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The “Eyes on Islands" – St. Margaret’s Bay Island Community Stewardship Program is a network of volunteers who monitor, steward, observe, and report on the community usage, wildlife observations, and other noteworthy aspects of the islands of St. Margaret’s Bay.

To learn more click here  or on the image.


teaching plant-based strategies to combat coastal erosion

one community at a time

Date: August 3rd, 2019 (rain date Aug 4th)
Time: 8:45am - 5:00pm
Location: 7628 St. Margaret's Bay Rd, Ingramport


This is a free, hands-on workshop on how to use indigenous planting and biomass found on the shore to slow down coastal erosion on private properties and public lands.

(rain date is Sunday August 4)

9 - 12 Meet at the St. Andrews + St. Mark's United church hall address. Parking on site. Rosmarie introduces everyone to “The Lohnes Method”, sharing her passion for sustainable landscaping that heals the land and the soul. She will outline the principles of The Living Shoreline Program she uses to slow down coastal erosion through a power point presentation of past and current projects. Includes one morning coffee break.
12 - 1 Lunch (bring your own)
1-4 Work hand-in-hand with professional landscapers to restore the eroding beach site on the private property below the church hall. Moderately easy path down to the shoreline but it is not wheelchair accessable.
4-5 Wrap-up and share observations on site

The SHORE UP NOVA SCOTIA mission is to share Helping Nature Heal’s niche, coastal erosion expertise widely, empowering everyone to consider sustainable, plant-based strategies for combating coastal erosion on their private properties and also on beloved public shorelines within communities around Nova Scotia.

ROSMARIE LOHNES is Atlantic Canada’s foremost expert in the implementation of natural infrastructure coastal erosion strategies. She is an in-demand speaker and trainer who shares Helping Nature Heal’s ecological restoration methods at local, regional, national, and international gatherings.

Please visit the eventbrite listing to register, or contact Lisa Cochrane or 902 973 1161 for more information.

This workshop is not recommended for children under 10. All youth under 18 must be supervised by adults. To participate in this free workshop, you will be asked to sign a waiver granting your permission for HNH to use any images we capture of you during the workshop.

The pilot project for SHORE UP NOVA SCOTIA was generously funded by The Aspotogan Heritage Trust, and was sponsored by Habit Studio, Baldwin’s Nursery, Bulwark Hand Crafted Cider, and Mary Stocks, a Realtor at Tradewinds.

Thank you to all who supported this workshop, an initiative of Helping Nature Heal Inc. in partnership with the St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association.

Please join us for our 2019 Annual General Meeting!

Date: March 10th, 2019
Time: 2-4:30PM
Location: St. Margaret's Bay Sailing Club, 5 Foxberry Hill Rd, Glen Haven, NS

This year, the SMBSA will be hosting Laurel Schut, one of the founders of FOUND Forgotten Food, Nova Scotia’s most successful food waste prevention organization, Instructor at Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability, and Board Member of Divert NS, the not-for-profit corporation that oversees the bottle and tire recycling programs in NS. Laurel will be bringing us her insight on strategies that we can use in the St. Margaret’s Bay community to reduce food waste and divert waste from our landfills.

Come hear about the work of the SMBSA in 2018 and our goals for the year ahead from Nick Horne, Chair of the Board. Mike Lancaster, Stewardship Coordinator, will also be delivering an update on the Stewardship Programs for the islands of St. Margaret’s Bay, The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail, and the proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area.

Annual Memberships will be available for purchase at a suggested price of $20 per person and $40 for family. Cash and cheque are accepted.

Light refreshments, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Notice of Public Meeting re: Proposed Development next to Canadian Maple 
Municipal Development application Case # 20929
When: April 18, 2018
3 times available: 10:00-12:00, 2:00-4:00, 6:30-9:00
Where: St. Margaret's Arena

The St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association has concerns about the scale and character of the development, particularly the apparent disregard for the Vision for a Coastal Village which informed the current Municipal Planning Strategy and bylaws. We encourage residents to attend the information meeting on Wednesday, October 25th. The Board will make a position statement after we have had an opportunity to hear the full details of the proposal.



There have been many years of community input, design and endorsement of the current Municipal Planning Strategy and bylaws approved in 2014 in order to encourage development at the Village at the Crossroads in Upper Tantallon. The Vision of a Coastal Village was created through countless hours by dedicated volunteers who care deeply about this community and wish to maintain what is special about the area. The bylaws are intended to direct development and planning decisions. The current proposal is outside those bylaw guidelines and requires a development agreement. (Case # 20929) far exceeds these guidelines on several issues (size, height, density, wetlands impact etc). It is acknowledged that Seniors housing and affordable housing are needed in the community and the SMBSA will continue to work with the community to encourage such development within the framework of the bylaws. 

Specifically the existing bylaws and guidelines address:

  1. Size - Bylaws allow for 12 units; developer proposes 94 apartments + 18 townhouses for total of 112 units

  2. Height - Bylaws allow for 2.5 storeys; developer proposal is 3.5 storeys

  3. Water Quality - With the unprecedented scale of this development an industrial water treatment plant is planned meters away from the shoreline. Effluent will only filter certain contaminants leaving pharmaceuticals and other chemicals to drain into the bay. Risk of malfunctioning is a regular occurrence throughout Nova Scotia as cited by the Department of Environment. This will have significant impact including sea life and safe swimming for area residents.

  4. Water Quantity - Tests are underway to determine the carrying capacity of the property. Initial calculations by water experts indicate impact to existing and neighbouring lands is a concern. Final tests are required. 

  5. Environmentally sensitive landscapes & water features - A wetland will be developed over, water course altered and parking with run off affecting ground water. 

  6. Building façades, landscaping and vistas as seen by from public roadways (waterways) - The height and size will have a dramatic and direct impact on adjacent properties as well as neighbouring properties along the cove and roadways leading to Peggy's Cove and the South Shore. 

  7. Light and Noise - Increased density and building heights above treeline will impact light and noise for neighbouring properties.

For more information see visit, and attend the meeting on April 18th.

If you would like to submit feedback or concerns about the development, please contact:

Shayne Vipond, City Planner 

Matt Whitman Councillor 

Hugh MacKay MLA 

On Sunday, March 26th we hosted our Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the

St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association


For A Full Report

An open letter from the

Saint Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association


The people of the Bay have benefitted from easy access to the ocean and forests for generations. To many, when the province bought the Mersey Bowater lands, it felt as if their birthright to a forested backyard had been secured.  Instead, our elected governments are treating the forests simply as a source of lumber, pulp and biomass.  The lands behind the Bay traditionally used for fishing, camping, swimming, skiing and hunting are being mowed down in the only logging approach apparently in use in recent years, clear-cutting. 


Why is SMBSA proposing a Park next to Westwood Hills ?


In late January 2016, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posted harvest allocations equivalent to 600 football fields in the St. Margaret’s District. The area is heavily used for recreation and contains the Old Annapolis Road hiking trail, a world class fish ladder (recently built by Nova Scotia Power), stands of mature red spruce, a Scout Camp, protected wetlands and 3 nature reserves.  The public had 3 weeks to respond to the postings and respond we did.  Faced with public outrage, on March 16th, DNR “deferred” the harvest on 30% of these areas,

but clear cuts are set to proceed on the remaining blocks. The deferred status means that

DNR will consider these areas for harvest once public attention abates. 


Local residents have made extensive use of these lands for generations.

The SMBSA believes that this area provides a perfect location for a “front country” park being close to the 103 and 30 minutes from downtown Halifax. 



Read Complete Letter which Includes Map of Proposed Park


Letter To Premier McNeil regarding Clear Cuts


The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association appealed to Premier MacNeil to act with haste to cancel the clear cutting of harvest blocks recently allocated by the Department of Natural Resources in the St. Margaret’s District and to consider an alternate future

for these lands.


This heavily used recreational area contains the Old Annapolis Road hiking trail, a world class fish ladder recently built by Nova Scotia Power, several stands of valuable red spruce, an active Scout Camp and three nature reserves.


We strongly believe that this area provides the perfect location for a “front country” park, having close access to a major highway (103) and 30 minutes from downtown Halifax.

We are presently defining such a park that would allow us to enshrine current usage patterns, in conjunction with other community groups that share our values of preserving the heritage and quality of life in the St. Margaret’s Bay area. 


Read The Letter To Premier McNeil


View Map of Proposed Park

The St Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association Board

wishes to voice its concerns regarding the application made to HRM for a change in the zoning on land held by Scotian Materials adjacent to Crown Land formerly known as the Bowater lands, just south of Exit 5 on highway 103, in order to place and build a quarry and an asphalt plant


Read full Text of Our Statement


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