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Port Hood

Port Hood is a Canadian community on the west coast of Cape Breton Island and the shire town of Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Local residents are predominantly English-speaking Roman Catholics, the population core having Highland Scottish ancestry; MacDonalds/MacDonnells mostly. The community is named after Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood.GeographyThe village is located on Trunk 19 (the "Ceilidh Trail"), approximately 30-minutes drive north from the Canso Causeway which links mainland Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island.HistoryCoal mines operated in the town, most notably in the two decades after the Inverness & Richmond Railway reached the community in 1900. The economy of Port Hood revolves around farming (especially dairy cattle) and fishing; lobster and Atlantic bluefin tuna particularly. However, most residents of Port Hood commute to work in communities like Port Hawkesbury. Port Hood experienced an economic boom from 1880 to 1910, with the coal mining, fishing and marine trade. A fire in July 1942 destroyed much of the town's business district. In 1946, the town was incorporated due to a declining population.
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