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All about Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia


A photo of a fishing boat in the water in Fisherman's Cove
Fisherman's Cove is a must while visiting Eastern Passage

We're often asked - 'is Eastern Passage a good place to live?' The short answer is 'why not!?' Whether it's your first home, or you're looking for something in a quiet neighbourhood, Eastern Passage is a good choice to begin your search.


Located in District 3 of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Eastern Passage is a quaint suburban community that is home to Fisherman’s Cove – a 200-year-old fishing village located about 20 minutes from downtown Halifax. Fisherman’s Cove features a picturesque boardwalk, unique shops, and eateries and restaurants that serve everything from tasty ice cream to local seafood.


What's there to see and do in and around Eastern Passage?


Fisherman's Cove Heritage Centre

Wander through the Centre and you will see nautical displays, artifacts, and photos of the rich history of Eastern Passage, plus views of McNab’s Island, Lawlors Island, Devil’s Island, and much more.


MacCormacks Beach

Located in Eastern Passage adjacent to Fisherman’s Cove, this park offers an extensive boardwalk that provides coastal walking opportunities and beautiful views of Halifax and McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park.


Boondocks Restaurant

Locally owned and operated, located in scenic Fisherman's Cove, in Eastern Passage Nova Scotia. We provide a variety of dishes, featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients, always made with love! Boondocks offers a warm family-friendly atmosphere. Owned and operated by Jasmine Slaunwhite, Richard Slaunwhite, and Fran and Jamie Rouse Boondocks truly is a family restaurant. Fish & Chips Local Catch KIDS MEALS Homemade Coconut Cream Pie


Fisherman's Cove

Fisherman’s Cove is a restored, 200 year-old fishing village. Rich in history, it offers visitors a peek into the past with a variety of modern day activities and events for the entire family. Stroll the picturesque boardwalk and visit the many shops and eateries where you will find delicious food, Maritime crafts, local paintings, unique folk art, and souvenirs to bring home.


Tanner Trail Head

Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 23 min to complete this 1.9-km trail near Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. Tanner Trail Head is great for birding and hiking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring.


Shearwater Aviation Museum

Shearwater Aviation Museum acquires, conserves, organizes, researches and interprets to CF personnel and the public-at-large for their study, education and enjoyment, artifacts and documents which exemplify the history of Canadian Maritime Military Aviation.


McNabs Island

McNabs Island is the largest island at the entrance of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia. Part of the McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park, McNabs Island is only a short boat ride from Halifax or Eastern Passage, but feels like a world away with its colourful past and unspoiled natural beauty.


Blue Shark Fishing Charters

Blue Shark Fishing Charters is Halifax's ultimate ocean experience. Climb aboard and enjoy a private Deep Sea Fishing adventure on the beautiful waters off Halifax Harbour.



Those living in or visiting Eastern Passage and areas can also enjoy five beautiful lakes including Cranberry, Settle, Morris, Bell and Russell Lake.


Eastern Passage district is also home to CFB Shearwater, the centre of naval aviation in Canada. It is the second-oldest military aerodrome in Canada and is home to the CH-124 Sea King Helicopter and nine helicopter air detachments for international and domestic operations.


Part of the the Eastern Passage district includes important industries such as the Autoport, Imperial Oil, Irving Oil, and Ultramar/Valero.


Two friends walk and enjoy the beaches on McNabs Island
Enjoying the beaches on McNabs Island

Looking for an affordable island getaway? You'll be glad to know that just a short boat ride from Eastern Passage lies McNabs Island – a 980-acre island that's also the largest in the Halifax Harbour. McNabs Island includes military forts that were established early in Halifax’s history and played a major role in defending the city.



Photograph of a former military building on McNabs Island
A former military building on McNabs Island

Today, the remains of Fort McNab are a designated National Historic Site and the island itself is a provincial park. There are many hiking trails networked across the island, and opportunities to view rare wildlife and native flora.


Did you know?

In the summer of 2003, the fourth season of Trailer Park Boys was filmed in Fisherman's Cove?
Eastern Passage gets its name from its location within Halifax Harbour. Captain James Cook was the first to chart the harbour and the ‘eastern passage’ was simply the description of the channel placed on his chart.
Scenes for the Walt Disney favourite ‘Beethoven’ movie (2 episodes) were filmed in Fisherman's Cove.

Eastern Passage continues to be known for its miles of scenic coastline, picturesque parks, and excellent seafood and is where you can enjoy a lighthouse tour, hiking, kayaking, and more.


If you are thinking of moving to or away from Eastern Passage, please contact the Berrigan Devoe Real Estate Group. It would be our pleasure to help you find your perfect home or help you sell your current home.


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Sources: https://www.fishermanscove.ca, halifax.ca


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