A South Shore jewel that straddles counties
A community of about 400 residents, Hubbards is in many ways a split personality. The heart of the village is divided almost down the middle, with the western half in Lunenburg county and the eastern end inside the limits of the Halifax Regional Municipality. There are two beaches, one that attracts tens of thousands of tourists and townies from the capital, and another that is mostly frequented by locals.
But what isn't divided is the population, a mix of locals and come-from-aways, professionals and trades, who all think Hubbards is just the right size, and in just the right location. The village has two coffee shops, three restaurants, a plaza with a proper grocery store, pharmacy and NSLC, a public library, community centre, and is home to the Shore Club, one of the last active dance halls in the province, showcasing national music talent and lobster dinners.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about Hubbards is how active residents are in community development. Several non-partizan, citizen-led groups exist that have taken on running summertime children's activities at the community centre, helping refugees from Syria settle in, and organize non-profit events like the Hubbards Waterfront Association summer movie nights, and Hubbards famous farmers market.
Perhaps the group that deserves special credit is the Hubbards Streetscape project, a coalition of residents who organized through Facebook and other means as a response to high speed traffic on St Margarets Bay road, also known as NS route 3, which comes right past the elementary school and through the heart of the village.
For years, parents and teachers worried about the safety of children and other pedestrians, who had to regularly contend with speeders, and the lack of a sidewalk or safe place for residents to walk to and from the village centre. Occasional RCMP presence helped, but something more permanent needed to be done, so the Streetscape Project proposed new traffic calming measures and approached TIR, municipal and provincial governments. The result was new radar signage installed in December, and they are now exploring ways to add a proper sidewalk to run the length of the village centre.
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