Canning, Nova Scotia

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Official seal of Canning
Canning is located in Nova Scotia
Location of Canning, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°09′28.5″N 64°25′27″W / 45.157917°N 64.42417°W / 45.157917; -64.42417Coordinates: 45°09′28.5″N 64°25′27″W / 45.157917°N 64.42417°W / 45.157917; -64.42417
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
 • Village CommitteeVillage of Canning Commission
 • MLAJohn Lohr (PC)
 • MPScott Brison (L)
 • Total2,589
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Postal code
B0P 1H0
Area code(s)902
Telephone Exchange582
NTS Map021H01

Canning is a village in northeastern Kings County, Nova Scotia located at the crossroads of Route 221 and Route 358.


The area was originally settled by Acadians who were expelled in 1755 during the Acadian Expulsion. After the Acadians, Canning - first called Apple Tree Landing and later Habitant Corner - was settled in 1760 by New England Planters and by the Dutch following World War II. The present name was adopted in honour of British prime minister George Canning.[2]

Though much diminished in importance in recent years, Canning was once a major shipbuilding centre and shipping and rail hub for farmers in Kings County. Canning merchants and farmers founded the Cornwallis Valley Railway which ran from 1889 to 1961, connecting the village to the Dominion Atlantic Railway mainline in Kentville, Nova Scotia. The village suffered three major fires in its history.

Harold Lothrop Borden Monument in Canning, NS

The Canadian parliamentarian Sir Frederick William Borden had a home in Canning. A cousin of Sir Robert Borden, Sir Frederick was Minister of Militia prior to the First World War. Canning has a prominent statue to the most famous Canadian casualty of the Second Boer War, Harold Lothrop Borden, a son of Sir Frederick.[3] He died in the Battle of Witpoort.

Canning was also the home of country singer Wilf Carter. He was made an honorary citizen of Canning, Nova Scotia in 1978. Carter was born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, but spend a great deal of his childhood working in and visiting the village and its surrounding farmland.

The village is home to Glooscap Elementary School, with a student population of over 200, and Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC), a middle school/high school with a student population of around 920 students and 80 staff. NKEC is the first AP Capstone designated school in Nova Scotia and the first in the world to offer the virtual AP Capstone Program.

The Canning Lighthouse was built in 1904 to serve the port at Borden's Wharf.[4] It was restored in the 1990s, after more than 50 years of disuse and abandonment, and was used by the village as a tourist information centre.[4] It was moved in 2003 to a new waterfront site on the Habitant River behind the village's small museum, where its top section was rebuilt by NKEC students.[4]

Points of interest[edit]

  • Bigelow Trail
  • Blomidon Look-off Provincial Park
  • Bruce Spicer Park
  • Glooscap Arena – home to local hockey games
  • Merritt Gibson Memorial Library
  • Scots Bay Provincial Park


  1. ^ "Browse Data by Community Profile, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Nova Scotia)". Government of Nova Scotia. December 18, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Fergusson, C. Bruce (1967). "Canning". Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Archives. p. 101.
  3. ^ Goldi, John (2015). "Lt. Harold Borden, Canning, NS". Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum. Goldi Media Corp. Archived from the original on 2017-09-25.
  4. ^ a b c "Canning Lighthouse". Fieldwood Heritage Society. March 27, 2008.

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