Welcome to East Hants

Welcome Home to East HantsMake an ideal home for your family in our picturesque community.

Our industries are growing, and with new opportunities come a new demand for skilled workers. Learn more about our East Hants advantage.

Everything is within your reach, with nearby urban centres, including Halifax. Top notch educational institutions, such as Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University and other private schools are not far away.

Since the Halifax International Airport is within a 10 minute drive, the world is at your doorstep.

Location, Location, Location

The Municipality of East Hants is centrally located on mainland Nova Scotia. The south-eastern portion of the Municipality (generally referred to as the ‘Corridor’) has experienced significant residential growth over the previous two decades. This region, which includes the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz, Milford and Shubenacadie is the most urbanized part of the Municipality. The most densely populated area is along two key transportation routes running from Halifax to Truro (Hwy 102 & Hwy 2) and from Halifax to Windsor (Hwy 101 & Hwy 1)

The “Corridor” area of East Hants adjoins Halifax Regional Municipality and is only minutes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The Municipality is a short commute from rail services (passenger and freight) and from the Halifax shipping ports. This transportation network is a valuable resource for industry and investment in East Hants.


  • Approximately 466,426 acres (188,760 hectares) or 1790 square km
  • Eleven districts make up the Municipality
  • Population of approximately 21,500 people in 8,755 households

East Hants is bordered by:

  • Minas Basin to the north
  • Halifax Regional Municipality to the south
  • Municipality of West Hants to the west
  • Colchester County to the east.


The Municipality is comprised of a very diverse mix of landforms and community types which are divided by the Rawdon Hills, which run west to east.

The northern and central parts of the Municipality are dominated by vast areas of forest dotted with small communities and villages. Agriculture is prevalent along both the scenic Minas shore and Kennetcook River in this region. This area includes the communities of Walton, Noel, Maitland, Kennetcook, Stanley and Gore.


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