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The greater Sheet Harbour area is comprised of 37 communities spanning across 87 kilometers along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. From East Ship Harbour to Ecum Secum, there are many benefits to living, playing, working, visiting or raising a family in our area, here are just a few:

Close proximity to larger urban areas and airport

Tourism and economic development potential

Quiet surroundings and friendly, caring residents

Affordable real estate costs and cost of living 

A pristine ocean coastline accessible for adventure and play 

The beauty, the quietness, neighbours who are happy to help you, inexpensive properties on and near the ocean.

Stephen & Bobbie Mildenberger

Our Mission

Our Geography

Just as our license plate insists, the Sheet Harbour area is Canada’s Ocean Playground and home to approximately 5,000 people.


The two-lane route Marine Drive (Hwy 7) clings to Nova Scotia’s rugged eastern shore, passing through fishing villages from East Ship Harbour to Ecum Secum. The Sheet Harbour area is on the doorstep of the 100 Wild Islands.

Sheet Harbour is located between the East and West Rivers. These two rivers flow into the harbour. East River is a large, deep water area that leads out to the harbour and the West River is a large, fast flowing river with spectacular falls into the main harbour. 


Gradually widening as it travels southeastward toward the Atlantic, the harbour has an average tidal range of about 1.2 to 1.5 m (4 to 5 ft).


Sheet Harbour was the first community in North America to use a lime doser on one of its rivers, which sprays limestone into the water to stabilize pH levels. Dosing began in September 2005 in West River. It was successful in stabilizing the pH of the river at 5.5, a healthy level for salmon and other aquatic life.


Our Community & Culture

From East Ship Harbour to Ecum Secum, all 29 communities are part of the Halifax Regional Municipality

With historic roots in fishing, forestry and mining we’re excited about the economic opportunities of this region and we’re open for business. For generations, Mi’kmaq people, European settlers and their descendants have made a living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.

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Friends & Family

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