Our communities: Lawrencetown - surf's up!

Published 16 January 12 03:26 PM | Merv Edinger 

Lawrencetown Beach, Halifax NS, Remax Nova real estate  Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach, Halifax, NS Remax Nova real estate

Lawrencetown (2006 population: 668) is a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality on Route 207, just east of Dartmouth. The settlement was established during Father Le Loutre's War.

Known to surfers & kite surfers for its fabulous beach, Lawrencetown Beach, the community also offers a smaller more quiet but equally picturesque beach called Conrad's Beach.

The Salt Water Marsh trail extends through Lawrencetown & is enjoyed by many for cycling, hiking, walking the dogs, & occasionally horseback riding. 


Father Le Loutre's War began when Edward Cornwallis arrived to establish Halifax with 13 transports on June 21, 1749.[1] By unilaterally establishing Halifax the British were violating earlier treaties with the Mi'kmaq (1726), which were signed after Dummer's War.[2] The British quickly began to build other settlments. To guard against Mi'kmaq, Acadian and French attacks on the new protestant settlements, British fortifications were erected in Halifax (1749), Dartmouth (1750), Bedford (Fort Sackville) (1751), Lunenburg (1753) and Lawrencetown (1754).

In 1754, Nova Scotia's Lieutenant Governor Charles Lawrence, offered land grants to twenty families, who referred to their settlement as Lawrence's Town, which became Lawrencetown. The Acadians and natives resisted the British occupation of Nova Scotia and Acadia by raiding the various communities. In late April 1754, Beausoleil and a large band of Mi'kmaq and Acadians left Chignecto for Lawrencetown. They arrived in mid-May and in the night open fired on the village. Beausoliel killed and scalped four british settlers and two soldiers. By August, as the raids continued, the residents and soldiers were withdrawn to Halifax.[3] By June 1757, the settlers had to be withdrawn completely again from the settlement of Lawrencetown because the number of Indian raids eventually prevented settlers from leaving their houses.[4]

It is located on the Eastern Shore, 8 kilometres due east of the entrance to Halifax Harbour.

The community name of Lawrencetown was adopted on October 4, 1921, but changed to 'East Lawrencetown' on July 3, 1952. It was reinstated as Lawrencetown on April 5, 1961.


There are small locally owned corner stores but the locals travel into Dartmouth or Halifax to do any major shopping.


Please visit the Regional School Board website for school details at http://www.hrsb.ns.ca.

Housing styles

All forms of detached housing can be found in Lawrencetown, with most being located on 1 or more acre lots with wells & septic for services.  There are several subdivisions including Keltic Gardens, the Doherty subdivision, Gammon Lake & more.


Commuting time to Dartmouth can range from 5-15 minutes ( or 25-40 minutes to downtown Halifax ) depending upon which subdivision  you live in.

If you would care for information on homes for sale in Lawrencetown or are considering selling your Lawrencetown home, please visit our website at http://www.MervEdinger.com or contact us directly.


Merv Edinger & Associates

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