The Hub of Nova Scotia

The town of Truro, Nova Scotia, is easy to access by rail or road, and serves as a popular stopping place for road-trippers. Here are the top things to do in Truro next time you’re in town.

Although there are tons of cities worth stopping by in the Far East Coast of Canada, Truro is truly a hidden gem amongst them all.

City Attractions

In addition to a wide choice of food outlets on the outskirts of town, a revitalized downtown core offers charming restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques that will delight the visitor. In the summer, relax under a patio umbrella and sip a cappuccino. In winter, join the locals on the ice at a free outdoor community skating rink in Civic Square, located in front of the new library – an imposing 19th-century college building, renovated back to its former glory. Nova Scotia also has a strong and proud Aboriginal culture. At the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre, just outside Truro, explore the legend of Glooscap and the culture of the Mi’kmaq People.

For Nature Lovers

When in Truro, you can head over to one of the many parks for a day of outdoor fun. The lush, 3,000-acre Victoria Park in Truro is a must-visit for families. Here you can find an array of things to do including cycling, picnics, and many walking trails to stay active while seeing some beautiful waterfalls. This park is also where you’ll find the infamous Jacob’s Ladder. The Salmon River is also conveniently at the head of the city. You can spend a relaxing day by the water watching the changing tides, or, for those who are more adventurous, you can go whitewater rafting or head out in a kayak.

Family Fun

Climb the 175 steps of Jacob’s Ladder to see two stunning waterfalls and then enjoy the picturesque playground, outdoor pool, and picnic area. Only 30 minutes away, explore Sugar Moon Farm, the starting point for over 30 nature trails, created by the Cobequid Eco Trails Society. If you happen to be in town during early spring, this is also one of the best places in Nova Scotia to observe maple sugar in production – and get a delicious pancake breakfast. If you’ve racked up an even bigger appetite, head over to the Truro Farmer’s Market for a wide selection of fresh pies and treats. Or hit up one of the many restaurants, cafes or diners scattered around town.

Day Trips

If you somehow run out of things to do in Truro, or want a change of scenery, you’re in luck. Almost all of Nova Scotia’s top attractions are a short driving distance away from your base in Truro. The Bay of Fundy is one of the most popular spots in Canada where travelers can see the highest tides in the world. To see this wonder of nature at its best and walk on the ocean floor, you can even drive over to New Brunswick to see the Hopewell Rocks in about two hours. And if you want to spend a day in the province’s capital, Halifax is only an hour away. If you’ve got time, Peggy’s Cove is also a must-see. Only an hour and a half drive from Truro, you’ll get some of the best views in Atlantic Canada, with some of the most delicious seafood you’ll ever have to boot.

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