Victoria Park in Truro, Nova Scotia ~ A Hidden Treasure & A Must stop this Summer !

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m not just saying this because I live here but Victoria Park in Truro is one of the most beautiful natural parks with activities to suit the entire family I have been to. Once you pull in the driveway past the Tennis Courts, ball field, fenced playground and sprinkler for the toddlers you would have no idea you were in town!

The park features:

  • Tennis Court
  • Baseball diamonds
  • PlayGround
  • Sprinkler
  • Canteen
  • Band Stand
  • Bird Watching
  • Large Grassy areas for Frisbee, outings, etc (Quite often summer camps come by bus to make a day of it)
  • Paved walking Trails & Board Walks
  • Dirt trails for biking, Hiking Trails
  • Shallow Brook runs throughout the park which the dogs love to play in ~ Dog Friendly ~
  • Jacob’s Ladder (it’s not uncommon to see people training on these stairs ~ running them ~ )
  • Natural Waterfalls & Swimming Hole
  • Modern up to date Swimming Pool with Family Pool, Baby pool, water slide, shaded areas, areas to tan, changing rooms

I could go on and on. I have taken many people to Victoria Park and people always say, “OMG I had no idea this park was here it’s beautiful, I’ll be back for sure” . In the summer it is a popular place and it’s not uncommon to see people bring BBQ’s and have family reunions, birthday parties and more. There are picnic tables too 🙂

The band stand frequently has bands and different activities throughout the summer.  July 1st there is always a huge celebrations with free face painting, ice cream, music, fun, games and more 🙂

Throughout the summer the park is monitored by police on horseback & mountain bike.  There is a security/first aid station manned during the tourist season.

It’s not uncommon to see wild life such as deer 🙂

**The pool does have a charge however they have very reasonable summer rates**

The park is layout to allow for those who require wheel chairs, scooters, etc to be able to enjoy much of the park including trails.

Victoria Park is a 400-acre (1.6 km2) natural woodland urban park in the town of Truro, Nova Scotia.

Situated along a hill occupying the southern edge of the Salmon River valley near the town’s southeastern boundary, the park is dominated by Lepper Brook, which joins the Salmon River downstream from the park near the town’s business district. Within the park, the northward flowing Lepper Brook follows a dramatic gorge which is carved out of the hill and features two waterfalls (Joseph Howe Falls and Waddell Falls).

Except for a small developed area at its northern edge, the park is heavily forested with old-growth trees and features unique geological features including a fault line.

History

Woman in Victoria park, ca. 1915.

The park was established in 1887 when Susan Waddell Stevens donated 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land for the creation of a public park. The town of Truro formed a Board of Trustees and named Sir Adams G. Archibald as chairperson; the park was named Victoria Park in honour of Queen Victoria, the monarch at that time. In 1888, the park was enlarged by six additional donations of adjacent land parcels. Subsequent donations over the next century would enlarge the park to its present 1,000 acres (4.0 km2).

In 1901, the Board of Trustees was renamed and incorporated as the Victoria Park Board of Trustees. The town introduced a set of by-laws for the park in 1913 which included controls against private business use, impact to wildlife, firearms, alcohol, profanity and speed limits of vehicles.

Until the early 1980s, it was possible for park visitors to reach deeper areas of the park on paved roads with motor vehicles. However, due to vandalism done by some young people, who used vehicles to facilitate their crimes, these areas were closed off to all motor vehicle use. These paved roads still exist, and are used by park maintenance staff when needed.

The forested part of the park through the Lepper Brook gorge, as well as the forested hills on each side, hosts a variety of challenging walking and hiking trails. Extensive boardwalks have been built to protect steep hillsides from pedestrian-induced erosion near the Joseph Howe Falls (named after Nova Scotia premier Joseph Howe and the Waddell Falls (named after the park’s founder).; one locally-famous route to vantage points above the waterfalls is “Jacob’s Ladder”, a wood staircase comprising 175 steps up the side of the gorge.

Several crushed gravel multi-use bicycle and walking paths have been graded on more gently sloped areas in the forested part of the park and are groomed for nordic skiing in the winter season. The Dr. Jim Vibert Memorial Trail is a hiking trail which covers the upland area beyond the gorge, extending to the edge of the Town of Truro’s reservoir.

The northern edge of the park bounded by Adams Street is a flat open area in a protected valley that has been developed with the following facilities:

  • Victoria Park Outdoor Pool (funded by the local Kinsmen Club and the town of Truro) includes a toddlers pool, children’s water spray park, water slide, and a large swimming pool for lane swimming and diving.
  • Victoria Park Playground (also dually funded by the Kinsmen Club and the town of Truro).
  • Public washroom facilities.
  • J. Arch Fraser Bandshell which hosts the Sunday in the Park Concert Series every Sunday during the summer.
  • Tennis courts, operated by the Truro Tennis Club.
  • Picnic Pavilion.
  • Ross Monument, honouring a local barrister who volunteered many years to the park’s enlargement and improvement.
  • Holy Well, replica of an early Acadian well from the area.

More information on the town of Truro website click here

Stop Animal Abuse ! Stand up and Speak up for those who can't. We need all the voices we can get !!

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They come in all shapes and sizes, different colors, different breeds. They lick you and give you kisses when you are sad and are always happy to see you. They love to cuddle and they are always want to please you. They help those with disabilities, they comfort sick kids, they find drugs and bomb and even souls to lay to rest. The have helped to keep our boarders safe, have saved many peoples lives over and over again.

 

Yet……. in Nova Scotia…….. you can kick them, you can hit them with a belt, you can leave them in a car to over heat, you can steal them, you can sell them, you can abuse them, you can leave them outside on a 4 foot lead 365 days a year 24 hours a day in all weather conditions. You can do this in your yard or even a public parking lot and there can even be witnesses, you can do it in front of your children too and in Nova Scotia YOU may get a warning not to do it again…..maybe or….well…..nothing. Nothing will be done to you, you will not be charged, you will not lose your animals, you will no go before a judge.

 

In Nova Scotia if I tell someone “I will kick the hell out of you” I could be charged for “uttering threats” under the criminal code of Canada. If I threatening to kill your dog (just words) I can go to prison for up to 5 YEARS! But you can do whatever you want to your dog and in NOVA SCOTIA……that’s OK!

264.1. Uttering threats

264.1 (1) Every one commits an offense who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat

(a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;

(b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or

(c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.

Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(a) is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or

(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.

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(3) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(b) or (c)

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or

(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction

 

I personally witnessed a full grown man take off his thick black belt and beat one of his dogs repeatedly. I was in shock. I had extreme concern for the dogs so I phoned the police. I was hesitant to walk over and speak to the man myself as he had a weapon and if he could hit a defenseless dog what would he do to me. I waiting an hour for the police to arrive. The officer wasn’t too familiar with animal abuse laws; his words not mine. Despite the man admitting he hit his dog with a belt; he offered an explanation to the police that it was because she was chewing on lawn furniture. I was informed by police; despite my willingness to give a statement and testify in court. It was considered a “he said; she said” and no charges would be laid! I was very confused. I said he hit the dog with a belt, he admitted he hit the dog with a belt; the only thing in dispute is the why! In order for something to be a crime there needs to be “intent”.. Was this mans intent to hit his dog? Yes he intended to did hit the dog. Yet no charges.

 

Two, possibly 3 dogs in his possession; one on a short lead tied to a tree with no access to food and water. The more vicious one in a fenced pen filled with garbage, no food, no water. Our mail on this street has been suspended due to one of the dogs going after the postal worker. I have been recently told by neighbors they think there is a 3rd dog inside.

 

I have contacted the NS SPCA on May 16th and asked them to launch and investigation and they stated they would do so. I have contacted the media asking for assistance. This incident happened on May 11th and today on May 17th the dogs are still living in garbage with no access to food and water when they are outside and are still at serious risk of being abused every day.

 

Ironically the day before on May 10th/2013 a scuffle between MLA’s that happened in a bathroom at Province House. “Officers were initially called to Province House after a member accused Paris of assaulting him during a heated altercation in the men’s washroom.” Guess what MP Piercy Paris was CHARGED!! Is this not “he said he said”? How is this any different that what happened with the dog being beat with a belt? All the media reports such as the one here say this of the incident at Province House. Oh wait “I feel I was assaulted,” he said. “I’ve filed a police report, and I’d just like to leave it at that.” Keith Colwell had stated.

 

Well I feel a DOG was abused and I feel DOGS are still at risk of suffering from grievous bodily harm and/or death. Why won’t they take my police report? Hello! Tax payer here !!

 

I contacted Scott Armstrong our local MLA, but I have not received any sort of response 🙁

 

If you see an animal at risk and are compelled to intervene please be aware of your own personal safety. People who abuse animals WILL abuse people. Animals that are afraid or spooked or have been beaten or starved could be aggressive.

 

If Possible:

  • Take Pictures
  • Take Video
  • Record time & dates
  • If you witness something 6 times, report it 6 TIMES!

 

I understand fully how passionate those can be who believe in something for the better; however we must leave our emotions to the side a tad to be able to deal with the situation appropriately to promote change. More Violence does not prevent Violence. It breeds Rage !

 

If you see any animal that you think may be at risk please call:

 

Emergency 911

NS SPCA 1-800-703-7722

Email: Animals@spcans.ca

Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477

Local Police

 

 

If you want protection for our animals PLEASE take a moment out of your day and email or send a letter to your Local MLA!

 

I have been in contact with many people since this incident and it appears there is lots of interest in perhaps a protest to demand protection for our animals. This is not something I could do all on my own however I am more than willing to take part 🙂

 

I will be updating this post on any follow up, updates, etc on the situation. The Facebook Group People for Dogs is where I keep updated on Animal issues for Nova Scotia.

 

Feel free to comment or leave suggestions or concerns in the comment section.

 

~ Together we can be the Voice for those who cannot speak for themselves ~

~Say No to Animal Abuse ~