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Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Coordinates: 44°44′02″N 63°46′32″W / 44.73389°N 63.77556°W / 44.73389; -63.77556
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Hammonds Plains
Suburban Community
Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia
Location within Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°44′02″N 63°46′32″W / 44.73389°N 63.77556°W / 44.73389; -63.77556
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
CommunityHammonds Plains
Municipal DistrictDistrict 13 (Hammonds Plains-St. Margaret's)
 • Total33.31 km2 (12.86 sq mi)
Area code902

Hammonds Plains is a suburban area of the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada, located 20 km northwest of Downtown Halifax.


Hammonds Plains was established as a settlement for United Empire Loyalists in 1786 along a road running from Birch Cove on Bedford Basin to St. Margaret's Bay. Landowners voted to name the road after the popular outgoing Lt. Governor Andrew Snape Hamond.[2] Further settlers arrived with disbanded soldiers from the Napoleonic Wars and Black Refugees from the War of 1812. The settlement was also the eastern end of the Old Annapolis Road intended to create a settled corridor and transportation link between Halifax and Annapolis Royal. While the Annapolis Road never developed, settlement opened up the a modest amount of viable farmland and more significantly developed many saw mills.

During the 1950s, Hammonds Plains was a potential location for a new international airport for Halifax, where the airport would've been constructed between the present day Glen Arbour Subdivision and Lucasville. The airport was ultimately built in Goffs, just south of Enfield, Nova Scotia.


The Government of Nova Scotia defines Hammonds Plains as adjacent to Bedford-and-Lucasville to the east; Upper Sackville-and-Middle Sackville to the north; Stillwater Lake, Timberlea, and Upper Tantallon to the south; and Upper Hammonds Plains to the west.[3] The community is situated along the isthmus of the Chebucto Peninsula with its centre located along Highway 213 (Hammonds Plains Road).

The Hammonds Plains region is rich in small lakes and is a dormitory area for Halifax. Many homes lie on large unserviced lots, except in the Kingswood subdivision where 90% of the units have municipal water service and along the Hammonds Plains Road itself where there are several small businesses involved in automobile repair, waste management, physiotherapy clinics, and other maintenance activities. The population grew rapidly in the 1990s, particularly in subdivisions at the western end of the Hammonds Plains Road. Halifax's water comes from Pockwock Lake which lies north of Hammonds Plains. The landmass of Hammonds Plains is approximately 3,331 ha (8,230 acres).[4]

Residential subdivisions[edit]

  • Brookline
  • Cedarwood
  • Glen Arbour
  • Highland Park
  • Kingswood
  • Kingswood North
  • Maplewood
  • Perry Pond
  • Uplands Park
  • Voyageur Lakes
  • White Hills


  • Glen Arbour Golf Course, an 18-hole private championship golf course that hosts many tournaments, including the 2005 LPGA Canadian Women’s Open and the Telus World Skins Game in 2012.
  • Hatfield Farm, a venue that contains a petting zoo and horseback riding, and is a popular spot for weddings and other functions. In 2021 and 2023 it was the site of Splashifax, a large inflatable water park.
  • Atlantic Splash Adventure, a water park containing nine slides and several flat rides

An annual cycling event called Close To Home: The Tour of Hammonds Plains links the earliest settled areas with the new subdivisions.


Hammonds Plains is a well-established community—however—the demographic information available from Statistics Canada pertains to the settled area ("retired population centre") of Hammonds Plains Road, not the community of Hammonds Plains.[clarification needed]

The settled area ("retired population centre") of Hammonds Plains Road had a population of 1,819 people living in 595 of its 602 total private dwellings as of 2021, a decrease of -2.2% from 1,859 people in 2016. Hammonds Plains Road had a population density of 572 people per km2.[5] Including the subdivisions the population is approximately 12,000.


Halifax Transit's route 433 serves Hammonds Plains.[6] This route travels from Tantallon, passes through Hammonds Plains, and continues to the Lacewood Terminal in Clayton Park. At Lacewood Terminal, passengers can transfer to buses destined for other areas of Halifax.


Schools that service residents of Hammonds Plains include:

Services Blue Mountain Estates, Kingswood, and Kingswood North

Services Cedarwood, Glen Arbour, Highland Park, Maplewood, and White Hills

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Hammonds Plains". hammondsplainshistoricalsociety.ca. Hammonds Plains Historical Society. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  2. ^ Hamond, Andrew Snape, Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  3. ^ "NSCAF Civic Address Finder". Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "History of Hammonds Plains". hammondsplainshistoricalsociety.ca. Hammonds Plains Historical Society. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  6. ^ "Routes & Schedules". halifax.ca. Government of the Municipality of Halifax. Retrieved 3 August 2022.