District 13 has a population of approximately 24,200 residents and is comprised of suburban residential neighborhoods and small coastal towns and communities.
The village of Hammonds Plains was established in 1786 and was also one of the first African Canadian communities in Nova Scotia. The area became known for its timber trade and many mills. Since the 1960s, Hammonds Plains has become a major Halifax suburban residential destination with the formation of many large subdivisions. Today, Hammonds Plains is a growing and engaged community with the natural beauty of a rural area and all the amenities of the downtown Halifax just minutes away.
The district is also home to a number of small coastal communities – including Queensland, Boutiliers Point, Seabright and Hackett’s Cove - famous for their beautiful beaches.
The district features a number of beautiful trails and parks, including St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails and the Bluff Wilderness hiking area.
It is also home to Peggy’s Cove, one of Nova Scotia’s most famous tourist attractions. Peggy’s Cove is a small fishing community and home to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse – perhaps one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. Peggy’s Cove is famed for its picturesque landscapes and although it has been designated a preservation area, remains an active fishing community.
District 13 is a popular area for families and includes many amenities including Hatfield Farm, Glen Arbour Golf Course, and the Hammonds Plains Community Centre. The Centre is a spacious, fully-accessible recreation facility featuring a full-size gymnasium, fitness centre, community meeting space, performance art venue, and full-size FIFA and CFL artificial turf facility.