Kentville is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is one of the main towns in the Annapolis Valley, and it is the county seat of Kings County. As of 2016, the town’s population was 6,271. Its census agglomeration is 26,222. History : 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.
Acadian settlement : 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.
English settlement : 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. The village was at first relatively small and dwarfed by larger valley towns with better harbours such as Canning and Wolfville. The crossroads location did attract early shopkeepers and several stagecoach inns. Small schooners were able to land cargos in the “Klondyke” neighhourhood by the Cornwallis River which marked the height of navigation. Kentville developed a reputation for rowdy drinking and horseraces in the early 19th century, earning the nickname “the Devil’s half acre.”
Access : Coordinates:45.0775, -64.495833/ The nearest, and most used is Halifax International Airport in Halifax. / Bus from Halifax to Kentville :Departs Halifax, NS:
17:40 Valid – Jan 1, 2018 Until May 31, 2019 Contact Ridebooker / By car : You can easily drive from Middleton to Kentville on Highway 1 , Take exit 9 when you leave Lunenburg and go onto the Hwy 103
Attractions : Baxter Harbour Falls : Baxters Harbour Rd, Kentville / CentreStage Theatre , 61 River St, Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1G8 / Kings County Museum : 37 Cornwallis St, Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 2E2, Canada Open : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Eaves Hollow , 19 Main Street, Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1J6 / The Gorge , Gladys Porter Drive, Kentville, high quality mountain bike trails and skills park / Miner’s Marsh : The Kentville Ducks Unlimited Site also known as “Miner’s Marsh” is found in a wetland habitat constructed by Ducks Unlimited Canada which supports a variety and abundance of wildlife./ Memorial Park : Kentville Memorial Park is one of Kentville’s most valued recreational spaces. It is located approximately 1 km from downtown Kentville and is centrally located /
Oakdene Park : Oakdene Park is a neighbourhood park located in the north end of Kentville./
Activities : Hiking Trails : Cape Split Hiking Trail , Cape Split Road, Kentville, Nova Scotia B0P 1H0, Canada / Ravine Trail , 32 Main St, Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1J5, Canada
/ biking trails : high quality mountain bike trails and skills park The Gorge / Trikes N Trails , / low rider trike experience : 341 Main St, Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1K7
events : The Apple Blossom Festival, founded in 1933 is held each May to celebrate the blossoming of local apple industry, one of the region’s richest forms of agriculture.Kentville is also well known for its Pumpkin People Festival. Other Annual Festivals and Events hosted in Kentville: Devil’s Half Acre Motorcycle Rally Valley Electronic Music and Art Expo (new in 2018) Open Street Chalk Art Festival Kentville Multicultural Festival (currently the largest Multicultural Festival in NS) Kentville Harvest Festival KBC’s Great Big Country Fair.
Christmas at the Market : DECEMBER 19, 2018
Go next : / Windsor / Port Williams