Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia

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Windsor Junction
Community Statistics
Area 3.6 [[km2]]
Population 1224 *
Year Founded 1858
Governing Council
Halifax Regional Council
Community Council
Marine Drive Valley & Canal
Other Information
Postal Code FSA Range B2T
Telephone exchanges (902) - 576, 860, 861
Adjacent Counties
Lunenburg, Guysbourgh
Atlantic Ocean
Nova Scotia Counties
Annapolis, Antigonish, Cape Breton, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby, Guysbourgh, Lunenburg, Halifax, Hants, Inverness, Kings, Pictou, Queens, Richmond, Shelburne, Victoria, Yarmouth
* According to StatCan Census Year 2001
Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia
Windsor Junction in Nova Scotia

Windsor Junction (2001 pop.: 1,224) is a Canadian suburban community in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality. It is located 15.6 km (9.7 mi) north west of the HRM urban core and 3 km (1.9 mi) north of the Bedford Basin near the communities of Waverley, Fall River and Lower Sackville.

Railway history[edit]

Dominion Atlantic Railway train at Windsor Junction

The name of the community was established by the Nova Scotia Railway (NSR) in 1858 after a railway junction was located between Second and Third Lakes, north of the Bedford Basin. This junction was where the line from Halifax split into lines to Truro and Windsor. Another railway line was built from Dartmouth to Windsor Junction in 1896.

The NSR and its railway stations were primarily built by Irish and German settlers in the area. With Nova Scotia's entry into Confederation in 1867, ownership of the NSR passed from the provincial government to the federal government, which folded it into the Intercolonial Railway (ICR). The line to Windsor was leased in 1871 to the Windsor & Annapolis Railway, which became part of the Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) in 1894. The ICR built the railway line from Windsor Junction to Dartmouth in 1896 and the ICR became part of Canadian Government Railways in 1915, which was then folded into the Canadian National Railways (CNR) in 1918. In 1912 the DAR was purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

In 1994, CPR sold the DAR and the line from Windsor Junction to Windsor became part of the Windsor and Hantsport Railway (WHR). CN's mainline from Halifax-Truro and its branch from Windsor Junction to Dartmouth are still used daily, while the WHR used the line from Windsor Junction to Windsor on a less-frequent schedule, until about 2012 when it closed. Via Rail's Ocean passenger service passes through the community 6 days per week.



  • Number of Dwellings - 385


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Coordinates: 44°47′21″N 63°38′32″W / 44.78917°N 63.64222°W / 44.78917; -63.64222