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Situated on the north shore of the Minas Basin at its western boundary, the harbour is fed by several fresh water sources:
- Farrell River (through the Parrsboro Aboiteau)
- Mill Creek
- Whitehall Creek
The harbour is completely tidal, emptying at low tide. It is marked by a lighthouse on the west side of the harbour entrance.
The town of Parrsboro sits on the shores of the harbour.
The harbour became a port of registry in 1850. In its peak years of the 1890s, over 1646 ships arrived and departed annually. Today it is regularly used by fishing vessels, a few recreational vessels and occasional visits by coastal freighters.
- Stanley Spicer Sails of Fundy: The Schooners and Square-riggers of the Parrsboro Shore (Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1984), p.14 and 15
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