The name Westville was chosen because the community was west of the Albion Mines. The first settlers actually refered to the area as the Acadia Village until a public meeting was held in 1868 and the area was renamed Westville. Incorporated in 1894, Westville has a long history of coal mining dating back to 1864 when coal was first discovered. Then in 1866 the Acadia Mine opened. Westville, became home to a thriving coal mining industry. At its peak, during WWI, Westville boasted three underground workings; the Black Diamond, the Acadia and the Drummond. However, the last underground mine, the Drummond pit, closed in the 1970s. Extensive open-pit mining on the Drummond and Acadia sites was carried out throughout the 1980s and 1990s, by Pioneer Coal Limited. Today one of the Town's many recreational facilities sits on this land, donated to the Town by Pioneer Coal. While the mines have now closed the miner's monument at Acadia Park still stands as a tribute honoring those touched by the town's mining disasters.
Like many coal towns Westville was a hotbed of sports. Baseball was very popular among the miners. One of the Westville baseball teams was crowned Maritime champion in 1927 and the legendary Babe Ruth visited the town in 1936 hitting a ball over the centre field fence. Some of the Town's sporting trophys from this era are currently on display at the Town's Civic Building.
Today, Westville and the surrounding area make up the third largest population centre in Nova Scotia. Westville's Main Street features banks, shops, restaurants and a recently renovated and renamed Foodland supermarket, as well as the newly built Lawtons, which is attached to the local doctor's office in the community. A Nova Scotia highway rest stop was opened at the end of Cowan Street off Exit 21 of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Where the Acadia mine once stood today stands Acadia Park. The land has been reclaimed and returned to its former state featuring walking trails, bridges, green spaces, and a childrens play area. This is just one of the many examples where the former mining Town pays hommage to its mining history.
Over the years, Westville has seen its share of mining successes and disasters. The monument in the Acadia Park dedicated to past miners of the Town, provides a peaceful spot to stop and reflect on those fearless forefathers of the town who dug “black diamonds from the ground”. The monument is the oldest and tallest outside a cemetery in Nova Scotia.
The Town of Westville offers a number of residential developments for residents interested in building or purchasing a new home.
Our Growing Community
Welcome to the Town of Westville. The Town, which has been refered to as the Gateway to Northern Nova Scotia, is a community with a unique blend of town and country living. Nestled just minutes from the wonderful beaches of the Northumberland Shore, the Town of Westville offers old-fashioned warmth and hospitality to visitors, residents and businesses from near and abroad.
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Why Westville is the Best Place to Live
Westville is a safe and secure community where you can live life to the fullest, surrounded by the scenic landscapes of nature. From country style homes and rural estate subdivisions to a complete selection of brand new subdivisions, there is a home to fit every lifestyle and taste.
As one of the largest geographical areas in the Province of Nova Scotia, Westville is committed to welcoming new residents to our community from cross the Globe. As a testament to this our community and neighboring regions have recently formed a multicultural association.
A Place to Work
Westville's location off of the Transcanada Highway's Exit 21 provides easy access to highways. Westville has a large amount of land available for development. This is an ideal place to run a business.
The Place to Play
Westville residents seeking a healthy, active way of life can choose from a wide range of recreational activities. Visit one of our parks where sports are offered for all seasons and for all ages. As well Westville offers historic museums, Canada Day Celebrations, mainstreet shopping, and concerts in our parks.
For more information feel free to visit our Municipal Civic Centre or contact the Municipal Offices at 1-902-396-1500.
We look forward to meeting you!
On behalf of the Westville Council thank you for visiting our Town and community online.
Westville residents are proud of their history and the future they are building together. From reclaimed parkland, to newly developed residential areas and civic buildings, Westville is moving forward, and we have much to be proud of. Take time to explore this web site, visit our many businesses, learn about our coal mining past, and discover our libraries and schools. These are just a few of many opportunities that Westville has to offer.
Most of all we welcome your suggestions. Please visit or call. Like the commmunity itself, this website is yours!
Roger MacKay, Mayor.