Wallace and Area
an Overview



Wallace is located on the northern coastline of Nova Scotia Canada. The communities of our area surround Wallace Bay of the Northumberland Strait. These communities include Fox Harbour, Malagash, Kerrs Mill along with the many that use Wallace in their name such as Wallace Bridge, Wallace Station, and North Wallace. Our coastal area is blessed with many picturesque vistas and sites. Provincial Highway #6 runs through the area which is part of the Sunrise Trail. While known for beautiful sunrises, the sunsets are equally breathtaking.

Rich in natural beauty the area is home to a broad variety of flora and fauna. The rich tidal marshes and other wetlands are a haven for many birds; over 168 species have been identified in the area. The Wallace Bay National Wildlife Area is a sanctuary where many can be viewed everyday. The section of the Trans-Canada trail that passes through, or any of the other public trails in the area, is a great avenue for taking in these natural sites. The Wallace River runs through the area making canoe or kayak another great way to access our sites. Our coastline is a marvelous mixture of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. The summer waters are warm making the beaches popular for swimming from private beaches or the public ones at any of the several provincial parks in the area.

The area has been and is home to many industries. Mining and boatbuilding were once thriving, now fishing and farming are predominant. During lobster seasons the harbours are busy with vessels entering and leaving as the fishermen drop and check their traps. Influenced by the warm waters, the climate is ideal for fruit orchards and vineyards. Sheep and cattle are popular livestock. The mining of salt continues today in neighbouring Pugwash, it was a major enterprise in Malagash. Wallace sandstone has been quarried for over a century and still is today. Its unique grayish colour and weather resistance makes the stone desirable in many different applications. It has been used in many architectural masterpieces through out North America including Canada’s Parliament buildings and Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre. Originally shipped by schooners, the stone is now hauled by truck to its customers.

A strong social community exists here making it an ideal location for the permanent and seasonal residents. Schools, recreation facilities, and museums are within the area. All the goods and services one may require are readily available within the community. Larger centers are within easy driving distance should more variety or special needs be desired.