|Barrington / Shelburne|
|Towns||Shelburne / Lockeport / Clark's Harbour|
|Divided into District Municipalities||April 17, 1879|
South Shore—St. Margarets
|• Total||2,462.58 km2 (950.81 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.6/km2 (15/sq mi)|
|• Change 2011-16||1.9%|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-3 (ADT)|
|Median Income*||$40,514 CDN|
Shelburne County was founded in 1784 shortly following the influx of Loyalist settlers evacuated from the newly independent United States of America. It was originally named Port Roseway, until it became a very busy town and was considered to be the capital of Nova Scotia, in which the name was changed to Shelburne in an attempt to please Lord Shelburne, the British Prime Minister from 1782 to 1783. The boundaries of Shelburne County were established by Governor and Council on December 16, 1785.
The first Loyalists arrived in May 1783. They were faced with a somewhat bleak environment in which to make their homes. The land is very rocky with acidic soil. There is also a lot of forest.
The area had previously been settled by French-speaking Catholic Acadians, many of whom had been deported to British Colonies. The new arrivals included Black Loyalists who were given substandard land, particularly around Birchtown. In 1796 about 600 Jamaican Maroons were deported to this area of Nova Scotia as well.
In 1836 Shelburne County was divided into two separate and distinct counties with Yarmouth County being formed out of what had been part of Shelburne County.
As a census division in the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Shelburne County had a population of 13,704 living in 6,473 of its 7,904 total private dwellings, a change of -1.9% from its 2016 population of 13,966. With a land area of 2,462.58 km2 (950.81 sq mi), it had a population density of 5.6/km2 (14.4/sq mi) in 2021.
Mother tongue language (2011)
Ethnic Groups (2006)
- District municipalities
Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county boundary:
- James Bagnall
- John Alexander Barry
- John Brecken
- Mal Davis
- David George (Baptist)
- Jody Holden
- Asa McGray
- Nehemiah McGray
- Donald McKay
- Thomas Robertson
- Wishart McLea Robertson
- Nathaniel Whitworth White
- Gideon White
- "Profile table, Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population - Shelburne, County (CTY) [Census division], Nova Scotia". 9 February 2022.
- Chisholm, Cassidy (3 June 2023). "Historic wildfire in Shelburne County remains out of control, says premier". CBC News. Retrieved 3 June 2023.
- "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and census divisions". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
- Censuses 1871-1941
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
- Statistics Canada: 2011 census
- 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Shelburne County, Nova Scotia
- Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Page 89
- Photographs of historic monuments in Shelburne County
- Discover Shelburne County
- Shelburne County Today
- Western Counties Regional Library Website
- The Loyalist Link: The Forest and The Sea