Designation

Hillsborough River

Why Was the River Designated?

The 45 km Hillsborough River was designated in 1997 in recognition of the importance of its human heritage and recreational values. For centuries, the Mi’kmaq people fished and camped along its shores and, beginning in the early 18th century, Europeans settled here. For most of its length, the Hillsborough is a tidal estuary with extensive saltmarshes creating a rich breeding area for thousands of marsh birds.