History of Chester
Chester, a historic seaside village, rich in tradition and hospitality, was officially founded in 1759 The first permanent European-descended settlers were a group from Massachusetts who came to the area in 1761.
Chester is one of the wealthiest communities (per capita) in the province of Nova Scotia with many seasonal and year-round estates and mansions. The nearby waters of Mahone Bay and its numerous islands are well known for yachting and have made Chester into a cruising destination.
Less than an hour's drive from Halifax. Chester is noted for saliling, golf, artisian studios and galleries, live theater productions and it's relaxing lifestyle.
What's Going On
Highlights of the summer season include great performances at the Chester Playhouse, home and garden tours, auctions, Chester Race Week and Sunday night band concerts. Come stroll our tree-lined streets and enjoy spectacular ocean views.
Take time to explore the neighbouring communities of Blandford and the Aspotogan Peninsula, New Ross, Chester Basin, Gold River and Western Shore, where you will find beautiful scenery, hiking trails and beaches, friendly folks and talented craftspeople.
Learn first-hand about our fishing, boat-building, forestry, barrel-making and gold-mining history. New Ross farm is Nova Scotia's agricultural museum, a wonderful destination for families to experience rural life of the 1800's.