Community Profile – Amherst, NS

A community can be defined by a great many things. The people? Definitely. The amenities? Most certainly. The job prospects? Absolutely. And, indeed, the housing is also a big part of the fabric of a community.

Considering all this, you may think the community you live in – simply put – rocks! REALTORS® living and working in Nova Scotia can attest that a great many communities do. And that’s what we hope to share with you in this new series. REALTORS® want to reacquaint you with the places, people and (naturally) the homes that build a community up! Whether you are living here, or living away, Nova Scotia communities are unique, welcoming and affordable places to live. It’s worth celebrating.

The town of Amherst, located on the Cumberland Basin, is just a short drive from the Nova Scotia – New Brunswick border and an hour from the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. This historic town, founded in 1764, is the largest town in Cumberland County. It attracts residents and visitors from across Atlantic Canada for both its historic architecture, business opportunities, and outdoor activities.

With its position in the centre of the Maritime Provinces, Amherst is well positioned to serve as a centre for local transportation, including imports and exports to and from neighbouring provinces. Amherst also hosts a business community that includes a fully serviced industrial park, many big box retail outlets, and a variety of local small and medium-sized businesses.

In downtown Amherst, visitors and residents can enjoy historical walking tours that showcase Victorian era homes and buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. The Amherst Mural Project, supported by the Downtown Amherst Revitalization Society (DARS), is also a popular feature on these tours. The Mural Project began as an initiative to beautify the town, and build a sense of pride in the history and culture of Amherst. Visitors can see multiple murals around town, and are often challenged to see just how many different images they can find.

Amherst also boasts a number of other outdoor activities such as the Henry G. Ketchum Recreation Trail. This four kilometre trail winds along a historic railway bed, and was site of one of the most ambitious civil engineering projects in the world. The site was abandoned in the late 1800’s but the historic keystone bridge and suspension bridge remain for visitors to explore. Outdoor enthusiasts can also explore Amherst Shore Provincial Park with its campground, trails and beaches; visit the Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary, which is open year-round and features over 200 types of birds; or take a trip to the Amherst Golf & Country club for an 18-hole round or take a swing at the driving range.

The beautiful town of Amherst truly has something for everyone – from local shops to a bustling business park; outdoor trails and camping to peaceful bird-watching; and historical architecture to lively murals. Amherst is a great place to locate your family with activities and adventures for any taste, and, with its close proximity to other maritime provinces, it’s a great place to start your next Atlantic Canadian vacation.

Year-to-date fast facts (for Amherst and surrounding district):
Average sale price: $95,556
Average days on the market: 101
Number listings sold: 9
Municipal Deed Transfer Tax: 1.0%
Median age: 39    
Average Household Size: 2.20
Households with Children: 68%
Average Household Income: $44,383
*Data from NSAR’s MLS® System (2014 year-to-date) See for more demographics

This community profile series is brought to you by the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR). To learn more about featured communities in Nova Scotia, visit or contact your REALTOR®. *The data presented is collected through NSAR’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System and includes statistics from Northern Nova Scotia Region, sub-district 101 for year-to-date (January – November).

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