Bedford is located on the southern edge of the province, along the Bedford Basin. The community of over 23,000 people is considered a part of the Halifax Regional Municipality, and is treated as a suburb of the city of Halifax. Nearby communities include Dartmouth, Lucasville, Lower Sackville, and Beechville.
A number of lakes and other bodies of water can be found in and around the community, including Kearney Lake, Sandy Lake, Paper Mill Lake, Moirs Pond, Marsh Lake, and Jack Lake. Major roadways running through and near the community include Highways 1, 2, 7, 101, 102, and 213.
Province: Nova Scotia
Area: 72.97 km2
Bedford’s western section includes residential areas, an industrial area, shops, service providers, accommodations, churches, a laser tag facility, parks, restaurants, an arena complex, schools, a community centre, a medical centre, and lakes.
The central section of the community has residential areas, lakes, schools, parks, government offices, rivers, service providers, shops, restaurants, a shopping mall, churches, accommodations, an outdoor swimming pool, a veterinary office, a police department, an arena, and a recreation centre.
In the community’s eastern section, there are residential areas, parks, schools, lakes, rivers, an industrial park, shops, service providers, a tennis centre, a recreation centre, a dance academy, and restaurants.
The BMO Centre is a large arena complex featuring four NHL-sized ice pads, a large foyer, a large multipurpose room, a sports retail store, large change rooms, concession services, administration offices, and four beach volleyball courts. The complex is used for hockey, public ice skating, figure skating, ringette, ball hockey, and beach volleyball. Meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, ice pads, and beach volleyball courts can be booked for private functions and tournaments throughout the year.
Those who enjoy hiking will find many opportunities to get outdoors in and around Bedford. Admiral Cove Park offers 29 hectares of wilderness with about 2 km of hiking trails that wind through forested areas and lead to high cliffs with stunning views. Hemlock Ravine Park, located just south of Bedford, is a 200-acre park with 4 km of walking trails that are also used for cross-country skiing (winter), cycling (summer), and snowshoeing (winter). The park also has a pond that offers great birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities. A number of small neighbourhood parks throughout the community have ball diamonds, sports fields, greenspace, playgrounds, and walking paths.
Bedford’s key industries are similar to those of the rest of the Halifax Regional Municipality, which include agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, natural gas extraction, manufacturing, construction, communications, professional services, educational services, retail, and accommodation and food services. Many small, local businesses also contribute to the community’s economy and these include service providers, shops, and restaurants. Bedford also has an industrial park, which is home to many professional and retail businesses.
The Halifax Chamber of Commerce provides many resources, networking opportunities, and other forms of support to local business owners, as well as to those looking to invest in the community.
The western section of the community has mostly newer-built, mid-priced single-family homes and row housing options. There are also some large luxury homes that come with hefty price tags. More affordable older homes, as well as condo options, can be found closer to the city centre in this section.
Single-family homes tend to be a bit older in the central section of Bedford, and are therefore more affordable than most of the homes found in the western section. There are numerous condo options here, in both newer and older buildings. Some vacant land and commercial space can also be found in this section.
A mix of newer and older single-family homes at low- to mid-range prices is common in the community’s eastern section, and these tend to be on large, rural-style lots. Affordable commercial space and vacant land is also available here.
Bedford’s schooling options include Bedford South School, Basinview Drive Community School, Sunnyside Elementary School, Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford Elementary Academy, Rocky Lake Junior High School, Sandy Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Academy, Ecole Beaubassin, Hillside Park Elementary School, and Sandy Lake Academy. Other schooling options can be found in nearby communities.
Bedford doesn’t offer any post-secondary options within its boundaries, so residents must look to nearby communities for options such as Nova Scotia Community College, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, daVinci College, and the University of King’s College.