Kentville is one of the largest towns in Annapolis Valley, and is the county seat of Kings County. It retains a modest, but growing population.
Kentville also has a strong recreation department with a number of high quality recreational facilities. The Kentville Centennial Arena hosts sports yearround from hockey, ball hockey and figure skating. The town also houses a large indoor soccer arena and numerous other outdoor baseball and soccer fields, pool, tennis courts and playgrounds for local children. There is also a recreational trail that runs the length of the valley
During the early part of the 20th century Kentville emerged as the business centre of Kings County, it remains so to this day. Kentville is home to numerous professional services such as law offices, accounting, doctors, and investment firms. On the outskirts of the town is the Valley Regional Hospital and the Annapolis Valley Regional Industrial Park which employs numerous people in the area through a variety of different businesses.
Kentville is home to one of the largest agricultural research facilities in Nova Scotia founded in 1911, known to the locals as The Research Station. The site now employs over 200 people and sits on 473 acres (1.91 km2) of the land at the east end of the town. It’s park like setting is a popular spot for photos and picnics.