Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

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Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

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Eastern Passage is a Canadian urban community in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality.

Located at the southeastern edge of Halifax Harbour, fronting the Atlantic Ocean, Eastern Passage derives its name from the narrow strait separating the mainland from McNabs Island and Lawlor Island, both of which lie several hundred metres west of the community. This "Eastern Passage" into the harbour is not the main shipping channel due to its shallow depths; the main shipping channel lies west of McNabs Island. The Eastern Passage is largely used by small recreational boats and fishing vessels during inclement weather as the island affords shelter from prevailing winds.

Eastern Passage has historically been tied to the fishing industry and its waterfront demonstrates this with multiple small wharves and piers. The construction of CFB Shearwater, a military air base, at the northern boundary of the community during World War I, along with the construction of the Imperial Oil (later Esso), Texaco (later Ultramar) oil refinery, the Volvo Halifax Assembly plant and automobile import/export facility following World War II redefined the local economy. New highway connections have resulted in the majority of area residents commuting to Downtown Halifax or Dartmouth.

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Prior to the European settlers, Eastern Passage was a season home to the Mi'kmaq for thousands of years. Europeans began seasonal use of the...
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