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Natural advantages

Big and small, we’re defined by natural advantages and endless opportunity.


Natural Advantages

The District of Guysborough welcomes and encourages commercial and industrial development of all types.  The Municipal government is committed to attracting and supporting business.  The District has a land use plan that clearly defines the potential and the requirements for commercial, industrial and all other land use developments.

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A Place to Invest

With the lowest residential tax rate in Nova Scotia and a very competitive business/commercial property tax rate, along with labour costs generally lower than in more urban parts of Nova Scotia, the District of Guysborough offers many advantages. Land is readily available.

The District hosts the east coast’s finest harbour and one of Canada’s busiest ports (as measured in tonnage) - the Strait of Canso.  A modern container terminal is in the development stages on the District’s coast at Melford.

Nova Scotia's offshore gas comes ashore at the deepwater port in Goldboro.

Our natural resource strengths have traditionally been fishing – Canso was the first permanent European fishing port in North America – and forestry.  Those strengths persist as does the District’s mining potential which includes aggregate, proven gold deposits and potential rare earth minerals.

Tourism is a natural in this unspoiled, coastal region.  Wildlife, outdoor recreation-based tourism and eco-tourism all have great potential. Authentic Seacoast ( has made significant investments recently in the Shiretown of Guysborough. 

The business climate in the District of Guysborough is good.  The outlook is great.