Finding the Berlin Wall in Nova Scotia

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!

Lunenburg

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.

Berlin Wall Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Berlin Wall location in Lunenburg

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.

Dartmouth

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.

World Peace Pavilion Dartmouth

Berlin Wall World Peace Pavilion Dartmouth

Berlin Wall location in Dartmouth

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.

Truro Nova Scotia Berlin Wall NSAC Cobequid Trail

Berlin Wall location in Bible Hill

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!

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18 comments

  1. […] I arrived just outside of the Old Town area (by Lunenburg Foundry, for locals) and noticed a piece of concrete. It is, in fact, a piece of the Berlin Wall. All I’ve been able to discover is Lunenburg’s deep German roots garnered it a piece of the historic wall. I’ve since learned there are other pieces in Nova Scotia. I will find all of them! [Update: I found all of them!] […]

  2. Glad to see some interest on this topic of the new location of these pieces. The piece in Lunenburg was on loan to (The late) Lieuntenant Governor John James Kinley since 1999. This piece still stands on the same loan to the Kinley family.
    The six pieces in Truro and area have recently been moved after sitting downtown since the same era as above 1999. The 2.5 tonne pieces were moved to the Biblehill campus of the NSAC/ DAL Agricultural College. All six pieces have been placed on the Cobequid Trail adjoining the campus Butterfly Gardens. The site is to be Beautified by Students of this college including exotic flower beds signage and a sitting bench.

    • Thanks for combining the information the way you did. i just figured I would pass along some more details on these pieces of the historic Berlin Wall. I have all the history of these complete 2.5 tonne pieces in Nova Scotia a person would ever need. Eagerly awaiting the completion of the site of 6 pieces at NSAC/DAL Agriculture Campus.

    • Thanks! The wall is scattered pretty far and wide around the world. During my research, I kept finding the most interesting and random locations. It would be the most amazing global scavenger hunt.

  3. I thought this was going to be a metaphorical and not literal post about pieces of the Berlin Wall. Very interesting. I’ll be on the lookout for them as I’m out and about.

    • Thanks for the feedback and the wonderful adventure idea! Since we just moved to Halifax, the Dartmouth location is easy and we want to visit Lunenburg so all we would need to do is get to Truro as well. My son was fascinated with the wall when we visited Berlin so maybe we can bring the history closer to his new home.

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