Yarmouth town hall was officially opened in June 1993

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Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had visited Yarmouth as part of his campaign travels, as federal election day drew closer. Trudeau – whose stop in Yarmouth was the subject of a story in the Vanguard’s June 5, 1968 edition – had, while here, announced that the federal government would provide a new Digby-to-Saint John ferry. Trudeau had spoken at what the paper described as “probably the biggest political rally in the town’s history.”

On the local sports scene, the 1968 Yarmouth stock car racing season was about to begin. The races were held at the exhibition grounds Sunday afternoons, but there were plans to install a lighting system, perhaps paving the way, later in the season, for night racing.

Also in the Vanguard:

--Damp weather had helped keep the forest fire hazard low in western Nova Scotia. The Department of Lands and Forests reported one fire in the past two weeks.

--Researchers in Halifax reportedly were working on an experiment to fatten lobsters.


Two university students were to spend the next three months conducting a survey of houses built before 1880, part of a nationwide inventory of historic buildings. The project, which would look at houses between Yarmouth and Clark’s Harbour, was “connected with the first phase of a coast-to-coast survey of Canada’s architectural heritage,” the Vanguard reported in its June 6, 1973 edition.

Also in the paper 40 years ago:

--Getting a new water system remained an issue for the Town of Yarmouth, the matter having been discussed at a town council meeting.

--Mi’kmaq culture had been the focus of a presentation at the June meeting of the Yarmouth County Historical Society.

--The defending provincial champion Yarmouth Mooseheads had opened their senior baseball season by defeating Clark’s Harbour 5-2, thanks in part to a first-inning two-run homer by Donnie MacDonald.


The Town of Yarmouth had established a parking commission, which would be responsible for the town’s parking facilities. One of the new body’s major projects was expected to be further development of the Collins Street parking lot.

Other things in the news (from the Vanguard’s June 7, 1978 edition):

--Planning was underway for the Municipality of Argyle’s first Acadian festival, to be held in Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau in a couple of months.

--A mental health clinic was to open at the Yarmouth hospital.

--The Manor Inn had been sold and the new owners planned to run the facility year-round.

--Work was underway at the site of what was billed as a shopping mall for Parade Street.


An official opening had been held for the new RCMP subdivision headquarters in Yarmouth. It was the subject of a story in the Vanguard’s June 8, 1983 edition. Referring to the $1.2-million facility on Starrs Road, a senior member of the RCMP in Nova Scotia said the mobilization of “resources, both human and material, will be made easier with the subdivision and make enforcement more cohesive.”

Also in the news:

--The Yarmouth Lions Club had honoured Dr. G.A.W. Angus as its citizen of the year. The award had been presented during the club’s 27th annual charter night dinner.

--Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s employment and immigration minister at the time, was slated to speak at an upcoming event at Université Sainte-Anne.


There was talk of a resort and condominium complex being developed at Cape Forchu, but a spokesman for the U.S.-based developer said it was too early to say whether the project would go ahead, the Vanguard reported in its June 7, 1988 edition. Among the reasons the Yarmouth area was being considered, the spokesman said, were its proximity to northern New England and its strong air and air and sea transportation links.

On another transportation note, the future of the rail line between Yarmouth and Kentville was uncertain and, if the line was abandoned – as Canadian Pacific was looking to do – it likely would lead to the end of Yarmouth’s Via Rail passenger service, said John Pearce of Transport 2000.


There didn’t seem to be much hope of re-opening the mothballed tin mine in East Kemptville. The low price of tin remained the main obstacle to anyone taking over the mine, the Vanguard noted in its June 8, 1993 edition. The province had been looking for a buyer for the mine since Rio Algom had shut it down in early 1992.

Yarmouth’s town hall was about to be officially opened. June 9 (Yarmouth’s natal day) was the scheduled date for a ceremony where the town’s new administrative home was to be formally unveiled, although the building had been in use for several months.







Organizations: Department of Lands and Forests, RCMP, Yarmouth County Historical Society Yarmouth hospital Manor Inn Yarmouth Lions Club Canadian Pacific Via Rail Rio Algom

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Saint John Canada Halifax Collins Street Argyle Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau Parade Street Starrs Road U.S. New England Kentville East Kemptville

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