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January 2003

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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 of museums.

What do you think? Email me or join our discussions on the Highway7 forum.

Jurgen Teuwen

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