Over the years there have been many famous people from the
province of Nova Scotia. They have been from all different walks
of life. Some are musicans, there are also hockey players,
boxers, brew masters, scientists, and many others. To qualify for
my list the person had to have been born in the province, lived
in the province or accomplished most of their accomplishments in
Alline, Henry - Falmouth - Evangelist whose groundwork in
the 1700's led to the beginning of the Baptist religion.
Andrew, Trevor - Falmouth - He finished thrid on the
World Cup Snowboard tour in the 1996-97 season. He had
2980 points in the halfpipe competition. He placed in
29th place at his first Olumpics in 1998, in Nagano,
Avery, Oswald Theodore - Halifax - He was the first
scientist to explain the purpose of DNA. He moved to New
York City with his family at the age of 10. His discovery
was at first controversial when he published it in 1944.
He worked at New York's Rockefeller Institude.
Baker, Caroll - unknown - Famous country signer. Has won
both female and country female vocalist of the year
honours. RCA once called her "Miss Dynamic".
Bastow, Stuart - Halifax - He is better known as Johnny
Favourite, from the JF Swing Orchestra. Is orginally from
Bell, Alexander Graham - Baddeck - He wasn't actually
from Nova Scotia, but he spent many summers in Baddeck
where there is now a museum in his honour. He is most
famous for his invention of the telephone. He also
invented many other things.
Berbick, Trevor - Halifax - In 1981 in the Bahamas he got
the distiction of being the last man to fight Ali. He won
the bout in the full 15 rounds. He was heightweight
champion for a short time. In 1999, while in his 40's he
won the Canadian heighyweight championship.
Blakeney, Allan - Bridgewater - Former Premier of Sask
Borden, Sir Robert - Grand Pre - Was the 8th Prime
Minister in Canadian history. He served from 1911-17 as a
Conservative and from 1917-20 as a Unionist. Led the
country through the First World War. He also bought in
conscription and income tax, both coming in 1917.
Bowness, Rick - Halifax - He played in the NHL for the
Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and
the Winnipeg Jets. Coached at the NHL level with the
Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and the New
Brophy, John - Antigonish - Was a lenged in the old
Eastern Hockey League where he played for 21 seasons. Was
one of the toughest to ever lace'em up. Gained greater
acclam when he coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for three
seasons in the 1980's. Has coached the Hampton Roads
Admirals of the East Coast League for all of the 1990's.
Cameron, Fred - unknown - Was the first Nova Scotian to
win the Boston Marathan. He won in 1910 with a time of
Cameron, John Allen - Cape Breton - Musican who releashed
albums as "Lord of the Dance" and
"Weddings". Has won mumberous ECMAs.
Carter, Wilf - unknowm - Famous country singer.
Clattenburg, Mike - Halifax - Director of Showcase TV's
smash hit, Trailer Park Boys which is filmed in the
Colville, Alex - Wolfville - Famous modern artist
Conners, Janet - Halifax - Got infected with AIDS through
a blood transfussion. Helped get other Nova Scotia
victims of blood transfussion compensation.
Creighton, Helen - Dartmoth - Folkartist song in English,
Grench, German, Gaelic and Micmac.
Creighton, James - Halifax - He moved to Montreal in
1873, where he introduced the game of hockey to that
city. In 1875, McGill University organized the game and
introduced standardized rules.
Crosby, Sidney - Cole Harbour - Great hockey prospect for
the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic. During the 2003-04 season
he won the league's MVP and rookie of the year.
Cunard, Samuel - Halifax - He founded the world famous
Cunard Steamship Line in Halifax in 1840.
Dacey, Mark - Halifax - Originally from Saskatoon, he won
the 2004 Brier (national men's curling championship) with
Nova Scotia. Finished second at the 2003 Brier in
Daye, Buddy - Halifax - Was a championship boxer and he
was the first black Sergeant-at-Arms.
Dill, Howard - Windsor - He is a three time winner of the
world pumpkin championship, for the world's heaviest
pumpkin. Many winners since have used Dill's famous
Atlantic giant seeds to grow their championship pumpkins.
He is also an active member of the Windsor Hockey Society
which promotes the town as the birthplace of hockey.
Dixon, George - Africville - Was World Featherweight
champion from 1892-97, and from 1898-1900. He was also
World Bantamweight champion from 1890-91. He was also the
first black to win a world championship and the first
boxer to win world championships in two different weight
Douglas, Jeff - Truro - Star of the wildly popular Molson
Canadian, "I'm Canadian" ads on television.
That's the one where the guy speaks in front of an
audience correctly misconceptions abou Canada.
Dorethy, Denny - Halifax - Was a member of the 70's band,
The Mommas and the Pappas. He is a member of the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame.
Eaton, Cyrus - Pugwash - Was a financier and
philanthropist. He sponsored the first Pugwash Conference
for sceintists to discuss the threat of nuclear weapons.
The first one was held in his hometown. The conference is
still held annually around the world, it received the
Nobel Prize in 1995.
Fox, Mickey - Halifax - Born and raised in New York, he
came to St. Mary's in the 1970's to play basketball for
the Huskies. He became the all tiem leading scorer in
CIAU history. Coached the minor pro Halifax Windjammers
Fuller, Alfred - unknown - He founded the Fuller British
Fraser, Ken - Auld's Cove - On October, 26, 1976 he
caught a bluefin tuna that weighed 1496 pounds. That was,
and still is, a world record catch for a bluefin.
Gallivan, Danny - Sydney - He was the voice of the
Montreal Canadiens for many years on Hockey Night in
Canada. He was known for his use of the English languange
"creating" words like cannonating and
Garapick, Nancy - Halifax - Is Nova Scotia's greatest
female athlete of all time. On April 27, 1975 she set a
world record for the 200 metre backstroke in Brantford,
Ont. She won two bronze medals at the 1976 Montreal
Olympics. She should have won gold because the only women
to beat her were the drugged East Europeans.
Gauthier, Paul - Dartmouth - He is one of the 40 most
wealthy U.S businessman under 40. He delveloped an
Internet search engine with his professor at the U of
California. Made over $400 million with his company,
Gesner, Abraham - Kings County - Invented kerosene oil in
Goodwin, Myles - Waverley - Lead Singer April Wine
Gray, Clyde - unknown - World famous boxer.
Haliburton, Thomas Chandler - Windsor - Famous writer
during the 1800's. He is most famous for his writing of
Sam Slick. It was through his writings that it was
discovered that Windsor is the real birthplace of hockey.
There is now a museum in his honour in Windsor. His works
influenced Mark Twain.
Hall, William - Hantsport - In 1857 he became the first
black man, and second Canadian to be awarded the Victoria
cross by the British military. He won it for his work
during the Indian Mutiny.
Hollet, Flash - North Sydney - Played for the Detroit Red
Wings and Boston Bruins. First defenceman to score 20
goals in one season.
Hope, Lesile - Halifax - Played Teri Bauer during the
first season of Fox TV's 24 (2001-02). Her character was
killed off at the end of the season.
Howe, Joe - Halifax - Was elected premeir of this
province in 1863. He was opposed to Nova Scotia joining
Canada in 1867, and as soon as the province did join, he
wanted to seperate from Canada. He also established
freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the British
Empire. Was also a journalist.
Johnson, Kirk - North Preston - Fought at the 1992 Summer
Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Has fought for the
world heavyweight championship twice and lost on both
Jones, Colleen - Halifax - Has won six Canadian Women's
curling championships and one world curling championship.
Also appears as the weather girl on CBC's morning news
Joudrey, R.A. - Hantsport - Entrepreneur who founded the
Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company in Hantsport.
Joyce, Ron - Pictou County - Was the head of Tim Horton's
from the time of Tim Horton's death in the early
seventy's to when he sold the corporation to Dave Thomas
in the mid-ninties.
Keith, Alexander - Halifax - He was a brewmaster in the
1800's in Halifax. Created beer that bears his name that
is still sold today.
Killam, Isaak - unknown - He was an investment dealer. In
1955 he was the richest man in all of Canada. Known as
the "mystery man of Canadian finance".
Kirumira, Abbey - Falmouth - Came to Canada via Uganda,
England, Australia and the US. He is famous for inventing
the two minute AIDS tester that his company, Octopus
Dianostics, sold to Med Mira Inc.
Kohorski, Don - Halifax - One of the most respected
referees in the National Hockey League. Has been an NHL
offical since 1977, he started out as a linesmen. Is best
remembered as being a "fat pig" during the 1988
Wales Conference Finals between Boston and New Jersey.
Kolig, Olag - Halifax - Born in South Africa, and spent
time in Toronto as a child. He is now the All-Star goalie
of the Washington Capitals. Won the Vezina Trophy was the
top goalie in the NHL in the 1999-2000 season. Plays for
Germany on the international scene.
Konchalski, Steve - Antigonish - Originally from New
York. Has been the basketball coach at St. FX for many
years winning the naitonal championship in 1993, 2000 and
2001. Also won the national coach of the year award in
Lake, Freddie - unknown - Played Major League Baseball in
the late 1800's and early 1900's. He plyed for the Boston
Braves, Lousvilles's NL team, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He become the first Canadian born manager of the 1900's
whem he managed the Red Sox from 1908-10. He also managed
the Braves at the end of the 1910 season.
Langford, Sam - Weymouth Falls - He boxed somewhere
between 250 and 642 bouts, but he never won a World
championship. In his 21 year career he fought in five
different weight classes (light, welter, middle,
light-heavy and heavy). Ring magazine has named him the
seventh best hezvyweight in history. The Associated Press
named him the ninth best heavy weight of the century in
December of 1999. He once fought in 22 outs in one week,
including three in the same night all at different clubs
in the Boston area. In the final year of his career
(1923-24) he fought while he was legally blind. He done
this by listening to his oppenent around the ring before
knocking him out.
Lewis, Maud - unknown - Folk painter, personified the
province that we live in.
Lockhart, Edna - Bishopville - She was the only Canadian
to play in the US Womems Professional Baseball League.
Played for the New York City Bloomer Girls in 1935.
MacEwan, Paul - Cape Breton - Has served as an MLA for
four parties. Founded the now defunt Cape Breton Labour
MacInnis, Al - Port Hood - He has had the hardest slapsot
in the NHL for most of his career. He is a six-time
All-Star, 1999 Norris Trophy winner and a Stanley Cup and
Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1989 when he played for the
Calgary Flames. In 2002, he was part of the Olympic men's
ice hockey gold medalest in Salt Lake City. He developed
his hard shot by shooting a puck at his family's barn,
when he was growing up.
MacIssac, Ashley - Cape Breton - Famous fiddler, always
getting into trouble when he doesn't stick to music.
MacMaster, Natalie - Cape Breton - She is one of the
world's most famous fiddlers. She has won many East Coast
and Juno awards.
MacMillian, Ian - Falmouth - He has coached basketball at
five different levels. He has coached Windsor Regional at
the high school level, Acadia at the University level
(won a national championship), the Canadian National
Team, was the first coach of the in the history of the
Halifax Windjammers on the World League and in 1979-80 he
spent a season as an assistant coach with the NBA's
MacNeil, Al - Sydney - He is the only Nova Scotian to
coach a Stanley Cup champion. In 1971, he coached the
Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadien. Then he became
the only Cup winning coach to get fired after his
victory. The next season he was in Halifax coahing the
Canadiens farm team, the Nova Scotia Vees, where he won
the Calder Cup that year.
MacNeil, Connie - Cape Breton - Owns the world record for
fastest three goals scored in one hockey game. He
performed the feat in a Valley League playoff game in the
1950's when his Acadia Axeman lost to the Kentville
MacNeil, Rita - Big Pond - She has been called "Cape
Breton's gift to the world of music". In 1993 the
media in Philadelphia made fun of her weight when she
sung the O Canada before a game in the World Series
between Philly and Toronto.
Malthias, Brother - Lingan - Born as martin Leo outlier
in 1872, he himself was not a celebrity. But one of his
students at the St. Mary's Industrial School in
Baltimore, Maryland was. In 1904, he meet a boy at the
school and he taught the boy how to play baseball. That
boy's name was Geroge Herman "Babe" Ruth.
Marshall, Donald Jr. - Sydney - In 1971 he was wrongfully
comvicted of murder and he spent 11 years in prision for
it. In the fall of 1999 he won a court ruling that gave
Nova Scotian natives the right to fish year round. That
ruling was based on a treaty that was signed in the
McCall, Rob - Dartmouth - With partner Tracy Wilson he
won the Olympic bronze medal in the pairs competition at
the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He also won a record seven
straight Canadian championships in the dance event.
McDonough, Alexa - Halifax - Former leader of the
national New Democratic Party. Held the post from 1996 to
2003. Was the provincal leader of the party before that.
Since becoming the national leader the NDP's populatary
has increased in the province.
McKay, Donald - unknown - His MacKay shipyard in Boston
once built the world's largest clipper ship. The ship was
called "The Great Republic". The "Flying
Cloud" broke the world record for sailing between
New York and San Francisco.
McLachlan, Sarah - Halifax - Now based in Vancouver, she
has won numerous amounts of Grammy, American Music, Juno
and East Coast Music Awards.
Membertou, Chief - unknown - Was the most famous Micmac
chief in history. Assisted Jacques Cartier in 1534 and to
the survial of Champlain in 1605.
Mercer, Rick - Halifax - Originally from Newfoundland. He
gained his acclaim from the hit TV show, "This Hour
Has 22 Minutes" which is taped in Halifax.
Miles, Johnny - Sydney Mines - One of only two Nova
Scotians to win the Boston Mararthon. hw won the famous
race in 1926 and again in 1929. In 1983 he was named to
the order of Canada. Before the 1926 race, the only thing
he had to eat was a roast beef sandwich which was made by
his mother, and he bought it to Boston with him.
Minglewood, Matt - Cape Breton - Famous rock and roll
Murray, Anne - Springhill - She is well known for her
musical success around the world. she is also known for
her speaking out aout anorexia nervosa, which is an
eating disorder. There is a museum in her honour in her
hometown of Springhill. sung O Canada before the first
Blue Jay game in history.
Murray, Eddie - Halifax - Has scored over 1500 points in
his 20 year NFL career as a kicker. Born is Halifax, but
was raised in England and Victoria.
Murray, Glen - Bridgewater - Drafted the the first round
of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Late
bloomer in his career, didn't really enjoy stardom until
the 2001-02 season when he scored 41 goals between the LA
Kings and Boston Bruins.
Newcomb, Simon - Wallace - In 1857 he complied the
Natical Almanac. While working at the U.S. Naval
Odervatory in Washington he made observations of both
Neptune and Uranus. Was a professor of mathematics and
astronomy at John Hopkins University in Baltimore,
Parris, John Jr. - Windsor - In February of 1994 he
became the first black coach in professional hockey
history. He coached the Tampa Bay Lightning's top farm
team, the IHL's Atlanta Knights. He lead them to teh
Turner Cup championship. Has also coaced in the Quebec
and Central leagues.
Perry, Robert - Sydney - He discovered the North Pole.
Porter, Gladys - Kentville - She was the first female MLA
elected in the province in 1961 and 1963, Also the first
female mayor in eastern Canada in the 1940's.
Rankin Family - Cape Breton - One of the most celebrated
Celtic bands ever in Canada.
Regan, Gerry - Windsor - Famous sports announcer, later
elected as Premier representing the Liberals. Served as a
Regan, Nancy - Windsor - Gerry's daughter, known as the
host of ATV's Live at Five.
Rigney, Liz - Halifax - Originally from PEI, she was
known as the host of ATV/ASN's Beaskfast Television. Also
a profession musican.
Roue, William J. - South Shore - He was the man who
designed the Bluenose.
Sexton, Blaine - Windsor - In the 1920's, 1930's and
1940's he was known as Europe's "Mr. Hockey".
He is created with making hockey popular in England and
Europe. Played for England at the 1924 Winter Olympics.
Slocum, Josh - Wilmot Township - From April, 1895 to
June, 1898 he sailed 74 060 kilometres all over the
world. By doing so he became the first person to sail
anround the world all by himself.
Smith, Bobby - Sydney - He was the first Nova Scotian to
be drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft (1978).
he later became the first Nova Scotian to earn 1000
career points and first NHLer from the province to play
in 1000 NHL games. He played for the Minnesota North
Stars and the Montreal Canadiens where he won a Cup in
1986. He is currently the owner of the QMJHL's Halifax
Smith, Mike - Halifax - Formally a member of the rock
band Sandbox. Now stars as Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys.
Snow, Hank - Liverpool - For 44 weeks in the 1950's his
hit song "I'm Moving On" was the No. 1 song in
North America. This is still a record, and it will
probably never be broken. There is a museum in his honour
in his hometown of Liverpool. He was the man who
discovered Elvis Presley, when Elvis was a young singer.
He was one of country music's first true superstars.
Sobey, Frank - New Glascow - Founded an Empire that
includes a entertainment division and a division of
grocery stores that bares his name.
Stanfield, Robert - unknown - Was a long-time premier of
Nova Scotia. Has been called the best Prime Minister
Canada never had.
Sutterland, Donald - Bridgewater - Born in St. John, NB
he spent his teen years in Bridgewater. Star of many TV
shows and movies such as MASH.
Thompson, Sir John JC - Halifax - Was the 4th Prime
Minister in Canadian history, served as a member of the
Conservative Party. He served from 1892-94. He died while
he was in office. Between 1882-85 he was the premier of
Torrens, Jonathan O. - Lemister - Has had a successful
career as a boardcaster on the CBC. He was the host of
Street Cents for many years before getting his own talk
show, Jonovision. Now stars as J-Roc on Showcase's smash
hit Trailer Park Boys.
Tremblay, John Paul - Halifax - Actor, plays Julian on
Trailer Park Boys.
Tupper, Sir Charles - Amherst - Was the 6th Prime
Minister in Canadian histroy. Served for just two months
in 1896 as a conservative. Was voted in as NS premier in
1864 and he attended all three of the Confederation
meetings. Last election just after he was named the PM.
Vaughan, Garth - Windsor - Was a doctor, now he promotes
Windsor as the birthplace of hockey.
Walsh, Mary - Halifax - Originally from Newfoundland, but
is most famous for her work on CBC's This Hour Has 22
Minutes which is produced in Halifax.
Walters, Captain Angus - Lunenburg - Skipper of the
Wells, Robb - Actor, plays Ricky on Trailer Park Boys.
White, Portia - Halifax - Was known as the "Marion
Anderson of Canada" during her career as a classical
Winters, Robert - Lunenburg - Financial , Federal Liberal
Cabinet Member, lost leadership bid to Pieree Elliot
Wood, Sonja - Hantsport - Musican, also famous for her
efforts on getting Highway 101 twinned throughout the
Young, Wendel - Cole Harbour - He is the only hockey
player in history to win the Memorial Cup (Kitchener -
1982), Calder Cup (Hershy - 1988), Stanley Cup
(Pittsburgh -1991 & 1992) and the Turner Cup (Chicago
- 1998). The goalie also won a Maritime Jr. A title with