Canso (kănˈsō) [key], town (1991 pop. 1,228), S central N.S., Canada, on the Atlantic Ocean, near Cape Canso, the easternmost point of Nova Scotia peninsula proper. The harbor was much used by fishing fleets in colonial times and was fortified by the British in 1720. The Gut, or Strait, of Canso, scarcely 1 mi (1.6 km) wide in places, separates Nova Scotia peninsula from Cape Breton Island.
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