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Community Assets Community Statistics Services & Resources
  History - Did you Know?  

Musquodoboit Harbour is a rural community along the Eastern Shore of Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. 

About 45kms. east of downtown Halifax, on Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour is one of the largest communities along the coast.  The community generally stretches from Gaetz Brook to the Head of Jeddore.

With a population of close to 1,000 people (within the designated center)*, Musquodoboit Harbour is located within a natural setting and is a short distance to many attractions - provincial parks, trails, sand beaches and protected wilderness areas.  With a hospital, postal outlet, schools, recreational center, library, municipal office and other services, Musquodoboit Harbour serves many of the surrounding communities.

The community's center is in close proximity to Petpeswick Inlet and Musquodoboit Harbour, two of many east coast inlets.  Scots Lake and the Musquodoboit River are close by.  These water bodies provide invaluable habitat for many plant and animal species and are recreational assets.  Crown land ownership to the north of the community center provides an opportunity for resource management, preservation and recreation.

*Musquodoboit Harbour is designated a Rural District Center under HRM's Regional Plan.

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Community Assets & Characteristics:

Musquodoboit Harbour…

  • is a growing community with new homes and young people
  • has land available for development
  • the village core is a natural centre for surrounding communities
  • has opportunities for positive communication  and input

Recreation

  • facilities include an ice rink, a new P-9 school (located about 20 min drive away in Oysters Pond), a high school (in the core) , a community centre, a small fitness center, library, a gym
  • provides outdoor activities such as sports fields / parks / trails / boating / fishing on harbour / river, a golf course and a yacht club

Business/Economy

  • 20 min to edge of Metro, about 45 min to downtown Halifax
  • 2 general stores / gas station / bank
  • craftspeople and small businesses (glass, woodcarving, antique, wreaths, Anderson House) thriving!
  • large summer population who sometimes stay or lengthen season
  • small restaurants (Bear Den, Harbour Fish and Fries) & coffee shop
  • tourism: lodging, restaurants at or near the beach, golf course, multi use trail and a meeting/conference centre to host events (where?)

Services

  • hospital / dentist / medical centre / pharmacy / ambulance / nursing home
  • churches / Eastern shore District High school
  • Family Resource Association (based in Porter’s Lake)
  • HRM office / library / fire station / post office / RCMP (during day)
  • tourist info centre / train museum
  • Twin Oaks and Birches seniors residences and services

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Community Statistics:

The demographics of Musquodoboit Harbour includes the communities of  East Petpeswick, Musquodoboit Harbour, Ostrea Lake, Pleasant Point, Smith Settlement, West Petpeswick.

Based on the 2006 Census of population, Musquodoboit  Harbour and surrounding communities has a population of  2,139 which is a 12.2 %  higher than in 1996. Since the age break down information is not completed yet, in 2001, 26.0% of the population of Musquodoboit Harbour was under the age of 20 and 15.5% was 65 years or older.

Population by Selected Age Groups for Musquodoboit Harbour

  1996 Census 2001 Census 2006 Census Percent change 1996-2006   Total Reporting 0-4 5-9 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64
# % # % # %
1,906 100 1,995 100 2,139 12.2
112 5.9 101 5.1 na na
143 7.5 123 6.2 na na
148 7.8 147 7.4 na na
102 5.4 147 7.4 na na
86 4.5 56 2.8 na na
110 5.8 80 4.0 na na
165 8.7 127 6.4 na na
167 8.8 175 8.8 na na
160 8.4 177 8.9 na na
147 7.7 162 8.1 na na
124 6.5 167 8.4 na na
101 5.3 117 5.9 na na
111 5.8 104 5.2 na na

   65-69

79 4.1 107 5.4 na na

   70-74

44 2.3 80 4.0 na na

   75-79

44 2.3 45 2.3 na na

   80-84

30 1.6 47 2.4 na na

   85+ yrs

19 1.0 31 1.6 na na

For more statistical tables, use Community Counts Web site:

www.gov.ns.ca/finance/communitycounts/

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Resource and Services:

Art  & Crafts Community

- Black Sheep Gallery (Audrey Sandford)

- Harris & Company Art Gallery & Cafe (Randy Bullerwell)

- Old Anderson House Craft Shop (Joan Flewwelling)

- Rutherford, Kath & Rob

Businesses

(realtors, eateries, stores, clinics, law, papers, etc?)

Churches

- Jeddore Baptist Church

- Kingdom's Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

- Marine Drive Pentecostal Church

- Musquodoboit Harbour Presbyterian Church

- St. George's Anglican Church

- St James Anglican Church Hall

- St. Phillip Neri Roman Catholic Church

- United Church of Canada, Musquodoboit Harbour

Community Service Organizations

- Canada Post, Musquodoboit Harbour

- Eastern Shore Food Bank

- Lions Club, Musquodoboit Harbour & District

- Meals on Wheels

- Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

- Rate Payers Association, Musquodoboit Harbour

Culture & History

- Musquodoboit Railway Museum & Tourist Bureau

- Fisherman's Life Museum

- Memory Lane Heritage Village


Education & Schools

- Eastern Shore District High School

- Gaetz Brook Junior High School

- Musquodoboit Harbour Elementary School*

- Robert Jamison Elementary School*

*Now new Oyster Pond Academy

Family, Seniors & Youth

- Eastern Shore Family Resource Association

- Girl Guides & Camp Kana'da, Marine Shore Area (District)

- Harbour Lites New Horizons Seniors Club

- Youth On The Move Teen Centre

Health Care

- Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Community Health Board

- Musquodoboit Harbour Medical Clinic

- Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Centres

- Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital & The Birches

Parks, Recreation & Conservation

- Eastern Shore Community Centre & Rink

- HRM Recreation Center and Fitness & Lifestyle Centre

- Martinique Beach Provincial Park & Martinique Beach Game Provincial Sanctuary

- Musquodoboit River Association

- Musquodoboit Trailways Association

- Petpeswick Yacht Club
- White Lake Provincial Wilderness Area & Gibralter Rock Provincial Park Reserve

Safety

- Eastern Shore Ground Search & Rescue

- R.C.M.P., Musquodoboit Harbour

- Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services (HRM Station 24), Musquodoboit Harbour

Tourism & Hospitality

- Antigonish-Eastern Shore Tourism Association

- Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage: Marine Drive

- Seaside Tourism Association

Wildlife & Animal Rescue

- Greyhound Rescue of Atlantic Canada

- The Hope for Wildlife Society (rehab: www.hopeforwildlife.net)

Political Leaders

- Steven Streatch – HRM Councillor for District 1

- Bill Dooks - Member of the Legislative Assembly (of Nova Scotia)

- Peter Stoffer - Member of Parliament - Sackville-Eastern Shore

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History:

Did you know? (source: local knowledge)

  • The Miq ma called Musquodoboit “Moosekudoboogwek” which means suddenly widening out after a narrow entrance at the mouth. The village’s name is an anglecized version of the Mikmaq word.
  • German settlers came from Lunenburg in 1827. They built a church where St. Philohero church stands today. Indians camped here with a chief called Isadore(sp?) who had 10 sons. Names such as “VonGates” Heinrichie, Bayer. All German-Dutch.
  • A man named McKinlay lived here in 1792. The Scots: Andersons came from Morayshire Scotland, also Vaughans Guilds and Rowlings came from England.
  • Stage coach came from Musquodoboit Harbour to Dartmouth at 10am 1852 cost 5 shillings.
  • In March 1859 Snowfall Fell 30” in one night
  • Hotels that existed: Claremont, Oglivie, Riverside
  • Musquodoboit Harbour Fire Dept. formed in 1961 and the fire hall officially opened Oct. 6 1964
  • Ladies Auxilary formed Feb. 1967
  • United Church – 175 families, Rev. Marvin Carrnahan 1997
  • A total of 31 Churches between Lawrencetown and Ship Harbour:12 Anglican, 4 Roman Catholic, 1 Penecostal, 7 United, 1 Jehovah Witness, 6 Baptist  
  • Stage coach Halifax to Tangier (Stoddard &Chisholm)
  • Musquodoboit Post Office – distributes mail to Meagher’s Grant
  • Ostrea Lake East Petpeswick, West Petpeswick (used to be spelt Peswick Lake (sp?)
  • Railway 1911 – 1912
  • First Automobile owned by Dr. Kennedy 1909
  • Dartmouth Eastern Railway started in 1912
  • Around 1909 Rural Telephone system came into use Mr. Harry Bayer Service man.

Source: Local knowledge.  Do you know other information about the history of Musquodoboit Harbour that may be of interest to the community?