|THE UPPER PART OF MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY COMPRISES THE LARGEST FARMING DISTRICT IN HRM|
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ABOUT MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY
THINGS TO DO
Dean Maple Syrup Festival
Halifax County Exhibition
50 Mile Yard Sale
Kirk Logan Fiddling Contest
Rally in the Valley
Christmas Festival of Trees
Christmas Festival of Crafts
ARTS AND CULTURE
HISTORIC SITES AND MUSEUMS
REST AND RELAXATION
THINGS TO DO FOR FREE!
AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY
Anyone who visits Musquodoboit Valley is reminded of simpler times. Our agricultural and forest industries are our mainstays. At one time, small family farms were the norm throughout the Valley. Today, multi-million dollar operations have replaced them. In recent years, beef growers and dairy farmers have had to adjust to an ever changing consumer driven market. The upper part of Musquodoboit Valley comprises the largest farming district in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Locally Produced and Locally Grown
Tree Harvesting and Forest Management
Tree harvesting and forest management have provided work for generations of locals. Like farming, the small portable mills that used to exist here have been replaced with high tech wood harvesting machinery. Able to adjust to the global market, mills have changed to meet today’s demands.
Since 1945, a limestone mine in Upper Musquodoboit has mined, processed, and sold limestone products in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, and in 1956, was the largest commercial enterprise in Upper Musquodoboit. Today, products include pelletized limestone, powdered limestone, granular limestone, powdered gypsum, pelletized gypsum, and traction sand.
In the early 20th century, the raw stone was transported by train from Upper Musquodoboit to the docks yards in Dartmouth and Halifax. Today, trucks have taken over and haul the limestone to a nearby dock in Sheet Harbour.
Over the years, exploration for kaolin, gypsum, zinc and limestone have continued. Rich deposits of each have been found in Musquodoboit Valley. Front page headlines in our provincial paper announced to the world of the mining opportunities that exist here.
Small Businesses Flourish in Musquodoboit Valley
With access to high-speed Internet, a number of small businesses and entrepreneurs have blossomed on to the scene in recent years. People living here remember what it’s like to be self-sufficient. It’s this work ethic that enables us to ensure we have a strong local economy.
Learn More About Rural Nova Scotia
Musquodoboit Valley hosts several popular events throughout the year
that offer people the opportunity to learn more about life in rural Nova Scotia.
In 1926, Betsy Wylie, an Ayreshire cow owned by Samuel Crockett of Brookvale, held the world record for the production of milk and butterfat. In 1930, Mr. Crockett was declared the Banner Farmer for Halifax County and Betsy entered the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
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