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The Eisner Cove Wetland is a near-pristine forested wetland located within a densely settled area of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The wetland once stretched all the way to Eisner Cove on the Halifax Harbour, but the downstream area was filled in many years ago, and the wetland currently occupies about 12 hectares, and it is surrounded and protected by about 43 hectares of old forest.

This wetland is classed as a diverse fen, which is a carbon sequestering powerhouse. Wetlands help purify our water systems, contain carbon, buffer the impacts of climate change, manage air quality, and moderate extreme heat.

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The Eisner Cove Wetland is in a protective forest belt between the Woodside Industrial Park and Highway 111 in Dartmouth.

Lil MacPherson and David Patriquin visit the Eisner Cove Wetland on April 9 2022. 


This pristine wetland is home to many plant and animal species. The surrounding woods in spring burst into bloom with Dogtooth Violets, Lady's Slippers, Trilliums and wild Rhodora. 

In addition to the rich plant life, many animals live in the Eisner Cove Wetland. Deer, foxes, otters, and cardinals, woodpeckers and owls all call the Eisner Cove Wetland home. 

Species at Risk

Registered Species at Risk have been confirmed within 5 kilometers of the Eisner Cove Wetland, and based on the ecology of the wetland it is likely that some of them currently exist on the site.  A formal study has not yet been done on the Eisner Cove Wetland location, though.  You can find a list of Nova Scotia Species at Risk here

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On the iNaturalist website, you can see photos of all of the species of plants and animals that have been identified in the wetland and its surrounding forest belt. iNaturalist Eisner Cove Wetland

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