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Truro

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Truro is a city in Nova Scotia with a population of around 12,000.

The area around Truro was called "Wagobagitik" by the local Mi’kmaq inhabitants. The name has been interpreted as meaning "end of the water's flow" or “the bay runs far up”, in reference to the world’s highest tides rising up from the Bay of Fundy. Acadian settlers arrived in the early 1700s, and called it "Cobequid". After the Acadians were expelled in the mid-18th century, Scots-Irish settlers named the town after Truro in Cornwall, England.

Truro boomed after the construction of the Nova Scotia Railway between Halifax and Pictou in 1858, and of the Intercolonial Railway in 1872 and its connection to the Annapolis Valley’s Dominion Atlantic Railway at the turn of the 20th century. The Truro Woolen Mills, a major employer, became Stanfield’s underwear.

Get in[edit]

By car: Truro is

  • 170 km east of Moncton, New Brunswick along the Trans-Canada Highway (#2 in NB, #104 in NS)
  • 300 km south of Sydney, Nova Scotia along the Trans-Canada Highway (#104)
  • 100 km north of Halifax along the Veterans' Memorial Highway (#102).

By train: Via Rail's The Ocean service stops in Truro en route from Montreal through Moncton to Halifax three times a week.

By bus: Maritime Bus offers service from Truro north to Sydney, east to Halifax, west to Charlottetown, Moncton and on to Quebec City and Montreal.

By air: the nearest airports are in Halifax (Nova Scotia), and Moncton (New Brunswick).

Get around[edit]

Map of Truro (Nova Scotia)

Subways, light rail, bus rapid transit... Truro has none of those. Make your way on foot or by car or bike. Or snowshoeing in winter. That seems to be popular.

See[edit]

  • Downtown. Truro’s historic downtown offers shops and dining along Inglis Street.
  • 1 Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince St, +1 902-897-4004. M-Th 9AM-5PM, F 9AM-4PM, 1½ hours prior to a performance. experience local music and theatre. Also an art gallery and local sports heritage museum.
  • Colchester Historeum. a variety of local artifacts and stories.
  • Truro Raceway. Nova Scotia’s largest harness racing facility, with a regular live racing schedule.
  • Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre. explore Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw First Nation heritage and culture, and the legends of Glooscap. A 12 m (40 foot) statue of Glooscap, the creator, welcomes you to the centre.
  • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. home to 26 species of mammals, 65 species of birds, a wetland centre, scenic trails and a 10-ha picnic park.
  • Mastodon Ridge. half-way between the North Pole and the Equator in Stewiacke is a replica of a mastodon signifies the discovery of the remains of a juvenile mastodon in a nearby quarry. There's also mini golf, a snack stand, and the Winding River Art Gallery.

Do[edit]

  • Victoria Park: 160 ha (400 acres) of old growth forest, two waterfalls, hiking and biking trails, a playground, spray park, large outdoor pool and waterslide.
    • Climb the 175 steps of Jacob's Ladder, a wooden staircase that takes you up the side of the gorge to a view of a waterfall.
  • The Truro Winter Long John Festival in early February is the focus of the town's winter events (curling, snowshoeing, sledge hockey, skating, pickleball).

Buy[edit]

Truro has the usual big-box chains.

  • 1 Truro Farmers Market, 15 Young St, +1 902-843-4004, e-mail: . Sa 8AM-1PM. local foods and handmade goods every Saturday morning
  • Masstown Market. a few minutes from Truro, with an onsite bakery, deli, dairy bar, fish market, farm market, fish and chip boat, and restaurant that serves up local homemade meals. A lighthouse showcases the best of the Bay of Fundy and provides a great view from the top. In the summer, there is a corn maze and fun farm.
  • The Nova Scotia Emporium.
  • Stanfield’s Factory Outlet. underwear

Eat and drink[edit]

There are the usual fast food places, like six Tim Hortons, McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.

  • Bistro 22
  • The Nova Scotia Emporium and Fire Side Tearoom
  • Frank and Gino’s Grill and Pasta House
  • Roadside Willies Smokehouse & Bar

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Best Western Truro - Glengarry, 150 Willow St, +1 902-893-4311, toll-free: +1 800-780-7234 (US and Canada only). Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
  • Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. 4-star accommodation
  • Willow Bend Motel. boutique motel located in the Glooscap Trail in Truro.
  • Belgravia B&B. in a majestic house, built around 1903.
  • Irwin Lake Chalets.

Go next[edit]

West to the Bay of Fundy, northwest to New Brunswick, east to Antigonish and Cape Breton, or south to Halifax.

Routes through Truro
MonctonAmherst  W VIA Rail Ocean icon.png E  HalifaxEND
MonctonSpringhill ← Oxford ←  W TCH 104.svg E  New GlasgowAntigonish
END  N Nova Scotia 102.svg S  → Jct Nova Scotia 118.svg SBedfordHalifax
AmherstParrsboro  N Nova Scotia 2.svg S  BedfordHalifax
END ← Jct TCH 104.svg  W Nova Scotia 4.svg E  New GlasgowAntigonish


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