The Town of Amherst is ready to assist your business in finding the right site to grow. Our industrial park is home to companies in aerospace, green technology, food processing, manufacturing, and distribution sectors. Available buildings and development-ready sites range from one acre to 100 acres, located in the geographic centre of Atlantic Canada with easy access to road, rail, air, and sea.
We’re looking for compatible businesses that are environmentally responsible, innovative, and focused on export markets. Let’s talk about your next big move!
Employee loyalty is strong in Amherst, where many manufacturers and businesses keep employees for life. The workforce is employed is supported by quality educational institutions like Mount Allison University and Nova Scotia Community College, which provides specialized training according to sector needs.
The Amherst Industrial Park is beside the Trans Canada Highway, making it a popular location for logistics and warehouse operations serving the northeastern US/Canadian market. We’re just a two hour drive from the Port of Halifax and about three hours from Calais, Maine. The Stanfield International Airport is 90 minutes away, with daily direct flights to Europe, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston, and New York. Intermodal transportation and rail sidings located in the park at available sites enable direct access to the North American rail network and the Port of Halifax.
If you like small town living with access to excellent schools, recreation, and health care facililties, you’ll love the Town of Amherst. We're not the only ones who think Amherst is a great place to live. MoneySense Magazine rated Amherst as the best small town in Nova Scotia in their 2017 ranking of the best places to live in Canada.
Our well-maintained recreation facilities include the Amherst Stadium’s ice surface and the YMCA’s fitness centre and swimming pool. Outdoor facilities include a splash pad, skatepark, baseball park complex, basketball courts, new tennis courts, and modern playgrounds. Youth enjoy lots of options for organized sports and competitive team activities including swimming, hockey, soccer, and basketball.
In the heart of downtown Amherst, you'll find Victoria Square, a beautiful gathering space where we host concerts, family movie nights, and community celebrations. Amherst is home to many artisans and musicians who perform regularly in local restaurants and community centres. Less than an hour away, Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro offers live summer theatre daily.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the extensive network of groomed snowmobile and ATV trails throughout the hills of Cumberland County. Fish for Atlantic salmon in our tidal rivers and huge striped bass along the Bay of Fundy. Cumberland County's forests are abundant in white-tailed deer, pheasants, and rabbits. We’re just a 30-minute drive to sandy red beaches with the warmest ocean waters in Nova Scotia and 45 minutes to downhill skiing at Wentworth Mountain.
Mount Allison University is located just 22 km away in Sackville, New Brunswick. The university has been ranked Canada’s #1 undergraduate university by Maclean’s Magazine more times than any other university. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) offers a wide range of post-secondary programs from the Cumberland campus. Programs are delivered in full-time, part-time, and continuing education formats.
Amherst Regional High School is an 800-student secondary school that was built in 2000, with a 493-seat theatre and a high school regulation gymnasium. The school delivers classes from grade 9 to 12 as well as the Career Exploration Program (CEP) and hosts the largest number of international students in Nova Scotia. Our modern and well-equipped elementary and junior high schools have award-winning programs in music, visual art, programs for students with special needs, and integrated French and French Immersion programs.
Employers do not pay premiums for health care. Nova Scotia provides residents with coverage for medically-required hospital, medical, dental and optometric services. The Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre provides 24-hour emergency care, surgery, internal medicine, anesthesia, obstetrics, general medicine, intensive care, diagnostic imaging, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, diabetes education, laboratory and related support services. The $46-million facility was built in 2001.