Chester Basin, Nova Scotia

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Welcome to Chester Basin sign located on Hwy 12
Chester Basin, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Chester Basin, Nova Scotia
Chester Basin in Nova Scotia

Chester Basin is a Canadian rural community located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is one of the communities that makes up District 4 of the Municipality of the District of Chester.[1] It had a population of just over 2,000 residents in 2001.[2]

Named after its founder, Clarence Chester, its name was brought about by the famous saying coined by Chester; "The world is your basin", and consequently the settlement was originally named Chester's Basin after the influence Chester amongst the local people.

Chester Basin in winter.

It is located on the shores of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Road access is provided by Trunk 3 and Trunk 12.

Local Businesses[edit]

Chester Basin is a small town but does contain a few small business within its limits which include;

Chester Basin Post Office,[3] Chester Basin Animal Hospital,[4] McDougall's Pharmasave,[5] Petrocan,[6] New Ross Credit Union [7]

Chester Basin Legion[edit]

The legion located in Chester Basin is Everett Branch #88[8] of the Royal Canadian Legion[9] located at 25 Highway #12. The legion hosts regular events which include TGIFs every Friday night, Newfie Breakfasts ever fourth Saturday and Annual Christmas Craft Fair.[10]


Chester Basin has one church located at 57 Highway 12, the Aenon Baptist Church.[11]


There are four parks located in Chester Basin which include a playground and an outdoor green gym.

Croft Road Playground, Chester Basin

Anvil Park is located in the heart of the community with history as the area's blacksmith shop, a stream and a monument . There is an annual Christmas tree lighting that takes place at Anvil Park and the tree is displayed so it can be seen by many.[12]

Croft Road Playground is located at 25 Croft Road in Chester Basin. It was completely renovated in 2004 with new play equipment and a fenced outdoor basketball/ground hockey court. The playground is also next to the rails to trails which run throughout the community and into other surrounding communities.[13]

Legacy Park, Chester Basin

Green Gym Park is located across from the playground and includes five different stations of exercise equipment.[14]

Legacy Park is located next to the Chester Basin Legion [15] and was unveiled in 2014 to commemorates the 250th anniversary of Chester Basin in 2010, the park represents the gold mining, tree farming and other heritage from the area.

Legacy Park, Chester Basin
Green Gym located in Chester Basin.
Banner celebrating the 250th anniversary of Chester Basin
  • Anvil Park, Chester Basin


Chester Basin has one restaurant which is located right next the community wharf in the heart of the town. The Seaside Shanty[16] has been a seasonal restaurant in the town for over 20 years and is open April to October.

250th Anniversary[edit]

In 2010 Chester Basin celebrated its 250th anniversary as it was settled in 1760. Legacy Park mentioned above was opened in 2014 to commemorate this anniversary to remember and represent the heritage of the area.


  1. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Home". Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  2. ^ Province of Nova Scotia, Community Counts
  3. ^ Corporation, Canada Post. "Canada Post - Find a Post Office - Results Detail". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Chester Basin Animal Hospital". Chester Basin Animal Hospital. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  5. ^ "McDougall's Pharmasave | Cochranes & Chester Pharmasave". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Petro-Canada | Locations | Gas Stations - Convenience Store, Car Wash, Locations". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  7. ^ Ltd., New Ross Credit Union. "New Ross Credit Union Ltd. - Home". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Home". Royal Canadian Legion Chester Basin Branch 88. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  9. ^ "The Royal Canadian Legion". The Royal Canadian Legion. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Events". Royal Canadian Legion Chester Basin Branch 88. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  12. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Parks & Open Spaces". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  13. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Parks & Open Spaces". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Municipality of the District of Chester - Parks & Open Spaces". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  15. ^ "Home". Royal Canadian Legion Chester Basin Branch 88. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  16. ^ "seasideshanty - Home". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 

Coordinates: 44°33′59.18″N 64°18′17.17″W / 44.5664389°N 64.3047694°W / 44.5664389; -64.3047694