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Bridgewater
Town
Nickname(s): 
Main Street of the South Shore
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Lunenburg County
Founded 1812
Incorporated February 13, 1899
Government
 • Body Bridgewater Town Council
Area
 • Town 13.61 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
 • Urban
13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi)
Elevation
 (2016)
22.11 m (72.54 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Town 8,532
 • Density 625.9/km2 (1,621/sq mi)
 • Urban
8,532
 • Urban density 625.97/km2 (1,621.3/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−3 (ADT)
Postal code
B4V
Area code(s) 902 & 782
Telephone Exchange 212, 298, 521, 523, 527, 529, 530, 541, 543, 553
Highways Hwy 103
Trunk 3
Trunk 10
Route 331
Route 325
Median Earnings $40,123
NTS Map 021A07
GNBC Code CAFBR
  • Median household income, 2005 ($) (all households)
Burning Bridgewater (HS85-10-10448)
Picture of the 1899 Bridgewater fire

Bridgewater is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The LaHave River runs through the town. Bridgewater is the largest town in the South Shore region. A lot of the South Shore's economy is based on tourism. Bridgewater is also a commercial and industrial center. One of the main employers is a Michelin tire plant. The town was named after the bridge built over the LaHave River.

The first house in Bridgewater was built in 1812 by Ralph Hotchkiss. The town was incorporated in 1899. This was shortly after a fire in Bridgewater which burned the entire downtown area. For much of the 20th century, the town's economy depended on forestry. There was a large wood mill in the center of town. The Nova Scotia Central Railway and later the Halifax and Southwestern Railway had a central hub at Bridgewater. The "Acadia Marine Engine Company" was based in Bridgewater. It made engines for fishing boats.

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