Believe it or not, March is an awesome time of year to enjoy central Nova Scotia! Here’s a “top-ten” list of family-fun things to do this month. See how many you can check off your list!
1. Ski Wentworth –The Maritime’s ultimate ski destination is open 7 days a week. Check snow conditions at skiwentworth.ca and hit the hill!
2. Maple Experience at Sugar Moon Farm – Maple sugar season is upon us. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a tour of the sugar camp and a full maple brunch with all the fixin’s. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Tuesday-Friday during Nova Scotia’s March Break. Visit sugarmoon.ca.
3. Outdoor Skating at the Civic Square – The new outdoor ice surface in the centre of historic downtown Truro offers a magical skating experience in weather up to 8°C. After a skate, warm up with a good book at the neighboring new library!
4. Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park – Open weekends in winter from 9am-3pm and the week of March 13 to 17 from 9am to 1pm, the Park offers an opportunity to see what the animals are up to this time of year. Upcoming events include a guided night tour (Mar. 10) and educational sessions like “Bearly Awake” (Mar. 13), “What Colour are Foxes” (Mar. 14) and “Tracking the Animals” (Mar. 15). wildlifepark.novascotia.ca
5. Waterfalls in Victoria Park - Truro's Victoria Park is always beautiful, but with run-off from melting snow the Park's waterfalls are awesome at this time of year (though be careful of icy trail conditions)!
6. Colchester Historeum – Discover why Truro is famous for long underwear. Learn fascinating stories about folks from the past like opera singer Portia White; adventurer Karl Creelman – the first Canadian to bicycle around the world; or Sir Adams G. Archibald – a Father of Confederation from Truro. The Historeum’s new state-of-the-art exhibits are a “must see”. Visit colchesterhistoreum.ca for hours of operation and upcoming March Break events.
7. Swim, Skate, Climb! – Walk the indoor track, try out the climbing wall, or attend a public swim or skate at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (aka the RECC). Check times at: www.ratheastlinkcommunitycentre.ca
8. Events & Entertainment – The Truro Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday from 9am – 1pm offering a fantastic variety of local food, drink, crafts and more. Catch an upcoming show at the Marigold Centre (www.marigoldcentre.ca), or at local eateries like the Nook and Cranny Brew Pub who offer regular live entertainment most Friday and Saturday nights (thenookandcranny.ca). A movie at the Cineplex or trip to the Bowlacade are other great options for a fun night out!
9. Shop, Dine and Unwind Downtown – Unique shopping opportunities in downtown can fill an afternoon. Enjoy an art project at the Clay Café, grab a warm drink and book at the Novel Tea Book Store Café, or indulge in a treat at the Nova Scotia Emporium or Jimolly’s Bakery Café (new location on Inglis).
10. Hotel-it with an indoor pool – The kids will appreciate this one! Let’s face it, by the time we hit March in the Maritimes we can feel a bit cooped up. Get out of the house and enjoy an overnighter with a swim. Truro has four great hotel options that will fit the bill: Best Western Plus Glengarry, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Hotel, and the Super 8 Hotel.