Truro is a friendly city in the interior of Nova Scotia. It is set in the hilly interior of Nova Scotia and I came to stay there for a week in late June 2005.
A wooden Truro monument with a mural in background
Truro is renowned for its tidal bore, Victoria Park, and wooden monuments. Most travellers see Truro on a day trip from Halifax, or just passing through on the way to somewhere else. Truro does not exude the slick touristy feel as the city centers of Halifax or Fredericton do, but impresses more as a friendly blue collar town without the expensive museums and nightclubs.
Victoria Park waterfall
Victoria Park was definitely the highlight of my stay. It is a large city park a short walk from the city center. The park is to protect a canyon cut through a ridge of hills by a small creek. There are a few attractive small waterfalls and a well developed network of trails. It is a popular park with many walkers and a has a large public swimming pool near the entrance.
What's really great:
I saw the Tidal Bore. The Tidal Bore is a small wave which comes up some of the local rivers when it is high tide on the Bay of Fundy. The local tourist office posts the times the tide comes in and there is a grassy spot just outside of town with picnic tables where tourists came sit waiting for the tidal bore to come in. I saw the small wave come down the river for about three minutes and then the muddy river changed directions.
A wooden Truro monument
A walking tour of Truro is very interesting. A number of years back Dutch Elm disease killed many of the local elm trees and Truro decided to use some of the dead trees to create monuments to local heroes and organizations. Using chain saws, basic carving, and yellowish paint, they created some interesting monuments. Also, there are many attractive old wooden houses to be seen around town.
I stayed at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College which offers daily and weekly rates during the summer for non-students. NSAC has a nice single room including linen and towels and shared bath. A common room with cable tv, a kitchen with microwave and freezer, and free internet access in the library.
There is also a nice racetrack which offers harness racing on Thursdays and Sundays. The racetrack also does not seem to mind if tourists stop on non-race days just to watch the horses exercising around the track.