Another of that private club of HRM ex-burbs that the majority of Haligonians have heard of but
never seen, Porters Lake is the commercial hub of the Eastern Shore. It perfectly marries the
convenience of town with the peaceful, picturesque country life we might imagine along the
Porters Lake is an old community. Mi’qmak fished the lake’s shores and traversed its waters for
centuries before European settlers arrived. And even after settlement, its inland location made it
more isolated than the small fishing villages that dot this part of the coast. For decades before
the province’s roads were completed, the best way to move people and goods in and out of the
settlement was via canal boat over Porters Lake and via a canal to Three Fathom Harbour, just
north of Lawrencetown Beach.
Given the vastness of the surrounding wilderness areas, it’s probably not a surprise that first
British settlers in the area harvested lumber. Today, Porters Lake residents are just minutes
from protested areas like the Clattenburgh Brook Wilderness and the Waverly-Salmon River-
Long Lake Wilderness. A fifteen minute hike brings you deep into the forest, and it’s easy to
imagine what to early lumberjacks felt, surrounded by towering white pine, spruce, and hemlock.
Some trails are well-marked, and greener hikers may want to stick to those, but opportunities for
backwoods adventures abound.
Everything is easier today, of course. Porters Lake has a bank, a large grocery store, and a
handful of mom-and- pop greasy spoons, plus service stations, a recycling center, an NSLC, and
even a veterinary clinic. You’ll also find three local elementary schools — including one French
Immersion — and older kids are bussed to nearby Chezzetcook.
There’s no question that people here appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them.
Several neighbourhoods surround the lake, and you’ll find a handful of sandy, public beaches.
The homes in these neighbourhoods often have docks and tiny pleasure boats to enjoy the
water to its fullest. Porters Lake Provincial Park is dotted with campers and tents in the season,
and a few scenic cookout spots are available for picnickers.
But we’ve saved the best for last. From Porter’s Lake three of the province’s best beaches are
less than forty minutes away. Everyone knows about Lawrencetown, of course, but Conrad’s
beach is sandier, littered with treasures from the coral reef just offshore. Martinique Beach is
outside of Chezzetcook, with three charming beaches separated by passages between
boulders. And gorgeous Clam Harbour is the jewel in the crown, with its annual international
While all of this country idyll may seem far-removed from Halifax and Dartmouth, Porters Lakers
rarely complain of the commute. After all, they can be in Dartmouth inside of 20 minutes, Halifax
in 30, and all the way to Bayers Lake in less than forty minutes. Not to mention shorter drives to
Burnside or Chezzetcook.
Our Century21 agents are passionate about Porters Lake and the Eastern Shore — let us show
you what you’ve been missing.