General Information

Stretching from Halifax Harbour to the Canso Causeway, the Eastern Shore is a place where pristine wilderness, historic attractions, and expansive beaches come together to create an unparalleled scenic seaside getaway.

Although sparsely populated, there are more than 300 communities along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, which vary in size. The largest community along the eastern shore outside of Dartmouth and Cole Harbour is Porters Lake with a population of more than 3,716 as of 2021.

Most of the economy along the Eastern Shore is based around fishing, forestry, and tourism. You can find small businesses spanning along the entire Shore. Visit our BUSINESS DIRECTORY for more information or to search for a business on the Eastern Shore.

The archipelago of over 400 coastal islands along a 75km stretch of the eastern shore is a protected area consisting of 1,949 hectares (4,816 acres) of islands along the coast. The protected area extends approximately 25 km from the mainland into the Scotian Shelf bioregion.

Whether it’s one of the many hiking trails, unique artisan studios, beautiful sandy beaches, quaint museums, or delightful lighthouses that you are interested in visiting, you’ll find a plentitude of things to see and do around the Eastern Shore. Visit ATTRACTIONS for more information.