Trenton is a Canadian town located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Founded in 1786, it is situated on the east bank of the East River of Pictou. The community gained its name in 1882 at the suggestion of a prominent citizen, Harvey Graham, after he visited Trenton, New Jersey. It was incorporated as a town on 11 March 1911. Take a look below for 24 interesting and fun facts about Trenton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
1. Since the 1870s, the town’s economy was tied to the TrentonWorks factory and its predecessors which occupies a large property along the East River of Pictou.
2. This factory closed permanently in 2016 after various incarnations as a steel fabrication, railcar fabrication, and wind turbine tower fabrication facility.
3. Since the late 1960s, the town has also been host to the Trenton Generating Station. Other large employers in the past have included a paint manufacturer (Tibbett’s Paints) as well as a glass works (Trenton Glass).
4. The town’s economy is undergoing a transition to a post-industrial tertiary/service economy.
5. Major employers in the region are located outside the town, namely a Michelin Tire factory in Granton and an Asia Pulp & Paper (Paper Excellence Canada) pulp mill in Abercrombie.
6. The TrentonWorks 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.
7. The TrentonWorks site was used to produce railway cars throughout the entire 20th century before production ceased in 2007.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. The town has been facing significant economic turmoil in recent decades as the local economy transitions from industrial to post-industrial.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. A beautiful park located on the north-east edge of Trenton is a popular site attraction for the locals of the Trenton community, as well as the visitors who are passing by.
17. The Centennial Park offers a variety of walking trails within the 560 acre environment therefore, making the park the largest public green space in Pictou County, it is a great way to interact with the locals and engage in a healthy lifestyle.
18. Trenton Park offers other attractions including an outdoor swimming pool, amphitheater, and summer time canteen for refreshments.
19. Out of the many walking locations that are offered a highly popular trial located in the middle of the park overlooks beautiful diverse ponds which is now part of the Trans Canada trail. It is extremely important for the Town of Trenton to focus on the continued development and maintenance of this valuable asset which will aid in the growth of the entire community.
20. A picnic area located in Trenton park provides visitors a space to stop and enjoy food while enjoying the landscape.
21. Trenton has two public schools. Trenton Elementary School is located at 1 Sixth Street, offering grades primary through four. Trenton Middle School is located at 6 Dickie Street and occupying grades five through eight.
22. Recently, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board received approval from the province to add an additional pre-primary site for Trenton Elementary School. This allows the children of Trenton to benefit from the program, with more educational opportunities.
23. 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.
24. 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.