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Bedford, Nova Scotia

Bedford is a community in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was an independent town from 1980-1996. Bedford lies on the northwestern end of Bedford Basin, an extension of the Halifax Harbour. 

Bedford-Sackville Region Urban Area Communities and Neighbourhoods


Sports and recreation

There is a popular walkway along much of the Bedford Basin waterfront that begins at DeWolf park, and continues as the Bedford-Sackville Connector Greenway, a crushed gravel covered trail that meanders along the Sackville River. There is an outdoor 25m pool and smaller splash pool located at the Lions Park on Shore Drive. In the summer there are numerous lakes suitable for swimming. The topography of the area limits the possible locations for soccer and football fields. However, there are fields at Basinview Drive School, Sunnyside Elementary (Eaglewood location), Bedford Junior High, Charles P. Allen High School,Bedford South and Range Park. The community is currently home to six ice surfaces, at the Lebrun Centre, Gary Martin Bubble Dome and the BMO Centre. Bedford is a well-established sailing community, and is home to the Bedford Basin Yacht Club and Marina. Its also home of the Maritime Road Hockey League


Bedford Days has occurred annually at the end of June and beginning of July for over 30 years. Currently, most events take place at Dewolf Park. There is an Opening Celebration, Rubber Duck Dash, Free pancake breakfast, Dog show, Scott Manor House Tea Party, Kids' Extravaganza, Kids' Triathlon, Movies in the Park and a Canada Day Celebration.

The Light Up Bedford Parade is an annual parade that goes along the Bedford Highway from Bedford Place Mall and ends at DeWolf Park. At the park there is a hot chocolate stand, Christmas carol singing and contests and prizes. At the conclusion of the parade, a Christmas Tree is lit. In addition to bringing the community together to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, the parade serves as a fundraiser for the Turkey Club Society, which raises funds to ensure all residents of HRM are able to provide a Christmas dinner for their families. The parade takes place on the Sunday following the Light Up Halifax Parade, which is usually mid-November.

Area schools

Depending on where they live, students may attend the following schools in the Bedford area:

  • Fort Sackville Elementary - Grades Primary and grade one, offers early French immersion
  • Waverley Road Elementary - Grades Primary to 3 (closed in 2012)
  • Basinview Drive Elementary School - Grades Primary to 6
  • Bedford South School - Grades Primary to 9
  • Eaglewood Drive Elementary - Grade 2 to grade 6, offers early French immersion
  • Bedford Junior High School [3] - Grades 7 to 9
  • Charles P. Allen High School - Grade 10 to Grade 12
  • École Beaubassin - Grades Primary to 9, entirely Francophone
  • FLEC's (Flexible Learning Education Centres) - Grades 10 to 12, "A Different High School Option"

Bedford area also has two private schools :

  • Bedford Academy - Grades Primary to 9
  • Sandy Lake Seventh Day Adventist Academy - Grades Primary to 12

The Bedford School System is considered one of the best school systems in Nova Scotia. It has two smaller elementary schools and two larger elementary schools a Primary to nine school a junior high (7-9) and a senior high (10-12) a FLEC school a 100% French school and two private schools.


Bedford is served by Halifax Regional Municipality's transit authority, Metro Transit. Routes 66, 81, 82, 86, 88, 89 and 90 directly serve Bedford while many more routes serve the nearby Cobequid terminal in Lower Sackville.

There is a fast ferry service planned for the Mill Cove area that would connect to the Ferry Terminal in Downtown Halifax. However, this proposed service is controversial due to disputes over projected costs and ridership levels.

Bedford is well serviced by taxis, buses, roads, highways, and sidewalks/walking paths.

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