Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

What is Bridgewater, Nova Scotia known for?


style music

Hank-FM, which airs country and western style music. The weekly Bridgewater Bulletin, has been in publication since 1888 and had won numerous awards for its content and lay-out. http: www.southshorenow.ca about history index.php The company also distributes the Lighthouse Log, a free weekend paper. Parks and recreation Residents of Bridgewater enjoy a relatively extensive parks system, which the town estimates at . This, however, does


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music focus

, which operates a popular media portal. CKBW, recently celebrating its 60th year in operation, can boast that it gave acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland his start in the media as he started working for the station at age 14. 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


difficult time

with the arrival of a Wal-Mart in Cookville to the north east of the town and a number of adjacent stores. Some of these outlets had previously been located in the Bridgewater Mall, and the shopping centre has had a difficult time finding suitable replacements. The mall continues to be anchored by Zellers and Sobeys, while several bank branches, a movie theatre, The Atlantic Superstore and Home Hardware (Home hardware) are all located nearby. The King Street area, anchored by two banks


traditional featured

Celebration. Unique cultural events include the Hank Snow Music Festival and the South Shore Exhibition. South Shore Exhibition Over 100 years-old, the "Big Ex," as it is locally known, is primarily a week-long agricultural fair that is held each July, attracting around 50,000 people. One of its traditional featured events is the International Ox Pull, bringing together teams come from the Maritimes and the Northeastern United States. .


long agricultural

Celebration. Unique cultural events include the Hank Snow Music Festival and the South Shore Exhibition. South Shore Exhibition Over 100 years-old, the "Big Ex," as it is locally known, is primarily a week-long agricultural fair that is held each July, attracting around 50,000 people. One of its traditional featured events is the International Ox Pull, bringing together teams come from the Maritimes and the Northeastern United States. .


population concentration

Island Summerside . During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, just the opposite was the case with little to no population concentration in major industrial centres as the predominantly rural resource-dependent Maritime economy continued on the same path as it had since European settlement on the region's shores. Biography Snow was born in Brooklyn (Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia), Queens County (Queens County, Nova Scotia), Nova Scotia, Canada. He ran away from home


school part

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


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Woodland Gardens, locally known at the "Duck Pond." This park includes The DesBrisay Museum, the town's only public swimming pool, a large pond and various trails. Notably, during the 1970s, Participaction had set up rudimentary exercise equipment around these trails, but these have since been removed. 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 a gazebo downtown and a boat launch park and grandstand on lower King Street. As well, the town hosts 8 kilometres of the Centennial Trail (Trans Canada Trail) which was constructed over abandoned rail lines. http: www.bridgewater.ca facilities parks-and-trails.html Recreation facilities in the town are slowly improving after decades of stagnation. Currently, the town hosts the Kinsmen Field (a soccer field, baseball diamond and tennis courts), the LaHave baseball soccer fields at Glen Allen Drive and LaHave Street, a curling club and a skating hockey arena. In 2008, the South Shore Fieldhouse Society started construction on a $1.7 million indoor track & field at Glen Allan Drive. http: www.southshorenow.ca archives viewer.php?sctn 2007 011707 news&article 1 Meanwhile, the town and Lunenburg County have teamed up to construct a multi-purpose facility. Despite guaranteed funding from the province of Nova Scotia for one centre, the two governmental entities had been bickering for most of the past decade over exactly where it would be located: in the county (near the new Wal-Mart development, as the county wanted), or within town limits. At one time, both stated their intentions to build their own centres, http: www.southshorenow.ca archives 121107 news index33.php but both eventually decided that the $30-million facility will be built on Wentzell Road in Bridgewater. Dubbed the "Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre," it will likely include two ice surfaces, an aquatic centre, a new town library, and a multipurpose centre likely to be used as an auditorium for the performing arts. http: www.southshorenow.ca archives viewer.php?sctn 2007 112707 news&article 20 Construction began in late 2011. The current chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee is Town Councillor David Mitchell. Transportation thumb 180px Route 331 runs parallel to the LaHave river in Bridgewater. (Image:NSRoute331.png)Though the LaHave River was the main transportation route in historical times, today it is mainly used for pleasure craft, though there is a wharf at nearby Dayspring and a cable ferry located in LaHave (LaHave, Nova Scotia), which 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 (Nova Scotia Highway 103), which has two primary exits entering the town. Trunk highways 10 (Nova Scotia Trunk 10) and 3 (Nova Scotia Trunk 3) meet at Bridgewater. Other provincial highways are Route 325 (Nova Scotia Route 325) and Route 331 (Nova Scotia Route 331). As the town continues to grow, traffic issues are becoming a concern. The town is currently discussing installing its first roundabout at one of its busier intersections, http: www.southshorenow.ca archives 2009 012009 news index017.php although progress remains stalled. Complicating the easing of future traffic issues, especially if the town continues to grow as it has recently, is the unique geography of the town; only two bridges traverse the LaHave River within town limits, and many of the busiest roads run directly through residential districts. There is no form of public transportation. Taxi rates are set at a fixed price of $6 for travel between any two points within town limits. There have been recent feasibility studies into public transit between Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, http: www.southshorenow.ca archives 2010 012610 news index021.php but the project remained in limbo in late 2010. Trius Tours Trius Tours runs a once daily bus service between Bridgewater and Halifax in the morning, and a return route in the evening. Shopping Bridgewater is known as the "Mainstreet of the South Shore" and has always been the shopping centre of Lunenburg County and, to a lesser extent, Queens County as well. The King Street area of downtown was the traditional shopping district of the town well into the mid-20th century, and Town Hall remains committed to the area, even though it has been long-ago surpassed by several other developments. The Bridgewater Mall, first developed in the 1970s, replacing on old rail yard, continues to be the commercial heart of the town, stealing that title from the King Street area which had dominated for many years. The addition of the adjacent Eastside Plaza during the last major renovation in the late 1980s only solidified this claim. However, its dominance has been greatly challenged since 2005 with the arrival of a Wal-Mart in Cookville to the north east of the town and a number of adjacent stores. Some of these outlets had previously been located in the Bridgewater Mall, and the shopping centre has had a difficult time finding suitable replacements. The mall continues to be anchored by Zellers and Sobeys, while several bank branches, a movie theatre, The Atlantic Superstore and Home Hardware (Home hardware) are all located nearby. The King Street area, anchored by two banks and formerly the town Post Office (Canada post), is mostly home to local business. The Bridgewater Plaza, located in the southern area of town near the Nova Scotia Community College, continues to thrive despite numerous hits - Kmart closed in the mid-1990s and Canadian Tire relocated to Cookville in 2006. It is now anchored by discount grocery chain No Frills (No Frills (grocery store)) and Giant Tiger, both of which opened in 2010. The No Frills location was previously a Save Easy and before that an IGA (IGA (supermarkets)), 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 is slated for redevelopment as a convention centre, hotel, apartment buildings and shops, http: southshorenow.ca archives viewer.php?sctn 2007 021407 news&article 1 although progress remains at a standstill as of June 2012. Leasing is now available as this new development begins. The mid-to-late 1990s represented the recent nadir of retailing in Bridgewater as the town had lost, in the previous decade, three department stores (Kmart, The Metropolitan (SAAN Stores) and Peoples (Wise Stores)), two grocery stores (a Sobeys location and a Foodmaster) and well as its only movie theatre. As a result, many residents were travelling to nearby Halifax to do their shopping and the town was losing out on much business. Through the early-mid-2000s (decade), however, a renaissance of sorts occurred as a new theatre was built and a major new shopping development occurred in Cookville, including Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire, among others, while the town itself attracted a number of nationally-known brands, such as No Frills, Giant Tiger, and The Bulk Barn. 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 last major 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


winning music

(singer) Carroll Baker - Country and Western singing star *Allan Blakeney - Premier of Saskatchewan *Chaylon Brewster - ECMA winning music producer *Robert MacGregor Dawson - Political scientist *John Dunsworth - Actor *Sarah E. Dunsworth - Actor *Sheila A. Hellstrom - first woman to graduate from Canadian Forces College, and the first woman Regular Force member to achieve the rank of Brigadier-General *Dutch Mason - Blues recording artist and performer * Glen

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

'''Bridgewater''' is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the navigable limit of the LaHave River (Lahave River). It is the largest town in the South Shore (South Shore (Nova Scotia)) region. While the majority of the South Shore's economy is based upon the tourist trade, Bridgewater is more a commercial and industrial centre and attracts far fewer visitors. One of the primary employers is a Michelin tire plant.

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