Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, population centre, 17,556 (2016 census), 18,475 (2011 census). Glace Bay is a community located on the east coast of Cape Breton Island.
On 1 August 1995 Glace Bay lost its status as a town when it was combined with the city of Sydney and five other towns in the
area. Together, these municipalities formed the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Facing into the sun
and the Atlantic Ocean, the location was known to the Mi’kmaq as Wasokusegwom (“bright home”). The
French, who mined coal for Louisbourg from the cliffs, called the location “Baie de Glace.” The name was a reference to annual
drift ice from the Gulf of St. Lawrence (see also Gulf).