Upper Sackville is perfect for people who want to live in the country — but still have to make a living near the city. Rambling yards, acres of woodland, and plenty of privacy all lend homes here that rural feeling, but two major commerce centres are just 35 minutes away.

Life in Upper Sackville is bracketed by lakes. Lewis and Springfield Lakes both have camps and recreational boats available, and Lake Pockwock is just the other side of the highway. Smaller lakes and waterways like Little Deadwater feed the systems of streams and brooks that trickle through so many backyards in this community. It’s the perfect setting for an evening ramble with a dog, or the early fieldwork of a young explorer.

Homes here are solid, meant to withstand the wet and the wind of a Nova Scotian winter. The standard-issue wood stoves and proper insulation keep residents cozy through many a howling ice storm. And after the storm lifts? Well, outdoor living is in the DNA of Upper Sackvillians.

The forest trails and lakes offer four seasons of activity, whether you prefer wild skating on the smoothest, blackest ponds or shooting down the trails on a roaring snowmobile, the winter sports are limitless with so much ground. And in the warmer months, canoeing, swimming, camping, noodling, hiking… there’s no limit, either. And if you (or your kids) prefer more organized sports, groomed baseball and soccer fields are also on hand.

Many of the lake shores in and around Upper Sackville were once scattered with Haligonians’ fishing cottages, and some of that old-fashioned, leisurely atmosphere still remains. The community is tight-knit, and businesses hereabouts are all locally owned — small mechanics and contractors — the kind of place you can imagine dropping in for a coffee before heading out on the lake.

But Nova Scotia heritage in this area stretches back much further than that. Just minutes away from the centre of Upper Sackville, past the skate park and the provincial park, you’ll find the Uniacke Eastate Museum Park. A fine example of Georgian architecture in the British colonies, the descendants of Richard John Uniacke made a gif of the estate and its contents to the province in 1950s. The museum is lovingly maintained, and the extensive trails through the property trace their way through old-growth hemlock. One trail follows the Old Post Road, once the stagecoach route from Halifax to Windsor, and originally a Mi’kmaq portage route.

The modern highway is in better condition, and access from virtually anywhere in Upper Sackville is less than 10 minutes’ drive. And from the highway, Halifax and Dartmouth are about 30 minutes in one direction, and Windsor is 30 minutes in the other direction. Hammonds Plains and Bedford are even closer.

Upper Sackville is a hidden gem, and our agents know its facets better than anyone. Give Century21 a call today, and we’ll help you find your very own lake house or forest cabin — the perfect place to call home.