On behalf of the citizens and Council of the Town of Stewiacke, I welcome you to our website, and thank you for taking the time to check us out. We hope this virtual encourages you to visit us in person very soon!
Stewiacke (which means Winding River in the language of our founding citizens, the Mi’kmaq First Nations) sits halfway between the equator and the North Pole, and was incorporated as a town on August 30, 1906. We are proud to be the third largest town in Nova Scotia, in geographical terms and are home to almost 1500 people. We are even prouder to be one of the few towns in Nova Scotia to actually be enjoying an increase in population. We know that this growth is, in part, due to our excellent location, just 45 minutes north of Halifax and 15 minutes south of Truro at Exit 11 off Highway 102 – or, as many travelers note, the exit with the giant mastodon. The highway exit also boasts a wonderful view of the meeting of the Shubenacadie and Stewiacke Rivers that is worth taking in, but don’t stop there - continue into the town where you’ll find a vibrant downtown and beautiful residential streets. In 2009 we opened a state-of-the-art elementary school and our students attend a new high school in nearby Brookfield. We are also home to the local MLA office. For those who appreciate a beautiful walk outdoors, we are very pleased to offer access to a new trail system and continue to work on enhancements (check this website for our Historical Walking Tour).
Our location is great, but it is our citizens who really are the largest reason for our population increase – creating a truly welcoming community. A new citizen recently told me it was like the Cheers Bar, where everyone knows your name and is always happy to see you. Stewiackers generously volunteer their time and expertise to various organizations, which include the Volunteer Fire Department, three churches, a very active Legion, and many Council and other committees. We enjoy a lively music community with regular jam sessions, dances and guest bands at the local eateries. And the whole town comes together to celebrate our Ravenous for Rhubarb Festival in June, Stewiacke Town Days in August and our tree-lighting celebration in December.
I believe that Stewiacke is a great community in which to live, work and play. Come visit us and you’ll see for yourself.
If you have any questions, please check further within the website, or contact the Town Office at 902-639-2231. You’ll be glad you did, and so will we! See you soon!
Mayor Wendy Robinson