Tangier, Nova Scotia

Tangier is a rural community on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, in the Halifax Regional Municipality. It lies along the Marine Drive on Nova Scotia Trunk 7 approximately 23 km (14 mi) west of Sheet Harbour. Tangier is situated at the head of Tangier Harbour.[2][3] The Mi'kmaq name for the settlement was Wospegeak, translating to "the sunshine is reflected from the water". The community is located at the mouth of Tangier River.[2][4] The present name of the community is most likely derived from the shipwreck of the schooner Tangier in 1830.[5][6] In 1858, gold was discovered in the area, which sparked gold mining operations in the area for the next 30 years.[6] The community has a church and several private fishing wharfs, as well as a post office.[7]

Tangier Post Office
Tangier Post Office
Tangier is located in Nova Scotia
Location within Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°47′59″N 62°42′0″W / 44.79972°N 62.70000°W / 44.79972; -62.70000Coordinates: 44°47′59″N 62°42′0″W / 44.79972°N 62.70000°W / 44.79972; -62.70000
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
MunicipalityHalifax Regional Municipality
 • Governing CouncilHalifax Regional Council
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
B0J 3H0
Telephone Exchange902 772
Highways Trunk 7
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  1. ^ "Current Polling District Boundaries". Halifax Regional Municipality. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Tangier". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Tangier Harbour". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Tangier River". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ Hamiton, William Baillie (1996). Place Names of Atlantic Canada (illustrated, reprint ed.). University of Toronto Press. p. 407. ISBN 9780802075703. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b Scott 2011, p. 251.
  7. ^ "Find a Post Office". Canada Post. Retrieved 28 December 2018.


Scott, David (2011). Nova Scotia Place Names. DESPUB. ISBN 978-0-9865370-1-1.