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Wood Creature was found at Victoria Park in Truro Nova Scotia during a photo outing my wife Crystal and I took on Sunday this August.
Victoria Park is Situated along a hill occupying the southern edge of the Salmon River valley near the town's southeastern boundary, the park is dominated by Lepper Brook, which joins the Salmon River downstream from the park near the town's business district. Within the park, the northward flowing Lepper Brook follows a dramatic gorge which is carved out of the hill and features two waterfalls (Joseph Howe Falls and Waddell Falls).
Except for a small developed area at its northern edge, the park is heavily forested with old-growth trees and features unique geological features including a fault line.
The forested part of the park through the Lepper Brook gorge, as well as the forested hills on each side, hosts a variety of challenging walking and hiking trails. Extensive boardwalks have been built to protect steep hillsides from pedestrian-induced erosion near the Joseph Howe Falls (named after Nova Scotia premier Joseph Howe and the Waddell Falls (named after the park's founder).; one locally-famous route to vantage points above the waterfalls is "Jacob's Ladder", a wood staircase comprising 175 steps up the side of the gorge.
Several crushed gravel multi-use bicycle and walking paths have been graded on more gently sloped areas in the forested part of the park and are groomed for nordic skiing in the winter season. The Dr. Jim Vibert Memorial Trail is a hiking trail which covers the upland area beyond the gorge, extending to the edge of the Town of Truro's reservoir.
The northern edge of the park bounded by Adams Street is a flat open area in a protected valley that has been developed with the following facilities:
Victoria Park Outdoor Pool (funded by the local Kinsmen Club and the town of Truro) includes a toddlers pool, children's water spray park, water slide, and a large swimming pool for lane swimming and diving.
Victoria Park Playground (also dually funded by the Kinsmen Club and the town of Truro).
Public washroom facilities.
J. Arch Fraser Bandshell which hosts the Sunday in the Park Concert Series every Sunday during the summer.
Tennis courts, operated by the Truro Tennis Club.
Ross Monument, honouring a local barrister who volunteered many years to the park's enlargement and improvement.
August 21st, 2013
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