New Glasgow is a beautiful riverside town of 9,075 residents, located in northern Nova Scotia, which serves as the commercial-service centre for the region of Pictou County with a population of 45,643. The Town’s key strategies are investment in infrastructure, commercial development, environmental stewardship, downtown revitalization, cultural, diversity, strategic partnerships and regional cooperation, health and safety, the creative economy and healthy lifestyles. These combined with strong core services and enhanced communications set the stage for commercial, environmental, tourism, heritage and social sustainability and growth for New Glasgow.
Founded by Scottish settlers in 1784, the town was named after Glasgow, Scotland. Once a thriving shipbuilding centre, New Glasgow is now the retail service centre for the region with dynamic retail and service, financial and professional sectors. Since the Town’s very beginnings, New Glasgow’s people have created and carried on a legacy of excellence in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, education, social leadership, human rights, athletics, entertainment, music and all three orders of government. New Glasgow is the birthplace of three Nova Scotia premiers, several provincial and federal cabinet ministers, and municipal leaders serving at provincial and national levels. Its people have a generosity of spirit, a commitment to excellence and a vision that enriches the community, the region and beyond the nation’s boundaries in the world.
New Glasgow is proud to count among its own such prominent Nova Scotians as the late Dr. Carrie Best, a human rights activist and journalist; Captain George MacKenzie, the father of Nova Scotia Shipbuilding; former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm; Order of Canada actor Walter Borden; former Canadian Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay; George Durning one of the first Caring Canadian recipients and Doris Mason, internationally recognized musician and producer. Two of New Glasgow’s sons, Jon Sim and Colin White have brought the Stanley Cup home to New Glasgow on three occasions. Also from New Glasgow are former NHLers Derrick Walser and Troy Gamble. Lee Ann Dalling was a world-class power lifter and fomrer power lifter Francis Long was also a national title holder while former NHLer Lowell MacDonald a Bill Masterton Award winner played his minor hockey in New Glasgow at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium. Of recent popular renown, are New Glasgow born Nashville Star runner-up George Canyon and INXS rock band front man JD Fortune. Former Mayor Ann MacLean, the first female mayor in the history of New Glasgow, was also a former president of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities. Former Town Councillor Henderson Paris is also known nationally for his work in human rights and as founder of the Run Against Racism- now called the Marathon of Respect and Equalit, which he serves as honorary chair.
The businesses acumen of New Glaswegians and Pictonians has also been responsible for the growth of this “merchant town” since the days of the area’s first trading post. The story of how the Presbyterian synod from New Glasgow and its missionaries shaped and changed the educational system in Trinidad and Tobago is a poignant example of how this leadership and caring has been felt internationally. This spirit of social consciousness is still embodied today by private citizens and the corporate community as they continue to live the values of selflessly lending a helping hand, whether it is close to home for a charity or for worldwide humanitarian causes.
The tree-lined streets of New Glasgow reveal impressive Victorian architecture with many beautifully crafted buildings and homes made of sandstone and brick. New Glasgow has quality educational facilities, a regional hospital, a performing arts theatre, a regional library, a full service marina, two groomed walking trails, several parks and playgrounds, franchised accommodations and a diverse selection of restaurants and entertainment. The town is home to a Weeks Junior A hockey franchise and has been the host site for elite hockey events that have included the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, the Air Canada Cup and the Fred Page Challenge Cup. Since 2007, the Sobeys Slam has been hosted at the former John Brother MacDonald Stadium three times as part of the World Curling Tour’s Grand Slam series; The Sobeys Slam was one of only three women’s stops on the tour, joining curling hotbeds Calgary and Winnipeg as host cities. This fall New Glasgow and all communities of Pictou County will host the 2015 Nova Scotia 55+Games from September 17-19. The region has had several new recreational venues built during the past several years including the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
New Glasgow has a multitude of lauded festivals and events including Art at Night, The Music Jubilee, Johnny Miles Running Event, the Marathon of Respect and Equality, Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival, The Festival of the Tartans- New Glasgow's Highland Games, Harvest Time and New Glasgow Culture Days and is home to the longest running Music Festival in Canada. In 2015, the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend celebrated 40 years, the Pictou County Relay for Life marked 10 years and the New Glasgow Music Jubilee will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The Town of New Glasgow is committed to a more sustainable community. The town has adopted the FCM Best Practices InfraGuide for core infrastructure, has embarked on a new energy savings program, is at the fifth milestone for Partners for Climate Protection and has also been recognized with environmental stewardship, health and municipal policy awards.
The Town of New Glasgow participates in the national Community in Bloom program and has received a top rating of Five Blooms in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The town has been cited by CIB for its environmental stewardship, riverfront revitalization, public space making, heritage preservation, tidiness, community involvement and the Communities in Bloom Strategic Plan. In 2010, New Glasgow won a national outstanding achievement award in the criteria category of "Community of Gardeners” given for outstanding achievement in both private and public green spaces and recognizes commitment to greening and beautification as well as community spirit. In 2011 it received the top award in its population category of 7,500-10,000 and also was given the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award at the Tourism Industry Association Crystal awards in the fall of 2011. The Federation of Canadian Independent Business Federation also rated New Glasgow as the top entrepreneurial city in Nova Scotia and fourth in Atlantic Canada.spirit. In 2013 New Glasgow won the best community display at the national CIB Symposium and has been a member of the Communiites in Bloom Circle of Excellence since 2012. in 2016, the Town of New Glasgow was named on the 2016 NS Lt. Governor's Community Spirit Award winners.