The Historic Downtown
The Historic Downtown is Bridgewater’s central shopping district. Founded on historic King Street a century ago, the downtown remains the heart of the community. In addition to King Street, over time Bridgewater’s bustling core has grown across the river to include LaHave Street – home to the South Shore Centre, with its many shops and boutiques, and other retail businesses ranging from clothing to sporting goods to the cinema. The downtown district is compact and walkable; you can park and explore both sides of the river, relax by the water’s edge at Pijinuiskaq Park or have a meal at one of the pubs or restaurants.
The Eastside business district is home to many practical and human services, ranging from automobile dealerships and related businesses to professional and health services. Close to the regional hospital, the Eastside has several office facilities with complementary services as well on Aberdeen Road, Glen Allan Drive and North Street. The Eastside is also close to the growing Glen Allan residential subdivision. As one of the gateways to the community, the area is a busy part of Bridgewater.
The Westside offers a mix of professional services centered on Dufferin Street. Whether you are looking for legal, financial or medical advice, you’ll find several firms offering professional services in this part of Town. Other points of interest include the Dawson Centre and the Bridgewater Police Service headquarters.
High Street is another important destination on the Westside. Here you’ll find the Lunenburg County Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College, numerous fast-food restaurants and the Lunenburg County Justice Centre. The intersection of High Street and Dominion Street is home to a number of retail businesses, anchored by Gow’s Home Hardware, Bridgewater Pharmacy, Giant Tiger and No Frills.
The Westside is also home to the South Shore Exhibition, one of Nova Scotia’s largest agricultural fairs held each year in July.
The Bridgewater Business Park
The Bridgewater Business Park is the South Shore’s largest industrial park. The Park’s oldest and largest tenant is Michelin North America Inc., one of three facilities operated by the French tire manufacturer in Nova Scotia. Michelin is Bridgewater’s largest employer, and its workforce provides a strong consumer market for the local business community. The Park is also home to several wholesale businesses operating in the commercial and industrial sectors, numerous government services including Access Nova Scotia and a mix of contractors, automotive and business services.
An expansion of the Business Park is underway north of Highway 103, with a new interchange and connector roads under construction. The expanded area of the Park is expected to open for new development by 2025.