Argyle, Nova Scotia

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Municipal district
Flag of Argyle
Official seal of Argyle
Motto: Industry
Location of Argyle Municipal District
Location of Argyle Municipal District
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Yarmouth
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts     

West Nova
Provincial Argyle
 • Type Argyle Municipal Council
 • Municipal Seat Tusket
 • Warden Aldric d'Entremont
 • Deputy Warden Calvin d'Entremont
 • Councillors
 • MLA Chris d'Entremont (PC)
 • Land 1,528.01 km2 (589.97 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 8,252
 • Density 5.40/km2 (14.0/sq mi)
 • Change 2006-11 Decrease4.7%
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 3,912
Median Income* $49,898 CDN
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Argyle is a municipal district in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. The district occupies the eastern portion of the county and is one of three municipal units - the other two being the town of Yarmouth and the Yarmouth municipal district. Argyle is a bilingual community, in which native speakers of English and French each account for about half of the population. As of 2016, 60% of the population speaks both French and English; one of the highest rates of bilingualism in Canada.[2]


Originally inhabited by the Mi'kmaq, it was called "Bapkoktek".[3] In 1766, after his service in the French and Indian Wars, Lt. Ranald MacKinnon was given a land grant of 2,000 acres (8.1 km2). He called it Argyle (Argyll) because he was reminded of his previous home in the Highlands of Scotland.[3] The township was granted in 1771.[3]


Ethnic Groups (2006)[4]
Ethnic Origin Population Pct (%)
Canadian 4,605 53.6%
French 4,395 51.1%
English 2,065 24.0%
Acadian 1,290 15.0%
Métis 1,255 14.6%
Irish 880 10.2%
Scottish 880 10.2%
North American Indian 530 6.2%
German 265 3.1%


  • No certificate, diploma or degree: 41.64%
  • High school certificate: 16.38%
  • Apprenticeship or trade certificate or diploma: 14.16%
  • Community college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma: 19.36%
  • University certificate or diploma: 8.40%

Unemployment rate:

  • 10.7%

Average house value:

  • $147,574


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses". Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  2. ^ Western Regional Enterprise Network
  3. ^ a b c Brown, Thomas J. Place-names of the Province of Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Royal Print & Litho. p. 11. 
  4. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Argyle Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  6. ^ Town of Yarmouth (January 10, 2008). Municipal Planning Strategy (Report). Town of Yarmouth. p. 7. 

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Coordinates: 43°48′00″N 65°51′00″W / 43.800°N 65.850°W / 43.800; -65.850 (Argyle)