About the district

District 1 has a population of nearly 21,000 residents and is made up of suburban residential neighborhoods and rural farming communities.

Known for its pristine lakes, natural forests and beautiful wilderness areas, the Musquodoboit region is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise and is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The picturesque Musquodoboit River flows through the majority of the valley and passes through the communities of Upper and Middle Musquodoboit, Elderbank, and Meagher's Grant. The upper part of the Musquodoboit Valley comprises the largest farming district in HRM, while Upper and Middle Musquodoboit  serve as a centre for many of the surrounding communities and have a hospital, RCMP outlet, schools, recreation centre, and library.

A traditional Mi’kmaq territory prior to European settlement, Fall River gets its name from a stream running between Lake Thomas and Lake Miller whose waterfall supplied power for several mills during the 19th century. Today, Fall River is a growing and vibrant suburban community made up of newer subdivisions and many young families. The community is also home to several schools, shopping areas and a fire station. It is also home to the Gordon R. Snow Community Centre, which features a large skate park, gym, and multi-purpose community room.

Waverley is a suburban community with a rich history in gold mining. The community is home to the Cheema Aquatic Club, a canoe and kayak club known for producing high caliber national and Olympic Team athletes.

District 1 is also home to the award-winning Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Is it Atlantic Canada’s principal, full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across the globe, and is the 8th busiest airport in Canada in passenger traffic, handling an average of 3 million passengers a year. In 2016, the Halifax Stanfield Airport was rated by passengers as being among the best airports in the world by the Skytrax World Airport Awards and top 10 in North America.