New Minas

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New Minas
village
Official seal of New Minas
Seal
Motto: "A Good Place To Live"
New Minas is located in Nova Scotia
New Minas
New Minas
Location of New Minas Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°04′07″N 64°28′08″W / 45.06861°N 64.46889°W / 45.06861; -64.46889Coordinates: 45°04′07″N 64°28′08″W / 45.06861°N 64.46889°W / 45.06861; -64.46889
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Kings County
Incorporated September 1, 1968
Electoral Districts     
Federal

Kings-Hants
Provincial Kings South
Government
 • Type Village Commission
 • Chair Dave Chaulk
 • MLA Ramona Jennex (NDP)
 • MP Scott Brison (L)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,135
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code(s) B4N
Website newminas.com

New Minas is a village located in the eastern part of Kings County in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. As of 2011, the population was 5,135.

Geography[edit]

New Minas borders the town of Kentville to the west and the unincorporated community of Greenwich to the east. The town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia is further east on the other side of Greenwich. New Minas is approximately 100 km northwest of Halifax. The village is located along the south bank of the Cornwallis River occupying the lower slopes of the South Mountain. Nova Scotia's Highway No. 1 runs through the village forming the main street.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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". The Acadians knew their settlement as St. Antoine.[3] It was built beside a tidal island in the bend of the river, later known as Oak Island. They repeated the pattern of the Grand Pré settlement by connecting dykes to Oak Island to turn tidal marshland into productive farmland.[4] The settlement grew to include a mill, chapel and burial ground at Oak Island. However the Acadians were expelled and the settlement was destroyed during the Bay of Fundy Campaign of the Acadian Expulsion in 1755. New England Planters resettled the area in 1760s as part of Horton Township but built their farms further from the river along the Old Post Road, later Nova Scotia's Highway No. 1.[5]

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.[6] 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.

Recent History[edit]

Over the past ten years, New Minas has been witness to a commercial boom which has seen many large retail outlets set up shop, while pre-existing retailers and many others have rebuilt into larger venues. One of the woes of the village is its heavy concentration of minimum-wage, service industry jobs. Other similarly sized communities nearby have a much wider range of income opportunities: Wolfville is an area supported by higher-education jobs with Acadia University, and Kentville is an area who supports itself with an industrial park, hospital and an orientation toward professional centres.

New Minas is also 'Soccer Capital of Atlantic Canada', boasting arguably the nicest soccer venues in the Annapolis Valley. Annually, the village hosts the New Minas Invitational Soccer Tournament in August, where in the past as many as 210 teams have participated from all over Atlantic Canada. The 3-day tournament is now a festival of sorts, known as 'New Minas Days' during which there are other non-sporting events, including a fireworks show. The village has also played host to the Senior Canadian Men's Soccer Championships during which many renovations were done to the soccer facilities, resulting in the superior venue that it is today.

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