Municipality of the District of Argyle

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District municipality
Municipality of the District of Argyle
Flag of Argyle
Official seal of Argyle
Motto: Industry
Location of the Municipality of the District of Argyle
Location of the Municipality of the District of Argyle
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Yarmouth
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts     

West Nova
Provincial Argyle-Barrington
 • Type Argyle Municipal Council
 • Municipal Seat Tusket
 • Warden Richard Donaldson
 • Deputy Warden Danny Muise
 • Councillors
 • MLA
Chris d'Entremont (PC)
Colin Fraser (L)
 • Land 1,528.17 km2 (590.03 sq mi)
Population (2016)[2][1]
 • Total 7,899
 • Density 5.2/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Change 2011-16 Decrease4.3%
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 3,821
Median Income* $49,898 CDN
Website Official website
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Argyle, officially named the Municipality of the District of Argyle, is a district municipality in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Statistics Canada classifies the district municipality as a municipal district.

The district municipality occupies the eastern portion of the county and is one of three municipal units - the other two being the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth. Argyle is a bilingual community, in which native speakers of English and French each account for about half of the population. As of 2016, 60% of the population speaks both French and English; one of the highest rates of bilingualism in Canada.[3]


Originally inhabited by the Mi'kmaq, it was called "Bapkoktek".[4] In 1766, after his service in the French and Indian Wars, Lt. Ranald MacKinnon was given a land grant of 2,000 acres (8.1 km2). He called it Argyle (Argyll) because he was reminded of his previous home in the Highlands of Scotland.[4] The township was granted in 1771.[4]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Municipality of the District of Argyle recorded a population of 7,899 living in 3,362 of its 3,821 total private dwellings, a change of −4.3% from its 2011 population of 8,252. With a land area of 1,528.17 km2 (590.03 sq mi), it had a population density of 5.2/km2 (13.4/sq mi) in 2016.[5]


  • No certificate, diploma or degree: 41.64%
  • High school certificate: 16.38%
  • Apprenticeship or trade certificate or diploma: 14.16%
  • Community college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma: 19.36%
  • University certificate or diploma: 8.40%

Unemployment rate:

  • 10.7%

Average house value:

  • $147,574


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses". Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  2. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 censuses - 100% data
  3. ^ Western Regional Enterprise Network
  4. ^ a b c Brown, Thomas J. Place-names of the Province of Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Royal Print & Litho. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Argyle Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  7. ^ Statistics Canada National Household Survey, for Municipality of Yarmouth, 2011 census - 100% data
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  9. ^ Town of Yarmouth (January 10, 2008). Municipal Planning Strategy (Report). Town of Yarmouth. p. 7. 

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Coordinates: 43°48′00″N 65°51′00″W / 43.800°N 65.850°W / 43.800; -65.850 (Argyle)