Aylesford, Nova Scotia

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Aylesford
Village
Aylesford is located in Nova Scotia
Aylesford
Aylesford
Location of Aylesford, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°02′N 64°50′W / 45.033°N 64.833°W / 45.033; -64.833
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Kings
Electoral Districts     
Federal

West Nova
Provincial Kings West
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,408
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Canadian Postal code B0P 1C0
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchange 847
NTS Map 021H02
GNBC Code CABCE

Aylesford is a farming community in the county of Kings in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located between the North and South Mountains and located roughly 15 minutes from CFB Greenwood and 10 minutes from Berwick. Aylesford is located on the Evangeline Trail (Trunk 1) tourist route, named after the famous Acadian story about Evangeline.

History[edit]

Aylesford Cenotaph

Aylesford is one of the oldest communities in Kings County, originally settled by United Empire Loyalists during the American Revolution. The settlement was named after the fourth Earl of Aylesford, Lord of the Bedchamber to George III.[2]

Economy[edit]

Aylesford's economy relies primarily on the local agricultural industry. It is a service centre for the surrounding agricultural district. An important crop is cranberries cultivated on the extensive peat bogs. Peat moss harvesting operations are also active.

Aylesford's largest tourist attraction, the Oaklawn Farm Zoo, was home to Rutledge, the heaviest living lion in captivity, as certified by Guinness World Records in 1997. Rutledge died in February 2009, three months short of his 18th birthday.[3] The zoo also has a variety of other animals including tigers, Dromedary Camels, and a variety of monkeys.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Browse Data by Community Profile, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Nova Scotia)". Government of Nova Scotia. December 18, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Echoes across the Valley, A History of Kingston and its Neighbors, Tony Cochrane, Editor, pp. 42, ISBN 0-88999-564-8, Lancelot Press, Hantsport, NS
  3. ^ "Record-setting Canadian zoo lion dies". United Press International. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 

Coordinates: 45°02′N 64°50′W / 45.033°N 64.833°W / 45.033; -64.833