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New GlasgowCanada

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.

Top Hotels in New Glasgow

Travelodge Suites by Wyndham New Glasgow
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham New Glasgow
2.5 out of 5
700 Westville Rd, New Glasgow, NS
The price is CA $104 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (655 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. We had a king suite, which had plenty of room and was very clean and tidy. Microwave and fridge were very nice to have. Would stay again, especially for the price."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

Travelodge Suites by Wyndham New Glasgow
Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, NS
Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, NS
2.5 out of 5
35 Legends Avenue, Millbrook, Truro, NS
The price is CA $97 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated in a regional park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Rath Eastlink Community Centre, NSCC - Truro Campus and Little White Schoolhouse ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay at Hampton Inn in Truro, NS. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. We also enjoyed the breakfast that was included."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, NS
Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
3.5 out of 5
172 Lodge Road, Pictou, NS

This Pictou resort is on the beach, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Caribou and Munroes Island Provincial Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pictou Marina and Hector Heritage ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (249 reviews)

"Service is great. Food was great. Overall for the price it was great"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in New Glasgow

Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
3 out of 5
310 Fitzpatrick Mountain Road, Scotsburn, NS
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Loch Broom Log Church, MacKay Brook Nature Reserve and Green Hill Provincial Park. McCulloch ...

4.3/5Excellent! (51 reviews)

"Loved all the trails. Great for dogs. Friendly and helpful staff. Cottage needs upgrading."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2020

Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
Emily's Oceanside Cottages
Emily's Oceanside Cottages
3.5 out of 5
RR4 River John, Seafoam, NS

Nestled on the beach, this Seafoam cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lismore Sheep Farm, Rushton's Beach Provincial Park and Rushton's Beach. Waterside Beach ...

Emily's Oceanside Cottages
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
3 out of 5
208 Main Street, Antigonish, NS

Located in the heart of Antigonish, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Ninian's Cathedral and Antigonish Heritage Museum. Saint Francis Xavier ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (171 reviews)

"The room and use of space is amazing. It was neat, clean and exactly what I was looking for. Check in an oit is all digital which was so easy. I love thos place. I had a problem at one point and quickly was able to chat with a represetative. I would strongly recommend this establishment to others. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2019

Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in New Glasgow

Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise
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Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise

CA $44
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Harbour Hopper Tour
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Harbour Hopper Tour

CA $48
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove
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The Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove

CA $109
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Hops & Vines Tour
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Private Hops & Vines Tour

CA $233
Per adult
Private Vineyards of Nova Scotia
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Private Vineyards of Nova Scotia

CA $224
Per adult
Halifax Tourist Scavenger Hunt
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Halifax Tourist Scavenger Hunt

CA $46
Per adult

Reviews of New Glasgow

3.8

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5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 58.92857142857143%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 25%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 23, 2019

Nice service. Strong recommended.

4/5 - Good

Bibi

Aug 8, 2019

Very clean city and driving was easy for us to go to Melmerbe beach.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 7, 2019

Wish I could have spent more time there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 18, 2019

Small and quaint

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 19, 2019

Good history, a nice place to pass through. Didn’t stay for more than the night, but would be nice for a weekend.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 14, 2019

We went to ST. FX U. for our daughters graduation.

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