Big Tancook Island has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.
Nova Scotians were asked in April to share stories of community engagement and service.
Up to four communities are honoured each year. West Pubnico in Yarmouth County also received recognition.
"The Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit award is one way that the Crown in Nova Scotia can recognize and thank those who go above and beyond to make their communities special places to live," said Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc in a statement.
"I greatly look forward to going to Big Tancook Island and West Pubnico in the near future to present the trophies."
Hillary Dionne of the Big Tancook Island Community Association submitted an application together with other organizations.
In it, they included stories of a small but resourceful island community that works together and takes great pride in its history.
"History and cultural heritage permeate life here on Big Tancook Island and the people who live here are enterprising and strong," said Dionne.
"We live in a unique place that often requires us to do things a bit differently. Our lifestyle inspires a creative approach to pretty much everything we do and together we are motivated, capable and always working toward the greater good of our community."
Big Tancook Island will be honoured at an upcoming community celebration where the Lieutenant Governor will present an original piece of NovaScotian Crystal etched with a representation of the community's story.