Colchester County, Nova Scotia
|Municipality of the County of Colchester
Siorramachd Cholchester (Gaelic)
|— County —|
|Motto: "We Prosper From Our Resources"|
|Towns||Stewiacke / Truro|
|Villages||Bible Hill / Tatamagouche|
|Incorporated||April 17, 1879|
|Provincial||Colchester North / Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley / Truro-Bible Hill|
|• Type||Colchester County Municipal Council|
|• Mayor||Bob Taylor|
|• Land||3,627.69 km2 (1,400.66 sq mi)|
|• Density||13.8/km2 (36/sq mi)|
|• Change 2001-06||1.5%|
| • Census Rankings
- Census divisions
3,525 (892 of 5,008)
19,297 (195 of 5,008)
13,312 (278 of 5,008)
11,765 (317 of 5,008)
1,421 (1,659 of 5,008)
703 (2,565 of 5,008)
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
|Median Income*||$42,782 CDN|
|*Median household income, 2005 (all households)|
The appellation Colchester was applied in 1780 to the district previously called "Cobequid," and was derived from the town of Colchester in Essex. The old name Cobequid was derived from the Mi'kmaq word "Wagobagitk" meaning "the bay runs far up", in reference to the area surrounding the easternmost inlet of the Minas Basin, a body of water called Cobequid Bay.
The District of Colchester, which was at first part of Halifax County, was established as a county in its own right in 1835. In 1838 a distinct line of division between Cumberland County and Colchester County was established. Two years later, in 1840, the Township of Parrsboro was divided and part of it annexed to Colchester County. In 1871, the boundaries between the Counties of Hants and Colchester and between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester were established. In 1880 the boundary between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester was revised. Eventually in 1897 a portion of the boundary between the Counties of Colchester and Cumberland was fixed and defined.
The question of the boundary between Colchester and Cumberland Counties was the subject of a Commission of Inquiry established in 1946. The report was filed in the office of the Provincial Secretary and in the office of the Department of Lands and Forests in January 1959. Certified copies of it were sent to the Registrars of Deeds for the Counties of Colchester, Cumberland and Kings.
Incorporated communities 
- Native reserves
Towns in Colchester County are Stewiacke and Truro. Each has its own local governing council. All other communities in the county are located within one of eleven geographically determined districts, each of which provides a representative to County Council. Additionally, a mayor is elected for the whole county. The mayor also sits on county council.
For a list of communities in Colchester County, see List of Communities.
Mother tongue language (2011)
Ethnic Groups (2006)
Access Routes 
Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:
See also 
- List of communities in Nova Scotia
- Central Nova Tourist Association — Tourism Association Representing Colchester County.
- Black Lake listings within Nova Scotia.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Colchester County, Nova Scotia|
- Municipality of Colchester
- 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Colchester County, Nova Scotia
- Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
- Statistics Canada: 2011 census
- Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 52-53, 67-69
||Cumberland County||Northumberland Strait|
|Minas Basin||Pictou County|
|Hants County||Halifax Regional Municipality||Guysborough County|