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Why live in Lower Sackville?

Lower Sackville has so much going for it. A top-notch school system, affordable and spacious homes, endless opportunities to get outdoors, and tons of cultural activities can all be found here. Plus, it’s in a prime location roughly half an hour from the largest city in the Maritimes and the capital of Nova Scotia. It also happens to be an extremely safe community, making it a great spot for families, seniors, and young people alike. As far as things to do, Lower Sackville is home to the Sackville Sports Stadium, which is a multi-purpose facility offering all sorts of recreational programs for both children and adults, from swimming and fitness to wellness and arts. Other community centres include the Acadia Centre, Kinsmen Community Centre, and Sackville Heights Community Centre. The suburb also has an escape room, a movie theatre, the Fultz House Museum, and several parks, like Sackville Lakes Provincial Park. This provincial park is one of the most-visited destinations in the Halifax area, boasting a place to hike, walk, swim, or paddle. It also has a sandy beach, a splash pad, and a children’s playground. Of course, given Lower Sackville’s proximity to Halifax, enjoying the many attractions of the Nova Scotia capital is easy. You can explore Halifax’s history at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site or Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, take in some original art at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, or stroll along the Halifax waterfront, with its many shops, restaurants, and ice cream parlours. Thus, living in Lower Sackville gives residents all the benefits of living near a major city, including the job opportunities, without the high price tag or hustle and bustle of a densely-populated area.

Quality and diversity of education in Lower Sackville

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education, the largest school board in the Maritimes, operates the public elementary and secondary schools in Lower Sackville. Some of the main public schools in this area include Sackville High School, Sackville Heights Junior High, Millwood High School, and Leslie Thomas Junior High. Meanwhile, the main private school in the suburb is Via Vita Academy, though you will find several others in nearby Halifax, like Halifax Independent School, Halifax Christian Academy, and Shambhala School. Further, post-secondary options abound in Lower Sackville thanks again to its proximity to Halifax. In less than half an hour, residents can be at Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, University of King’s College, and the Atlantic School of Theology. A 45 minute drive northwest will also give you access to Acadia University in Wolfville. Ultimately, Lower Sackville residents will have their pick of some of the top universities and colleges in Atlantic Canada.

Most populous cities in Lower Sackville

The main districts that make up Lower Sackville are Downtown, East Sackville, North Sackville, Olde Sackville, South Sackville, Stonemount, Sunnyvale, West Sackville, Cobequid, Seawood, Walker Area, and Industrial Park.

Quality of infrastructure for Lower Sackville

Infrastructure in Lower Sackville is top-notch, in large part due to its proximity to Halifax. First, the city is served by Halifax Transit, which operates multiple bus routes to and from the suburb. Meanwhile, the largest international airport in Atlantic Canada, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, is less than 20 minutes by car from Lower Sackville, which makes it an incredibly convenient place to live if you frequently travel throughout Canada and abroad. Further, although there is no Via Rail station in Lower Sackville, there is one in downtown Halifax. Via Rail connects passengers with cities all throughout the country, including Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, and the West Coast. Locals can also take advantage of coach bus services, such as those offered by Maritime Bus, which has a stop in Lower Sackville. Maritime Bus operates a network of routes in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and eastern Quebec. If you prefer driving, Lower Sackville makes it easy to do so. There are several direct highways into the city, as well as to the rest of Nova Scotia, like Highway 101, Highway 103, and the Bedford Bypass. Meanwhile, when it comes to healthcare, Lower Sackville has its own hospital, the Cobequid Community Health Centre. However, residents aren’t far from the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, which is a teaching hospital and the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

Safety and security for Lower Sackville

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a detachment that is tasked with keeping Lower Sackville safe and secure at all times. Emergency services can be reached by calling 9-1-1. However, Lower Sackville is generally considered a safe place to live, with a crime rate below the national average.

Lower Sackville property market

The Lower Sackville property market is in strong demand. Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia at large have seen an influx of residents in recent years, and this has led to a boost in the housing market. Lower Sackville remains one of the city’s most desirable suburbs, especially given its proximity to the airport, abundance of green space, and affordability. The property market in Lower Sackville is currently dominated by bungalows, detached homes, and semi-detached homes. That said, there are a number of condos and apartments available.

Standard of living in Lower Sackville

There’s no denying that Lower Sackville has plenty to offer residents. One such offering is a high standard of living. Affordable, spacious homes, great schools, and plenty of parks make it a wonderful place to settle. Plus, it’s close enough to Halifax that locals will benefit from the best of both worlds: the safe, quiet suburbs, as well as the many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions of the big city. Of course, Lower Sackville is also situated near the Atlantic Ocean, and coastal living is a huge advantage for many.

Something wonderful about Lower Sackville

Lower Sackville has an interesting history. First, it was inhabited by the Mi'kmaq people, who lived in the region for thousands of years. Later, it came to be inhabited by Europeans who settled there after colonization in the mid eighteenth century. It was in August 1749 specifically that a fort was established by Captain John Gorham. The fort was named Fort Sackville, after George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville. Roughly two centuries later, in the 1950s and ‘60s, Lower Sackville was known as a go-to spot for entertainment. At the time, it featured a large drive-in movie theatre, a horse racing track (Sackville Downs, which later closed in 1986), and a popular ice cream parlour. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Lower Sackville started to resemble what we know it as today: a Halifax suburb. Rapid suburban development occurred during the 1970s and 1980s. By the 1990s, 1996 specifically, Lower Sackville became part of Halifax County.

Population & demographics

Total population

20,644

Population age (%)

0-19 (20%)20-34 (18%)35-49 (20%)50-64 (22%)65+ (19%)

Household

Average household income

$101,492


Household composition (%)

Single person (25%)Multi person (5%)Single Family (70%)

Owners / Renters (%)

Owners (72%)Renters (28%)

Mother Tongue (%)

English (95%)French (2%)Others (2%)

How much does it cost to live in Lower Sackville?

Detached

Median Selling Price$453,000


Average Days on Market

36.67

#Active Listings (last 30 days)

20

#Sold Listings (last 30 days)

12

Lower Sackville Review

Transportation

Car Friendly

5/5

Excellent access to freeways and major arteries, with a vast amount of parking nearby

Pedestrian Friendly

2/5

Few day-to-day needs are within walking distance

Transit Friendly

1/5

Few transit options

Shopping, Food and Nightlife

Cafes

2/5

Few or no cafés within walking distance

Groceries

2/5

At least one grocery store within a 30-minute walk

Nightlife

1/5

Few or no bars within walking distance

Shopping

2/5

Some shops within walking distance

Restaurants

2/5

Some restaurants within walking distance

Greenery & Character

Quiet

4/5

Some sources of noise nearby

Vibrant

1/5

Quiet atmosphere at all hours