Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

town in Nova Scotia

Bridgewater is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The LaHave River runs through the town. Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region. A lot of the South Shore's economy is based on tourism. Bridgewater is also a commercial and industrial center. One of the main employers is a Michelin tire plant. The town was named after the bridge built over the LaHave River.

Bridgewater
Town
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°W / 44.37000; -64.52000Coordinates: 44°22′12″N 64°31′12″W / 44.37000°N 64.52000°W / 44.37000; -64.52000
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
CountyLunenburg County
Founded1812
IncorporatedFebruary 13, 1899
Government
 • BodyBridgewater Town Council
 • MayorDavid Mitchell
 • CAOKen Smith
 • MLAMark Furey (L)
 • MPBernadette Jordan (L)
Area
 • Town13.61 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
 • Urban
13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi)
Elevation
 (2016)
22.11 m (72.54 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • 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)
Picture of the 1899 Bridgewater fire

The first house in Bridgewater was built in 1812 by Ralph Hotchkiss.[1] The town was incorporated in 1899.[2] This was shortly after a fire in Bridgewater which burned the entire downtown area. For much of the 20th century, the town's economy depended on forestry. There was a large wood mill in the center of town. The Nova Scotia Central Railway and later the Halifax and Southwestern Railway had a central hub at Bridgewater. The "Acadia Marine Engine Company" was based in Bridgewater. It made engines for fishing boats.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Town History and Background". Town of Bridgewater. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  2. "Bridgewater". Historica Canada. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

Other websitesEdit

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