Sissiboo River

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The Sissiboo River is a river located in Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The origins of the name "Sissiboo" are not known. The most credible is a derivation from the Mi'kmaq word for river, "Seboo."[1] Local lore offers a second explanation derived from the French for six owls "six hibou". On the day a party from Champlain's settlement first found the river they had seen six owls, and named the river after the sighting. In French, six hibou is pronounced seese eebou, with the letter h silent, a perfect sound match to Sissiboo. Nearby Moose River and Bear River also have names of French origin.

The river flows out of a chain of lakes near the border with Annapolis County, named respectively, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Lakes. The Sissiboo River follows a winding course, draining a large area and passing through the former lumbering communities of Weymouth Falls and Weymouth Mills.

The Sissiboo becomes tidal at Weymouth and its estuary is called Weymouth Harbour. Trunk 1 crosses the river in Weymouth. An inactive Dominion Atlantic Railway bridge was demolished in 2012. Further downstream, Highway 101 crosses near the fishing community of New Edinburgh. The river empties into St. Mary's Bay.

The river currently is obstructed by four dams, three of which are used to generate hydroelectricity: Weymouth Falls, Sissiboo Falls and Fourth Lake.[2]

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  1. ^ Frame, E. 1892. A List of Micmac Names of Places, Rivers, Etc., in Nova Scotia. Cambridge: J. Wilson and Son.
  2. ^ Dams and Hydro Plants in Canada. International Water Power and Dam Construction, 1 January 2003.

Sissiboo does come from the Mi'kmaq language. It comes from the 2 words Sis't Sipu'l. sipu is river, sipu'l is rivers, sis't is 3. It means 3 rivers

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Coordinates: 44°24′44.6″N 66°0′21.2″W / 44.412389°N 66.005889°W / 44.412389; -66.005889