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Welcome to the East River Valley


COVID -19 Special Announcement

The East River Valley Community Development Association is here during this difficult time.  If you or someone you know is requiring assistance with picking up groceries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we have people in the East River Valley willing to help.


Special Announcement from the Plymouth Community Centre & Recreation 

Greetings from Plymouth Community Centre...
I must convey a warm hello and 'we're thinking of you' to everyone in the East River Valley area on behalf of the Plymouth Community Centre board and volunteers! At this unprecedented time in history and in the midst of great sadness and stress, Nova Scotians continually show their strength, ingenuity and generosity! 
As we look towards the coming summer months, my thoughts are of the children...children whose lives have been altered in a way no one could imagine! We are monitoring the Public Health guidelines and are in communication with Pictou County Recreation and other organizations.
There is nothing we would like more than to be planning our regular Summer Rec program but, at this stage, it is evident that will not be possible. Should an alternative plan be viable and safe, we will be open to exploring ideas. I hope that all of our 'Rec kids' are well and finding fun and creative ways to fill their days. We have spent a lot of time together over the past years with our wonderful volunteers and leaders and it is hard to imagine a summer without them! Peace and quiet can be over-rated! 
I would encourage you to check our FB page for updates and we can always be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Take care, everyone!   Janet MacDonald

"To promote the sustainability of the East River Valley communities."

These communities include; Bridgeville, Centredale, Churchville, Elgin, Eureka, Foxbrook, Glencoe, Hopewell, Island East River, Lorne, Millstream, Mountville, Plymouth, Riverton, Springville, St. Paul's and Sunnybrae.

History of the East River Valley of Pictou County

The first human inhabitants along the lower areas of the East River Valley were the aboriginal Mi'kmaq. These First Nations people settled the coastal areas along the Northumberland Strait and wintered inland on most of the major rivers in Pictou County including the East River.

The French established a few plots of cultivated land on the lower sections of the East River Valley and Pictou Harbour. These dwellings were short lived and ended during the expulsion of the Acadians in the mid eighteenth century.

The first major thrust of settlement of the East River Valley occurred after the arrival of the Ship Hector in 1773. Scottish immigration increased dramatically during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

The East River itself was used as natural boundary point by the early surveyors dividing up the many grants of land given to the pioneers. Plots ranging from 100 to 500 acres were established along the riverbank and expending in a rectangle shape upwards to the valley hills and beyond.

In the year 1784, our major East River towns of New Glasgow and Stellarton and the up river rural areas of Plymouth, Churchville, Springville, Bridgeville, St. Paul's, Glencoe, Riverton, Fox Brook, Island, Hopewell, Elgin and Lorne were established. Many of the new settlers were disbanded soldiers from loyal British Highland Regiments who fought in the American Revolution.

Over the ensuing years the East River Valley population continued to grow with the large influx of Scottish immigrants. The new pioneers were encouraged to settle the upper East River areas and communities such as Sunny Brae, Cumming's Mountain, Kerrowgare and Blanchard.

Today, our proud East River Valley is made up of not only the early Scottish pioneer descendants but many other nationalities that contribute greatly to its development and success.

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