Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

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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
 • 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

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.

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Town History and Background". Town of Bridgewater. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  2. "Bridgewater". Historica Canada. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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