Victoria County, Nova Scotia
Siorramachd Bhictoria (Gaelic)
Location of Victoria County, Nova Scotia
|Incorporated||April 17, 1879|
|• Type||Victoria County Municipal Council|
|• Warden||Bruce J. Morrison|
|• Land||2,870.85 km2 (1,108.44 sq mi)|
|• Density||2.5/km2 (6/sq mi)|
|• Change 2006-11||6.3%|
| • Census Rankings
- Census divisions
3,046 (979 of 5,008)
4,140 (784 of 5,008)
408 (3,294 of 5,008)
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
|Median Income*||$44,134 CDN|
There are several distinctive geographic regions in Victoria county: north of Smokey Mountain, south of Smokey Mountain, St. Ann's Bay, Boularderie Island, Baddeck, Middle River and the Washabuck Peninsula. The county is 2,768 square kilometers in size, 80% of which is covered by forest and the remainder largely by water.
Mother tongue language (2011)
Ethnic Groups (2006)
The county's population has slowly declined over the last ten years and has also aged, with all age groups under the age of 65 experiencing net out-migration. Half of the county's labor force does not have a high school diploma, and only 5% have college educations.
For a list of communities in Victoria County, see List of communities.
71% of the workforce is employed in the services sector. An additional 18% are employed in the primary resources industry, a category that includes both forestry and fishing. Just 11% are employed in manufacturing, less than half of the levels seen in the 1960s.
Government and politics
The county is administered by a county government which is incorporated as the Municipality of the County of Victoria. The county is governed by eight councillors and a warden who oversee the work of a Chief Administrative Officer.
The federal Electoral Riding is Sydney—Victoria.
Victoria County contains the eastern half of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as well as the Cabot Trail, whereas Inverness County contains the western half of these features. The county also contains St. Paul Island, known as the "Graveyard of the Gulf of St. Lawrence" for its many shipwrecks during the age of sail.
Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:
- 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Victoria 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 26-27, 40-41, 56-57
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Victoria County, Nova Scotia.|
- Municipality of Victoria County website
- Visit Victoria County Official Tourism website
- Central Cape Breton
- Visit Baddeck
- North Shore Community Portal
- Cape Breton Highlands
- Hike the Highlands Festival,
- Photographs of historic monuments in Victoria County
- Victoria County CAP Site Association
||Gulf of Saint Lawrence|
|Inverness County||Gulf of Saint Lawrence|
|Bras d'Or Lake||Cape Breton Regional Municipality|