Port Williams, Nova Scotia

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Port Williams
Official seal of Port Williams
Motto: A Progressive Community
Port Williams is located in Nova Scotia
Port Williams
Port Williams
Location of Port Williams in Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°05′52″N 64°24′34″W / 45.09778°N 64.40944°W / 45.09778; -64.40944Coordinates: 45°05′52″N 64°24′34″W / 45.09778°N 64.40944°W / 45.09778; -64.40944
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Kings County
Founded 1760
Incorporated 1951
 • Chair Lewis Benedict
 • Governing Body Port Williams Village Commission
Highest elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,120[1]
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code B0P 1T0
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchange 542
Website www.portwilliams.com
  • Median household income, 2005 ($) (all households)

Port Williams is a Canadian village in Kings County, Nova Scotia. It is located on the north bank of the Cornwallis River. The village is named in honour of Sir William Fenwick Williams, who fought in the Siege of Kars (which is the namesake of Kars Street, Port Williams). Williams became the first post Canadian Confederation Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. As of 2016, the population was 1,120.[2]

The modernist post office in Port Williams

The village is located on the Cornwallis River, which was named after Edward Cornwallis, first governor of Nova Scotia.[3] In the days of sailing the river was used extensively to bring ships into the port to transport apples, lumber and potatoes, to be shipped to the world market, specifically Great Britain.[3] In 1972 the government gave $100,000 to renovate the wharf. Three years later the widest ship to dock at Port Williams brought a load of soybean meal to the port from Chicago.[3]

On the sides of the Cornwallis River are the dykes that were created by the Acadians, beginning in the late 1600s. These dykes protect valuable farm land that is used by the local agriculture industry every year, and is considered very productive farm land.

The village is home to Port Williams Elementary School, located on Belcher Street. The school was built in 1966, and includes a gymnasium, modern music room and many class rooms.[4]

Local attractions[edit]

The Port Pub on Kars Street/Terrys Creek Road was founded by residents of the village for a place to gather and have a drink.[5] The pub prides itself on using only local suppliers, with some only 5 km away from the pub.[5]

The Fox Hill cheese house is located very close to Port Williams. It was founded in 2004 by a local dairy farmer, and has since grown to become a very well known cheese producer.[6] It uses fresh milk to make cheese, yogurt,and gelato.[6]



  1. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Port Williams [Population centre], Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  2. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Port Williams [Population centre], Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  3. ^ a b c User, Super. "Village of Port Williams - Our History". www.portwilliams.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Home | Port Williams Elementary School". www.pwes.ednet.ns.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b User, Super. "The Port Pub - About Us". www.theportpub.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "About Fox Hill Cheese House". www.foxhillcheesehouse.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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