West River, Prince Edward Island

West River is a rural municipality in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island within Queens County.

West River
Rural Municipality of West River
West River, Prince Edward Island is located in Prince Edward Island
West River, Prince Edward Island
West River in Prince Edward Island
Coordinates: 46°10′01″N 63°18′00″W / 46.167°N 63.300°W / 46.167; -63.300
ProvincePrince Edward Island
CountyQueens County
Incorporated (community)[1]1974
Incorporated (rural municipality)[2]January 1, 2018
Amalgamated[2]September 1, 2020
 • Total741
Time zoneAST
 • Summer (DST)ADT
Area code902
Telephone Exchange675

History edit

The Municipality of West River was originally incorporated in 1974.[1] It incorporated as a rural municipality on January 1, 2018.[2] On September 1, 2020, the Rural Municipality of West River amalgamated with the rural municipalities of Afton, Bonshaw, Meadowbank, and New Haven-Riverdale.[2] The amalgamated municipality was named the Rural Municipality of West River.[3]

Geography edit

Prior to the amalgamation, localities within West River included Canoe Cove, Long Creek, New Argyle, and St. Catherines.[1]

Demographics edit

Federal census population history of West River
Source: Statistics Canada[4]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, West River had a population of 3,473 living in 1,351 of its 1,774 total private dwellings, a change of 11.7% from its 2016 population of 3,110. With a land area of 121.62 km2 (46.96 sq mi), it had a population density of 28.6/km2 (74.0/sq mi) in 2021.[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "PlaceFinder: West River, Prince Edward Island". Government of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names: From January 2nd, 2016 to January 1st, 2021" (PDF). Statistics Canada. November 17, 2021. pp. 24–25. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Kerry Campbell (August 17, 2020). "P.E.I. cabinet approves West River amalgamation". CBC News. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Prince Edward Island". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved March 3, 2022.