Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Sheet Harbour is a small community on the eastern shore of the Halifax Regional Municipality, in Nova Scotia, Canada in the Musquodoboit/Sheet Harbour region of the Marine Drive on Trunk 7, 87.44 kilometers from Halifax.


The settlement began in 1784 by Loyalist refugees and British veterans of the American Revolution and became a prosperous centre for the lumber industry.

Sheet Harbour was named "Port North" on the Royal Navy Chart that was published in 1778. It was decided that "Port North" was not descriptive enough so its name was changed to Sheet Harbour because of a white, flat rock that looks like a sheet (named Sheet Rock). Sheet Rock can be found at the entrance of the harbour. Sheet Harbour for about two decades was known as Cambell Town, this name fell into disuse and became known as Sheet Harbour.Found in Sheet Harbour: A Local History by James E. Rutledge written in 1954, page 9-10


The economy of Sheet Harbour is based on the tourism, fishery and forestry In October 1885 the Halifax Wood Fibre Company located the first sulphide pulp mill in Canada at East River, Sheet Harbour. Later on October 5th a ground-wood pulp mill owned by the American Pulp and Wrapping Paper Co. of Albany New York began operation on the West River at the head of the Northwest Arm of Sheet Harbour. This pulp mill replaced a saw mill owned by Rhodes & Currie and...
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