I’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
- 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.
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.
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.