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Port George

Port George is a seaside community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Annapolis County. It is a former port situated on the Bay of Fundy, 11 km north of Middleton, Nova Scotia just across North Mountain (Nova Scotia). It sits on the 45th parallel north.At one time Port George had a shipyard and carried on a good volume of sea trade in timber and agricultural produce with Boston and Saint John, New Brunswick. It was also a fishing port.Originally established in 1760 it is thought to have be named for King George III in 1812. The original name given to the area by the native Mi'Kmaq was "Goolwagopskooch" meaning "Haunt of the Hooded Seal".Recognizable landmarks on its shorefront are the historic pepperpot lighthouse and the steeple of the old United Baptist church.The community-owned pepperpot lighthouse, which dates to 1889, is an important navigational aid in the area. Originally it was sited on the end of one of two wharves, but when that wharf succumbed to storm damage it was moved in the early 1930s to its present position next to the road. The lighthouse is unusual in that it has a red fresnel light.The Port George United Baptist church with its distinctive steeple was built in 1887. It is now a private residence.Port George is a popular summer destination, with pretty cottages, some small seasonal art and gift shops and a provincial picnic park at Cottage Cove overlooking a seal colony on Dunn's Rock. Nearby is the community wharf with a new concrete boat ramp. One of few along this stretch of coastline.
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