The aboriginal


name for LaHave


River was




meaning “having


long joints."

 This is the first known map of the Kingsburg area drawn by a European. Samuel de Champlain drew this in 1604. In his journal he wrote "On the 8th of the same month, we sighted Cap de la Hève, to the east of which is a bay, containing several islands covered with fir-trees. On the main land are oaks, elms, and birches. It joins the coast of La Cadie at the latitude of 44˚5˙, and at 16˚15˙ of the deflection of the magnetic needle . . ."

Champlain's explanation
of his map

The figures indicate fathoms of water.
A. The place where vessels anchor.
B. A small river dry at low tide.
C. Places where the savages have their cabins.
D. Shoal at the entrance of the harbor.

E. A small island covered with wood.
F. Cape de la Heve.

G. Bay where there are many islands covered with wood.
H. A river extending six or seven leagues inland with but little water.

I. A pond near the sea.

Map of West Ironbound in relation to Nova Scotia

Map of West Ironbound in relation to

This map is from 1869 and calls Kingsburg "Kingsbury" and has West Ironbound Island as "Ironbound Island." Click here for the full map online.