COW BAY, Halifax County - A settlement located on Cow Bay west of Cole Harbour approximately eight miles south-east of Dartmouth, more commonly called Silver Sands. It is called after the name of one of the original grantees, Robert Cowie, who with Roger Hill, received a 400 acre grant about 1763. Charles Palmer and Richard Monday had land there by 1772.
An Anglican Christ Church was consecrated January 11,1893. A Presbyterian church was opened on September 1, 1873.
Joseph Browner was schoolmaster here in 1832, and a school-house was built about 1833. A new school was built about 1866.
Cow Bay commenced to be a summer resort area for people from Dartmouth about 1866. Shortly before 1923 the beach was renamed "Silver Sands". The ship, Senator Morgan, was wrecked here on February 1, 1891. In August, 1895, gold was discovered by D. M. Thompson, and a stamp mill was erected that winter. It is now a suburb of Dartmouth.
The population in 1956 was 183.