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Long Island, Nova Scotia

Breaking Waves July 30. 2016 

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Welcome
Freeport is a working fishing village with spectacular natural scenery.  Explore walking trails or take a leisurely tour around the community.  Its unique location on the Bay of Fundy offers fabulous views of two lighthouses, sunsets over the bay and coastal sites to observe whales and other marine life.  Freeport is located along the Atlantic Flyway for numerous species of migrating birds.

Welcome to Freeport

"When European settlers arrived in the late 1700s, they landed on territory which had been home to the Mi’kmaq as well as other first nations groups for 4000 years. In the early years Mi’kmaq encampments could be found in Freeport overlooking St. Mary’s Bay. Clay fragments from one yard have dated back 2500 years. In the later years, descendants of early native peoples fished for porpoise off Flour cove on Long Island. Place names such as Petit Passage, Grand Passage and the Saint Mary’s Bay can be attributed to the French explorer, Champlain, who first visited the area in 1604.

Fishermen from New England, drawn by the fertile fishing grounds, settled on Brier Island in the 1760s. In 1783 a wave of Loyalist settlers descended upon Nova Scotia. Large groups of these displaced people went on to settle Digby Neck, Long and Brier Islands and established fishing and trading industries. Many heritage homes built by families of the first settlers still remain today.

Throughout the years from 1785 to today, the inhabitants of Long and Brier Islands have depended on the fishing industry to support their families and community. Today the many fish plants that once existed are gone but the lobster industry remains the economic backbone of the villages."

                                       The Islands Historical Society





Directions to Freeport

From Digby
Take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton (leaves on the half hour), drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes).

From Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
Take Highway 102 south to the Annapolis Valley exit (15 minutes); take Esit 4B Highway 101 west from Lower Sackville to Digby (2 hours). From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton (leaves on the half hour), drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes).

From Halifax
Take Exit 4B Highway 101 west to Digby (2 hours). From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton (leaves on the half hour), drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes).

From Yarmouth
Take Highway 101 east from Yarmouth to Digby (1 hour). From Digby, take Route 217 (Digby Neck and Islands Scenic Drive) west to East Ferry (45 minutes); take the ferry to Tiverton (leaves on the half hour), drive down Long Island to Freeport (15 minutes).

Ferry cost is $7.00 to Long Island and there is no charge for return trip. Leaves once an hour on the half-hour.


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Webpage Created January 2015
Last Modified May 2016