Living Here

Argyle means

  • wide open natural spaces
  • safe and quiet communities
  • neighbours who watch out for each other
  • a strong sense of family
  • beautiful, clean and scenic
  • a culturally rich area
  • affordable housing and residential tax costs

tusket-islandReimagine rural living where all of the above apply and Argyle also makes up the largest percentage of LFA 34 (Lobster Fishing Area). This small area accounts for approximately 25% of all lobster landed in Canada. Our waters are some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. We have a population of approximately 9500 people. Our economy is centered on our various lucrative fisheries.

Argyle is also known as “Par-en-Bas”, which translates to “down below” which is a reference to our placement on the map of Nova Scotia. We have a very strong Acadian francophone presence in our communities and settlement in our region dates back to the 1600’s.

Our Acadian heritage is very evident in the French spoken by nearly 60% of our population. Acadian ingenuity has also left its mark on our architecture. Their fine craftsmanship can be seen in many of the older homes that dot our landscape. We are home to the province’s first wind farm- 17 towering windmills overlook Lobster Bay and the Pubnico Harbour. This “first” is also a testament to our resourcefulness and strong work ethic.

Argyle has some the lowest outmigration rates of any rural area in the province. We are home to 6 schools that are managed by two strong school boards who provide our children an education in either English or French.

The Municipality of Argyle is a true combination of thriving business opportunities, recreational possibilities and an outstanding array of community services. We are very pleased to introduce our new website, featuring information and resources for residents and visitors alike. We hope that you find it to be a valuable tool as you explore what our communities have to offer.

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