Guysborough County, Nova Scotia

Coordinates: 45°18′N 61°48′W / 45.3°N 61.8°W / 45.3; -61.8
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Guysborough County
Location of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia
Location of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°18′N 61°48′W / 45.3°N 61.8°W / 45.3; -61.8
ProvinceNova Scotia
Guysborough / St. Mary's
Divided into District MunicipalitiesApril 17, 1879
Electoral Districts      

Central Nova / Cape Breton—Canso
ProvincialGuysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie
 • Land4,037.16 km2 (1,558.76 sq mi)
 • Total7,373
 • Density1.8/km2 (5/sq mi)
 • Change 2016-21
 • Census Rankings
 - District municipalities
 St. Mary's
 - Town
4,681 (721 of 5,008)
2,587 (1,110 of 5,008)

879 (2,234 of 5,008)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Area code902
Median Income*$34,894
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Guysborough County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.


Taking its name from the Township of Guysborough, which was named in honour of Sir Guy Carleton, Guysborough County was created when Sydney County (Antigonish County) was divided in 1836.

Guysborough County has had a large Black population since 1784.[3] The Black Nova Scotian community in Guysborough is unique in that they descend almost entirely from Black Loyalists. In 1872, there were 918 residents of African ancestry in Guysborough.[4]

In 1840, Guysborough County was subdivided into two districts for court sessisonal purposes – Guysborough and St. Mary's. In 1863, the boundary between Halifax County and Guysborough County was altered and a polling district was added to Guysborough County. In 1879, the two districts were incorporated as district municipalities.

The last racially segregated school in Canada closed in 1983 in Guysborough County.[5]


As a census division in the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Guysborough County had a population of 7,373 living in 3,559 of its 4,897 total private dwellings, a change of -3.3% from its 2016 population of 7,625. With a land area of 4,037.16 km2 (1,558.76 sq mi), it had a population density of 1.8/km2 (4.7/sq mi) in 2021.[6]


District municipalities

Access routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Profile table, Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population - Digby, County (CTY) [Census division], Nova Scotia". 9 February 2022.
  2. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  3. ^ "Black Loyalists of Guysborough County". Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  4. ^ Rawlyk, G. A. (1968). "The Guysborough Negroes: A Study in Isolation". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Racial Segregation of Black Students in Canadian Schools | The Canadian Encyclopedia".
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and census divisions". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  7. ^ Censuses 1871-1941
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  9. ^ Statistics Canada: 2011 census
  10. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: GuysboroughCounty, Nova Scotia
  11. ^ Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 56, 70-73, 83

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