Thriving in Port Williams
The residents of Port Williams are fortunate to live in a thriving 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 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. Take Exit 11 to Hwy. 1 in Greenwich. Turn right and immediately left on Route 358 north. 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.
The village itself is home to several businesses and is adjoined by an Industrial Park on the east. Residents are pleased to assist with directions and answer questions on local history. The Village Office, Fire Department and Murdoch C. Smith Memorial Library are located in the Community Centre on the left at 1045 Main Street. Hours of the Village Office and Library are posted and both sites are a good source of information on the Village and surrounding area. The village library contains a C@P (Community Access Program) site for your internet needs. The Post Office is on High Street (left from Main at Port Williams Baptist Church).
Before passing through Port Williams, take time to explore the Acadian Dyke Drive which begins by turning right from Main Street onto Starr's Point Road and is an alternate route toward the Village of Canning. See our History section for details on the Planters' Monument, Prescott House, Wellington Dyke, etc. reach via this route.
In the summer and fall, U-picks teem with activity here and at many other locations in the adjacent area. Strawberries, blueberries, apples, raspberries and more are ripe for the picking. If you like antiques and collectables, be sure to visit our shops. See our Business Directory for details.