Life in New Glasgow offers a refreshing combination of urban amenities and country charm and is a great community to raise a family. There is diversity in employment opportunities, quality educational facilities and an appealing quality of lifestyle, culture, athletics and recreational choices.

lifestyle1New Glasgow is the largest town within the Pictou County region and is the leading commercial service centre of northeastern Nova Scotia. Pictou County comprises the fourth largest urban area in Nova Scotia. Pictou County with a population 46,513 (2006 Census), is comprised of six municipal units including Stellarton, Trenton, Westville, Pictou, the County and the First Nation Band Council in Pictou Landing.

The range and quality of services of a modern, self-sufficient community are all readily available. Today retail, manufacturing, forestry, pulp and paper, food retail/distribution, technology and tourism are among the economic engines of the entire Pictou County region. The region is home to operations and/or head offices for Empire Company, parent company to grocery giant Sobeys Inc., Crombie Properties (real estate) and Empire Theatres. Scotsburn Dairy Co-operative Ltd, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc, Northern Pulp, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME), Advocate Printing & Publishing, MacKay Meters, Convergys, and Stright-MacKay are located in Pictou County. Education and healthcare operations include Chignecto- Central Regional School Board and the Pictou County Health Authority.

The New Glasgow Riverfront is home to a full service marina, the Samson Trail, a 4km trail on the Westside of the town and the Pioneer Trail (2km) which connects the trail system to the east side of the town. Glasgow Square Theatre offers year round performance arts and music. The large doors on the front of the building open for outdoor events and festivals including the New Glasgow Jubilee, Race on the River the Christmas Light up. In 2009, Phase 1 of the revitalization project included downtown street and sidewalk upgrades, beautification of public spaces, signage, pedestrian bridge / walkway and Town Hall renovations including a historical painting series. The revitalization project has brought new life to the downtown core increasing business, tourism and community opportunities.

lifestylejubeNew Glasgow is home to several signature events such as the ECMA nominated New Glasgow Music Jubilee, the Festival of the Tartans, The Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival, Marathon of Respect and Equality, the Johnny Miles Running Event weekend and the New Glasgow Music Festival, the longest running music festival in Canada. New Glasgow has hosted elite hockey tournaments and championships such as the Air Canada Cup, the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, the Irving Oil Atlantic Challenge Cup and the Junior A Eastern Canadian Championships Fred Page Cup. From 2007 to 2010, the Sobeys Slam curling event was held at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium as part of the World Curling Tour’s Grand Slam series, one of only three women’s stops on the tour, joining curling hotbeds Calgary and Winnipeg as host cities.

Residents and visitors enjoy a fully accessible playground, dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Carrie Best, a well-known human rights activist who called New Glasgow home. Located in the South end of town, the playground offers a play experience for all ages and ability levels with an innovative, state of the art, rubberized play surface. This project was realized through the work of dedicated community volunteers who had the vision of the universal playground.

New Glasgow has several recreational facilities including the Carmichael Park and the Laurie Peace Park, YWCA, S.W. Weeks Sports Complex, three community centres, two outdoor community rinks, Empire Studio 7 and the John Brother MacDonald Stadium. New Glasgow is also home to the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Headquarters, the Pictou County Sports Hall of Fame, the Pictou County Roots Society and the Africentric Heritage Park. New Glasgow is served by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board with three elementary schools and a new state of the art high school, North Nova Education Centre, which opened in the fall of 2003.

The Pictou County Health Authority is responsible for delivering health care services to the 46,000 residents of Pictou County as well as provincially accessible orthopedic surgery and pacemaker programs. We deliver this care through the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou, Addiction Services, Continuing Care, Mental Health Services, Primary Health Care and Public Health Services. PCHA was legislated in January 2001 by the Government of Nova Scotia and is one of nine health authorities in the province.

Did you know that the Province of NS provides assistance to low-income homeowners who cannot afford to carry out emergency repairs to their homes? For more information, please contact your local Department of Community Services - Housing at 755-5065 or toll free at 1-800-933-2101.
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Visit for a list of events at the Glasgow Square Theatre - Fall 2012