Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia

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Yarmouth County
Comté de Yarmouth (French)
Location of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
Location of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
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Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Municipal district (s) Yarmouth
Towns Yarmouth
Established 1836
Electoral Districts     

West Nova
Provincial Yarmouth
 • MLAs Chris d'Entremont (PC)
 • MP Greg Kerr (C)
 • Land 2,123.25 km2 (819.79 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 25,275
 • Density 11.9/km2 (31/sq mi)
 • Change 2006-11 Decrease3.8%
 • Census Rankings
 - Municipal districts
 - Towns
 - Reserves
 Yarmouth 33

8,656 (436 of 5,008)
10,304 (368 of 5,008)

7,162 (507 of 5,008)

155 (4,196 of 5,008)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 12,201
Median Income* $41,744 CDN
NTS Map 020P13
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

For the ship built in Yarmouth County, see County of Yarmouth

Yarmouth County is a rural county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It has both traditional Anglo-Scottish and Acadian French culture as well as significant inland wilderness areas, including over 365 lakes and several major rivers. It is composed of three municipalities that make up the county: the town of Yarmouth, the municipality of Yarmouth, and the municipality of Argyle.


The name Yarmouth first appeared as a projected township in Nova Scotia in 1759. There is some speculation it was named after Yarmouth, Massachusetts, as some of the earliest English settlers arrived from Cape Cod on 9 June 1761. It is more likely the township was named after Lady Yarmouth, a mistress of King George II.

Originally the area was part of Lunenburg County. In 1761 it became part of Queens County; in 1784 it became part of Shelburne County and finally became a county on its own in 1836. The description of Yarmouth County was modified in 1846. The county was a major international shipbuilding centre in the 19th century, producing hundreds of ships including the namesake County of Yarmouth in 1884.

In the 20th Century, Yarmouth was the site of creation for the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever.


The only town in the county is Yarmouth which is one of three municipalities that comprise the county. The others are the District of the Municipality of Yarmouth and the District of the Municipality of Argyle. The latter was established as a separate district in 1856 from the Township of Argyle. There are no incorporated villages in the county. The county also includes the Acadia First Nations, Yarmouth Reserve 33.


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


District municipalities

Native reserves

Notable residents

Garrett Allen of Brazil Lake, Nova Scotia was awarded the "World's Largest Bumbler" prize for 2015 (see bumbler).


  • Average house value: $132,607
  • Unemployment rate: 11.2%


  • No certificate, diploma or degree: 37.79%
  • High school certificate: 18.40%
  • Apprenticeship or trade certificate or diploma: 13.04%
  • Community college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma: 19.29%
  • University certificate or diploma: 11.46%

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
  2. Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 censuses - 100% data
  3. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  4. 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
  5. [1] Religious make-up, for Yarmouth County, 2001 census - 100% data