Kingsburg, Nova Scotia
Kingsburg From Beach Hill
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|Highest elevation||119 m (390 ft)|
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|Canadian Postal code||B0J 2X0|
|Telephone Exchanges||764, 766|
Kingsburg is a village in Nova Scotia, Canada. The community is approximately 130 kilometers from Halifax Regional Municipality, 30 kilometers from Bridgewater and 25 kilometers from Lunenburg and now primarily a summer vacation and weekend getaway destination.
Kingsburg features two large beaches, Hirtle's Beach and Kingsburg Beach. There is also a protected cape which features hiking trails called Gaff Point. Kingsburg has three large and two smaller ponds that are popular for swimming.
King George lll issued a land grant of approximately 1350 acres to five foreign Protestant settlers, Leonard Hirtle, John Mossman, Peter Knack, Christian Hartman and John Kayser on July 5, 1787.
For many decades Kingsburg was mixed a fishing and farming community. By the mid twentieth century, with the widespread decline of small-scale Atlantic fishery, most fishing culture has disappeared. With little opportunity, the village's Foreign Protestant population collapsed and many of the buildings were abandoned and destroyed, leaving the village with only a few dozen full-time inhabitants. Today it is a quaint little summer hamlet with about 25 houses occupied full-time.
Housebuilding is active in the community, with the first wave of construction buying and restoring older houses. With the awe inspiring landscape inspiring creative designers and hard working tradesmen, new custom homes with beautiful views have been created for buyers. The evolution of Kingsburg into a vacation and retirement destination has had a positive impact on the population of this remote village. Today the area boasts a premium for house and land prices compared to nearby communities. A lot of new ground and roads have been opened for future development though about 80% of the houses are vacant during most of the year.
Much of the rural infrastructure for Upper and Lower Kingsburg is centered in Riverport, Nova Scotia. This includes Riverport Electric, the first municipal utility incorporated in Nova Scotia, the Riverport & District Fire Department, Riverport & District Community Center, Riverport Community School and Riverport Post Office. Rose Bay General Store offers a wide range of locally based goods and services. The best location for retail goods is Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and exceptional dining is available in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Like many coastal communities on Nova Scotia's South Shore, Kingsburg has experienced major growth over the past 20 years. However, there has been a wonderful balance between development and protection of ecologically important lands, primarily due to the efforts of the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy (KCC), a local land trust formed in 1995. With its objective of securing lands for conservation and public access it has successfully protected environmentally sensitive areas of the peninsula; the best known examples being Gaff Point and West Ironbound Island.
The Kingsburg Peninsula extends from Rose Bay, around the headlands of Rose Head, Hell Point and Gaff Point to the LaHave River estuary. The Greater Kingsburg Peninsula includes the defined area plus West Ironbound Island. Neighbouring areas to the Kingsburg Peninsula include Upper Kingsburg and Lower Rose Bay.
- Book 5,#53,page 45, Registry of Deeds, Municipality District of Lunenburg