* Sussex is a service community of 4,200 residents in Kings County, south central New Brunswick,
Canada. The Village of Sussex Corner is home to 1,400 people. This agricultural centre encompasses a service
area of 35,000 residents.
* The Sussex region is in the Atlantic Time Zone, putting it four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time
during standard hours and three hours behind GMT during Daylight Savings Time. That means when it's 9 am in Sussex, it's 8
am in Toronto, 6 am in Calgary and 5 am in Vancouver.
* We are on approximately the same latitude as Ottawa, Canada's capital city.
* The town was incorporated in 1904.
The Village of Sussex Corner was incorporated Nov. 9, 1966.
* Known as the "Dairytown" due to its strong agricultural heritage. The Sussex area was producing more than
half of the milk consumed in the Maritimes when the town was incorporated in 1904.
* Our community is widely recognized as a model Canadian community. It's also one of the most popular stops for Royal
visits. On the last such occasion, we were pleased to help Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002, with
the town rolling out the red carpet on Oct. 12 to welcome Her Majesty.
* The Sussex and Studholm Agricultural Society is the oldest co-operative movement in North America. Launched in 1841,
it predates Confederation by 26 years.
* Legend has it Sussex Vale businessman and politician Hugh McMonagle was pivotal in the creation of Canada.
Sir John A. Macdonald was at an impasse in trying to create one nation from "sea to shining sea" when he set to work convincing
McMonagle to join his cause. After much persuasion, he convinced the New Brunswick representative to switch political parties. The
story is Macdonald wanted someone who had the strength of character and personality to withstand the fallout
of such a shocking move. This gave Macdonald the numbers he needed to win the vote that lead to the Charlottetown conferences
and the birth of Canada.
* The internationally recognized 4-H movement for youth got its start in New Brunswick here in Sussex.
* Camp Sussex was the largest military training base in the region until the creation of CFB Gagetown.
* The history of Sussex and area is told in 26 larger-than-life murals
, with four in the Village of Sussex Corner
and 22 in the Town of Sussex
. This brilliant collection of world-quality outdoor art makes the region the Mural Capital of Atlantic Canada.
Books about our area:
All Our Born Days (A Lively History of New Brunswick's Kingston Peninsula) by Doris Calder
(C) 1984; ISBN 0-920187-01-3; Percheron Press, Sackville
An Anecdotal History of Kings County by Dorothy Dearborn
Published by Neptune Publishing
The Dollar Woman, a play by Alden Nowlan and Walter Learning (1976)
Hampton Consolidated School -- A Story Worth Telling by David G. Keirstead
The History of Sussex Corner, edited by W. Harvey Dalling
The Spirit of Sussex series (Three volumes)
The Story of Sussex and Vicinity by Grace Aiton
(C) 1967; Published by the Kings County Historical Society
maintains an impressive collection of works on Sussex and New Brunswick history
* Agriculture, retail and light manufacturing make up the local economy.
* Eight of the 16 Kings County covered bridges are within a 10-minute drive of downtown Sussex. This
is one of the reasons the area is known as the Covered Bridge Capital of Atlantic Canada.
* The Town of Sussex, from the border it shares with Sussex Corner to the west end of Main Street, is
4.1 km wide. Town boundaries circle 9.03 square kilometres.
* Princess Louise Park, part of the former Camp Sussex military training ground in the centre of town,
is 30 acres. Camp Sussex was originally 300 acres.
* The Sussex industrial park, on Leonard Drive, is nearly 130 acres.
* Fundy National Park is half an hour away via Route 114, while another 20 minutes will get you to the
shores of the world famous Bay of Fundy.
* To see our Flowerpot or Hopewell Rocks
, a great 75 min drive on Rte. 114 will get you there.
* Grand Lake, to the west, is 173.5 square km, and 30 m deep.
* The Petitcodiac or "Chocolate" River winds along 129 km of New Brunswick countryside. The mighty Saint John River,
which runs nearly the length of New Brunswick, is 673 km!
The temperate climate places the region in the 5a and 5b Canadian plant hardiness zone.
* Southern New Brunswick averages between 200 cm and 300 cm of snow per year.
New Brunswick in a nutshell
New Brunswick is the largest of the three Maritime provinces at 73,000 square kilometres. Approximately
85 per cent of that, or 6.1 million hectares, is forested. Our famous coastline, measuring 1,850 km, encompasses the internationally
renowned Bay of Fundy.
Approximately 750,000 people call New Brunswick home, with the City of Saint John being the largest urban
centre (pop. 90,762). Moncton, in the east, is a close second (pop. 90,359), with our capital city, Fredericton, third (pop.
How do you say...
Several Maliseet names were adopted for Kings County communities and landmarks. Today, we pronounce
those names as:
Anagance - AN - a - gance "a portage"
Apohaqui - A - pa - HAWK means "meeting of the waters"
Nauwigewauk - Naw - WIJ - a - walk "Maliseet name for the river"
Plumweseep - Plum - SWEEP "salmon and river"
Quispamsis - Quis - PAM - sis "little lake in the woods"
Fun facts about the Sussex area...
* If Daisy, the giant cow at Hwy Exit 195, was producing milk, the annual output of a cow her size would keep the 4,200
residents of Sussex supplied with 1 litre of milk per day for six months!
* It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream. Then, there are an average 50 delicious licks in a single
scoop ice cream cone!
* The combined length of Kings County's 16 covered bridges, according to Department of Transportation measurements, is
7,777 feet! How lucky is that!
* The average inflated hot air balloon is as tall as 1.5 tractor-trailer trucks are long! Specially shaped
hot air balloons can be up to twice as long as that!