Two New Englanders were its sole occupants until the arrival of LOYALISTS in 1783. Fishing was and remains a principal industry. Today LOBSTER and dogfish SHARK are the species caught. A cod liver oil factory was established in Westport in 1880 and oil was produced until after World War II. On 2 February 1976, the village was hit hard when the Groundhog Day storm slammed into its waterfront.
A memorial plaque in Westport commemorates the solo voyage of Captain Joshua SLOCUM around the world (1895-98) in an 11 m long sloop. Brier Island is quite well known for whale watching and it is popular among bird watchers because of the variety of species of land and sea birds concentrated here during migration. It is also a good place for lapidary enthusiasts to collect agate.
Author JEAN PETERSON
Links to Other Sites
Sailing Alone Around The World
Read the complete text of Slocum’s “Sailing Alone Around The World” at the website for Eldritch Press.
Bay of Fundy
Explore the many scenic around the Bay of Fundy. From the website for the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership.
Brier Island Bird Migration Research Station
This site offers a brief description of bird migration monitoring programs at the research station, located on the western most point of land in Nova Scotia. From the website for the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.
A nicely illustrated website providing information about the Village of Westport, the Brier Island Nature Preserve, and other local attractions of interest to visitors.
Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce
The website for the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade. Formed in 1896, this organization promotes and supports business and economic development in Atlantic Canada. Click on "Chambers" for links to local Chambers of Commerce.
Nova Scotia: Community Profiles
Search for statistical profiles of communities in the Province of Nova Scotia.