Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia

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Barrington Passage
Barrington Passage is located in Nova Scotia
Barrington Passage
Barrington Passage
Location of Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 43°31′39″N 65°36′33″W / 43.5275°N 65.609167°W / 43.5275; -65.609167Coordinates: 43°31′39″N 65°36′33″W / 43.5275°N 65.609167°W / 43.5275; -65.609167[1]
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Municipal districtBarrington
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)902
Access Routes Trunk 3

Barrington Passage is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in the Municipality of the District of Barrington of Shelburne County.[4] It is named after William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington.[5]


The Mi'kmaq called the area, "Ministiguish" or "Ministegkek", meaning "he has gone for it."[6] The Acadians called the area, "La Passage."[6] Eighty families from Cape Cod and Nantucket, Massachusetts settled in the area in 1760.[6]

While Barrington has grown substantially over the past decade, it has experienced tough economic times because of a shortage of lobster (the primary industry).

A causeway to Cape Sable Island, just south of the community, was opened in 1949 to replace the ferry service, which had had to run through heavy currents. A bridge had been considered but was rejected. Since then, sand has been collecting on the east side of the causeway, making a beach on Cape Sable Island that has nearly connected to the mainland. It is called North East Point Beach.


Barrington has an indoor hockey arena- The Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena

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  1. ^ Nova Scotia Geographical Names: Barrington Passage[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Government of Nova Scotia website: Barrington
  3. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Barrington Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  4. ^ Government of Nova Scotia website: Community Counts
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c Brown, Thomas J. Place-names of the Province of Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Royal Print & Litho. p. 16.

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