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The label 'Marine Drive' must indeed have been created with tongue
in cheek by the mandarins in Halifax. We live on a 'Drive' indeed,
the purpose of which appears to have been to 'drive' poeple along
on their way to Cape Breton and the Cabot TRAIL.
If anybody had bothered to check, it would have become quite obvious
that the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, from Halifax to Canso is
indeed one of the most spectacularly scenic regions of Canada. Instead
of being relegated to the role of an admittedly bumpy 'drive' to
better destinations, the region along highway 7 and further along
to Canso fully deserves to become a destination in its own right.
Perhaps it would serve us well to rename the 'Marine Drive' to something
more appropriate, such as "Marine Trail". Some cycling groups already
seem to be using this term.
In response to the growing interest in unspoiled nature and tranquility,
groups have formed all along Highway 7 to build a growing network
of hiking trails that lead the visitor into our back country, past
peaceful lakes, rivers, brooks and waterfalls, over interesting
geological formations and through the remains of long abandoned
settlements of lumbermen and miners.
Highway #7 and what is now known as the Marine Drive take you from
Halifax to Antigonish and Canso through a region that combines the
beauty of an Atlantic archipelago, of rivers and lakes with the
wide open potential for new beginnings in the spirit of 21st century
stewardship as the 'old ways' fade into the dust of a multitude
What do you think? Email me
or join our discussions on the Highway7