"Helping To Build Our Community Since 1948"


Landscape Rake

Our 6ft landscape rake makes fast work of raking a new lawn.  In preparing the soil for seeding, it  picks up the rocks into its bucket for a one step operation


Hydroseeding is more efficient than sodding,  broadcast seeding or any other method of establishing turf or controlling erosion

Hydraulic Rock Breaking

Hydraulic rock breaking is used when blasting is not allowed or appropriate.  On ledge rock, large boulders or concrete, the rock hammer is an effective way to fragment materials into sizes that can be easily handled for disposal

Concrete Work

We also offer installation of concrete curbs, sidewalks, pads as well as staining for commercial and residential customers

General Excavation, Basements, Wells, Septics, Driveways, Road Building, Land Clearing

Soil, Sand, Gravel and Topsoil Delivery



After serving in the army, Russell Harris started an excavation company in 1948. At this time the company was simply called "Russell Harris".  Russell worked all alone with just a small dozer doing any type of work his machine could do from Shelburne to Digby.  In the late 1950's and into the 1960's, he saw his business grow and decided to add more equipment.  In 1959 a track loader was added, and a backhoe in 1960.  Also in 1960, Russell's youngest son, David, started full time.  As he became more established, Russell expanded taking on more and often larger projects.  Some projects that were done during this time were the Argyle Elementary School, lobster pounds, land breaking for Churchill Bros Farms and the Cotton Mill expansion (where Tec Pak is currently located).

In 1968, Russell added a large dozer and tandem trucks to his business.  In the 1970's, Russell completed such projects as the hospital expansion, Tidal View Manor, Habourside Lodge, and the first ground breaking for the Rio  Algom Tin Mine around 1979 just to name a few.  Things were going well and in 1975, Russell changed the name to R&D Harris Excavating Ltd as David started to play a more important role in the business.

During the 1980's, work continued.  R&D Harris Excavating Ltd was responsible in helping construct many of the places we go everyday, like the Yarmouth Mall, Tim Hortons, and Vaughne Estates on Brunswick Street Extension.
In 1986 David's wife, Loretta, joined R&D Harris Excavating Ltd as book keeper/payroll clerk.  In 1987 David became president and in 1989 opened a division called Western Landscaping.  1989 also saw the addition of David's son, Robert (Bobby).

As R&D Harris Excavating Ltd entered the 1990's, they were proud to have played a part in building Yarmouth and surrounding areas.  They continued their efforts in constructing sidewalks in Wedgeport, Pubnico, Tusket and Barrington.  They also helped build Kent Building Supplies, Home Hardware, Atlantic Superstore and Canadian Printers, a division of Fundy Group Publications.  In 1994,  Bobby became manager of Western Landscaping and in 1997 became general manager of R&D Harris Excavating Ltd.  In 2000, David's oldest daughter, Karen,  joined R&D Harris Excavating Ltd and took over as book keeper/payroll clerk as Loretta left to do the accounting  for another company owned by David and herself.  Three generations and more than 60 years later has brought us to the present.  Complete earthworks and landscaping for the new Villa St Joseph du Lac, Expansion of Nakile Home for Special Care Home, Needs/Shell Gas Bar in the Town of Yarmouth,  are some of the newest projects added to the already long list.

From large building construction to septic installation, lobster pound construction, to digging a well, as well as concrete hardscaping, R&D Harris Excavating Ltd has met and worked with a lot of people and companies which have helped bring us to where we are today.  Some of these people include our dedicated employees, some of which have been with us for over 25 years.  Our employees make this a true family business.

The goal for R&D Harris Excavating Ltd for the future and the next 60 years is to continue to help the Tri Counties grow for tomorrow.



Starrs Road Lot Grubbing

Hebron Rail Trail

Millstone Terrace Reconstruction

Town of Yarmouth Sewer Outfall

Sluice Point Home Construction

Villa St Joseph du Lac

Interior Plumbing Old Tidal View

filling in for new building
stormceptor install
bridge & pond
bridge for 30 tonne excav
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Nakile septic
Villa Sodding
Villa patio
Shell Needs


Year Established


Commercial and Residential Projects

of Projects Completed

NS Construction Safety Association


Truckers Association of NS

NS Ground Water Association

Bobby Harris is also QPII certified and holds a green card for erosion and
sediment control as well as a certificate for watercourse alteration



For any inquiries or questions please call: 902-742-2379 or fill out the following form

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Head Office

58 Main Shore Road 

Yarmouth, NS  B5A 4K2



Tel: 902-742-2379

Fax: 902-742-4868


To apply for a job with our company, please send a resume to: administration@rdharris.com or                            our application and drop it off or fax to: 902-742-4868

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