Aylesford, Nova Scotia

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Aylesford is located in Nova Scotia
Location of Aylesford, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°02′0″N 64°50′00″W / 45.03333°N 64.83333°W / 45.03333; -64.83333
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Kings
Electoral Districts     

West Nova
Provincial Kings West
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,408
Time zone UTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code B0P 1C0
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchange 847
NTS Map 021H02

Aylesford is a farming community in the county of Kings in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located between the North and South Mountains and located roughly 15 minutes from CFB Greenwood and 10 minutes from Berwick. Aylesford is located on the Evangeline Trail (Trunk 1) tourist route, named after the famous Acadian story about Evangeline.


Aylesford Cenotaph

Aylesford is one of the oldest communities in Kings County, originally settled by United Empire Loyalists during the American Revolution. The settlement was named after the fourth Earl of Aylesford, Lord of the Bedchamber to George III.[2] Kingston emerged as a major centre for packing, processing and exporting apples after the arrival of the Windsor and Annapolis Railway in 1869.


Aylesford's economy relies primarily on the local agricultural industry. It is a service centre for the surrounding agricultural district. An important crop is cranberries cultivated on the extensive peat bogs. Peat moss harvesting operations are also active.

Aylesford's largest tourist attraction, the Oaklawn Farm Zoo, was home to Rutledge, the heaviest living lion in captivity, as certified by Guinness World Records in 1997. Rutledge died in February 2009, three months short of his 18th birthday.[3] The zoo also has a variety of other animals including tigers, dromedary camels, and a variety of monkeys.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Browse Data by Community Profile, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Nova Scotia)". Government of Nova Scotia. December 18, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Echoes across the Valley, A History of Kingston and its Neighbors, Tony Cochrane, Editor, pp. 42, ISBN 0-88999-564-8, Lancelot Press, Hantsport, NS
  3. ^ "Record-setting Canadian zoo lion dies". United Press International. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  4. ^ Our Children in Old Scotland and Nova Scotia. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Emma Stirling and Miss Croall". British Home Child Group International. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Emma Stirling's Work for Children, Youth and Young Women, 1894–95 by Julielynne Marie Anderson
  7. ^ Girard, Philip. "Stirling, Emma Maitland". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2004 edition. Online, www.oxforddnb.com (accessed on various dates 2007).
  8. ^ Girard, Philip. "Children, Church, Migration and Money: Three Tales o f Child Custody in Nova Scotia." Children's Voices in Atlantic Literature and Culture: Essays on Childhood. Edited by Hilary Thompson. Guelph: Canadian Children's Press, 1997.10-23; Girard, Philip. "Victorian Philanthropy and Child Rescue: The Career of Emma Stirling in Scotland and Nova Scotia, 1860–95." Myth, Migration and the Making of Memory: Scotia and Nova Scotia c. 1700–1990. Edited by Marjory Harper and Michael E. Vance. Halifax: The Gorsebrook Research Institute, 1999.218-231.
  9. ^ Stirling, Emma (1861). The History of a Pin. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

Coordinates: 45°02′N 64°50′W / 45.033°N 64.833°W / 45.033; -64.833