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Why live in Kentville?

Kentville is a warm, community-oriented town that attracts families from all across Nova Scotia. One reason that people love living here is the many local events that Kentville hosts. For instance, one of the oldest festivals held in Kentville is the Apple Blossom Festival, which dates back to 1933 and continues to take place each May to celebrate the local apple industry. Kentville also hosts the Pumpkin People Festival in the fall, as well as Devil's Half Acre Motorcycle Rally, Open Street Chalk Art Festival, Kentville Multicultural Festival (the largest of its kind in Nova Scotia), Kentville Harvest Festival, and KBC's Great Big Country Fair. As you can see, despite its small size, the town loves coming together for a celebration. In addition, Kentville has many recreational facilities allowing residents to stay active year-round. The Kentville Centennial Arena has hockey programs all throughout the year. There are also several soccer fields, baseball diamonds (including one of the best baseball parks in the Maritimes, Kentville Memorial Park), and even an indoor soccer field for residents, as well as multiple children’s playgrounds and a swimming pool. Outside of organized sports, there are plenty of popular walking and hiking trails near Kentville, such as at Miners Marsh, Moores Brook Falls, the Kentville Bird Sanctuary, and the Kentville Ravine. If you prefer camping, you won’t have to travel far from Kentville, with Land of Evangeline Camping Resort, Look Off Family Camping Park, and South Mountain Park Family Camping and RV Resort all a short distance away. Other reasons people love Kentville are that it is safe (it has a very low crime rate), affordable (housing prices are far below that of the Halifax Regional Municipality), and it is centrally located, with quick access to Halifax, Wolfville, Truro, New Glasgow, and more.

Quality and diversity of education in Kentville

The Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education operates the public schools in Kentville. The local elementary school is Kings County Academy, which offers schooling from kindergarten to Grade 8. Meanwhile, the local high school is Northeast Kings Education Centre, which is located in the neighbouring town of Canning. Aldershot Elementary School and the Glooscap Elementary School are also nearby, though not technically in the town of Kentville. Private schools in the area include Landmark East School in Wolfville and The Booker School in Port Williams. After graduating from high school, Kentville residents will have multiple opportunities for post-secondary education close to home. For example, the Kingstec campus of Nova Scotia Community College is in northern Kentville, while Acadia University is only 15 minutes by car in Wolfville. Locals also have the option of travelling two hours to Halifax, where they will find several other high-quality post-secondary institutions to choose from, such as Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, University of King’s College, and the Atlantic School of Theology.

Most populous cities in Kentville

The town of Kentville is so small that it is not generally divided up into neighbourhoods. That said, there are a number of communities around Kentville, including North Alton, Highbury, Aldershot, Belcher Street, Chipmans Corner, New Minas, Coldbrook, and Brooklyn Corner.

Quality of infrastructure for Kentville

The Kings Transit Authority brings public transportation to the residents of Kentville, providing them with convenient local bus services throughout town. Maritime Bus also offers regional coach buses to Kentville residents. There is a stop right in Kentville and Maritime Bus routes can take passengers all over Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and eastern Quebec. Via Rail, Canada’s national passenger train service, has a number of stops in Nova Scotia, though there isn’t one in Kentville. However, Kentville residents can travel to Halifax or Truro to hop on a Via Rail train to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and beyond (Via Rail trains even go as far as the West Coast of Canada). When it comes to air travel, the closest major airport to Kentville is Halifax Stanfield International Airport, which is approximately two hours by car. If you prefer to drive around, Kentville is located on Highway 101, which makes it easy to travel throughout the province. Highway 101 goes straight to Halifax, as well as to the western part of the province. As for healthcare infrastructure in Kentville, the town is home to Valley Regional Hospital and is only a short distance from Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre in Wolfville.

Safety and security for Kentville

The town of Kentville has its own police force, The Kentville Police Service (KPS). It is made up of 17 officers, as well as several volunteer members. The KPS keeps Kentville residents safe. That said, Kentville is generally considered a very safe place to live, with a low crime rate and low risk of natural disasters. Further, emergency services are always available by calling 9-1-1.

Kentville property market

The housing market in Kentville is strong yet affordable. The market is largely dominated by detached, single-family homes and bungalows. You won’t find many apartment buildings or condos here. That said, if you’re looking for a spacious property with a yard, you are likely to find it in Kentville.

Standard of living in Kentville

Kentville residents experience a high quality of life. If you’ve always wanted to live in a small town with a strong sense of community, Kentville might be perfect for you. The town is centrally located within the province of Nova Scotia, is affordable, has a vibrant sports and culture scene, as well as top-notch schools and medical facilities, and is surrounded by natural beauty.

Something wonderful about Kentville

Kentville has a colourful history that involves Indigenous peoples, Acadians, and the British. The area was first inhabited by the Mi'kmaq people, who originally referred to the region as “​​Penooek.” By the eighteenth century, the Acadians arrived. They were the ones to first settle the area, building several dykes along the river to push the Bay of Fundy tides back. However, by 1755, the Acadians had been expelled from the area by the British, which is when English settlement began. Although it was originally renamed Horton’s Corner, the town came to be called Kentville in 1826. It was named after Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, who was the son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria. Prince Edward Augustus lived in Nova Scotia for six years, from 1794 until 1800. What started out as a very small village eventually grew after the development of the Windsor and Annapolis Railway in the mid-nineteenth century. The railway demanded a large number of workers, which led to rapid population growth. Cornwallis Inn, a large inn erected near the railway, was built in the early twentieth century, making Kentville a popular tourist destination throughout the first half of the century.

Population & demographics

Total population


Population age (%)

0-19 (20%)20-34 (17%)35-49 (18%)50-64 (20%)65+ (24%)


Average household income


Household composition (%)

Single person (37%)Multi person (5%)Single Family (59%)

Owners / Renters (%)

Owners (56%)Renters (44%)

Mother Tongue (%)

English (95%)Others (3%)French (2%)

How much does it cost to live in Kentville?


Median Selling Price$325,000

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Median Selling Price$235,000

Average Days on Market


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#Sold Listings (last 30 days)