Westmount, Nova Scotia

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Westmount, Nova Scotia
Community
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Municipality Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Population (2001: From Statistics Canada)
 • Total 3,000
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902

Westmount (2001 pop.: 3,000) is a community in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Geography[edit]

Located on the west bank of the Sydney River at the point where Sydney Harbour begins, Westmount faces Sydney's downtown. Neighbouring communities include Point Edward, Coxheath and Edwardsville.[1] Westmount is a suburban community and the majority of residents commute to the CBRM urban core in Sydney.

Education[edit]

There are several public schools in Westmount, as well as one post-secondary institution. These include:

  • Robin Foote Elementary School (gr. P-6) on Sunnydale Drive
    • Principal Andy Culligan
  • MacLennan Junior High School (gr. 7-9) also on Sunnydale Drive.
    • Principal Redmond MacDougall

Neither school currently employs a vice principal.

    • MacLennan was the first public school in Nova Scotia to obtain an Internet connection, as well as produce an educational CD-ROM.
    • The majority of students graduating from MacLennan Junior High attend Riverview Rural High School, in Coxheath.
  • Canadian Coast Guard College

Recently Westmount has seen an addition to the community in the form of a new Montessori private elementary school. This facility has opened in a building which was formerly used as a satellite by Robin Foote Elementary to accommodate the school’s overflowing Primary and Grade 1 classes.

Government[edit]

As part of the CBRM, Westmount is represented by a municipal councilor. The current councilor for District 12, which includes Westmount, is Claire Detheridge.[2]

Religion[edit]

With the exception of a few families almost the entire populous of Westmount is Christian. The churches located in Westmount include:

  • Holy Rosary Roman Catholic
  • Westmount United
  • Saint Aidan’s Anglican (This church was a member of St Mark’s Parish in Coxheath but was closed several years ago. It is now used as a dance school.)

Amenities and places of interest[edit]

Westmount is also home to Petersfield Provincial Park.[3] The park was formerly a private family estate and home to the 18th century Mayor of New York City, David Mathews. The grounds have been designated as a historical property and are home to the ruins of a large manor house and caretaker’s home. Canada Day festivities are held at the park every year.

The other amenities in Westmount include:

Notable names[edit]

People of note who live/lived in Westmount include:

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Coordinates: 46°8′27.3″N 60°12′36.7″W / 46.140917°N 60.210194°W / 46.140917; -60.210194