Digby County, Nova Scotia

Digby County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Digby County

Comté de Digby  (French)
Location of Digby County, Nova Scotia
Location of Digby County, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°18′N 65°48′W / 44.3°N 65.8°W / 44.3; -65.8Coordinates: 44°18′N 65°48′W / 44.3°N 65.8°W / 44.3; -65.8
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Clare / Digby
IncorporatedApril 17, 1879
Electoral Districts      

West Nova
ProvincialDigby-Annapolis / Clare
 • Land2,515.23 km2 (971.14 sq mi)
 • Total17,323
 • Density6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)
 • Change 2011-16
 • Census Rankings
 - District municipalities
 - Towns
 - Reserves
 Bear River 6
8,813 (431 of 5,008)
7,986 (458 of 5,008)

2,092 (2,074 of 5,008)

101 (4,415 of 5,008)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Area code(s)902
Median Income*$38,284 CDN
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)


It was named after the Township of Digby; this was named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby, who dispatched HMS Atalanta to convey Loyalists from New York City in the spring of 1783 to Conway, which became known as Digby, as part of their evacuation and resettlement following the American Revolutionary War. The Crown resettled thousands of Loyalists in Nova Scotia and other areas of Canada. Digby County was established in 1837. Previously, from August 17, 1759, when Nova Scotia was first divided into counties, this area had been part of Annapolis County.

In 1861, Digby County was divided into two sessional districts: Digby and Clare. These were eventually incorporated as district municipalities in 1879.

In addition to these two district municipalities, the county contains the Town of Digby and part of the Bear River Indian (First Nations) reserve. Also, there is Digby Neck leading into the Bay of Fundy to Long Island and Brier Island.


As a census division in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Digby County recorded a population of 17,323 living in 8,043 of its 9,927 total private dwellings, a change of -4% from its 2011 population of 18,036. With a land area of 2,516.43 km2 (971.60 sq mi), it had a population density of 6.9/km2 (17.8/sq mi) in 2016.[3]


District municipalities

Access routesEdit

Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county boundary:[8]


The county's history is preserved at the Admiral Digby Museum as well as several community museums.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Digby County, Nova Scotia". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  2. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  3. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Censuses 1871-1941
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 2011 census
  7. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Digby County, Nova Scotia
  8. ^ Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 76-77, 84-85