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Lower Sackville

Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia

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


First settled in August 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 sprawl[citation needed]. The community's growth reflects its central location, near both Halifax and Dartmouth, with easy access to Highway 102, Highway 101 and Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Proximity to downtown Halifax and Burnside and Bayers Lake Industrial Parks 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.

Lower Sackville has experienced ribbon/strip-style commercial development along Highway 1 since the 1960s. Current retail chains include Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, Canadian Tire, Cleve's Sporting Goods, Dollarama and Reitmans. There are numerous independent retailers located in this area as well. Tom's Restaurant and Chef's Menu, both on Sackville Drive, are currently the only "fine dining" available in Lower Sackville. Most of the restaurants in the area are of the fast food variety, in addition to others offering Chinese-Canadian food and pizza.


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 Lower Sackville to Bedford. A provincial park reserve borders the northern edge of the community at Second Lake.


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
  • Walker Area - Walker Avenue
  • Industrial Park - Lower half of Cobequid Road and Glendale Avenue
  • Cobequid - Upper half of Cobequid Road
  • Stonemount - Stonemount Drive

Some neighbourhoods of Lower Sackville are also known by their tendency to use street names starting with the same letter:

  • "S" Section: Smokey Dr, Stokil Dr, Sampson Dr, Saratoga Dr, Saturn Dr, Spinner Cres, Sappire Cres
  • "N" Section: Nordic Cres, Neilly Dr, Nappan Dr, Newcombe Dr, Nictaux Dr
  • "L" Section: Lennox Dr, Lumsden Cres, Lynville Dr, Lydgate Dr
  • "C" Section: Cavalier Dr, Cavendish Dr, Cartier Cres, Cabot Cres, Crimson Dr
  • "P" Section: Polara Dr, Polara Ct, Phoenix Cres
  • "Q" Section: Quaker Cres, Quinn Dr, Queens Ct
  • "R" Section: Rogers Dr, Rankin Dr, Riverside Dr, Rothesay Ct

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