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Oxford, Nova Scotia

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Communities in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Towns & Villages
Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada
Community Statistics
Area 10.76 km²
Population 1,178 *
Population density 109.5 /km²*
Average earnings $CDN 22,183 +
Latitude 45° 43′ 50″ N
Longitude 63° 52′ 24″ W
Elevation 5 to 18 Meters
Founded 1791
Mayor Lloyd Jenkins
Governing Body Oxford Town Council
Date Incorporated April 19, 1904
Other Information
Time zone AST
Postal Code B0M 1P0
Telephone Exchange(s) 902 - 447, 552,
* According to StatCan Census Year 2006
+ Average Household Income

Oxford is a small Canadian town (Population: 1,178 as of 2006 ) located in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia about 32 km (20 miles) east of Amherst.


Oxford was founded in 1791 by settler Richard Thompson. The name "Oxford" is derived from the shallow river that was used to enter Oxford. Early settlers often found it easy to use Oxen to cross, or "ford", the river, and thus the town's name was born.

Oxford is the Canadian wild blueberry capital and houses several blueberry attractions, such as The Wild Blueberry and Maple Center, a blueberry museum, and a giant blueberry sculpture. The part of Cumberland County south of Oxford hosts numerous lowbush blueberry fields. Oxford Frozen Foods is the largest employer in the town and is owned by John Bragg of Collingwood who also owns Bragg Communications, a telecommunications company in the Maritime Provinces.

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