Truro Colchester

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There’s a reason Truro Colchester’s affectionately known as the hub of Nova Scotia. We have easy access to the rest of the province — not to mention the rest of the Maritimes! — from our central spot right in the heart of the province.

Get ready to walk through the diverse communities that make up the Truro Colchester area, from the ocean cliffs of Five Islands down to the lush greens of the golf courses in Brookfield and Stewiacke and straight up through the warm-water beaches and charming shops up in Tatamagouche.

We’ll introduce you to the wonders of Truro’s Victoria Park, which boasts more than 2,000 acres of woodland right in the downtown core. We’ll take you antiquing through the quaint shops in Great Village, and exploring in Debert’s Diefenbunker — a Cold War-era bunker that’s full of surprises.

You certainly won’t go hungry on your travels, either. Colchester’s motto is “We prosper from our resources,” which is why we enjoy locally-brewed craft beers, smoked local pork, freshly-tapped maple syrup from Sugar Moon Farms, and home-cooked soup at the Truro Farmers’ Market.

Affordable Homes
The average home in costs around $190,000, making Truro Colchester an affordable place to buy a home. In fact, just an hour away in Halifax, the average home costs $320,000. Houses in Truro Colchester cost more than $300K below the national average. Whether you’re looking for a rambling farmhouse that comes with 20 wild acres to roam in your ATV, a two-storey family home that’s close to schools and playgrounds, or a cozy bungalow on a quiet street with mature trees, there’s a home waiting for you here in Truro Colchester. Looking for more information on homes in Truro Colchester? Download our free relocation guides or contact us to learn more.
Greater Truro Area

The Greater Truro Area (GTA) is located in the heart of Central Colchester. It’s where you’ll find the urban area of Truro and suburban communities such as Bible Hill, Valley, Salmon River, Hilden, and Lower Truro/Truro Heights.

Calling all history buffs! The Town of Truro has a significant and distinctive collection of 19th and early 20th century buildings depicting Victorian and vernacular architecture. 

The Colchester Historeum might be small, but it’s packed with artifacts and documents relating to the social, cultural, and natural history of Colchester County — and its team is always happy to take you on a tour. The Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre uses interactive exhibits to share the history and culture of the Mi’kmaw people, and regularly offers demonstrations and special workshops. The Fundy Discovery Site is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a peaceful view, walk along the dykes, see the tidal bore phenomenon that occurs on the river at predicted times twice daily, and to watch the sun go down.

Downtown Truro is where you get a true sense of Truro’s history, culture and community pride. It’s where you’ll find unique shopping and dining experiences that are enhanced by warm east coast hospitality and top-notch service. It offers the best of both worlds — small-town ambience combined with a full range of shops, services and recreational opportunities.


The village of Tatamagouche is perfectly situated on the Northumberland Strait along the south side of Tatamagouche Bay at the mouths of the French and Waugh Rivers, north of Truro and west of Pictou.

One of Tatamagouche’s most famous landmarks is the Tatamagouche Creamery, which dates back to 1925. More than 1,000 local farms supplied milk to the Creamery in order to produce the famous Tatamagouche butter —  of which it turned out nearly 2,000 lbs. Daily!

The Creamery operated until 1992 when the land was donated to the Village with the stipulation that no structural changes were to be made to the building’s exterior, including the name and colour. The deed is actually held by the Creamery Society, a community-based organization responsible for the building.

The Creamery building is now home to the North Shore Archives and the Giantess Anna Swan Museum, and there’s a lovely new farmers’ market building on the property now, too. 

The Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market is open to the public on Saturday mornings from February until Christmas. Here, you’ll find in-season vegetables and fruit, baked goods, meats, prepared foods, breakfast dishes, plants, arts and crafts, and much more.

South Colchester

South Colchester is comprised of Brookfield and the greater Stewiacke River Valley area. Stewiacke is recognized as being exactly halfway between the North Pole and the equator and it’s bordered by two rivers fed by the majestic Bay of Fundy. 

Mastodon bones were discovered in 1991 at a gypsum quarry near Milford, so a tourist attraction called Mastodon Ridge opened in the late ’90s to celebrate the discovery. There are scenic trails that wind through South Colchester’s communities, and peaceful parks where you can enjoy a picnic on the riverbank under the shade of the trees. Or, if you’re into a more exhilarating water-way, you might want to try white-water rafting on Shubenacadie River’s tidal rapids which can stir up 16-foot waves!

WEST Colchester

The region on the northern coast of the Cobequid Bay extends from Debert to Five Islands and is dotted with communities like Masstown, Glenholme, Bass River, Economy, Great Village, Little Dyke, Londonderry, and Portapique.

There’s so much to do in the area, like visiting the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Cape d’Or Lookoff, Fundy Geological Museum, Ottawa House, and Cobequid Interpretive Centre. Debert is home to the Cold War’s decommissioned “Diefenbunker” that you can visit to tour, play laser tag, or try your hand at a war-themed escape room, and Five Islands Provincial Park is one of Nova Scotia’s premiere outdoor destinations where you can walk on the ocean floor in between the tides.

Photo: The panoramic view of the Minas Basin from Five Islands Lighthouse Park includes all five islands as well as the Old Wife (part of Five Islands Provincial Park), The Brothers (also known as Two Islands), Cape Blomidon and Cape Split. This is notably among the best scenery in the Bay of Fundy, home of the world’s highest tides.


The Millbrook First Nation is a Mi’kmaq community located within the town of Truro, positioned in the Hub of Nova Scotia. 

You can’t miss the 40-ft. statue of Kluskap when you’re driving by Millbrook First Nation. According to Mi’kmaq legend, Kluskap was created out of three bolts of lightning. The first bolt gave him form, the second gave him life, and the third bolt set him free to walk about and teach. The Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre uses interactive exhibits to share the history and culture of the Mi’kmaw people, and regularly offers demonstrations and special workshops.