From Big Pond, Nova Scotia
Rita MacNeil was one of Canada’s most beloved country and folk singers from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island.
Born in 1944 in Big Pond, Nova Scotia
Died in 2013 in Sydney, Nova Scotia
1989. CBC about Rita MacNeil
2013. National, CBC
The community is named after the larger of two ponds (actually enclosed lagoons) on the lakeshore: Big Pond and Open Pond.
Sydney is a population centre in Nova Scotia. Sydney was founded in 1785 by the British; it was incorporated as a city in 1904.
It served as the Cape Breton Island colony’s capital until 1820 when the colony merged with Nova Scotia and the capital moved to Halifax.