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Eastern Shore
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Highway 7's Marine Drive, Eastern Shore, Nova ScotiaFollow 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!
Part 1
Halifax to Dartmouth
Across the Bridge to Marine Drive, Highway #7
One of the Eastern Shore's spectacular Atlantic Ocean vistas
to Nova Scotia's
wild & wonderful
Eastern Shore!

How to Get Here


From Here

Halifax Skyline
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" !

HRM - 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!

Travel Tip
"The Loop"

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!
These two highways meet just west of Musquodoboit
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 Project.

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'.

Headin' East on #7

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Jeddore to Sheet Harbour

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Highway7 E-zine, a publication of Hatch Media, is an electronic journal with a focus on commercial, historical, cultural and ecological issues concerning the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia in Canada. Topics include a growing resource of currently more than 300 articles. More articles and image galleries are added frequently as new material is brought to our attention. With, our primary aim is to serve, inform and reflect the rural communities on the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, as well as to acquaint new residents, visitors, tourists, and investors with the special beauty and enormous potential of our region.
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