Municipality of the District of Barrington

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District municipality
Municipality of the District of Barrington
Seal Island Lighthouse Museum
Seal Island Lighthouse Museum
Flag of Barrington
Nickname(s): Lobster Capital of Canada
Location of the Municipality of the District of Barrington
Location of the Municipality of the District of Barrington
Coordinates: 43°33′53″N 65°33′50″W / 43.5646°N 65.563864°W / 43.5646; -65.563864
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Shelburne
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts     

South Shore—St. Margaret's
Provincial Shelburne
 • Type Barrington Municipal Council
 • Warden Eddie Nickerson
 • Land 631.94 km2 (243.99 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1][2]
 • Total 6,646
 • Density 10.5/km2 (27/sq mi)
 • Change 2011-16 Decrease5.0%
Time zone UTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (ADT)
Dwellings 3494
Median Income* $44,541 CDN
Website Official website
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Barrington, officially named the Municipality of the District of Barrington, is a district municipality in western Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Statistics Canada classifies the district municipality as a municipal district.


The Municipality of the District of Barrington forms the southernmost part of the province and contains Cape Sable, the eastern boundary between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Maine.

Cape Sable Island is home to the tallest lighthouse in the Maritime Provinces. The Cape Light stands 101 feet tall, located on Canada's most southern saltwater beach, The Hawk Beach.


The Mi'kmaq called the area, "Ministiguish" or "Ministegkek", meaning "he has gone for it."[3] The Acadians called the area, "La Passage."[3] The area was settled in 1760 by eighty families from Cape Cod and Nantucket, Massachusetts.[3] Barrington is named after William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington.[4]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Municipality of the District of Barrington recorded a population of 6,646 living in 2,974 of its 3,494 total private dwellings, a change of −5% from its 2011 population of 6,994. With a land area of 632.35 km2 (244.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 10.5/km2 (27.2/sq mi) in 2016.[5]

Ethnic Groups (2006)[7]
Ethnic Origin Population Pct (%)
Canadian 4,580 62.7%
English 2,800 38.3%
Scottish 1,405 19.2%
Irish 760 10.4%
Métis 670 9.2%
French 475 6.5%
North American Indian 380 5.2%
German 340 4.7%
Dutch (Netherlands) 265 3.6%


Access routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the district municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the municipal boundary:[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Barrington Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  2. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  3. ^ a b c Brown, Thomas J. Place-names of the Province of Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Royal Print & Litho. p. 16.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  7. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Barrington Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  8. ^ Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Page 89

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°33′52.56″N 65°33′49.91″W / 43.5646000°N 65.5638639°W / 43.5646000; -65.5638639