Known as the “Hub of Nova Scotia”, Truro’s size, central location and historic downtown makes it a popular home-base for exploring the province and the world-renowned tidal phenomena of the Bay of Fundy. On the edge of town visitors flock to the Salmon River to view the tidal bore that occurs twice a day as a result of the immense incoming Fundy tide. Nearby on the Shubenacadie River, adventurers can also enjoy the one-of-a-kind thrill of tidal bore river rafting!

  • Victoria Park: In the heart of Truro lies the incredible Victoria Park with roughly 400 acres of old growth forest, two sets of waterfalls, hiking and biking trails and one dizzying, 175 step climb up Jacob’s Ladder. The park also features a playground, spray park, large outdoor pool and waterslide making it a popular family destination.
  • Historic Downtown: Truro’s historic downtown is thriving with unique shops and dining. Inglis Street is a popular destination featuring a variety of specialty boutiques, while shops like the Nova Scotia Emporium and the Stanfield’s Factory Outlet are local landmarks downtown.
  • Marigold Cultural Centre: A fantastic place to experience local music and theatre in an intimate setting. The Marigold is also home to an art gallery and local sports heritage museum.
  • Truro Farmers Market: Rain or shine Truro’s Farmers Market is a gathering place for local foods and handmade goods every Saturday morning.
  • Colchester Historeum: The Historeum exhibits a variety of local artifacts and stories and is a great place for genealogical research.
  • Truro Raceway: Nova Scotia’s largest harness racing facility plays host to regular live racing schedule.
  • Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre: Discover the legends of Glooscap and learn of Nova Scotia’s rich Mi’kmaw heritage and culture. Tour the Centre, and stand at the foot of the 40 foot statue of Gloosap for a fantastic photo-op!
  • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park: Definitely a family favorite! As Nova Scotia’s premier wildlife destination, the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park is home to 26 species of mammals, 65 species of birds, a wetland centre, scenic trails and a 10-hectares picnic park.
  • Mastodon Ridge: Get your photo taken with a mastodon half-way between the North Pole and the Equator in Stewiacke – well a replica of mastodon that is. The remains of a juvenile mastodon were found in a nearby quarry and Mastodon Ridge is a great stop for some photo-ops, mini golf, a snack for the road, or pick up a piece of local art from the Winding River Art Gallery.
  • Masstown Market: A few minutes from town is the Masstown Market where visitors are sure to find a culinary favorite in the onsite bakery, deli, dairy bar, fish market, farm market, fish and chip boat, or cafeteria-style restaurant that serves up local homemade meals. The towering onsite lighthouse also showcases the best of the Bay of Fundy along with an incredible view from the top. In season, enjoy family fun at Captain Cob’s Crazy corn Maze and Fun Farm too.

Originally published by NovaScotia.com

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