Municipality of the District of East Hants

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East Hants
District municipality
Municipality of the District of East Hants
Flag of East Hants
Official seal of East Hants
Motto: Home of The World's Highest Recorded Tides
Location of District of the Municipality of East Hants
Location of District of the Municipality of East Hants
Coordinates: 45°03′N 63°45′W / 45.05°N 63.75°W / 45.05; -63.75
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Hants
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts    

Provincial Hants East
 • Type East Hants Municipal Council
 • Municipal Seat Elmsdale
 • Warden Jim Smith
 • Land 1,786.56 km2 (689.79 sq mi)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 22,453
 • Change 2011-16 Increase1.5%
 • Census ranking 185 of 4,870
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 8,753
Median Income* $56,591 CDN
Website Official website
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

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

With its administrative seat in Elmsdale, the district municipality occupies the eastern half of Hants County from the Minas Basin to the boundary with Halifax County, sharing this boundary with the Municipality of the District of West Hants. It was made in 1861 from the former townships of Uniacke, Rawdon, Douglas, Walton, Shubenacadie and Maitland. Its most settled area is in the Shubenacadie Valley.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Municipality of the District of East Hants recorded a population of 22,453 living in 9,057 of its 9,930 total private dwellings, a change of 1.5% from its 2011 population of 22,111. With a land area of 1,786.56 km2 (689.79 sq mi), it had a population density of 12.6/km2 (32.6/sq mi) in 2016.[2]

Public Works[edit]

The Public Works division operates two water utility distribution sites and three sewage collection and treatment systems for communities in the serviced areas adjacent to Highway 102 and along the Shubenacadie River. The division also operates an engineered spring which draws additional water from Grand Lake to the Shubenacadie River during low water level events.

Drinking water is distributed across 71.0 kilometers of main distribution lines. Wastewater is distributed through 80.5 kilometers of wastewater collection mains. Please visit the Public Works section for more detailed information.

The Environmental Services division works closely with Public Works. This division monitors and reviews data to ensure compliance of operating approvals. Environmental Services also runs a watershed protection program that focuses on building awareness of watershed issues that impact watersheds of interest to the municipality.[4]

Famous people[edit]

Hip hop artist Buck 65 is from Mount Uniacke, East Hants. Born Richard Terfry, he is also a radio host on CBC Radio.

Luke Boyd, international recording artist better known as Classified, was born in Enfield, East Hants.

Edmund Henry Horne of Enfield was a well known prospector who discovered the Noranda Mines in northern Quebec. He returned to his native Enfield, along with his American born wife, and they settled on their estate, Monte Vista - on Grand Lake. There they raised prize winning cattle. Mr.& Mrs. Horne were very generous to the community of Enfield. They built a state of the art school for the community, provided a convent for the Sisters of Charity to live when they opened their mission in Enfield to teach at the school, contributed large sums of money toward the building of St.Bernard's Church, and were quiet benefactors to many.

[5]J D Clarke, award-winning country singer who is a native of West Gore.

[6]Tracey Cameron,of Shubenacadie,is a world class Olympic rower

. [7]Captain William Scott (1846-1934)of Minasville, served in the American Civil War. Captain Scott was a master mariner, who later retired to a life of farming. A film on his life "The Mariner of Minasville premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival.

[8]1928 Olympic marathon runner,Silas MacLellan was a native of Noel.

Harry Smith of Shubenacadie was a well known tinsmith. Harry and his father, Watson were tinsmiths who patented the steel bottom milk can. Harry passed his shop on the Municipality of East Hants, and it is now operated as a museum.

W D Lawrence of Maitland was a shipbuilder who built Canada's largest wooden ship.

Joseph Phillip Kennedy, Q.C Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.- a native of Enfield, Hants County, NS (



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Coordinates: 45°3′N 63°45′W / 45.050°N 63.750°W / 45.050; -63.750