Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Bridgewater is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the navigable limit of the LaHave River. With a population of 8,532 as of 2016, Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region.

Priding itself as "The Main Street of the South Shore," Bridgewater has long been established as the primary commercial and professional service centre in the southern half of the province. The community boasts a diverse local economy, as well as larger national and international employers.

Bridgewater
Town
A postcard showing King Street
A postcard showing King Street
Flag of Bridgewater

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Official seal of Bridgewater

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Nickname(s): 
Main Street of the South Shore
Bridgewater is located in Nova Scotia
Bridgewater
Bridgewater
Location of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°22′12″N 64°31′12″W / 44.37000°N 64.52000°WCoordinates: 44°22′12″N 64°31′12″W / 44.37000°N 64.52000°W
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
CountyLunenburg County
Founded1812
IncorporatedFebruary 13, 1899
Government
 • BodyBridgewater Town Council
 • MayorDavid Mitchell
 • CAORichard MacLellan
 • MLAMark Furey (L)
 • MPBernadette Jordan (L)
Area
 • Town13.61 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
 • Urban
13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi)
Elevation
 (2016)[1]
22.11 m (72.54 ft)
Population
 • Town8,532
 • Density625.9/km2 (1,621/sq mi)
 • Urban
8,532
 • Urban density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (ADT)
Postal code
B4V
Area code(s)902 & 782
Telephone Exchange212, 298, 521, 523, 527, 529, 530, 541, 543, 553
Highways Hwy 103
Trunk 3
Trunk 10
Route 331
Route 325
Median Earnings*$40,123
NTS Map021A07
GNBC CodeCAFBR
Websitewww.bridgewater.ca
  • Median household income, 2005 ($) (all households)

History

The first European settlers of the town came from the nearby settlements of Lunenburg, Riverport and LaHave, constructing the first house around 1810 on the west bank of the river (although the first house in what is now the town was built before 1803).

The town was named after the bridge built over the LaHave River. The commissioners for the construction of the first bridge were three brothers-in-law, George Heb, John Weil and John Vienot.

The town was incorporated on February 13, 1899, one month after the Great Commercial Street Fire, which devastated the downtown core of the community, destroying buildings along both sides of what would become King Street for more than half a kilometre. The fire, which occurred on the night of January 12, 1899, is believed to have begun in the basement of the old music hall, located at what would, today, be the intersection of King and Dominion Streets.

For much of the 20th century, the town's economy depended on forestry and a large wood mill in the center of town, as well as the Nova Scotia Central Railway and later the Halifax and Southwestern Railway, for which the town acted as a central hub for the South Shore region. The Acadia Marine Engine Company was based in Bridgewater and it made fish boat and coaster engines.

A period of some stagnation occurred beginning in the mid-1950s until a new Michelin plant opened within town limits in the early 1970s, providing employment for some 1,000 people. The abandoned passenger train station burnt to the ground in the early 1980s, shortly after a revitalization plan was announced. Freight rail service continued to the town until the early 1990s when Canadian National Railway abandoned the line and the tracks were removed. The rail yard property on the east bank of the LaHave River is now occupied by the Bridgewater Mall and various retail businesses.

Since the 1990s, the town has tried with some success to come up with solutions for problems that have crippled other areas of the Maritime provinces: economic decline and an aging population. Encouraging Bridgewater's growth as a commercial and professional services centre, promoting artistic, athletic, and environmentally conscious initiatives, and refreshing aging municipal infrastructure has helped to strengthen the community's position in the early 21st century.

Geography

Bridgewater is split in two by the LaHave River, with the majority of the town's land area situated on the western bank of the river. The town spans the LaHave River Valley and is dominated by hills that lead down to the river. Elevation ranges from 5 metres above sea level (at the river), to nearly 110 m at the highest point at the former Olde Towne Golf Course (now slated for a housing development) on the southwestern limit of the town. The surrounding area is characterized by rolling drumlins formed during the last glacial period, some of which reach 150 m above sea level. There are also several streams which empty into the river. The LaHave River is traversed by two bridges in the centre of the town, and a 103 highway overpass and a foot bridge (formerly a railway crossing) towards the northern limits.

Neighbourhoods

On a basic level, the town is split in two by the LaHave River. The western bank of the river was the area first developed more than 200 years ago. Today it remains the most heavily populated part of the town and is home to the Bridgewater Industrial Park (where Michelin is located) and most other civic amenities. The eastern bank of the river was home, for many years, to a large lumber yard and train station. This area developed rapidly in the last quarter of the 20th century with the arrival of the Bridgewater Mall and a large subdivision. Today, this area remains the commercial heart of the town and the centre of population growth. In the 2011 census, the eastern side of town held 37% of the total population, up from 33% in 2006. Compared to the previous census, the population of the western side of town declined 2%, while the eastern side increased by 16%.

There are few distinctive neighbourhoods in the town, and most designations rely solely on subdivision names. The Pinecrest Subdivision and low income housing centered along Marie Avenue remain the only major large-scale residential development on the western side of the town in the last 25 years, while the eastern flank has seen rapid growth, including the Glen Allan Subdivision, and two large mobile home parks. Most of these areas, however, are built-out, so development is now spilling out into the county. Just outside the town's limits, Hebbville has seen the development of the now older Catidian Place and the much more recent Botany Lane, while bordering Conquerall Bank is hosting the still-growing Meadowbrook Subdivision, arguably the most upscale development in the Bridgewater area. The Cookville area also continues to see growth in the Osprey Ridge area. With the exception of Glen Allan, most new residential developments within town limits are the result of urban infill.

Climate

Bridgewater experiences a humid continental climate, as does most of eastern Canada. The South Shore's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean influences the climate to a significant degree, such that the region is usually somewhat milder than most of Canada during the winter months. Nevertheless, winters are generally cold, damp and generally overcast with snowfall occurring often, as well as frequent rain. Summers, while usually less extreme than inland central Canada, are warm to hot and generally quite humid, accented by occasional storms and showers. Autumn and spring are often wildly unpredictable, and snowfall as early as the first week of October is not unheard of.

Because it lies inland from the ocean, it is usually warmer than coastal Nova Scotia during the summer, and reports far fewer foggy days.

Demographics

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19012,203—    
19112,775+26.0%
19213,147+13.4%
19313,262+3.7%
19413,445+5.6%
19514,010+16.4%
19564,445+10.8%
19614,497+1.2%
19816,672+48.4%
19866,617−0.8%
19917,248+9.5%
19967,351+1.4%
20017,621+3.7%
20067,944+4.2%
20118,241+3.7%
20168,532+3.5%
[5][6][7][8][9]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Bridgewater recorded a population of 8,532 living in 4,077 of its 4,299 total private dwellings, a change of 3.5% from its 2011 population of 8,241. With a land area of 13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi), it had a population density of 626.0/km2 (1,621.3/sq mi) in 2016.[1]

While most smaller centres in Nova Scotia have experienced economic and population declines in the last 30 years, Bridgewater is one of the only locations in Nova Scotia outside Halifax County that showed consistent population growth over the span of the 20th century. While the population of many Nova Scotia communities is lower now than in 1951 (including Sydney, New Glasgow, Amherst and Yarmouth, among others), Bridgewater has almost doubled its population during that time.[10] There was a strong boom in population between 1961 and 1981 in particular, this reflecting the arrival of Michelin tire plant in the community.

Like many communities in Nova Scotia, the population of Bridgewater has aged considerably over the last several censuses. As of the 2016 census, the average age of a resident was 46.8 years, one year younger than the surrounding county, but more than three years older than the province as a whole.

Age Group 1996 2006 2011 2016
0-9 11.6% 8.7% 8.7% 8.4%
10-19 12.9 11.3 10.3 10.0
20-29 13.5 12.0 11.5 10.4
30-39 16.0 11.7 10.5 10.5
40-49 14.5 15.6 13.5 11.9
50-59 10.3 14.3 14.9 14.8
60-69 8.8 10.9 12.7 14.5
70-79 7.9 9.2 9.8 11.0
80+ 4.6 6.2 8.1 8.7
Median Age N/A 44.3 47.0 46.8

In 2006, 3.9% of town residents classified themselves as immigrants, most having immigrated before 1991. 1.4% of the population listed French as their mother tongue, while 6.3% considered themselves bilingual. 2.3% listed another language as their mother tongue. 53.3% of the population was female, a figure nearly two percent higher than the province as a whole.[11]

Culture

Culture and heritage promotion has seen a renaissance in Bridgewater in recent years. While the community is known for its commercial offerings and is generally accepted as being less tourism-driven compared to its municipal neighbours Lunenburg and Mahone Bay,

However, the town boasts a number of unique cultural events, including the annual Bridgewater Garden Party hosted at the DesBrisay Museum, Christmas on the LaHave, the Growing Green Sustainability Festival, and Afterglow Art Festival.[12] The largest annual festival is the South Shore Exhibition, which dates to 1891. The "Big Ex," as it is locally known, is a week-long agricultural fair that is held each July, attracting around 50,000 people. While honoring the area's agricultural heritage, the Big Ex also includes multiple nights of live entertainment on the South Shore Exhibition Grounds. One of its traditional featured events is the International Ox Pull, bringing together teams come from the Maritimes and the Northeastern United States.[13]

Community music has been a part of Bridgewater's heritage for almost a century and a half. The Bridgewater Fire Department Band has been a fixture in the town since 1868. The South Shore Chorale, a seventy-voice mixed chorus, has been active since the 1960s. For many years, the Hospital Chorus and Drama Society (now defunct) helped to raise funds for the Dawson Memorial Hospital (later South Shore Regional Hospital) through its production of Broadway-style musicals.

In 2014, the Art Happening was established to create a thriving community art space in Bridgewater. Inspired by the 'Art Hive' movement in Montreal, the group of motivated and enthusiastic community members developed the idea of a free/low cost art building focused on creativity for people of all ages and backgrounds. Today, Art Happening is a not-for-profit organization that strives on fun classes, stress relief, and creativity in all shapes and forms.

Like much of Lunenburg County, many of Bridgewater's residents can trace their lineage back to the Foreign Protestants who arrived in Nova Scotia 18th century. While much of that original culture has been lost, a few remnants remain. Lunenburg pudding, a type of pork sausage, is still widely available, and some residents still speak in an accent unique to the county, dubbed Lunenburg English, featuring one of the few non-rhotic speech patterns remaining in Canada.

Education and health

The town is primarily served by Bridgewater Elementary[14] and Bridgewater Junior Senior High Schools,[15] both located on York Street, near downtown. These aging facilities manage to serve the needs of the town's youth, but lack near-by athletic fields. Park View Education Centre,[16] located at the northern edge of the town, serves grades 10-12 and takes part in the International Baccalaureate program. This facility mainly acts as a collector school for students from the rural areas of the county, although some Bridgewater residents do attend as well. Centre Scolaire de la Rive-Sud, opened in 2010 in Cookville (just outside the town limits) is a French education school, part of Nova Scotia's Acadian school system (CSAP - Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial), offering a primarily French-language education to Francophone families in the area. The Lunenburg campus of the Nova Scotia Community College is located on High Street, sharing space with the local YMCA. The town also has two provincial museums, The DesBrisay and the Wile Carding Mill, and a central library.

According to the 2001 census, of the town's population between ages 20–64, 24.3% had not received a high school diploma while 56% had received at least some sort of post secondary degree or certificate. Both figures were slightly better than the average for Nova Scotia (25.3% and 54%, respectively), and significantly better than the larger Lunenburg County (30.1% and 50.9%) and neighbouring Queens County (37% and 42%).[17]

Bridgewater is served by the South Shore Regional Hospital[18] located on Glen Allen Drive. This facility, inaugurated in 1988, replaced the 1960s-era Dawson Memorial Hospital located on the south western side of the town. The SSRH serves as the major hospital in the county and offers most standard services.

Industry and employment

Most employment in the town is in the commercial and professional service sector, although tire-manufacturer Michelin remains by far the single largest employer. The town's second largest employer is Millennium 1 Solutions,[19] a call-centre, and other major employers are South Shore Health, Atlantic Superstore, Sobeys and Walmart.

In 2005, the average earnings for all census families was $49,754, more than $4,500 below the provincial average. For married couples, this figure was $56,275, and for single parents, it was $26,362.[20]

Media

While the town has no local television stations, it is served by CKBW-FM radio, an award-winning broadcaster, CJHK-FM and Lighthouse Publishing, which operates a popular media portal. CKBW, established in 1947, gave acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland his start in the media at age 14 while he was living in the town. The CKBW News team has received two regional RTNDA Awards and has been a finalist for an Atlantic Journalism Award. CKBW-FM has shifted its music focus several times over the past two decades, and now airs mostly contemporary pop music. It recently began operating sister-station Hank-FM, which airs country and western style music. The weekly Lighthouse Now (formerly Bridgewater Bulletin) has been in publication since 1888 and had won numerous awards for its content and lay-out.[21] The company also distributes the Lighthouse Log, a free weekend paper.

Parks and recreation

After a period of stagnation, recreation facilities in the town have undergone a modernization in recent years.

In 2008, construction began on the HB Studios Sports Centre, known locally as "The Fieldhouse," a $1.7 million indoor turf, track, and amenities facility located on Glen Allan Drive.[22]

In 2013, the town and Municipality of Lunenburg teamed up to construct an additional multi-purpose facility, the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) on North Park Street. That facility features the Clearwater Seafoods Arena (seating capacity for hockey is 1,200), the BMO Aquatic Centre, and the Margaret Hennigar Public Library.

Following the opening of the LCLC, Bridgewater ceased operations at the 65-year-old Bridgewater Memorial Arena in 2015. The Town of Bridgewater also continues to operate an outdoor swimming pool during the summer months on Jubilee Road, located near the DesBrisay Museum.

In terms of other outdoor facilities, the town is home to the Kinsmen Field (a soccer/football field, baseball diamond), the LaHave baseball/softball/soccer fields on Glen Allen Drive, the Bridgewater Curling Club, and the Bridgewater Tennis Club.

Residents of Bridgewater enjoy a relatively extensive parks system, which the town estimates at 100 acres (0.40 km2). This, however, does not include open green space within the town, the inclusion of which would give a much higher total.

The crown jewel of the parks system continues to be the 25-acre (100,000 m2) Woodland Gardens, locally known at the "Duck Pond." This park includes the DesBrisay Museum, one of the town's public swimming pools, a large pond and various trails. Shipyards Landing is a large public park located at the reclaimed site of the former Acadia Gas Engine Company. Situated on south King Street along the LaHave River, the area features berthing for boaters and kayakers, picnic and open space, and is often used as a gathering point for festivals, such as Canada on the LaHave.

Other parks include Pinecrest and Glen Allen, both playgrounds, and Riverview Park, overlooking the rapids of the LaHave River. The system also includes smaller parks, such as King Street Court and Pijinuiskaq Park, located in the heart of the downtown, as well as the eight kilometre Centennial Trail, which was constructed on abandoned rail lines.[23]

In July 2017, the town opened the South Shore Vet Doz Zone (off-leash park) at Generations Active Park, 18 acres of dedicated parkland near HB Studios Sports Centre. The dog park is the first in a multi-year, multi-phase plan to develop the Generations Active Park lands for recreational use by town residents and visitors.

Bridgewater Cemetery, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
The Bridgewater Cemetery provides a park-like setting for quiet and reflection.

Transportation

NSRoute331
Route 331 runs parallel to the LaHave River in Bridgewater.

The LaHave River was the main transportation route in historic times, though today it is mainly used for pleasure craft and recreational boating. A cable ferry located in LaHave is the only crossing downriver from Bridgewater. The Halifax and Southwestern Railway once passed through the town but the line is now abandoned. The main road serving the town is Highway 103, which has two primary exits entering the town. Trunk highways 10 and 3 meet at Bridgewater. Other provincial highways are Route 325 and Route 331.

As the town continues to grow, traffic flow and congestion is of concern. Complicating matters is that Bridgewater draws on a number of satellite communities and, on any given day, Bridgewater's functional population doubles from 8,200 to between 16,000 and 20,000 because of the volume of people from the surrounding areas who come to the town to work, shop, and play. The town's geography and two bridge crossings within town limits also can amplify traffic disruption when construction work forces the temporary closure of one of the main routes.

A public transit pilot for the town began operating in the fall of 2017. The initiative was made permanent in 2019 as the popularity of the service exceeded expectations.[24] Feasibility studies into public transit between Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay have occurred. Taxi service is available and rates are set at a fixed price of $6 for travel between any two points within town limits.[25]

Shopping

Bridgewater is known as the "Main Street of the South Shore" and has always been the shopping centre of Lunenburg County and, to a lesser extent, Queens County as well. The town's core features a unique combination of traditional, locally owned shops and services on the west bank of the LaHave River (King Street) and a mix of larger, modern box stores on the east bank of the river (LaHave Street).

The Bridgewater Mall, first developed in the 1970s, replaced an old rail yard, and continues to be a strong part of the commercial heart of the town. There was a major renovation of the area in the 1980s, which the addition of Eastside Plaza, and after the Bridgewater Mall properties were sold by Crombie Properties to Zenda Group in 2011, the new owners carried out a $9 million renovation of the mall, in the process bringing a number of new, high-profile tenants, including Leon's, Sport Chek, and Winners. The Bridgewater Mall also features Sobey's as an anchor tenant at the south end of the site, as well as Cineplex/ The Atlantic Superstore and Home Hardware are all located nearby on the LaHave Street side of downtown.

The Gateway (Bridgewater) Plaza, located in the southern area of town near the Nova Scotia Community College, continues to thrive despite a changing landscape. While Kmart closed in the mid-1990s and Canadian Tire relocated to Cookville in 2006, the plaza underwent a renovation and is now anchored by discount grocery chain No Frills and Giant Tiger, both of which opened in 2010. The No Frills location was previously a Save Easy and before that an IGA, and has been in continual operation as a grocery store for nearly 50 years despite the name changes.

The South Shore Mall, located on the eastern edge of town, once home to a movie theatre, grocery and department store, had been completely abandoned by the late 1990s and had been slated for redevelopment as a convention centre, hotel, apartment buildings and shops,[26] although no progress has occurred on the site as of mid-2019.

Redevelopment of King Street

In 2012, Town Council commission a study into the potential redevelopment of King Street as a more community focused center. Released in 2013, the Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan (DWMP) is a 100-plus page document designed to guide the economic and social development of Downtown Bridgewater over the next 20 to 30 years.

The first phase of implementing the DWMP began in 2015 with the demolition of the South Parkade. The 45-year-old steel and concrete structure was removed and, during 2016, a major infrastructure project was undertaken in the Old Bridge-to-Dufferin block of King Street.[27]

The project, known as Take Back The Riverbank, included three main components: first, the removal and replacement of existing decades-old water and sewer infrastructure below King Street; second, the reconstruction of the street, including the introduction of better sidewalks, curb bump outs, and street furniture, all designed to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly; and, the construction of Pijinuiskaq Park along the riverbank on the former parkade site. Pijinuiskaq is the historic Mi'kmaq name for the LaHave River.

In 2016, Bridgewater Town Council agreed to grant $51,000 to allow for the creation of the Bridgewater Facade Improvement Society. The Society oversees a Facade Improvement Program, which invites commercial tenants or property owners in the King Street Architectural Control Area to apply for matching funding of up to $5,000 in matching funding for facade improvement projects. The program covers improvements ranging from painting to signage, lighting, and more.

East side of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
A view from the east bank of the LaHave River midway between the two bridges.

Crime

Official crime statistics are not available for Bridgewater. Violent crime is rare and most crime stems from petty property damage, and drug offenses. The highest profile crime to occur in the town took place in 2008 with the murder of 12-year-old Karissa Boudreau, a crime for which her mother was eventually convicted. The Bridgewater Police Service,[28] as well as recently relocating to a new, modern facility, has moved towards community based policing, working closely with Neighbourhood Watch programs and local schools, as well as adding foot and bicycle patrols in areas that squad cars are unable to reach.[29]

The Bridgewater Police Service is governed by the Bridgewater Police Commission. This is made up of both political and citizen appointees. The current chair of the Board of Police Commissioners is Citizen Representative Patrick D. Cappello.

Notables

See also

References

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  12. ^ South Shore Exhibition
  13. ^ Tony Ianzelo (1970). "Don't Knock the Ox". Documentary film. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  14. ^ Bridgewater Elementary School
  15. ^ Junior/Senior High School
  16. ^ Park View Education Centre
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External links

2018 Esso Cup

The 2018 Esso Cup was Canada's tenth national women's midget hockey championship, contested April 22–28, 2018 at Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. This was the first time the championship has held in Nova Scotia. The St. Alberta Slash of Alberta defeated the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 in the gold medal game to defend their national title.

Bridgewater Junior High School

Bridgewater Junior High School, originally known as Bridgewater Junior Senior High School, is a lower secondary school located in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. It is part of the South Shore Regional School Board.

CJHK-FM

CJHK-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting a country music format at 100.7 FM in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. CJHK-FM is located in the former Canada Post building, along with sister station CKBW-FM.

Both stations are owned & operated by Acadia Broadcasting.

CKBW-FM

CKBW-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 98.1 FM in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The station also operates in Liverpool, Nova Scotia at 94.5 FM and in Shelburne, Nova Scotia at 93.1 FM. The station plays an adult contemporary format branded as "CKBW Radio" with the current slogan The Sound of the South Shore. CKBW is owned & operated by Acadia Broadcasting which also owns sister station CJHK-FM.

Carroll Baker (singer)

RCA Records; Excelsior Records; Tembo Records

Carroll Anne Baker CM (born March 4, 1949) is a Canadian country music singer and songwriter.

She released many chart-topping single country hits in the 1970s and 80s, and continued recording into the 90s charting records.

She was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and was named to the Order of Canada in 2009.

Known as the lady of firsts in Canadian Country Music, she also made history with 12 Consecutive # One Singles on the RPM Country Music charts in Canada. This statistic remains unbeaten by a Canadian Country Music Artist to this day.

She is a multiple award winner, including Juno Awards, Best Selling International Album of the year in Canada, and Multi Gold and Platinum record sales in Canada and internationally.

Carroll Baker became the First Canadian to do a TV Special at The Grande Ole’ Opry in Nashville Tennessee.

For more info visit www.carrollbakersinger.ca

Chaz Thorne

Chaz Thorne (born 1975 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian actor and television and film director. He graduated from the National Theatre School in 1996. He has appeared on stages across Canada as well as in numerous film and television projects, including The Event and Lucky Girl. Thorne founded Toronto's Jack in the Black Theatre in 1996.

His first film projects as writer and director were two half-hour comedies for CBC television: Table Dancer and One Hit Wonder. His first feature film screenplay was produced in 2006 as Poor Boy's Game, co-written and directed by Clément Virgo and starring Danny Glover. The horror film Just Buried was Thorne's directorial film debut. His film, Whirlygig, was featured in the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

John Dunsworth

John Francis Dunsworth (April 12, 1946 – October 16, 2017) was a Canadian actor, best known for playing the alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on the comedy series Trailer Park Boys, despite not drinking for the part. He is also known for playing the mysterious reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series Haven, and for playing Officer McNabb in Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion, a CBC film about the 1917 Halifax Explosion. He had extensive experience in regional theater.

Lunenburg West

Lunenburg West is a provincial electoral district in Nova Scotia, Canada, that elects one member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. It was created in 1956 from the riding of Lunenburg County.

The riding includes the town of Bridgewater, LaHave, and Hebbville.

Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College, commonly referred to as NSCC, is a community college serving the province of Nova Scotia through a network of 13 campuses and three community learning centres.

The college delivers over 120 programs in five academic schools: Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries], Health & Human Services], and Trades & Technology]. They reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia.

NSCC includes four specialized institutes: the Nautical Institute, the School of Fisheries, the Aviation Institute, and the Centre of Geographical Sciences.

Educating over 24,000 students a year (fulltime and part-time combined), NSCC provides the majority of technical and apprenticeship training in Nova Scotia.

The president of NSCC is Don Bureaux.

Nova Scotia Route 325

Route 325 is a collector road in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It is located in Lunenburg County and connects Colpton at Route 208 with Mahone Bay at Trunk 3.

The route originated as a post road between Halifax and Liverpool, dating from the latter part of the eighteenth century. In 1825, following the construction of a bridge across the Lahave River at present-day Bridgewater, the surveyor George Wightman recommended a change in the alignment between Mahone Bay and the new bridge. This shortened the route (now more or less equivalent to Route 332) that required a ferry crossing at LaHave. The new connection led to the growth of Bridgewater as the main commercial and transportation centre of Lunenburg County.

Nova Scotia Route 331

Route 331 is a collector road in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

It is located on the province's South Shore, connecting East Medway at Highway 103 with Bridgewater at Route 325.

Nova Scotia Trunk 10

Trunk 10 is part of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia's system of Trunk Highways. This rural road runs from Bridgewater to Middleton, a distance of 89 kilometres.

Nova Scotia Trunk 3

Nova Scotia Trunk 3 is an east-west trunk highway in Nova Scotia. The route runs from Halifax to Yarmouth, along the South Shore. Trunk 3's status as an important regional highway link has been superseded by the parallel Highway 103.

Park View Education Centre

Park View Education Centre is a Canadian public secondary school located in the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. It is operated by the South Shore Regional School Board (SSRSB).

Park View Education Centre has been an International Baccalaureate World School since June 1980, optionally offering the IB Diploma Programme. IB courses available at the school include Visual Arts SL, Biology SL, Chemistry HL, Economics SL, English A1 HL, French B HL, French B SL, History HL, History SL, Mathematics SL, Music SL, Physics HL, Physics SL and Theory of Knowledge.

Shawn Adams

Shawn Adams (born April 4, 1974 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian curler from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia.

South Shore Lumberjacks

The South Shore Lumberjacks are a Junior A Ice Hockey team from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. They play their home games at the 1300 seat Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The team is a member of the Maritime Hockey League and plays in the Eastlink South Division.

Stanley Tobin

Stanley Gilbert Tobin (January 19, 1871 - June 12, 1948) was a farmer, businessman, teacher and political figure in Alberta, Canada. Tobin served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and a Member of the House of Commons of Canada.

Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Tobin ran in the Leduc provincial electoral district in the 1913 Alberta general election. He was elected in a hotly contested election by just over 100 votes against Conservative George Curry.

He would see re-election in 1917 and in 1921. His plurality in the 1921 election was just 10 votes.

Stanley vacated his provincial seat in 1925 to run in the 1925 Canadian federal election in the Wetaskiwin Federal electoral district. He won election as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. In that election he defeated incumbent Progressive incumbent Daniel Webster Warner.

He only served in office for one year and was defeated in the 1926 Canadian Federal Election by William Irvine.

Terry Baker (Canadian football)

Terry Baker (born May 8, 1962) is a former punter and placekicker from 1987 to 2002 for four teams of the Canadian Football League. In 1998 and 2000 he led the league in scoring.

Baker played high school football for Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro.

Wile Carding Mill

The Wile Carding Mill is a defunct but still operational carding mill, in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada. The mill is now owned by the Province of Nova Scotia and operated as a museum by the DesBrisay Museum.

This water-powered mill was owned and operated by the Wile family from 1860 to 1968. The Wiles ran the mill but employed a number of workers, usually unmarried women, to operate the machinery. The mill was powered by a 7-horsepower (5 kW) overshot waterwheel using the water of Shady Brook, a tributary of the Lahave River.

It became a Registered Heritage Property in Bridgewater in 2013.

Climate data for Bridgewater, 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1961–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.5
(67.1)
17.0
(62.6)
28.5
(83.3)
32.0
(89.6)
35.0
(95.0)
35.0
(95.0)
36.0
(96.8)
36.7
(98.1)
34.0
(93.2)
27.8
(82.0)
22.8
(73.0)
18.0
(64.4)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) −0.1
(31.8)
1.1
(34.0)
4.7
(40.5)
10.5
(50.9)
16.8
(62.2)
22.1
(71.8)
25.4
(77.7)
25.2
(77.4)
20.9
(69.6)
14.5
(58.1)
8.5
(47.3)
3.0
(37.4)
12.7
(54.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) −5.2
(22.6)
−4.3
(24.3)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.0
(41.0)
10.5
(50.9)
15.6
(60.1)
19.0
(66.2)
18.9
(66.0)
14.7
(58.5)
8.9
(48.0)
3.9
(39.0)
−1.7
(28.9)
7.1
(44.8)
Average low °C (°F) −10.4
(13.3)
−9.6
(14.7)
−5.7
(21.7)
−0.5
(31.1)
4.2
(39.6)
8.9
(48.0)
12.6
(54.7)
12.5
(54.5)
8.4
(47.1)
3.2
(37.8)
−0.7
(30.7)
−6.3
(20.7)
1.4
(34.5)
Record low °C (°F) −32.0
(−25.6)
−33.5
(−28.3)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−13.9
(7.0)
−8.3
(17.1)
−2.2
(28.0)
1.7
(35.1)
−0.5
(31.1)
−5.6
(21.9)
−10.0
(14.0)
−17.5
(0.5)
−28.5
(−19.3)
−33.5
(−28.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 143.7
(5.66)
119.5
(4.70)
156.3
(6.15)
127.0
(5.00)
127.5
(5.02)
103.6
(4.08)
96.5
(3.80)
100.0
(3.94)
111.5
(4.39)
137.2
(5.40)
165.2
(6.50)
147.6
(5.81)
1,535.7
(60.46)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 86.2
(3.39)
74.6
(2.94)
118.9
(4.68)
113.1
(4.45)
126.9
(5.00)
103.6
(4.08)
96.5
(3.80)
100.0
(3.94)
111.5
(4.39)
137.1
(5.40)
153.3
(6.04)
114.5
(4.51)
1,336.3
(52.61)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 57.5
(22.6)
45.0
(17.7)
37.4
(14.7)
13.9
(5.5)
0.6
(0.2)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.1
(0.0)
11.9
(4.7)
33.1
(13.0)
199.4
(78.5)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 14.8 13.0 13.8 14.9 15.2 13.1 12.2 11.4 12.2 14.3 16.0 15.3 166.2
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 7.8 7.3 9.8 14.1 15.2 13.1 12.2 11.4 12.2 14.3 14.8 10.9 143.1
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 10.0 8.3 6.8 2.6 0.16 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.04 2.3 7.0 37.2
Source: Environment Canada[2][3][4]
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