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Encyclopedia > Windsor, Nova Scotia
St. John's Church in Windsor, Nova Scotia. It was designed by William Critchlow Harris and completed in 1898.
St. John's Church in Windsor, Nova Scotia. It was designed by William Critchlow Harris and completed in 1898.

Windsor is a small town located in central Nova Scotia at the junction of the Avon and St. Croix Rivers. It is the largest community in western Hants County with a 2001 population of 3,778 and was at one time the shire town of the county. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (562x750, 377 KB) St. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (562x750, 377 KB) St. ... St. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit (Latin: One defends and the other conquers) Official languages none (English, French, Gaelic) Flower Trailing arbutus Tree Red Spruce Bird Osprey Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 11 10 Area... The Avon River is a small Canadian river in central Nova Scotia. ... Hants County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. ... A shire town is another term for county seat or county town, meaning the place a countys government is based. ...


Windsor is 66 kilometres northwest of Halifax, approximately 20 kilometres from the eastern end of the Annapolis Valley. Windsor used to be a railway junction for the Dominion Atlantic Railway where a route to Truro joined with the mainline between Halifax and Yarmouth. Motto: Template:Unhide = E Mari Merces (Wealth from the Sea) Logo: Location City Information Established: April 1, 1996 Area: (former city) 79. ... Annapolis Valley is a valley in western Nova Scotia, formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the Bay of Fundy. ... The Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) was a historic Canadian railway which ran in the northwestern part of Nova Scotia, primarily through an agricultural district known as the Annapolis Valley. ... One of Truros tree sculptures Truro (2001 population 11,457; area population 44,276) is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. ... Location of Yarmouth within Nova Scotia. ...


Today the community is a local service centre and nucleus of the West Hants Municipal District. West Hants Municipal District is a district located in Nova Scotia,Canada. ...


Fundy Gypsum, a mining company operating gypsum mines just east of town, is a major employer in the region. Southwestern Nova Scotia's only alpine ski hill is located 3 kilometres up the Avon River valley from Windsor at Martock. Gypsum is a very soft mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, with the chemical formula CaSO4·2H2O. // Heating gypsum to between 100°C and 150°C (302°F) partially dehydrates the mineral by driving off exactly 75% of the water contained in its chemical structure. ... sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... Martock is a ski resort in the mountains of Hants County, Nova Scotia. ...

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History of Windsor

The region encompassing present day Windsor was originally known as Pesaquid, a Mi'kmaq term meaning "Junction of Waters". This name referred to the confluence of the Avon and St. Croix rivers, which flow into the Minas Basin. Minas Basin is the eastern arm of the Bay of Fundy. ...


The French were the first to settle in the area around 1685. British first settled in 1749. They built Fort Edward in 1750, which later burned down except for its wooden blockhouse. That blockhouse is now the last of its kind in Canada and is a major tourist attraction in Windsor. Events February 6 - James Stuart, Duke of York becomes King James II of England and Ireland and King James VII of Scotland. ... Events While in debtors prison, John Cleland writes Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure). ... Fort Edward is a National Historic Site in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada. ... Events March 2 - Small earthquake in London, England April 4 - Small earthquake in Warrington, England August 23 - Small earthquake in Spalding, England September 30 - Small earthquake in Northampton, England November 16 – Westminster Bridge officially opened Jonas Hanway is the first Englishman to use an umbrella James Gray reveals her sex...


The Township of Windsor was founded in 1764, and the next year, its first Agricultural Fair was held. This fair is still continued today, and is actually the oldest and longest-running such fair in North America. 1764 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


The University of King's College and its secondary school, King's Collegiate School, were founded in 1788-1789 by United Empire Loyalists as Anglican academic institutions. The college remained in the community until a disastrous fire on February 3, 1920. In 1922 it moved to Halifax, with the assistance of the Carnegie Foundation and continues to this day. The Kings Quad in a Halifax spring fog. ... Kings-Edgehill School is a Canadian independent university preparatory school located in the town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. ... 1788 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1789 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The name United Empire Loyalists is given to those British Loyalists who resettled in British North America and other British Colonies as an act of fealty to King George III after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 3 - Babe Ruth is traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Carnegie Foundation is named after Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American idealist and industrial magnate, whose generous gift made it possible to carry out plans for the construction of the Peace Palace in 1903, the year in which it was founded. ...


The King's Collegiate School continued operation on the campus and was joined by a sister girls school, 'Edgehill School', in 1890. In 1976 both institutions merged to form King's-Edgehill School, and remains the oldest independent (ie. private) school in the Commonwealth outside of the United Kingdom. 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Kings-Edgehill School is a Canadian independent university preparatory school located in the town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states, the majority of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom. ...


Thomas Chandler Haliburton brought fame to Windsor during the 1800s with his writings about a clockmaker named Sam Slick. Thomas Chandler Haliburton Thomas Chandler Haliburton (December 17, 1796 - August 27, 1865) was one of the first major Canadian authors. ... Events and Trends Beginning of the Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815). ... Sam Slick was the pseudonym of Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a Canadian judge and author. ...


In 1878, Windsor was officially incorporated as a town. Its harbour made the town a centre for shipping and shipbuilding during the age of sail, and it was one of Nova Scotia's major port communities following the completion of the Nova Scotia Railway's line from Halifax in 1857, giving that city access to the Bay of Fundy shipping routes. 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Nova Scotia Railway was incorporated March 31, 1853 to build railway lines from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Pictou, Nova Scotia by way of Truro, Nova Scotia, from Halifax to Victoria Beach (near Digby, Nova Scotia by way of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and from Truro, Nova Scotia to the border... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The Bay of Fundy (French: ) is a bay located on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine. ...


Over the course of its history, Windsor was victim to two disastrous fires, on October 17, 1897, and January 6, 1924, both of which destroyed part of the town. October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In 1970, the construction of a flood-control causeway carrying Nova Scotia Highway 101 and the Dominion Atlantic Railway across the Avon River closed Windsor off from shipping and has affected navigation in the Avon River downstream from the causeway due to excessive siltation. Highway 101 is scheduled to be upgraded to a 4-lane expressway in the future and there have been discussions about replacing the causeway with railroad and highway bridges to improve water flow. Today, the Avon River on the upstream side of the causeway which is obstructed from freely flowing into the Bay of Fundy is called 'Lake Pisiquid'. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Highway 101 is a highway in Nova Scotia that runs from the southwest end of the province Yarmouth up to the central part of the province Halifax. ... The Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) was a historic Canadian railway which ran in the northwestern part of Nova Scotia, primarily through an agricultural district known as the Annapolis Valley. ... The Avon River is a small Canadian river in central Nova Scotia. ... An expressway is a divided highway, usually 4 lanes or wider. ...


Ice Hockey

Windsor maintains a claim as the birthplace of ice hockey, based upon evidence of boys from King's Collegiate School playing "hurley" or a hockey-like derivative of this game, on the frozen waters of 'Long Pond' adjacent to the school's campus during the early 1800s. Students from King's-Edgehill School still play hockey on "Long Pond", the Cradle of Hockey, located at the farm of Howard Dill. Windsor also boasts the oldest hockey arena in Canada, the Stannus Street Rink. The town was also recently involved in the shooting of a television series called Road Hockey Rumble. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Events and Trends Beginning of the Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815). ... ARENA may refer to either: Nationalist Republican Alliance, a political party in El Salvador. ... The Stannus Street Rink is the oldest ice hockey arena in Canada, having been built in 1897. ... Road Hockey Rumble is a half-hour reality series following two all-Canadian hosts, Calum MacLeod and Mark McGuckin. ...


Municipal Government

The town operates under a Council/Manager system of local government consisting of current elected Mayor Anna Allen, four elected Councillors and a Chief Administrative Officer.


See also

Kings-Edgehill School is a Canadian independent university preparatory school located in the town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. ... The Kings Quad in a Halifax spring fog. ...

External links

  • Town of Windsor
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Avon View High School
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Windsor, Nova Scotia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (864 words)
Windsor is a small town located in central Nova Scotia at the junction of the Avon and St.
Windsor is 66 kilometres northwest of Halifax, approximately 20 kilometres from the eastern end of the Annapolis Valley.
Windsor used to be a railway junction for the Dominion Atlantic Railway where a route to Truro joined with the mainline between Halifax and Yarmouth.
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