In Professor Albert E. Roland's book "Geological Background and Physiography of Nova Scotia," he writes about this region:

"From Chester to the outskirts of Halifax, deep roadside cuts expose the granite, and the rounded hills, small ponds, lakes and bogs along with the numerous boulders that are entirely typical of this type of country. The most interesting example is the peninsula between St. Margarets Bay and Halifax, particularly the section along the coast between Peggys Cove and West Dover. The area probably has been burned repeatedly. The road winds between and over small hills that are devoid of trees and in some places almost bare. Vast numbers of boulders, plucked by the glacier from the granitic area to the north, are strewn over the landscape and rest where they were deposited upon the hillsides or piled in the hollows. Bogs and swales are abundant, and the beauty is enhanced by the arms of the sea which irregularly indent this coast along its entire length."

Mr. Roland was Professor Emeritus at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, Nova Scotia. His book was published first in 1922.