New Waterford, Nova Scotia 

New Waterford is a town in Cape Breton, situated on the ocean-side edge of Sydney Harbour. It was incorporated as a town in 1913 when an influx of people came to work in the coal mines. The mines were the main staple to the town's economy until about the middle of the nineteenth century when people began to use oil to heat their homes. 

New Waterford was named by Irish settlers after the town of Waterford in Ireland. The Irish also left a very strong Catholic heritage to the town. Many other European and Caribbean immigrants also settled in the town to work in the coal mines. Workers from Barbados, Italians, Hungarians, Belgians, and enough Jews from Russia to justify building a synagogue became part of the community. The synagogue was out of use by the late 1960's, but even though Cape Breton now has a very small Jewish community, it is still considered one of the strongest Zionist areas per capita in Canada. 

New Waterford is now mainly a fishing community and has a population of around 10,000. It is 23 km from the city of Sydney, which in 2001 had a population of 105,968. Every year the high school hosts the Coal Bowl Classic, which is a basketball tournament that attracts teams from across Canada. There is also a skateboarding park and sports fields throughout the town for summer sports. 

In 1999 the movie, New Waterford Girl, made the town a little bit more well known to Canadians. The movie is about a teenage girl in the 1970's who doesn't seem to fit into the mundane, small-town life where everyone knows everyone else's business. She wants to move to New York City and comes up with a plan of escape.