Victoria Park is one of Truro's greatest assets - a natural woodland park of roughly 1,000 acres in the centre of town.
Things to see and do at Victoria Park:
- Walking Trails
- Winter Activities
- Picnic in the Park
- J. Arch Fraser Bandshell
- Holy Well Gazebo
- Jacob's Ladder
Victoria Park has an extensive trail system for visitors to use and enjoy. All trails are designated as multiple-use.
Lepper Brook, with its two sets of waterfalls (Joseph Howe and Waddell Falls), flows through a steep tree covered rocky gorge. Several walking trails follow along the brook allowing a close view of this unique setting.
Joseph Howe Falls are not only a pre-eminent feature in Victoria Park, but indeed one of the naturally beautiful reasons that the park exists at all. These falls were name after the former premier of Nova Scotia who admired them during a visit in 1829. Joe Howe wrote a poetic description of the falls.
Cyclists are urged to use caution when using park trails and to yield to pedestrians as required. Cyclists are also reminded to stay on defined hard-surface trails to prevent damage to environmentally sensitive areas of the park. Through the Fall and Spring seasons, Colchester Short Track takes place on select Tuesday nights at the top entrance of Victoria Park, off Young Street.
The forests and picturesque surroundings of Victoria Park are a natural draw for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers during winter months. Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture staff groom approximately 20 kilometres of cross-country ski trails for classic and skate skiing. Equipment can be signed out through the Douglas Street Recreation Centre free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. View pdf Victoria Park Ski Map (2.45 MB) .
Victoria Park is a great place to bring your family for a picnic lunch.
The Picnic Pavilion is located in the lower park and is well used (by reservation) for a number of different activities, ranging from family or school reunions, birthday parties, food preparation for special events or as a registration area for events taking place in the park.
If you want to know more about our local picnic community, please join this Facebook group!
The bandshell is used (by reservation, with our Parks&Rec department) for a variety of activities and events, including our Sunday in the Park Summer Concert Series and Mid-Summer Movie Nights.
A small ravine area called Cathedral Dell is home to the Holy Well. This well is a replica of a well in Bible Hill where Acadian settlers baptized their infants. it also boasts a lovely gazebo which is often used (by reservation) for a variety of functions, including weddings, wedding photos and small gatherings.
Jacob's Ladder is by far one of the most noted man-made features of Victoria Park. The ladder is a steep climb of more than 175 steps and features two resting areas. The ladder is a focal point for fitness. Area residents are known to challenge themselves and their friends to see how many times they can conquer the ladder in a year.
A must-see for visitors and photographers, is the spectacular views throughout the park, including the lookoff at the top of Wood Street, where you can view the valleys of the Salmon and North Rivers around which Truro and surrounding villages were built. On a clear day, the view extends down the Bay of Fundy to Five Islands, a distance of about 60 kilometers.
- Kinsmen Playground
- Canteen: Located in the playground and washroom facility in the Lower Park, the canteen is open from 11 am to 5 pm daily during the summer months, weather permitting.
- Water Spray Park: Located in the playground, the spray park was a joint project between the Truro Kinsmen Club and the Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department
- Victoria Park Pool: Located adjacent to the playground, the pool includes a toddler's pool, water spray features, double water slide, lane swimming and diving board.
- Tennis Courts: Managed by Truro Tennis Club.
- Baseball field: Located at the entrance to Victoria Park and used primarily for minor baseball (29 Park Road).
- Canteen: Located in the main playground and washroom area in the lower park, the canteen is open from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm daily during the summer months (weather permitting).
- Parking: Available in the main parking lot located on Park Road, near the Victoria Park Pool on Adam Street and at the Wood Street entrance (limited).
- Accessibility: Anyone with special physical needs who may require vehicle access to the park is asked to contact the Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department office at 902-893-6078 to obtain permission.
- View pdf Victoria Park Master Plan (48.45 MB) .
Annual Events hosted in Victoria Park by Truro Parks, Recreation & Culture Department:
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Victoria Park Challenge
- Parks Day Celebration
- Sunday in the Park Summer Concert Series
- Mid-Summer Outdoor Movie Nights
Contact Information for Bookings
The bandshell, picnic pavilion, holy well gazebo and other park facilities can be reserved free of charge for special events such as weddings, concerts and family gatherings.
Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department
40 Douglas Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 2E7
Tel: (902) 893-6078
Fax: (902) 893-6099