West Dover is a coastal fishing village in the province of Nova Scotia,Canada, on Highway 333 south of Halifax. It was settled in the 1770’s by families of mostly German descent, and in it’s early years the village prospered as a thriving fishing community, selling it’s wares up and down the Atlantic Coast.
From 1920 to 1933, due to Prohibition in the United States, many fishermen found a risky but very profitable sideline in rum running. Setting out for the coast of Maine on moonless nights, the alcohol was stored in wooden barrels laden with salt. If the long arm of the law approached, the barrels were tossed overboard, and sank. But the salt gradually dissolved and after the “problem” had gone away, the barrels floated to the surface, where they were recovered and went on to the waiting arms of the thirsty folks down the coast.
After Prohibition ended the fishery continued to support the village, and then came a paved road, electricity, a government wharf, phone service, and the first tourists.
In 1992 the northern cod fishery collapsed due to
over-fishing, largely from foreign fleets using mass production methods of harvesting, and the lobster fishery became the main staple of the fishing economy.
Gradually the tourist industry has increased and today the village is a beautiful place to enjoy. Being part of the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area, the area around the village has innumerable lakes,bogs and granite hills, left over from the glaciers of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago.
And of course, if you like seafood, you can enjoy the very best right here. We do, every time we come back home.
This little series was taken June 23, 2007
Sony DSCF828 camera

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canada, fishing village, george cousins, nova scotia, rum runners, west dover

Comments

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darabout 4 years ago

    nice view

  • IsabellAnthony
    IsabellAnthonyabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Hi Isabell, welcome to the hosting of Canadiana! And many thanks for your kind compliment.

    – George Cousins

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    And they have a restaurant on the waterfront that makes what they claim is the best fish and chips in Nove Scotia! It’s pretty good, but I make the best! lol Excellent picture, George

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 4 years ago

    Are you talking about Shaw’s Landing? As soon as we get to N.S., it’s where we head as fast as we can! Personal favourites are the fishcakes dinner followed by ginger bread and butter pudding! Shaw lives next door and publishes a book of their recipes..he told us he got tired of writing them out for people one by one!

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