Come to a town in central Nova Scotia to witness some of the highest tides in the world and to ride on powerful river waves.
Truro's superb transport connections means that you will almost certainly pass through here at some point during your visit to Nova Scotia. Stay for a while to see spectacular tidal phenomena and experience the town's scenic beauty.
In the center of town, find Victoria Park, a vast woodland area covering nearly 400 acres (161 hectares). Walk or cycle the numerous trails including rugged paths that travel along the ridges of a gorge to waterfalls. During the winter, ski across 7 miles (11 kilometers) of groomed cross-country ski trails. Keep an eye out for some of the park's birdlife, including bald eagles, ring-neck pheasants, ravens, robins and hawks.
Head a short way west from the town to witness the spectacular tides of the Bay of Fundy. They are considered to be the highest in the world. Walk along the sea bed when the tide is low, then stand on the cliffs and watch the water rushing in. A trip to Burncoat Lighthouse is a great way to witness this. The Truro Welcome Center can provide you with tide tables to help time your visit. Look for whales that sometimes congregate in the mouth of the bay.
Venture slightly further inland to see the stunning tidal bores on the rivers that flow into the bay. These river waves can be several feet tall and are caused by the Bay of Fundy tides. Experience their power by taking an exhilarating boat ride up the river, crashing through the waves.
Back in town, enjoy an evening meal in one of Truro’s many restaurants then head for a night of theater, comedy or music in the Marigold Cultural Center. The venue also features a gallery with monthly exhibitions displaying work by Canadian artists.
Summers are mild and long daylight hours give you plenty of time to explore Truro’s countryside. Autumn brings spectacular colors to Victoria Park’s woodland, while winters cover the trails in blankets of snow. A base in Truro puts you within a 3-hour drive of many of Nova Scotia’s main attractions, including the Annapolis wine valley and the historic Halifax waterfront.