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The Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre was founded in 2007 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of the natural environment and local history. Located on Nova Scotia's South Shore, the Centre offers outstanding opportunities to explore, research, and experience the living landscape.

Dr. Harrison Lewis

Dr. Harrison Lewis

The Centre is named after late Dr. Harrison Flint Lewis who long ago recognized the ecological importance of the area and chose to live nearby in active retirement from his position as first Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Establishing the Centre has been a collaborative effort with the residents of the Port Joli Basin and volunteers.

We are located at 339 Sandy Bay rd, Port Joli. From Halifax, take highway 103 West until Exit 22. Turn left onto Highway 3, continue until Port L'Hebert rd on the left. Follow Port L'Hebert for 8km (past Wharf rd), then turn left onto Sandy Bay rd. Follow Sandy bay until Harrison Lewis Centre driveway on your left (small white sign on driveway).

(Registered Charitable No. 859077810 RR0001)


The Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre works to promote and advance environmental conservation through research, instruction, literature, and the arts.

The Centre hosts nature-focused programs and workshops in art, music, writing, farm skills, woodlot management, and more.


As a field station for research and education, we are a proud member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS).