Argyle is...

  • tusket islandwide-open natural spaces
  • safe and quiet communities
  • neighbours who watch out for each other
  • beautiful, clean and scenic
  • a culturally rich area
  • affordable housing and residential tax costs
  • deep-rooted history
  • environmentally conscious 

Reimagine rural living where all of the above apply and Argyle also makes up the largest percentage of LFA 34 (Lobster Fishing Area). This small area accounts for approximately 25% of all lobster landed in Canada. Our waters are some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. We have a population of approximately 8000 people. Our economy is centred on our various lucrative fisheries.

Argyle is also known as “Par-en-Bas”, which translates to “down below” which is a reference to our placement on the map of Nova Scotia. We have a very strong Acadian francophone presence in our communities and settlement in our region dates back to the 1600s.

Our Acadian heritage is very evident in the French spoken by nearly 60% of our population. Acadian ingenuity has also left its mark on our architecture. Their fine craftsmanship can be seen in many of the older homes that dot our landscape. We are home to the province’s first wind farm- 17 towering windmills overlook Lobster Bay and the Pubnico Harbour. This “first” is also a testament to our resourcefulness and strong work ethic.

Our community also boasts a rich history of Anglophone settlers and thousands of years of Mi’kmaq presence.

Argyle has some of the lowest outmigration rates of any rural area in the province. We are home to 6 schools that are managed by two strong school boards that provide our children with an education in either English or French.

The Municipality of Argyle is a true combination of thriving business opportunities, recreational possibilities and an outstanding array of community services. We are very pleased to introduce our new website, featuring information and resources for residents and visitors alike. We hope that you find it to be a valuable tool as you explore what our communities have to offer.

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.