Port Hastings, Nova Scotia

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Port Hastings is a unincorporated settlement on Cape Breton Island, within the Municipality of the County of Inverness, Canada. The population in 2021 was 90.


The community is located at the eastern end of the Canso Causeway on Cape Breton Island. It is named after Charles Hastings Doyle. [1]


Balache Point lighthouse & cemetery at Canso Canal in Port Hastings Lighthouse DSC00780B - Balache Point Lighthouse & Cemetery (15533734745).jpg
Balache Point lighthouse & cemetery at Canso Canal in Port Hastings

The community was previously known as Plaster Cove. The Inverness and Richmond Railway was built from coal mines in Inverness to a loading dock at Point Tupper in 1901. [2] The construction of the Canso Causeway which opened in 1955 saw the community become a railway junction after the Truro-Sydney mainline of Canadian National Railways (CNR) was diverted from the railcar ferry terminals at Mulgrave and Point Tupper. The CNR line to Inverness was eventually abandoned in the 1980s, although the Truro-Sydney mainline continues to operate under the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway.

The construction of the Canso Causeway also brought what would become the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 104 and Highway 105) through the community.

A traffic circle named the Port Hastings Rotary creates an important interchange between Highway 104, Highway 105, Trunk 19 and Trunk 4 several hundred metres east of the Canso Canal Bridge.

The growth of automobile-focused tourism following World War II saw several motels and gas stations and a tourist information centre located at the traffic circle.

The community is home to the Strait Area Museum, which documents local history, including that of the Canso Causeway.


Similar to most of Nova Scotia, Port Hastings has a humid continental climate with some maritime influences, including high snowfall in winter and relatively narrow temperature fluctuations by Canadian standards.

Climate data for Port Hastings
Record high °C (°F)18.3
Average high °C (°F)−0.9
Average low °C (°F)−9
Record low °C (°F)−26.7
Average precipitation mm (inches)147.4
Source: Environment Canada [3]


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Port Hastings had a population of 90 living in 45 of its 50 total private dwellings, a change of

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  2. Welcome to Inverness, Nova Scotia
  3. Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 16 July 2009
  4. "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.

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