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Moving to a new place can be challenging, especially if this is your first time living in Canada. Drop by Town Hall at 400 Main St. and we'll happily answer any questions you have about your new home. Our Economic Development Officer and the Mayor would love to meet you! To find essential community services, please see our Community Directory.

On behalf of everyone here, welcome to Yarmouth!

Our Town

The Town of Yarmouth is the regional centre of southwestern Nova Scotia. The Town's population of nearly 7,000 people doubles on weekdays with the influx of workers and students from surrounding areas. Yarmouth is the financial, business, education, and lifestyle centre for the 70,000 people who live in the tri-counties of Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne. The port of Yarmouth, located in the heart of the world's largest lobster fishing grounds, is central to Yarmouth's history and development. With Canada's most lucrative fishing industry, Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores have a culture and economy historically tied to fishing and related industries.

We're located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. New Brunswick is located to the north, separated by the Bay of Fundy. Halifax is just over 300 kilometres away, while Maine, USA is located to the northwest. Our area has an oceanic climate as the maritime influences temper any major hot or cold fluctuations. There is little snow accumulation during the winters because of the mild temperature. Precipitation is significant and distributed throughout the year, while summers are relatively mild.

Checklist for Moving In

  • Apply for a family doctor. Call 1 (844) 491-5891 if you're looking for a family doctor, nurse practitioner, or other primary health care service. There are also a variety of programs and services available to people without family physicians, outlined by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
  • Call for community services. By calling 211, you can get access to thousands of essential services anywhere in Nova Scotia, including refugee assistance, newcomer services, and more.
  • School registration. Registering your children for school is quick and easy – to get started, visit our Education page and find contact information for local schools.
  • Taxes and utilities. Learn how to access water, sewer, and electric services, plus resources for paying taxes.
  • Update your drivers license. Head to the local Access Nova Scotia office at 10 Starrs Rd.

What You Need To Know

Town of Yarmouth

 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood


Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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