however is rocky and shallow and reportedly requires a lot of portaging with no known trails. After dropping the shuttle vehicle continue along Route 316 to a small clearing off of the road past Upper Whitehead (at approx. N45 19.586 W61 10.883). A 150 m carry over a well-worn trail lands you at the put-in. Paddle about 1.4 km through protected stillwaters and a small lake before crossing Panhandle Lake. At the south end of Panhandle Lake there is a shallow and rocky section of rapids so the canoe must be carried 130 m down another well-marked but very rocky trail. Continuing on through Halfway Run Lakes and Allen's Lake (or Mayflower Lake, depending on who you ask) you arrive at the sandbar across the mouth of Cooeycoff Lake and may have to drag over depending on the water levels. Cooeycoff Lake is a large lake that can be a challenge to paddle if the wind is strong especially from the southwest. There are about 10 camps on Cooeycoff including one profiled in Bud Inglis' book Backwoods Cabins of Nova Scotia that is reportedly like 130 years old. This camp is on the far end of the biggest island in the lake. The route continues to the south where an old take-out and portage trail can be found to bypass a large waterfall. The 25 foot drop is not navigable in any water. The short carry leads you to the upper reaches of Sand Lake and is the last time you will have to get out of the boat before the final takeout. The route continues through a mixture of small lakes and stillwaters and never really gets into much flowing water. After the falls below Cooeycoff there is 6 km of paddling remaining to get to the takeout.
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Canso (312/102)

Hazel Hill Lake: Curling arena, Haze Hill, NS; (45.328466,-61.026442); Distance: 6.5 km round trip;
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Canso Islands Sea Route 1: Canso, NS; (45.338157,-60.995505); Distance: 9.6 km;
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Cape Canso R.V. Park & Marina: 1639 Union St, Canso, NS; (45.334967,-60.985002); Open May 15 - October 30;
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Little Dover (330/108)

Little Dover Harbour: Little Dover, NS; (45.290098,-61.048687);
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Guysborough (345/58)

Salmon River Canoe Route: Hwy 16, Dorts Cove, NS; (45.359715,-61.721327); Distance: 25 km one way;

Mi'kmaq CanoeingThe Salmon River was one of the most important routes used by the Mi'kmac Indians who were centered on Cape Breton Island.  The following is from "Guysborough Sketches and Essays" by A.C. Host:
"What was, however, the most important route lay directly before him.  Crossing the Strait of Canso and following closely the north shore of Chedabucto Bay, it was possible for him to enter the two-mile estuary of Salmon River, and at the head of tide water, the river itself, This River and a series of lakes could be followed or traversed for about twenty miles, to a height of land where a group of rivers or streams took origin, To the right or northward as a distance of about five miles were the headwaters of the South River, emptying its waters into Antigonish Harbour and the Gulf.  South at approximately the same distance were the headwaters of Country Harbour River, finding the Atlantic under the shadows of Cape Mocodome.  A little distance beyond were the streams entering the Atlantic at Port Hilford.  Immediately in front of him and about ten miles distant were the eastern branches of St. Mary' River.  These could be followed to their junction with the West River of St. Mary's, which would take directly to the sea, or the West River could be entered and ascended for about thirty miles.  About mid-distance to the north were the lakes or streams from which the East River of Pictou took its source.  At the end, near the point where the Counties of Guysborough, Halifax, Pictou and Colchester now corner, was the height of the watershed which gave rise to a group of waterways, To the south were the lakes from which the Sheet Harbour River arises. To the southwest were the headwaters of the Musquodoboit River. West of the traveller were the origins of the Stewiacke. Entry on the latter gave him access immediately to the waters of Minas Basin, from which any of the routes of the western end of the Province could be reached. In his passage down the Stewiacke, he was following a portion of the canoe route from Halifax to Annapolis. He would here follow or cross the winter route of land travel, that, for example, which had been taken by the force of French and Indians which wrote in blood the story of the attack on Noble's sleeping forces at Grand Pre.  This route, taking advantage of the valleys of the Salmon, the St. Mary's and the Stewiacke Rivers, was an important one in the Micmac travel system. Nicholas Denys appreciated its importance, when he selected two points on it, Chedabucto and St. Peter's, as sites for his fishing and trading establishments, as did the Trading Company of Acadia, which at a later date occupied the old stand at Chedabucto.  Villebon also may have done so, when he reported so favourably to his home Government in 1699 on the desirability of strongly holding Chedabucto as a trading centre. While primarily a canoe route, the route of land travel probably followed it quite closely, but taking advantage of the nearby hardwood ridges, in order to avoid the more impenetrable growths of the river valleys. It was by this road that Indians asserted their ability to send a message from Canso to Port Royal in six days, a distance of about two hundred and forty miles as the crow flies. In order to have done this, they must have been able to travel at a much faster rate than was possible across country from Port Royal to LaHave, which they were able to do in two days and a half.  The latter distance in a straight line is not more than seventy miles."
Canoeing
Donahue Lake Canoe Route 1: Larry's River Rd., Guysborough Co., NS; (45.31365,-61.503625); Distance: 14 km loop, canoe on a claim day;
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Guysborough Marina: 80 Main St, Guysborough, NS; (45.392159,-61.497046); 902-533-2052;
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Mulgrave (397/6)

Venus Cove Marina Park: Loggie St., Mulgrave, NS; (45.615178,-61.389756); 902-747-2788;
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Eddy Point Marine Park: 5586 Highway 344, Sand Point, NS; (45.52006,-61.263556); 902-747-3107;
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Distance Start Points: Dartmouth @ Portland St. & Highway 111, (44.672193,-63.534243), and the Junction of Highway 104 & 316, (45.648968,-61.439424) north of Mulgrave.

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Distances are from Goggle Maps.  This may not be the shortest or fastest route from your location, check your own maps.

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