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Glooscap Trail
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Main segment
Length: 357 km (222 mi)
West end: Hwy 104 (TCH) / Trunk 2 at Fort Lawrence
East end: Route 358 at Scot's Bay
Shubenacadie Valley segment
Length: 59 km (37 mi)
South end: Trunk 2 in Enfield
North end: Trunk 2 / Route 236 in Truro
Location
Counties: Hants, Colchester, Cumberland
Highway system

Provincial highways in Nova Scotia

The Glooscap Trail is a scenic roadway in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

It is located in the central and northern part of the province around the Minas Basin and Cobequid Bay, sub-basins of the Bay of Fundy. The route connects Amherst in Cumberland County, near the interprovincial boundary with New Brunswick, with Scot's Bay in Kings County, Nova Scotia. A spur of Glooscap Trail follows Trunk 2 in Truro, through the Shubenacadie Valley, to Enfield at the boundary with Halifax Regional Municipality.

The main route measures 357 km (222 mi), with the Shubenacadie Valley spur being 59 km (37 mi).

Name

According to a Mikmaq legend, Glooscap was a giant god-like man who was created by Gisoolg (the Great Spirit Creator) and lived on the high cliffs of Cape Blomidon, overlooking the Bay of Fundy. He was created by a lightning bolt striking sand. The legend credits Glooscap with creating the Five Islands in the Minas Basin. These islands were formed from giant clods of mud thrown by Glooscap at a disrespectful beaver (the beaver's dam had flooded Glooscap's garden). Glooscap smashed the beaver's dam and allowed the water to flow freely, creating the Bay of Fundy tides.

Communities include

  • Truro
  • Onslow
  • Masstown
  • Glenholme
  • Great Village
  • Bass River
  • Economy
  • Five Islands
  • Parrsboro
  • Springhill
  • Amherst
  • Green Oaks
  • Beaver Brook
  • Clifton
  • Old Barns
  • Maitland
  • Selma
  • Noel Shore
  • Densmore Mills
  • Minasville
  • Moose Brook
  • Tenecape
  • Walton
  • Pembroke
  • Cambridge
  • Bramber
  • Cheverie
  • Kempt Shore
  • Summerville
  • Centre Burlington
  • Brooklyn
  • Windsor
  • Wolfville
  • Belnan

Parks

  • Five Islands Provincial Park

Museums

Highways

  • Trunk 1
  • Trunk 2
  • Trunk 14
  • Route 215
  • Route 236
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