Gaelic: Baile a' Chlamhain / An Gut
|Nickname(s): Cape Breton's Front Porch|
|Incorporated||January 22, 1889|
|• Mayor||Billy Joe MacLean|
|• Governing Body||Port Hawkesbury Town Council|
|• Total||8.11 km2 (3.13 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0-54 m (0-177 ft)|
|• Density||433.4/km2 (1,123/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
The town was originally named Ship Harbour (after the harbour upon which it is located) and is largely a service centre for western Cape Breton Island with many of its residents working in large industries in an industrial park located in the adjacent community of Point Tupper, Richmond County. The town's schools are Tamarac Education Centre (Grades primary-8), SAERC (Grades 9-12) and the Strait Area Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.
The Port of Port Hawkesbury is the second largest by tonnage annually in Canada, second only to Vancouver, British Columbia due to large volumes of crushed rock and gravel shipments and oil trans-shipments. The Port handled 31.6 million metric tonnes in 2006, 21.6 million tonnes of crude petroleum. The port is served by tugs of Svitzer Towing such as the tug Point Chebucto. Historically it was a stop for American coastal steam ships.
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- Henry Nicholas Paint (1830–1921), member of Parliament for Richmond county, merchant and land owner. His family (settling from Guernsey) received land grants at Belle Vue on the Strait of Canso in 1817 and at Point Tupper in 1863, and did much to develop the local communities in the area.
- Arthur John Langley (1888–1982) entrepreneur, civic politician, mayor for several terms. Owned marine railway in Point Tupper.
- Aaron Johnson an NHL draft pick now playing with the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack.
- Mark Day a film and television actor now living in Toronto and Los Angeles.
- Lynn Coady is an author. Her best selling novels include; Strange Heaven, Play the Monster Blind, Saints of Big Harbour and the Giller Prize nominated Antaonist (2011).
- 101.5 (FM) - The Hawk
- SAERC FM - 93.9
- SAERC TV
The Reporter , Community Newspaper
- Shipping in Canada (pdf). Statistics Canada. pp. 26, 60.
- Mac Mackay, "The Announcement", Tugfax, July 23, 2010
- "Plant Line Ocean Trips". The Independent. Jul 6, 1914. Retrieved August 1, 2012.