New Glasgow

Travel Guide
Pictou showing a house and street scenes

Charming Scottish heritage, a picturesque riverfront marina and a prosperous industrial history are showcased in this small town on Nova Scotia’s north coast.

Historic New Glasgow is the gateway to Pictou County and the north coast of Nova Scotia. Settled by Scottish pioneers in the late 18th century, New Glasgow is named after Scotland’s largest city. Experience the commercial capital of this part of Nova Scotia and take in New Glasgow’s rich maritime heritage. Enjoy the city’s great shopping, fascinating history and easy access to the northern coast.

New Glasgow is centered on the East River. Explore the scenic riverfront area surrounding the New Glasgow Marina. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) Samson Trail, built on an old railway bed, spans the whole area. Visit the waterfront at night to see the marina beautifully illuminated with Victorian-style lampposts.

Right on the dock you will find one of New Glasgow’s best-preserved heritage buildings, Squire Fraser’s Place. This stone building was constructed in 1845 and is one of the oldest structures in Nova Scotia. One block east of the river you will find New Glasgow’s Downtown area, which features a long line of small shops and restaurants among more of the city’s historic structures.

Learn about the history of New Glasgow and its surroundings by visiting a few of its museums. Find out about the importance of the city’s manufacturing industry at the Museum of Industry, located south of town. Fun interactive exhibits will teach you about New Glasgow’s development from a city of fishermen and traders to an industrial capital. Visit the Carmichael-Stewart House Museum to see the direct result of New Glasgow’s prosperous industry. This beautiful Victorian mansion was built for the heir of a shipbuilding fortune.

Take a 20-minute drive to reach Nova Scotia’s northern coast. Head to Melmerby Beach Provincial Park on the peninsula and find a 1.3-mile (2-kilometer) stretch of sandy beach.

Reach New Glasgow by car or bus from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital city. While in the area, be sure to try a slice of Pictou County pizza, which features a savory brown sauce that locals love.

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Tara Inn
2 out of 5
917 East River Rd, New Glasgow, NS
The price is $61 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Situated in New Glasgow, this motel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Sports Hall of Fame and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Nova Scotia Museum of Industry. Abercrombie Golf & Country ...
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Travelodge Suites by Wyndham New Glasgow
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham New Glasgow
2 out of 5
700 Westville Rd, New Glasgow, NS
The price is $97 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Nova Scotia Museum of Industry and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Sports Hall of Fame. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (739 reviews)
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Comfort Inn New Glasgow
Comfort Inn New Glasgow
2.5 out of 5
740 Westville Rd, New Glasgow, NS
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The price is $92 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 25
Located in the heart of New Glasgow, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, Glasgow Square Theatre, and New Glasgow ...
4/5 Very Good! (201 reviews)
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Comfort Inn New Glasgow
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Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
3 out of 5
310 Fitzpatrick Mountain Road, Scotsburn, NS
The price is $77 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
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Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
3 out of 5
208 Main Street, Antigonish, NS
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Chisholms of Troy Coastal Cottages
Chisholms of Troy Coastal Cottages
3.5 out of 5
1327 Highway 19, Troy, NS
The price is $100 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Hastings Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Hasting Museum, and Port Hawkesbury ...
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