Author Ernest Buckler was born in West Dalhousie (d. 1984). Best known for his novels The Mountain and the Valley (1952) and The Cruelest Month (1963). He was educated at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto (Philosophy) and later returned to rural Nova Scotia to farm and write. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1974 and also won the Leacock Award for Humour (1978) for his work Whirligig.