Nova Scotia

Truro: Victoria Park & More

Cape Forchu Lighthouse. Flickr: Dennis Jarvis

Truro is one of the larger towns in Nova Scotia, located in the center of the province on the Salmon River at the eastern end of Cobequid Bay. The signature running spot in Truro is in the 3,000-acre Victoria Park — one of the prettiest parks in Nova Scotia. The park has numerous trails through old-growth Eastern Hemlock forest. Some trails are  gentler, others more for trail running. There are waterfalls, a reservoir, and other park attractions. Parts of the park are fairly hilly.

Jacob’s Ladder. Wikimedia Commons

A good loop of the entire park is ~10 km.  An easier trail is the 6.4 km Reservoir Loop. The Hemock Trail is also popular but has some hills. Runners looking for a bit more of a challenge should seek out the intermediate/advanced trail options on the park map. If you want to get the heart rate up, run the 175 stairs of Jacob’s Ladder, located at the western end of the park near the Gazebo.

Longer Run/Separate Option: Explore the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, which has some pleasant trails around farms and fields. It’s 1.5 km from the center of Truro/Victoria Park using Main St., and then another 1-2 km on the trails to Bible Hill Recreation Park.

Essentials
  • Victoria Park: Up to 10 km park loop; Reservoir Loop is 6.4 km
  • Victoria Park has some hilly sections
  • Center of Truro near train station is a good departure point for Victoria Park or Dal campus
  • Victoria Park has a Main entrance and a couple of other entrances