Oh, the allure of a quiet life in the country! As Canadians across the country migrate to urban centres, whether for employment, education, or love, Nova Scotians still recognize the value of a more peaceful, contemplative way. And if you crave both the quiet solitude of the forest and the economic opportunity of the city, you should put down roots in Mount Uniacke or in Beaver Bank.
Just a quick hop to the city, Sackville is growing fast. But it’s hard to get a handle on it because it’s three communities in one — Lower, Middle, and Upper Sackville — each growing more rural as you travel from the city.
Sackville’s hub is the Sports Stadium, equipped with two swimming pools, a gymnasium, a hockey arena, and a curling rink. Programs abound, everything from adult shinny to Zumba, and rest assured you’ll meet your neighbours and make new friends because athletics is part of the lifestyle here.
Sports have lifted the area’s schools, too. For years, Sackville schools have punched above their weight, often besting their counterparts in the big city and taking home provincial hardware. Sackville schools are highly-regarded and one reason why many families move to the area. Rather than being a face in the crowd, kids here make lasting friendships as boys’ and girls’ teams take home championships year after year.
In a similar vein, Sackville’s Patriot Days are meant for families. Organized around Canada Day celebrations, Patriot Days bring a parade, sports tournaments, concerts, a Teddy bear picnic, and nighttime fireworks over First Lake, and kids love it! Many neighbourhoods celebrate with barbecues and block parties.
For aficionados of the great outdoors, Sackville has many great spaces to jog, especially the 5.3 kilometer Sackville Lakes Park and Trails and the Fort Sackville Walkway which runs for 6 kilometers along the lovely Sackville River. Both trails are popular in all seasons for walking, hiking, bird watching, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Many neighbourhoods have trails linking them, great for dog-walking and jogging, and creating mini-forests for kids in search of adventure in a safe place.
Mom-and-Pop restaurants are plentiful in Sackville, especially along the main drag. Wasabi serves dynamite sushi from the freshest seafood, Mezza offers fresh, delicious, Lebanese fare, and Long Dragon and King Town restaurants have you covered for authentic — and Canadian — Chinese. Thai Ivory serves delicious Asian food for special occasions, while Burrito Jax and Pomodoro Pizzeria are perfect choices when you’re in a rush and want cheap and cheerful food.
Sackville has plenty of fast food locations, and you’ll never have to travel far in any direction to find something you need, for shopping opportunities abound, and many big box stores are nearby. One of the best things about Sackville is that it leads to other beautiful places — it’s just a quick trip to the gorgeous Annapolis Valley, with its majestic rolling hills and scenic wineries, or the world’s highest tides on the Bay of Fundy.
Sackville is the perfect place for a new family buying a first home, and we here at Century 21 Trident Realty can’t wait to show it to you.