The town is very pedestrian friendly, and all shops and services are within walking distance. Nearby towns such as Stellarton and Trenton can be reached by foot as well. Westville, being further away, is best recommended to get to by calling a cab or renting a vehicle.
Being within 10 minutes of the ocean, it is to no surprise that New Glasgow is home to some of Canada's best beaches and ocean front. Melmerby Beach or Big Island Beach are great spots for all four seasons. The beaches are sandy and water temperate, making for a great day out in summer. In winter it’s great to see the ice and snow piled up along the beach as the ocean stretches out to the horizon.
Greenhill look-off in nearby Alma makes for a great bird’s eye view of the local countryside farms, it is also home to the local "Lovers Lane".
The Downtown area of New Glasgow makes for a great day or evening out. Home to some great international cuisine from China, Italy, and Greece, even a new vegetarian cafe, there’s no shortage of choice. While you’re downtown you can check out some local clothing shops, a candy store, the library, and amphitheatre. On the weekends after 10, downtown lights up with local pubs and nightclubs open until 3:30am.
Situated on the East River, there’s a beautiful walking trail along the water starting at the local marina and connecting the nearby town of Stellarton.
If you happen to be there in summer, it seems that every weekend in New Glasgow and its surrounding towns, there is a different festival, with the main one being “The Riverfront Jubilee”. With headlining bands known throughout Canada, the town is alive all hours through the night and the party doesn’t stop all weekend.
With all the nearby rivers and lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean, fishing or kayaking are popular. A local can let you know where you can find the best places, such Melmerby Beach. The downtown marina rents out kayaks in summer.
The downtown area is within walking distance to the local seven screen movie cinema, McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Pizza Delight, numerous Tim Hortons, the hospital, Zellers, the YMCA, the gym, Sobeys, Blockbuster, and all five big banks in Canada. Also only a five minute drive is “The Highland Square Mall”, which includes stores such as Wal-Mart, Future Shop, Winners, and a nearby Staples, Dollar Store, and Swiss Chalet.