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Truro is located on the Salmon River at the head of Cobequit Bay, part of the Bay of Fundy, and prides itself as being one of the best places to watch the Tidal Bore as it races up the river. The Mi’kmaq were the first to appreciate the beauty of the spot and welcomed the French in the 17th century. The French settlement of Cobequit, from which the Bay receives its name, prospered until burned by the English at the time of the Acadian expulsion. Their place was in turn taken by farmers recruited from New England. Today it is a vibrant community of about 12,000 and is noted for the harmony of its 19th and early 20th century homes and ...

Truro is located on the Salmon River at the head of Cobequit Bay, part of the Bay of Fundy, and prides itself as being one of the best places to watch the Tidal Bore as it races up the river. The Mi’kmaq were the first to appreciate the beauty of the spot and welcomed the French in the 17th century. The French settlement of Cobequit, from which the Bay receives its name, prospered until burned by the English at the time of the Acadian expulsion. Their place was in turn taken by farmers recruited from New England. Today it is a vibrant community of about 12,000 and is noted for the harmony of its 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings. The village of Bible Hill, directly across the Salmon River, is largely residential but is home to the well regarded Nova Scotia Agricultural College. The Colchester Historical Museum occupies its former brick science building in Truro. On the outskirts of Truro the Glooscap Heritage Centre provides the opportunity to study the culture of the Mi’kmaq peoples. Their nearby First Nations Reserve at Millbrook has a forest trail called the Medicine Trail that visitors are welcome to explore. In early August they hold an annual Powwow that is open to the public but photos are allowed only by special permission.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Truro is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada, located on the south side of the Salmon River floodplain, close to the river's mouth at the eastern end of Cobequid Bay.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Visit here May through October.