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New Glasgow
Travel Guide

Pictou featuring street scenes and a house

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.

Holiday Inn Express Stellarton, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Stellarton, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
86 Lawrence Blvd, New Glasgow, NS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £87 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
This family-friendly New Glasgow hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, Sports Hall of Fame and Glasgow ...
4.3/5Excellent! (433 reviews)
"Freindly service comfortable beds nice waterslide"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Holiday Inn Express Stellarton, an IHG Hotel
Inn on Prince Hotel & Conference Centre Truro
Inn on Prince Hotel & Conference Centre Truro
3 out of 5
437 Prince St, Truro, NS
The price is £56 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Located in the heart of Truro, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro Golf Club and Truro Town Hall. Truro Farmers Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (811 reviews)
"very nice people. Nice room. Not enough TV channels, but otherwise all was good. Food was very good from Bistro."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Inn on Prince Hotel & Conference Centre Truro
Super 8 by Wyndham Truro NS
Super 8 by Wyndham Truro NS
2 out of 5
85 Treaty Trail, Truro, NS
The price is £61 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Set in Truro, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro Farmers Market and Truro Town Hall. Truro Golf Club and Victoria ...
4/5Very Good! (633 reviews)
"My girls wanted to swim in a quiet area. But it was nothing but loudness. 😔😔😔"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Truro NS
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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 £65 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Located in the mountains, this Scotsburn cabin offers ski-in/ski-out access within 9 mi (15 km) of Loch Broom Log Church, Magic Valley Fun Park and Green Hill ...
4.3/5Excellent! (56 reviews)
"Loved the view from our windows and deck. The chalet was spacious with a very large bathroom. Full fridge and kitchen stock with cooking supplies. There was severe spring melt which made the road up to the top of hte mountain vertually impassible. Though we almost made it to the top with our car, ..."

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2021

Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
Seafoam Shore Trailer
Seafoam Shore Trailer
3789 NS 6, River John, NS
The price is £149 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Situated on the beach, this holiday home is within 12 miles (20 km) of Lismore Sheep Farm, Waterside Beach Provincial Park and Rushton's Beach Provincial Park. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
very clean and lots of little extras
"the owners were awesome, friendly and willing to provide what we needed. we had an excellent stay"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2020

Seafoam Shore Trailer
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
3 out of 5
208 Main Street, Antigonish, NS
The price is £87 per night from 12 May to 13 May
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! (173 reviews)
"Overall, we had a great stay. Very clean, comfortable bed, lots of space for storage and we really liked having the kitchen. Only issue was that we were on the ground floor and looked on to a parking lot/back entrance of part of the building, so we couldn’t open open our blinds during at any time. ..."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

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.

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4 Oct 2019

OK for an overnight stop

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