Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Lower Sackville is located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is part of the urban area of Halifax .

First settled in August of 1749 by Captain John Gorham, acting on orders from Governor Edward Cornwallis to establish a military fort named Fort Sackville, Lower Sackville is now one of the fastest growing communities in Nova Scotia, and contains a mix of residential and commercial development in the Sackville River valley, immediately north of the former town of Bedford. Before amalgamation into the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996, Lower Sackville was an unincorporated part of Halifax County (2001 pop.: 27,941). This area of HRM experienced a 7% population growth rate between 1996-2001 (2006 pop.: approx. 35,000).

As a result of its unincorporated status before 1996, Lower Sackville and adjacent unincorporated communities such as Middle Sackville and Upper Sackville did not benefit from appropriate planning and are examples of urban sprawlFact|date=February 2007. The community's growth reflects its central location, near both Halifax and Dartmouth, with easy access to Highway 102 and Highway 101. Proximity to downtown Halifax and Burnside Industrial Park gives the suburbs of Lower Sackville the advantages of employment opportunities and services of a larger city, and is typical of most commuter communities experiencing growth in North America.

Recreational pursuits in the community revolve around sports fields at local schools and parks, as well as the Sackville Sports Stadium, which is equipped with two swimming pools, gymnasium, curling rink, and one of Lower Sackville's two ice hockey arenas. The majority of Lower Sackville's suburbs were built in the 1970s on the southern edge of First Lake which offers outdoor recreational opportunities. The Bedford-Sackville Connector Greenway is a crushed gravel covered trail running beside the Sackville River from the intersection of Cobequid Road and Sackville Drive to Bedford Place Mall. Prior to the opening of the trail in 2006, there was no easy way to walk from Sackville to Bedford. A provincial park reserve borders the northern edge of the community at Second Lake.

There is a variety of shopping available in the community, including Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, Canadian Tire, Cleves, Dollarama, Reitmans and Walmart. There are many independent, non-chain stores in the community as well.

There is no "fine dining" available in the commnuity, but all of the standard fast food is available, as well as many Chinese restaurants and pizza places.

The community hosts two high schools: Sackville High School and Millwood High School, along with a community run museum, Fultz House.

Districts of Lower Sackville

The following are the districts of Lower Sackville, their geographical location, and/or main road:

*East Sackville - First Lake Drive
*North Sackville - Stokil Drive and Armcrest
*West Sackville - Riverside Drive
*South Sackville - Between the lower half of Sackville Drive and Glendale Drive, also includes Chandler Peninsula
*Downtown - Upper half of Sackville Drive, close to Beaver Bank Road
*Olde Sackville - Old Sackville Road and Riverside Estates
*Sunnyvale - Sunnyvale Crescent
*Century Park
*Millwood Village - Millwood Drive
*Sackville Estates - Below Century Park, connected to Millwood
*Seawood - Seawood Avenue and Sackville Cross Roads
*Walker Area - Walker Avenue
*Industrial Park - Lower half of Cobequid Road and Glendale Avenue
*Cobequid - Upper half of Cobequid Road
*Stonemount - Stonemount Drive

Many consider the most prominent districts to be: East Sackville, Olde Sackville, Stonemount, and South Sackville's Chandler Peninsula.

Notable persons born in/from Lower Sackville

* Charles Fenerty, the inventor of newsprint made from wood pulp.
* James Sheppard, NHL player for the Minnesota Wild.
* Nikki Payne, award-winning stand-up comedienne and contestant on the 2006 edition of NBC television's reality show Last Comic Standing. Also, frequent juror on Much Music's show Video on Trial.
* Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins draft pick.
* Andrew Bush, of Picnicface Comedy
* Eric Boulton, NHL player for the Atlanta Thrashers.

External links

* [http://www.lowersackville.com/ Lower Sackville Home Page]
* [http://www.sackville.biz/ Sackville Community & Business Directory]
* [http://www.thestadium.ca/ Sackville Sports Stadium]
* [http://www.fultzhouse.ca/ Fultz House Museum] Subdivisions of Nova Scotia

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