Inverness County, Nova Scotia

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Inverness County
Comté d'Inverness (French)
Official seal of Inverness CountyComté d'Inverness (French)
Location of Inverness County, Nova Scotia
Location of Inverness County, Nova Scotia
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Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Towns Port Hawkesbury
Established 1835
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts      

Cape Breton—Canso / Sydney—Victoria
Provincial Inverness
 • Type Inverness County Municipal Council
 • Warden Duart MacAulay
 • Land 3,830.40 km2 (1,478.93 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1][2]
 • Total 19,036
 • Density 5.0/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Change 2001-06 Decrease4.5%
 • Census Rankings
 - Census divisions
 Subdivision A
 Subdivision B
 Subdivision C
 - Towns
 Port Hawkesbury
 - Reserves
 Whycocomagh 2

5,859 (601 of 5,008)
5,369 (649 of 5,008)
3,668 (870 of 5,008)

3,517 (893 of 5,008)

623 (2,718 of 5,008)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 9,633
Median Income* $45,687 CDN
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Inverness County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Its territory is almost contiguous with the Municipality of Inverness County, which only excludes the town of Port Hawkesbury and First Nation reserves.


Established as the County of Juste au Corps in 1835, Inverness County was given its present name in 1837. It was named after Inverness in Scotland, the land from which many of the early settlers came. Agriculture and fishing dominated the economy with exports of butter and cattle to Newfoundland and Halifax for most of the nineteenth century. [3] The construction of the Inverness and Richmond Railway in 1901, and the subsequent opening of coal mines at Port Hood, Mabou, and Inverness, created the "only home market" local farmers had ever had. [4]

The boundaries of Inverness County had been previously defined when Cape Breton Island was divided by statute into three Districts in 1823. In 1996, the county was amalgamated into a single municipality with the exception of Port Hawkesbury.

Inverness County was established within the boundaries of the Northwestern District of Cape Breton Island.



Incorporated communities


Native reserve

Census Subdivisions

For a list of communities in Inverness County, see List of communities.

Access routes

Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:[7]


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Inverness County, Nova Scotia
  2. Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  3. Robert A. MacKinnon, “The Historical Geography of Agriculture in Nova Scotia, 1851-1951”, Ph.D. dissertation, University of British Columbia, 1991.
  4. Canada, House of Commons, Official Report of Evidence taken During Session of 1921 Respecting the Future Fuel Supply of Canada (Ottawa, 1921), 643-644.
  5. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  6. 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Inverness County, Nova Scotia
  7. Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 26-27, 40-41, 56-57

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