Orientation & Geography

North America, Canada, Hants County

Windsor is a small town located in Hants County, Mainland Nova Scotia at the junction of the Avon and St. Croix Rivers. It is the largest community in western Hants County with a 2001 population of 3,779 and was at one time the shire town of the county. The region encompassing present day Windsor was originally part of Pisiguit, a Mi'kmaq term meaning "Junction of Waters". This name referred to the confluence of the Avon and St. Croix rivers, which flow into the Minas Basin. When the Acadians lived in the area, the town was raided by the New Englanders 1704. The area was central to both Father Le Loutre's War and the Expulsion of the Acadians during the Bay of Fundy Campaign (1755). The town has a claim to being the birth place of hockey and also was the home of Canada's first internationally best-selling author Thomas Chandler Haliburton.