Throughout Operational Hometown Traveler, one of the more unexpected discoveries is that there is a sizable amount of Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia, a place that is definitely not in Germany. As a Nova Scotian and Cold War enthusiast, this was a delightful discovery.
Why so much Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia? Who knows?
On the South Shore of Nova Scotia, there is a strong connection to Germany, with early German settlers and, in modern times, lots of German vacation homeowners/seasonal residents. We also enjoy many visitors from Germany throughout the province, and are a known travel destination in that country.
Personally, I figure there’s so much Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia for the same reason there’s a lot of Berlin Wall elsewhere around the world: when you tear down a wall of such historic significance that is 3.6 metres high by 106 metres long, you have to do something with it.
Over the course of the summer, I found all of the Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia that I’m aware of [if there’s more, tell me and I’ll find it!]. If you ever aspire to do the same, follow this guide.* Enjoy!
Research for this post revealed that I know more than Wikipedia about the Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia, because this one didn’t even make the list. It sits in a fairly prominent position in the town, and is even engraved. +1 for Krista, -1 for the internet.
The Lunenburg portion of Wall is the easiest to locate. Situated just outside of historic Old Town Lunenburg on Falkland Street, it’s in the lot next to the iconic Lunenburg Foundry. It also, conveniently enough, has a food truck parked next to it.
Directions: From Halifax, take Highway 103 West. Take Exit 11 at Lunenburg/Mahone Bay/Blockhouse, turn left on to Route 324 heading South. Continue straight as Route 324 becomes Green Street within Lunenburg town limits. Turn left on to Victoria Road. Turn right on to Falkland Street.
The piece of wall in Dartmouth is the smallest, but the second-easiest to find. Located within the World Peace Pavilion, an unusual and interesting display of rocks representing countries around the world.
Directions: From Alderney Drive in Dartmouth, head to Alderney Ferry Terminal, park is located on waterfront next to terminal. Accessible from the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry.
Truro – Bible Hill
This is easily my favourite Berlin Wall site in Nova Scotia. It’s the largest section and well-marked with graffiti, and is also the hardest to find. Moved from its previous location in the centre of Truro and relocated behind an academic building at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill, you have to work to find it.
The work pays off, however, because the six sections of wall in Bible Hill are along a lovely walking trail that is part of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College section of the Cobequid Trail network running along the Salmon River.
Directions: From Halifax, take Highway 102 North. Take Exit 13 at Truro/Truro Heights, follow McClure’s Mills Connector, turn left on to Willow Street, turn right on to Arthur Street. Continue straight as Arthur becomes Esplanade. Esplanade turns slightly left and becomes Walker Street. Follow Walker Street over the bridge onto Main Street in Bible Hill. Turn right on to College Road, right on to Cumming Drive, right on to River Road. Park at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College lot. The trail starts at the parking lot next to the Haley Institute for Animal Science.
*Judging by the number of search terms for “Berlin Wall Nova Scotia” that bring people to Bite-sized Travel, I thought it would be easier to consolidate all of the information into one handy, printable page.
What unlikely historical artifacts have you found in your hometown – or in your travels? Fire away in the comments!