LaHave River

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Country Canada
Basin features
River mouth Atlantic Ocean
sea level
Basin size 1,700 km2 (660 sq mi)[1]
Physical characteristics
Length 97 km (60 mi)
Fort Point Museum, LaHave, Nova Scotia
An intrepid at rest in Riverport
A postcard showing King Street

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.

Briefly a haven of pirates in the French era, 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.[2] 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, Volume 1, p. 152
  2. ^ "LaHave Watershed - Community Profile". Community Counts. Province of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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