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Kentville is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia. It is one of the main towns in the Annapolis Valley, and it is the county seat of Kings County.  Kentville owes its location to the Cornwallis River which downstream from Kentville becomes a large tidal river. Kentville was the limit of navigation of sailing ships and more importantly was the most accessible crossing place on the river. The ford and later the bridge at Kentville made the settlement an important crossroads for settlements in the Annapolis Valley.  The area was first settled by Acadians, who built many dykes along the river to keep the high Bay of Fundy tides out of their farmland. These dykes created the ideal fertile soil that the Annapolis Valley is known for. The Acadians were expelled from the area in the Bay of Fundy Campaign (1755) by the British authorities because they would not swear allegiance to the British King. The area was then settled by New England Planters. Settlement was expedited by the United Empire Loyalists during the American Revolution.  The town was originally known as Horton’s Corner, but was named Kentville in 1826 after Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent (son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria), who resided in Nova Scotia from 1794-1800.

Kentville developed a reputation for rowdy drinking and horseraces in the early 19th century, earning the nickname “the Devil’s half acre.”  When the Windsor and Annapolis Railway (later named Dominion Atlantic Railway) established its headquarters in Kentville in 1868 and began shipping Annapolis Valley apples to British markets, the community began to thrive.

The town boomed during World War I and World War II with heavy wartime railway traffic on the Dominion Atlantic and the training of thousands of troops at Camp Aldershot.  Kentville faced serious challenges after World War II. The dominant apple industry suffered severe declines due to the loss of its British export market. The nearby military training base at Camp Aldershot was significantly downsized and the town’s major employer, the Dominion Atlantic Railway suffered serious declines with the collapse of the apple industry and the growth of highway travel.

New Minas borders the town of Kentville to the west and the unincorporated community of Greenwich to the east.

New Minas was founded in 1682 by Acadians from the Grand Pré area, the largest of the settlements known as Les Mines or Minas after the French copper mines explored at Cape d’Or at the entrance to the Minas Basin in the 1600s.  As the Minas settlement grew, families moved westward up the Cornwallis River led by Pierre Terriot and founded a new settlement which came to be known to English surveyors as “New Minas”.  New Minas was the site of one of the first accounts of a UFO sighting in North America on October 12, 1796. The diary of a merchant in Liverpool, Nova Scotia named Simeon Perkins reported that stories were circulating of ships flying in the air which “were said to be seen at one Mr. Ratchfords in New Minas” by a young woman and two men who at sunrise saw as many as fifteen “ships in the air … and a man forward with his hand stretched out.” Perkins continued, “the story did not obtain universal credit but some people believed it.”

New Minas remained a predominantly a farming and agriculture community between the towns of Kentville and Wolfville. The Dominion Atlantic Railway operated a gravel quarry at Oak Island in New Minas and served a growing number of food and bulk feed plants at New Minas in the mid- 19th Century. However, development increased with the construction of the Highway 101 expressway in the 1970s. With the village’s low tax rate and the location between the population centres of Kentville and Wolfville, New Minas soon saw a shopping centre and numerous big box retail outlets and fast food shops established to make the village the retail centre for the eastern Annapolis Valley.

Community Links

Annapolis Valley Regional School Board – https://www.avrsb.ca

Private Schools

Landmark East School – www.landmarkeast.org

The Booker School – www.bookerschool.com

Colleges & Universities

Eastern College – www.easterncollege.ca

Nova Scotia Community College – Kingstec Campus – www.nscc.ca/explorenscc/campuses/kingstec

Acadia University –  www.acadiau.ca

Government of Nova Scotia

Web: http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/physicians/

The Province of Nova Scotia lists all physicians taking new patients on their website.

Health Link 811

Telephone: 811

Web:  http://811.novascotia.ca/

Medical Services Insurance Program (MSI)

Once you have an address in Nova Scotia, you must call the MSI Registration Department (902) 496-7008 or 1-800-563-8880 (toll-free within Nova Scotia), to start the application process.  Once the 3 month period has passed, your card(s) will be mailed to your home.http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/msi/faq.asp#1

For more information on the Medical Services Insurance Program go to the provincial websitehttp://gov.ns.ca/health/msi/

 

Public Health

Nova Scotia Health Authority – www.nshealth.ca

Hospitals & Clinics

Valley Regional Hospital – www.nshealth.ca/locations-details/valley%20regional%20hospital

New Minas Walk In Medical Clinic – www.lawtons.ca/pharmacy-health/walk-in-clinics/

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