LaHave River

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LaHave River Ferry.JPG
Country Canada
Physical characteristics
River mouth Atlantic Ocean
sea level
Length 97 km (60 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 1,700 km2 (660 sq mi)[1]

The LaHave River is a 97 km (60 mi) river in Nova Scotia, Canada, running from its source in Annapolis County to the Atlantic Ocean. Along its way, it splits the communities of LaHave and Riverport and runs along the Fairhaven Peninsula and bisects the town of Bridgewater flowing into the LaHave River estuary .

The river and various spots in the area were named after Cap de la Hève, in France, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Monts in 1604. The name was later anglicized to LaHave.


During the American Revolution, on March 18, 1780, the Lunenburg militia secured the American prisoners taken from the Kitty on the LaHave River. They took the vessel back to Lunenburg and sold it.[2] A month later, on 15 April 1780, the Lunenburg militia (35 men) and the British brigantine John and Rachael captured an American Privateer prize, also named Sally, off LaHave River, Nova Scotia.[3] During the seizure, the privateers killed the head of the Militia (McDonald) and wounded two of the crew members of the John and Rachael.[4][5]

On 1 September 1780, The Brig Observer under the command of John Crymes ran two small American privateer schooners - Dolphin and Dispatch - into the shore at LaHave. The crew of both vessels escaped through the woods.[6]

The river later became a major lumbering and shipbuilding centre. The numerous large vessels constructed along the river include the famous clipper ship Stag. The river has since become a popular area for salmon fishing, attracting fisherman from mid-May to early July. According to estimates by the Province of Nova Scotia, there are 21,907 people resident within the LaHave watershed in 2011.[7] Coordinates: 44°22′2.1″N 64°28′47.1″W / 44.367250°N 64.479750°W / 44.367250; -64.479750


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  1. ^ Natural History of Nova Scotia Archived 2003-06-07 at the Wayback Machine., Volume 1, p. 152
  2. ^ p. 224
  3. ^ The Sally was a prize recently capture by the American privateer General Stark under the command Captain James Pearson on 27 March 1780. The American privateer and her prize got separated in a storm, with the prize ending up at the mouth of the LaHave River.
  4. ^ pp. 310-311
  5. ^ American vessels captured by the British during the American Revolution, pp. 71-72
  6. ^
  7. ^ "LaHave Watershed - Community Profile". Community Counts. Province of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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