Trenton, Nova Scotia

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Official seal of Trenton
Motto: "Strike while the iron's hot"
Trenton is located in Nova Scotia
Trenton in Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°37′9.48″N 62°37′59.52″W / 45.6193000°N 62.6332000°W / 45.6193000; -62.6332000Coordinates: 45°37′9.48″N 62°37′59.52″W / 45.6193000°N 62.6332000°W / 45.6193000; -62.6332000
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Municipality Pictou County
Founded 1786
Incorporated March 18, 1911
 • Governing Body Trenton Town Council
 • Mayor Shannon Macinnis
 • MLA Pat Dunn (PC)
 • MP Sean Fraser (L)
Area (2016)[1]
 • Total 6.07 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Elevation 92 m (302 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 2,474
 • Density 407.8/km2 (1,056/sq mi)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal Code B0K 1X0
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchanges 301, 331, 419, 505, 507, 616, 695, 752, 753, 754, 755, 759, 771, 921, 928, 931, 934, 952

Trenton is a town located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Trenton is situated on the east bank of the East River of Pictou, adjacent to and immediately north of the larger town of New Glasgow. It was named for Trenton, New Jersey.[2]

Trenton is known widely to be the former home of Dee Sullivan and Ray Tudofer.


The town's economy is tied to heavy industry and its residents are largely employed at Nova Scotia Power's Trenton Generating Station, Michelin's tire factory in Granton, or Neenah Paper's pulp mill in Abercrombie.

The massive TrentonWorks Ltd. facility dominates the town's waterfront, having opened in the 1870s as Canada's first steel mill before being converted to focus exclusively on manufactured steel products by the late 19th century. The TrentonWorks site was used to produce railway cars throughout the entire 20th century before production ceased in 2007. Part of the facility was used as a shipyard to produce small cargo ships during both World Wars; the railcar plant was temporarily retooled during these conflicts to produce munitions. As of 2010, the facility is undergoing a $60 million conversion to produce components for wind turbines in a partnership between South Korean industrial conglomerate Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and the governments of Nova Scotia and Canada. The end of railcar manufacturing on the TrentonWorks site saw the loss of 1300 jobs (at peak employment); it is currently hoped that the conversion to produce wind turbine components by DSME will return employment to pre-2007 levels.[3]

Trenton Forge is a separate company located adjacent to the TrentonWorks property dates to the 1870s and operates one of the largest forges in the world. At one time, Trenton also hosted a glass works and paint factory.

The town has been facing significant economic turmoil in recent decades as the local economy transitions from industrial to post-industrial. Rural depopulation in Canada has affected Pictou County and Trenton has witnessed the loss of numerous institutions and businesses over the years. These include: 5 schools, a movie theatre, doctors' offices, many businesses, and several industries. The town has very few local services, relying on the growing commercial district in neighbouring New Glasgow; it has recently seen its last bank branch and gas station close.

With the town's residential and commercial tax base in decline, finances are strained for maintaining existing services and it is believed that amalgamation with New Glasgow is inevitable.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1901 1,274 —    
1911 1,749 +37.3%
1921 2,844 +62.6%
1931 2,613 −8.1%
1941 2,699 +3.3%
1951 3,089 +14.4%
1956 3,240 +4.9%
1961 3,140 −3.1%
1981 3,154 +0.4%
1986 3,083 −2.3%
1991 2,957 −4.1%
1996 2,952 −0.2%
2001 2,798 −5.2%
2006 2,741 −2.0%
2011 2,616 −4.6%
2016 2,474 −5.4%
[4][5][6] [7][8][9]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Trenton recorded a population of 2,474 living in 1,071 of its 1,206 total private dwellings, a change of −5.4% from its 2011 population of 2,616. With a land area of 6.07 km2 (2.34 sq mi), it had a population density of 407.6/km2 (1,055.6/sq mi) in 2016.[1]

Trenton Steeltown Centennial Park[edit]

A 555-acre (2.25 km2) park occupying the north-east edge of Trenton and featuring 3 trout stocked ponds, 3,000 sq ft (280 m2) outdoor heated swimming pool, country ski trails, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Trenton Airport[edit]

A small privately owned and operated airport located on the eastern edge of the town.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Place-names and Places of Nova Scotia". Nova Scotia Archives. Province of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Nova Scotia News -
  4. ^ [http://www66.statc], Censuses 1871-1931
  5. ^ [1], Census 1941-1951
  6. ^ Census 1956-1961
  7. ^ [2], Census 1961
  8. ^ [3], Censuses 1981-2001
  9. ^ I:\ecstats\Agency\BRIAN\census2

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