The Truro Civic Square: A destination for many who wish to experience Truro’s state of the art Public Library, shop at the local Farmers’ Market, or go back in time at the Colchester Historeum. You can also take advantage of the beautiful lighting, integrated sound system and stage to take in or host a live musical performance, or lace up your skates in the winter and take a tour around the central skating oval. If you prefer, just find one of the many quiet spaces to relax with a good book. Overall, the Civic Square has something to offer the entire community.
Proudly sitting at the centre of Truro’s Civic Square is the new Public Library, which opened in 2016. Included in Canada’s historic places listing, this municipal and provincial historically designated property is known as The Old Normal College. Constructed in 1878, this architectural landmark was vacant for many years. Today the building sits beautifully restored and renovated with a new community purpose.
Sitting next to the Library, the revived former Fire Hall has recently become home to the Truro Farmers’ Market. The Market sees over 50 vendors every week and with monthly market fares, the market features many local and international foods.
Sitting next to the Farmers’ Market, the Colchester Historeum, formerly used as the Old Normal College Science Building, collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts and stories related to Colchester heritage.
The Cenotaph is also located next to the Library. In 1929 it was dedicated to the memory of the men who fought in The Great War (1914-1918). Today it is the central point to annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies, which brings thousands of citizens to the Civic Square each year.
The outdoor space in front of the Library is where people come together. Its design was community driven, and the result is a beautiful all season greenspace that provides the perfect frame for the amazing architecture of the Library, Farmers’ Market and Museum.