Berwick

The town is located in the eastern part of the Annapolis Valley on the Cornwallis River. The town site stretches south from the river and Exit 15 of Highway 101 to Highway 1. Berwick's official slogan is the "Apple Capital of Nova Scotia", honouring the importance of the apple industry in the development of the town.

As the headwaters of the Cornwallis River, Berwick was used by Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaq people and later Acadians as a crossing place between the Cornwallis and the Annapolis River which rises to the west.

Acadians built a rough road between the two rivers just to the south of the town, a route which after British settlement became the The Post Road or Highway No. 1 the main road connected western communities in Nova Scotia.

Berwick became a station on the Windsor and Annapolis Railway in 1869. The railway radically transformed the town, moving the centre of business south along Commercial Street and away from the original Main Street by the Cornwallis River. The railway, which became known as the Dominion Atlantic Railway in 1894, created a large export market for apples which attracted warehouses and spin-off industries to Berwick. Berwick had rail service until the Dominion Atlantic Railway abandoned the former W&AR main line through town in March 1990.

 

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Related Links
Town Web Site

Visitor Information Centre
173 Commercial Street
(902) 538-9229

Communty Festivals
Berwick Gala Days
(September)

What's Nearby
Apple Capital Museum

 


 

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