Oxford, Nova Scotia

Oxford, Nova Scotia

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Oxford, Nova Scotia

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Oxford is a town in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada 32 km (20 miles) east of Amherst. The town is directly serviced by Routes 104, 204, 301, and 321.


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.(WBMC is closed)


Oxford is located at the junctions of three rivers (Philip, Little and Black). A lot of the town lies in a floodplain and floods are common during the springtime. Other than the rivers there is also Salt Lake located between Black River Road and the Trans Canada Highway. Connecting the lake to River Philip are meadows and swampy areas. Because of its location in a flood plain the centre of town has little to no slope and only a few hills are located further away from the......
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