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Victoria County, Nova Scotia

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Country  Canada
Incorporated  April 17, 1879
Time zone  AST (UTC-4)
Area  2,871 km²
Capital  Baddeck
University  The Gaelic College
Founded  1851
Electoral Districts       Federal  Sydney—Victoria
Area code(s)  902
Population  7,089 (2016)
Province  Nova Scotia
Victoria County, Nova Scotia
Points of interest  Alexander Graham Bell Natio, Highland Village Museum, Uisge Ban Falls Provincial, Cabots Landing Provincial, North Highlands Communi
Destinations  Cape Breton Island, Baddeck, Cape Breton Highland, Ingonish, Cabot Trail

Victoria County is a county in Nova Scotia, Canada. The shire town and largest municipality is the village of Baddeck.

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Map of Victoria County, NS, Canada

History

Named after Queen Victoria, it was established by statute in 1851. Cape Breton County was divided into two counties in that year, with Victoria County being subdivided at that time.

Geography

There are several distinctive geographic regions in Victoria county: north of Smokey Mountain, south of Smokey Mountain, St. Ann's Bay, Boularderie Island, Baddeck, Middle River and the Washabuck Peninsula. The county is 2,768 square kilometers in size, 80% of which is covered by forest and the remainder largely by water.

Demographics

As a census division in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Victoria County recorded a population of 7,089 living in 3,101 of its 4,437 total private dwellings, a change of −0.4% from its 2011 population of 7,115. With a land area of 2,857.74 km2 (1,103.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 2.5/km2 (6.4/sq mi) in 2016.

Forming the majority of the Victoria County census division, the Municipality of the County of Victoria recorded a population of 6,552 living in 2,943 of its 4,271 total private dwellings in the 2016 Census of Population, a change of −0.7% from its 2011 population of 6,597. With a land area of 2,854.01 km2 (1,101.94 sq mi), it had a population density of 2.3/km2 (5.9/sq mi) in 2016.

The county's population has slowly declined over the last ten years and has also aged, with all age groups under the age of 65 experiencing net out-migration. Half of the county's labour force does not have a high school diploma, and only 5% have college educations.

Communities

Villages
  • Baddeck
  • Reserves
  • Wagmatcook 1
  • County municipality and county subdivisions
  • Municipality of the County of Victoria
  • Victoria, Subd. A
  • Victoria, Subd. B
  • Economy

    71% of the workforce is employed in the services sector. An additional 18% are employed in the primary resources industry, a category that includes both forestry and fishing. Just 11% are employed in manufacturing, less than half of the levels seen in the 1960s.

    Government and politics

    The county is administered by a county government which is incorporated as the Municipality of the County of Victoria. The county is governed by eight councillors and a warden who oversee the work of a Chief Administrative Officer.

    The federal Electoral Riding is Sydney—Victoria.

    Features

    Victoria County contains the eastern half of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as well as the Cabot Trail, whereas Inverness County contains the western half of these features. The county also contains St. Paul Island, known as the "Graveyard of the Gulf of St. Lawrence" for its many shipwrecks during the age of sail.

    Access Routes

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

    References

    Victoria County, Nova Scotia Wikipedia


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