Recently, the region has been building and enhancing its facilities for both visitors and residents. Facilities, such as the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Complex, Cougar Dome, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, the Truro Amateur Athletic Club Grounds, the new Colchester-East Hants Library, and the Marigold Cultural Centre, among others, offer something for everyone.
Welcome to Truro/Colchester's premiere recreation, fitness, and events facility! The Rath Eastlink Community Centre boasts an arena with 2,500 bowl seats surrounding an NHL sized ice surface, a three lane walking/jogging track, an aquatic centre featuring a therapeutic leisure pool and a competitive pool, a fitness and wellness centre & group exercise studio, multipurpose rooms and community meeting spaces, a rock climbing experience, and a large open foyer.
Civic Square features a large, flexible open space that makes it perfect for gatherings of up to 2000 people. Whether you take advantage of its improved lighting and integrated sound system to host a live music performance, or use one of its many quiet spaces to relax with a good book, Civic Square has something to offer everyone. In the winter, the Square even hosts an outdoor skating rink!
Also located within Civic Square is the Truro Farmer's Market and the Colchester East-Hants Public Library.
The Centre houses a 208-seat theatre, a small art gallery, a workshop space for arts-in-education programming, a sports heritage hall, a boardroom, a concession area, and offices. With the strong support of the community and various organizations, the Marigold Cultural Centre provides a variety of cultural programming to a large number of Truro-area residents, while also providing a major downtown focus for economic development.
The Cougar Dome is a tennis and multi-sport facility which includes: six full-size tennis courts, a 15,000sq. ft. portable synthetic turf surface, expandable as needed, a 2-lane, 260m synthetic track, long and triple jump pits and a 10 bay golf range. In addition to the Dome, the attached, permanent Clubhouse includes two locker rooms, a reception area, a Pro Shop, a meeting room (which can be rented), director's office and a Subway Restaurant (including the first-ever in Atlantic Canada, Subway Café).
The Cougar Dome provides free access to students between the hours of 9am-3pm, while at the same time, ensuring open access for general public use during school hours, as well as early mornings, evenings and weekends.
The TAAC Grounds are centrally located in Truro and include a quarter-mile, five-lane running and walking track; field event facilities; football field, senior baseball field and playground.
The onsite TAAC Club House is a three-level building equipped with meeting space, washrooms, sport locker rooms and kitchen facilities. The Club House is used by teams and groups which use the fields, and is also available for rent for public and private functions such as meetings and small parties.
The Complex is a year-round operation, housed on 65 acres, and home to a multitude of facilities capable of playing host to a variety of events, community groups, and long-term tenants. The Complex is also home to one of the oldest harness racing facilities in the country and is the largest operator of horse racing in Nova Scotia.
There is no facility quite like the NSPEC Complex in all of Atlantic Canada. Given its unique floor plan and onsite camping, the Complex is regularly sought out by promoters and rights holders representing some of the biggest acts and events from across the globe.