Freeport, Nova Scotia

Freeport is a village in Digby County, Nova Scotia and it is located on Long Island in the Bay of Fundy.

Freeport is located in Nova Scotia
Location of Freeport, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°16′27″N 66°19′18″W / 44.27417°N 66.32167°W / 44.27417; -66.32167Coordinates: 44°16′27″N 66°19′18″W / 44.27417°N 66.32167°W / 44.27417; -66.32167
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
 • Total7.59 km2 (2.93 sq mi)
Highest elevation
5 m (16 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total223
 • Density29.4/km2 (76/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
B0V 1B0
Area code(s)902
Telephone Exchange839
NTS Map021B08

At the end of Digby Neck on Long Island, Freeport is a working fishing village nestled around tidal basin. This area is great for bird watching, beach combing, hiking trails, birds, whale watching, gift shops, accommodations, restaurants, and unique flora and fauna.


Loyalists founded Freeport in 1784 establishing fishing and trading industries. Prior to this it had been inhabited by the Mi'kmaq First Nation.

Place names such as Petit Passage, Grand Passage and the Saint Mary’s Bay can be attributed to the French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, who first visited the area in 1604. However, the village itself was most likely named for Freeport, Maine, or because the water of and surrounding the harbour does not freeze during winter due to extreme tidal fluctuations, making it free from ice.[1] Well known Black Loyalist, Rose Fortune is believed to have lived here in 1795, giving birth to one of her children.[2]

In popular cultureEdit

The community is the final destination of Brad Pitt in the movie World War Z (2013), although this scene was not filmed in Freeport, but Lulworth Cove in the UK.


  1. ^ Hamiton, William Baillie (1996). Place Names of Atlantic Canada (illustrated, reprint ed.). University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0802075703. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ Thompson, Brenda J (2019). Finding Fortune: Documenting and Imagining the LIfe of Rose Fortune (1774-1864). Halifax, Nova Scotia: SSP Publications. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-1-989347-04-1.