Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 6

177 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 6 The Municipality of Shelburne, Nova Scotia EMBRACING THE COASTAL CONNECTION T he Municipality of the District of Shelburne is a rural area of southwestern Nova Scotia that’s home to over 4,000 people. A scenic coastal region, the Municipality benefits from powder white sand beaches and ocean, coupled with the natural beauty of lakes, rivers, and forests. This makes it a popular destination for tourists looking to embrace the great outdoors and residents seeking a great quality of life. Ideally located for business, Shelburne has transport links by air at the Halifax International Airport, by sea with its Digby St John Ferry and Yarmouth Ferry services, and convenient access to Highway 103. The fishing industry is the economic backbone for the area, contributing an estimated $231,000 million annually to the local economy. The area is well known for its high quality and very tasty ground fish and shellfish, particularly lobster, which is shipped around the world. Tourism, forestry, aquaculture, manufacturing and ship building are also strong economic drivers. For outdoor recreation, such as biking, hiking, and ATV activities, the Municipality funds and maintains local trails that connect with other trail systems. And there are places to shop and pick up fresh, local produce and crafts at farmer’s markets in the Towns of Lockeport,