these Highway#7 visitor signs from Halifax, Bedford and
Dartmouth, showing a a fisherman hauling his nets. All N.S.
roads eventually lead to the Eastern Shore , one of Canada's
most pristine coastal highways. We'll see you there!
Halifax to Dartmouth
Across the Bridge to Marine Drive, Highway #7
YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY!
to Nova Scotia's
wild & wonderful
How to Get Here
You can enjoy a leisurely
day trip from Halifax, or you may want to spend your
entire holidays on the Marine Drive. In either case,
these pages are one of our many ways of saying "Welcome"
- A 300 Km Long Supercity!
Outside Greater Halifax along the north-east coast,
the only travel route is known as the Eastern Shore (by residents),
the Marine Drive (by the tourism industry), the Gold Coast (by
renewable energy) and of course, good old Highway 7.
Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore is a 200 mile stretch of magnificent
north Atlantic coastline and part of 'Supercity Halifax'.
What's A Supercity??
The 1996 amalgamation of Halifax, Bedford, Hubbards, Dartmouth
and Halifax County created 'Supercity', a municipal unit that
is the largest and most diverse in Atlantic Canada and second
only to the city of Edmonton in land area.
Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is home to over one third
of all Nova Scotians and embodies not only one of the country's
most cosmopolitan cities but also hundreds of smaller communities
and some of the most pristine coastal and wilderness areas found
anywhere in North America.
All Points East
Beginning in Bedford, Highway #7 winds through Dartmouth, CherryBrook
and East Preston, joining up with the #207 through Lawrencetown
Beach, well known to surfers, and the Acadian communities of East
and West Chezzetcook.
The #107 is a limited access non-scenic commuter highway that
heads out from Dartmouth to Musquodoboit, where it joins up again
with Highway #7. Take the #107 if you really need to save around
10 minutes driving time!
These two highways meet just west of Musquodoboit
At Stillwater, just east of Sherbrooke, you have a delightful
choice of travel routes to Cape Breton.
Plan to 'loop' along the Marine Drive for an overnight or
several in Canso or Guysborough on the way to Cape Breton.
Then explore the other highway - inland along Locheil and
the St. Mary's River - on the way back. Or vice-versa!
Harbour and continue on together for several hours to Stillwater,
just east of Sherbrooke.
From Musquodoboit, "Highway #7" follows the north-east
coast of Nova Scotia to Sherbrooke Historic Village where it continues
on to Antigonish, 'Heart of the Highlands' and home to St. Francis
Xavier University. From here it's a short hop to the Canso Causeway
and Cape Breton Island.
The "Marine Drive", as it is defined by NS Tourism leaves
Highway 7 just east of Sherbrooke and continues along the coast
on #211 through Goldboro, at the gateway to the Sable Offshore Energy
Still hugging the coastline, you're on your way to Canso, Nova Scotia's
oldest fishing settlement and home to the Stan Rogers Festival,
and finally to Guysborough on the Chedabucto Bay to the
Canso Causeway and Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton Island.
Speaking of Cape Breton, don't be in such a hurry...we call our
coast the 'mini-Cabot Trail' for good reason! Linger with us on
the Eastern Shore, far away from 'the madding crowd'.
the Shore Part 2
Jeddore to Sheet Harbour