Proposed Prospect Coastal Wilderness Area
Size & Location
The total area is approximately 2,250 hectares. The Proposed Prospect Coastal Wilderness Area lies on the south coast of the Chebucto Peninsula, between Pennant Point and Peggy's Cove, and extending north to Route 333.
If protected, the Prospect area would connect with and effectively expand the size and integrity of the existing Terence Bay Wilderness Area.
The landscape around the Prospect coastline is composed of spruce forest tapering to stunning granite barrens. Nearly all lands proposed for protected lie in the "Pennant Granite Barrens" natural region, which requires more protected lands to meet the Province's 1992 commitment to complete a network of protected areas representing all Nova Scotia's natural regions by the year 2000.
Outstanding Natural Features
Outstanding Recreational Features
Nova Scotia prides itself on its wild coastline, yet only 2% of our shores are protected from development. Most coastal lands are privately owned and in some areas new homes and estates are swallowing up the shores and the lands behind them. New gates block access to coves and beaches. Birds and wildlife that depend on coastal habitats make do with less.
The beautiful granite coastline between Halifax and Peggy's Cove is admired on postcards around the world. Much of it is publicly-owned. In September 2000 the Department of Natural Resources proposed a long-term land use plan that would leave most of these lands open to development.
A Wilderness Area designation is required to guarantee continued public ownership of and access to coastal areas, while prohibiting industrial, residential, or commercial development.
© Nova Scotia Public Lands Coalition, Ecology Action Centre, 2006