I recently returned from an epic, four-day road trip to visit some friends in New Brunswick. My fellow roadtrippers and I were determined to maximize the road trip fun and squish in as much adventure as we could. The first leg of our trip took us to Truro, Nova Scotia.
Guest poster Janet picked us up at the bus stop and took us to Murphys Famous Fish & Chips for dinner. From the cozy, seaworthy decor to the friendly hometown service, we couldn’t be happier with our generous portion of fish and chips.
I really can’t say enough about the friendliness of the service. Go see for yourself!
Cobequid Trail: Berlin Wall mission accomplished
Unfurl your “Mission Accomplished” banner! In about a month, I managed to find the three Berlin Wall sites in Nova Scotia. The Truro site was by far the most challenging. All I had to go on was a two-year old newspaper article I found online and an intrepid spirit.
Undeterred by possessing no real information about the location, we set out to find the section of the Cobequid Trail behind the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill. If you fancy a lovely walk along the Salmon River, the trail is wide and well-maintained. Before finding the wall sections, we enjoyed a short detour through the whimsically-named Butterfly Meadow. We didn’t see any butterflies, but I love the idea of going back at a more butterfly-friendly time to find them.
Over hill and dale, and tucked away behind some barns, we found six sections of Berlin Wall, in the process of getting a new interpretative setting. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, they’re pretty easy to miss. Still, it was one of the few things I set out to do this summer, and unless some more sections pop up that I’m not currently aware of, I’m marking this one “DONE!”
Truro Farmers Market
Early Saturday morning, we set out for the old fire hall and the Truro Farmers Market. Desperately in need of coffee, I found a very, very excellent cup of coffee in the corner of the Farmers Market. Seriously, if you’re in Truro on Saturday and need coffee, go there. I didn’t see a card, so I have no idea what the booth is called, but the woman who was serving was really friendly and happy to talk about her terrific coffee.
The market is a delight. The vendors are friendly and varied, and run the gamut of fresh produce, tasty baked goods, artisanal chocolate treats, and handmade goodies.
For breakfast, I picked up an amazing breakfast treat called a Scotcheroo which featured organic grains and a healthy dose of energizing breakfast chocolate.
For fans of local and handmade, Amanda Bent Designs will amuse and delight. She makes makes incredibly fun and clever greeting cards for any occasion, as well as a saucier line for saucier occasions. I can see her cards fitting in perfectly at some of my favourite local stores, like Dots & Loops in Lunenburg and Inkwell in Halifax. I hope they take these inelegantly-dropped hints.
What’s a road trip without snacks? Luckily, we found Appleton Chocolates. After a couple of samples, I picked up a delicious chocolate-lime-jalapeno combo. They have loads of fun shapes, including frogs, turtles, and this friendly dragon.
We ran into some friends (as you do in Nova Scotia), so I didn’t really have a chance to get to all of the tables, but I’m quite happy to make a return trip to the Truro Farmers Market. I’m hoping for a Wednesday meeting so I can go there for lunch. Fingers crossed!
Try out Truro for yourself
Murphy’s Fish & Chips, 88 Esplanade
Cobequid Trail Network, different locations around Colchester County
Truro Farmers Market, Old Fire Hall, corner of Prince and Young Streets, Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Amanda Bent Designs Truro, NS
Appleton Chocolates, Wentworth, NS