Village of Port Williams

Biggest Little Port in the World

The residents of Port Williams enjoy life in a thriving and picturesque Village. An agricultural community with excellent schools, continuous residential growth, business opportunities, fine recreational facilities, easy access to all amenities, all surrounded by the beauty of Minas Basin tides and dyke lands. Its history is rich with the legacy of the Mi'kmaq, Acadians, and Planters. Its future is bright with the promise of those who choose to live, work and raise their families here.

Port Williams 2Port Williams is located in Kings County, Nova Scotia, between and to the north, of the towns of Wolfville and Kentville. The Village area comprises all the land between the Canard and Cornwallis Rivers, extending approximately two miles east to Starr's Point and two miles west to Tiny Parish Road.

Visitors may reach the village via Nova Scotia Highway 101 west from Halifax or east from Yarmouth at Exit 11. Signs for Prescott House Museum and Blomidon Park are located at this intersection.

The parking area before the bridge at the entrance to Port Williams offers an excellent opportunity to view the Minas Basin tides facing the old wharf which was once a hub of activity (see History). Tourists and residents often choose to enter the pathway to the dyke at this point and enjoy the flora, fauna and salt air of the marsh and dykeland.

Village of Port Williams Representative Volunteer of the Year
Harold B. Legge Volunteer of the Year
Ernie Hovell

  Hovell Ernie PVA    Village AGM 2017

Ernie is always ready to serve his community. He knows how to organize people and keep projects on time and within financial constraints. With the help of his many contacts, he is able to make things happen in the Village. He is active in many organizations and in many roles including being a Charter and Life member of the Port Williams and District Lions Club for 47 years, treasurer (40 years) and grave lot marker (22 years) at St. John’s Anglican Church, Parish of Cornwallis. He has also been a village commissioner of Port Williams for 11 years, life member (50 years) and past national director with the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers, as well as a member for 53 years and past director of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.

Ernie is particularly proud of the 40-foot addition of that was added to the Port Williams Community Centre while he was president of the Lions Club. Ernie was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Clubs International Foundation in 2015 for dedicated humanitarian services and received the Democracy 250 Citizenship Certificate and Medallion in 2008 from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Ernie’s long standing record of volunteerism speaks for itself—his involvement with the local Lions Clubs, his church, the Village Commission, his alma mater, and his work peer groups all emphasize his efforts towards the Lions motto “We Serve”.

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