Inverness, Nova Scotia

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Gaelic: Baile Inbhir Nis
Inverness NS Canada.jpg
Inverness is located in Nova Scotia
Location of Inverness, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 46°13′49″N 61°18′23″W / 46.23028°N 61.30639°W / 46.23028; -61.30639Coordinates: 46°13′49″N 61°18′23″W / 46.23028°N 61.30639°W / 46.23028; -61.30639
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
County Inverness
Established 1904
Electoral Districts     

Cape Breton—Canso
Provincial Inverness
 • MLA Allan MacMaster (PC)
 • MP Rodger Cuzner (L)
Population (2006)
 • Total 2,496
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code(s) B0E
Area code(s)

Inverness (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Inbhir Nis) is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. In 2001 its population was 2,496.[2]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1901 306 —    
1911 2,719 +788.6%
1921 2,963 +9.0%
1931 2,900 −2.1%
1941 2,975 +2.6%
1951 2,360 −20.7%
1961 2,109 −10.6%
2006 1,464 −30.6%
2011 1,387 −5.3%

Located on the west coast of Cape Breton Island fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Inverness sits astride a small coal seam which was exploited from the late 19th century to the mid-late 20th century, beginning with a mine opened by William Mackenzie and Donald Mann during the 1890s after they achieved control of the Inverness and Richmond Railway. Several more mines opened in and near Inverness during the early 20th century, but many closed following World War II with the last one closing in the early 1990s following a fire.

The community was incorporated as a town in 1904. It experienced economic hardship since large scale industrial coal mining ended; the local economy is now based mainly on fishing and tourism. Inverness Raceway was established in 1926, and harness races are held twice weekly between May and October.[8] North America's only true links golf course, the (200-acre (0.81 km2)) Cabot Links is located on the former coal mine and overlooks the beaches.

Notable people[edit]

Allen J. MacEachen former deputy Prime Minister of Canada


  1. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
  2. ^ NS Community counts
  3. ^ [1], Censuses 1871-1931
  4. ^ [2], Census 1941-1951
  5. ^ [3], Census 1961
  6. ^ [4], Censuses 1981-2001
  7. ^ I:\ecstats\Agency\BRIAN\census2
  8. ^ "Inverness Raceway in Canada". NewMedia Holdings. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 

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