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A long held mantra in the business world is location, location, location. Simply put, where you locate your business is of critical importance to its success. While there are many variables that influence a location decision we believe that Bridgewater has a great deal to offer in terms of being a strategic location for industrial, commercial, retail, and service sector development.

 

Where in the World

The Province of Nova Scotia is located on Canada's East Coast and covers an area of 55,500 sq. km. The mainland is connected to the Province of New Brunswick and the remainder of Canada by the 28 km isthmus of Chignecto. The Canso Causeway joins Cape Breton Island to the mainland of Nova Scotia. Bridgewater, Lunenburg County is the largest centre on Nova Scotia’s South Shore (land area of 13.35 square km). Situated on the LaHave River, Bridgewater is 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and strategically located 100 km south west of Nova Scotia’s capital city, Halifax.

 

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Transportation Infrastructure

Due to the extensive web of transportation links surrounding Bridgewater, the town is often referred to as 'the Hub' of the South Shore. Access, both into and out of the community is what makes Bridgewater ideally situated for business, industrial development, and living.

By Land

Highways from all points in the United States and Canada join the Trans Canada Highway into Nova Scotia. There are approximately 26,000 kilometres of highways in Nova Scotia. The 100-series highways are all-weather roads and Bridgewater has 3 separate exit/entrances from Highway 103.

Local and Long Haul / Flatbed Transport Services
Bridgewater is well serviced with a number of carriers offering flatbed, commodity, container and warehousing transportation services for commercial, business and industry requirements. 

Rail
The Canadian National (CN) Railroad operates the main rail connection linking Halifax and regional and international shippers to markets throughout North America.

Intermodal transit times from Bridgewater through Halifax terminal: 

Moncton 1 day Toronto 2 days Vancouver 5 days
Montreal 1 day Winnipeg 3 days Chicago 5 days

Assistance in determining Bridgewater rail & intermodal freight services available for business or industry needs contact: www.cn.ca or call 1-888-668-4626.
Customer Service: call 1-800-601-7630 or email: cscsvcom@cn.ca
Public Inquiries: call 1-888-888-5909 or e-mail: inetrate@cn.ca

VIA Rail Canada provides transcontinental passenger train service with stations in Truro and Halifax. Call toll-free 1-888-842-7245 or visit www.viarail.ca for additional information.

Bus
Greyhound from New York and Voyageur from Montreal connect with SMT Bus Lines in New Brunswick, which in turn connect with Acadian Lines in Nova Scotia. At Amherst, intraprovincial bus lines link most major communities. Bridgewater is serviced by DRL Coachlines Limited which services Atlantic Canada, the Eastern United States, and accesses the above mentioned network.

By Sea

Vehicle/Passenger Ferry Connections
Nova Scotia has ferry connections to the Eastern United States, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.

High speed ferry service is also availabe from Yarmouth to Maine (seasonal).

Prince of Fundy Tours (to Portland Maine)
1-800-341-7540

Bay Ferries Limited (to bar Harbour Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick)
1-888-249-7245

Marine Atlantic Reservations (to Newfoundland)
1-800-341-7981

Northumberland Ferries Limited (to Prince Edward Island)
1-800-565-0201

Port of Halifax
The second largest natural harbour in the world and one of the finest deep-water ports in North America. The Port of Halifax is the most northerly of the major ice-free ports on the North Atlantic. It provides a 21 metre-deep ice free harbour with easy approaches and two modern container terminals, each with on-dock rail service and the capability to handle varied cargoes, as well as modern container ships.

  • 100 kms to major port of Halifax from Bridgewater
  • Deep water, ice-free, minimal tides, on the Great Circle route
  • First inbound/last outbound port in North America
  • Best rail connections to Canada and the U.S. Midwest 
  • On dock double-stack service
  • Positioned for next generation of container ships
  • Diverse cargo base
  • 237 km to cargo Port of Yarmouth from Bridgewater

By Air

Bridgewater benefits from close proximity to Atlantic Canada's major international airport. Nova Scotia is located two hours closer to Europe than any other North American destination and the capital city, Halifax, is geographically closer to Boston and New York than any other major Canadian city. The Halifax International Airport is the centre for all domestic, regional and international air services in Atlantic Canada.

Scheduled air service into Nova Scotia is available from all major Canadian cities, from all major United States cities through connecting airports in Boston, Newark and Washington, D.C., and from major European cities through connecting airports in London and Reykjavik.

An airport with service connections to all key Atlantic Canadian destinations is also located in Yarmouth.

Halifax International Airport

  • Approx. 1.5 hours drive (136km) from Bridgewater
  • Largest international airport in Atlantic Canada
  • Boston: 1 hour flight, New York: 2 hours
  • Serviced by major & regional carriers
  • Cargo handling

South Shore Regional Airport

  • 30-minute drive from Bridgewater (50km)
  • Serviced 24 hours
  • Recreational & corporate aviation
  • 4000-ft. runway, accomodates up to a Dash 8 aircraft
  • Liverpool Y.A.U - Phone: (902) 685-288

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Town Map

A street map of Bridgewater is available in PDF format for viewing and printing (8.5" x 14" 'legal' paper size). Click on the small map to view the PDF file (file size is 64KB).

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Bridgewater Industrial Park

The Bridgewater Industrial Park is located close to the boundary line of the town and is adjacent to Highway 103, the main highway along the South Shore. It is the only industrial park within Bridgewater and is managed by the Bridgewater Development Association. It has a total of 210 acres of serviced land and is zoned 'IN-Industrial' which allows for a wide range of permitted uses including industrial and many commercial applications. Bridgewater's largest employer, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc, is located within the park. Both sewer and water services extend through the park. The Bridgewater Industrial Park is the highest density of light industrial development within the county and as well, is the prime area for development. The Bridgewater Development Association (BDA) also has unserviced land available on the East Side of Bridgewater, which is zoned for residential or commercial development.

For an interactive map of the Industrial Park and profile of existing park businesses click on the map.

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Retail / Commercial Locations

Bridgewater has a number of commercial sites well suited to a variety of business applications. These range from traditional main street storefronts to a modern mall, plazas, and commercial office space including stately older properties that have been zoned commercial. A sampling of locations include:

Aberdeen Commercial Centre (1989):  2 story brick faade, handicap elevator, 15,000 sq. ft, units range 200 sq. ft 1200 sq. ft. For Leasing Info: 902-861-1889 or Fax: (902)861-1910
Bridgewater Mall (1975):  70 retail stores & services, anchor tenant is Zellers.

For leasing info call Atlantic Shopping Centres at (902)466-6686 or fax: (902)468-0546
Bridgewater Eastside Plaza (1975): 22 retail stores and services. 

For leasing info call Atlantic Shopping Centres at (902)466-6686 or fax: (902)468-0546
Bridgewater Plaza: 140,000-sq ft. (20 retail stores & services). Anchor Tenants, Sears & Save-Easy, CKBW. For leasing info call Gateway Realty: (902)499-0319 
Bridgewater Town Centre (King Street): For Leasing info on properties contact Bridgewater Town Centre Development Corporation, 426 King Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 1A9
Telephone 902-543-6782
Fax 902-543-7966
Dawson Centre (2000):  30,000 sq. ft, 3 story, glass, centrally located Class A Building with latest air handling units, ample parking. Suites from 1000 12,000 sq. ft., anchor tenants include Watts Communications Call Centre & Nesbitt Burns. For leasing info call: (902)466-6686 or fax: (902)468-0546
South Shore Medical Arts Centre: 3 story, 29,000 sq. ft brick building, complete electric air handling, and elevators. Suites from 600-2000 sq. feet. Leasing Info contact LaHave Investments, PO Box 100, LaHave, NS, B0R 1C0
Telephone: 902-688-2773
Fax: 902-688-2766
Email: lahaveseafoods@eastlink.ca

Leases range between $10.00 - $25.00 per square foot depending on requirement and duration of lease.

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