Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Coordinates: 44°46′35″N 63°41′44″W / 44.77639°N 63.69556°W / 44.77639; -63.69556
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Lower Sackville
Aerial view of Lower Sackville
Aerial view of Lower Sackville
Map of Sackville planning area in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Map of Sackville planning area in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lower Sackville is located in Nova Scotia
Lower Sackville
Lower Sackville
Location of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°46′35″N 63°41′44″W / 44.77639°N 63.69556°W / 44.77639; -63.69556
Country Canada
ProvinceNova Scotia
CommunityLower Sackville
Municipal DistrictDistrict 15 (Lower Sackville)
Amalgamated with HalifaxApril 1, 1996
 • Total5.66 km2 (2.19 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
B4C, B4E, B4G
Area code(s)782, 902
Telephone Exchange252, 864, 865, 869

Lower Sackville is a suburban community of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Before European colonization in 1749, the Mi'kmaq lived in this area for thousands of years.

In August 1749, Captain John Gorham, acting on orders from Governor Edward Cornwallis to establish a military fort named Fort Sackville. (The community was named after George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville.[2]).

In the 1950s and 1960s it was a destination for Haligonians seeking entertainment at a drive-in cinema, a harness racing track (Sackville Downs), and an World War II bomber-plane ice cream parlour. Sackville Downs closed in 1986.

Lower Sackville experienced intensive suburban development from the 1970s onward due to new highway connections as well as a major development scheme by the Nova Scotia Housing Commission, later the Nova Scotia Department of Housing. Suburbanization contributed to a decline in agriculture in the community.

Before amalgamation into the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996, Lower Sackville was an unincorporated part of Halifax County.

On 1 April 1996, Halifax County was dissolved and all of its places (cities, suburbs, towns, and villages) became communities of a single-tier municipality named Halifax Regional Municipality.

Today, Lower Sackville is a bedroom community of Halifax home to many established businesses, parks, and places of interest.


According to the 2013 Halifax Regional Municipality Urban Forest Master Plan, the community of Lower Sackville covers approximately 566 ha (1,400 acres) of land area.[3]

Lower Sackville is east of Lucasville; north--north-east of Bedford; south-east of Middle Sackville; and south-west of Windsor Junction.

The community is located approximately 18 km (11 mi) from Downtown Dartmouth, approximately 27 km (17 mi) from Downtown Halifax, and approximately 25 km (16 mi) from Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Districts of Lower Sackville[edit]

The following are the districts of Lower Sackville, their geographical location, and/or main road:[4]

  • Cobequid - Upper half of Cobequid Road
  • Downtown - Upper half of Sackville Drive, close to Beaver Bank Road
  • East Sackville - First Lake Drive
  • Industrial Park - Lower half of Cobequid Road and Glendale Avenue
  • North Sackville - Stokil Drive and Armcrest
  • Olde Sackville - Old Sackville Road and Riverside Estates
  • Sackville Estates - Below Century Park, connected to Millwood
  • Seawood - Seawood Avenue
  • South Sackville - Between the lower half of Sackville Drive and Glendale Drive, also includes Chandler Peninsula
  • Stonemount - Stonemount Drive
  • Sunnyvale - Sunnyvale Crescent
  • West Sackville - Riverside Drive
  • Walker Area - Walker Avenue

Some neighbourhoods of Lower Sackville are also known by their tendency to use street names starting with the same letter:

  • "C" Section: Cavalier Dr, Cavendish Dr, Cartier Cres, Cabot Cres, Crimson Dr
  • "L" Section: Lennox Dr, Lumsden Cres, Lynville Dr, Lydgate Dr
  • "N" Section: Nordic Cres, Neilly Dr, Nappan Dr, Newcombe Dr, Nictaux Dr
  • "P" Section: Polara Dr, Polara Ct, Phoenix Cres
  • "Q" Section: Quaker Cres, Quinn Dr, Queens Ct
  • "R" Section: Rogers Dr, Rankin Dr, Riverside Dr, Rothesay Ct
  • "S" Section: Smokey Dr, Stokil Dr, Sampson Dr, Saratoga Dr, Saturn Dr, Spinner Cres, Sappire Cres

Other streets are named after the Fathers of Canadian confederation: Brown, Cartier, Chandler, Chapais, Cockburn, Coles, Dickie, Haviland, Howland, Johnson, Langevin, MacDougall, McGee, Mowat, Nelson, Pope, Shea, Steeves, Tache, Tilley, Tilloch, and Wilmot.

Parks and recreation[edit]


  • Sackville Community Arena
  • Sackville Sports Stadium

Community centres

  • Acadia Centre
  • Kinsmen Community Centre
  • Sackville Heights Community Centre


  • Sackville Public Library



  • Acadia Park
  • Sackville Lakes Provincial Park


  • Sackville Sports Stadium


  • Bedford-Sackville Connector


The only demographic information that pertains to Lower Sackville is provided by Halifax Regional Council, and pertains to District 15 (Lower Sackville). District 15 (Lower Sackville) has 21,379 people living within its boundaries.[6] However, the community itself does not have any recent demographic information.


Lower Sackville has experienced ribbon/strip-style commercial development along Trunk 1 since the 1960s. Current retail chains include Canadian Tire, Cleve's Sporting Goods, Dollarama, Giant Tiger, Sobeys, and Atlantic Superstore. There are numerous independent restaurants-and-retailers located in this area as well. Most of the restaurants in the area are of the fast food variety, as well as other establishments that serve various cuisines.


The community is located northwest of the Halifax-Dartmouth urban core. Highway 101, Highway 102, Route 354, and Trunk 1 (called Sackville Drive within Lower Sackville) are highways that connect the community to the rest of the urban area, or beyond.

Lower Sackville is serviced by many Halifax Transit routes. The agency operates two transit terminals in the community: Cobequid Terminal in the south, and Sackville Terminal in the north.[7]

Halifax Transit routes

  • Route 8 (Sackville)
  • Route 82 (First Lake)
  • Route 83 (Springfield)
  • Route 84 (Glendale)
  • Route 85 (Millwood)
  • Route 86 (Beaver Bank)
  • Route 87 (Sackville-Dartmouth)
  • Route 88 (Bedford Commons)
  • Route 93 (Bedford Highway)
  • Route 182 (First Lake Express)
  • Route 183 (Springfield Express)
  • Route 185 (Millwood Express)
  • Route 186 (Beaver Bank Express)


Lower Sackville has nine schools including five elementary schools, three junior high schools, and one high school. They are all administered by the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.

Elementary schools

  • Caudle Park Elementary
  • Cavalier Drive School
  • Hillside Park Elementary
  • Smokey Drive Elementary
  • Sycamore Lane Elementary

Junior high schools

  • A.J. Smeltzer Junior High
  • Leslie Thomas Junior High
  • Sackville Heights Junior High

High schools

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Halifax Regional Municipality Urban Forest Master Plan" (PDF). halifax.ca. Government of the Municipality of Halifax. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Nova Scotia Archives - Error". 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Halifax Regional Municipality Urban Forest Master Plan" (PDF). halifax.ca. Government of the Municipality of Halifax. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2016-11-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Welcome to Fultz House". fultzhouse.ca. Fultz House Museum. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Districts & Councillors". halifax.ca. Government of the Municipality of Halifax, Halifax Regional Council. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Routes & Schedules". halifax.ca. Government of the Municipality of Halifax/Halifax Transit. Retrieved 6 August 2022.