Annual downtown visitors guide hits the shelf

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO - A visitors guide to the downtown area is once again available.

Grace Murray, left, the marketing and promotions co-ordinator for the Downtown Truro Partnership, hands over some of the 2014 downtown visitors guide to Debbie Cruikshank, supervisor of the Welcome Centre.

The Downtown Truro Partnership's annual publication has been rolled out and is available at a variety of places throughout the province, as well as the local area.

"There are a whole lot of things that could be of interest to visitors to the area, such as fast facts, information about the province and about Truro," said Grace Murray, the marketing and promotions co-ordinator for the organization. "There's also information on the history of Truro, downtown shopping, the tree sculptures in the area, the farmers' market and even museums."

While the main focus of the 32-page booklet is the downtown core, there is information on things that could be of interest to those new to the area, such as the tidal bore and day trips.

"There's even information about golf and other recreational activities," said Murray. "If we can get someone to stay an extra day for a round of golf, that's great."

A new feature to the guide this year is a map that specifies the distance around certain routes in the downtown.

"If somebody says they only want to walk, say a kilometer, there is a route all measured out in the book," the co-ordinator said.

While the guide does include a number of business listings corresponding to a map in the centre, it doesn't include all.

"Things like professional services and government listings are not included. Because this is a tourism piece, we wanted to include information on things that would attract tourists," said Murray. "It will be utilized by tourists, and even those visiting here for conferences, conventions, or even family reunions."

The guide will be available at some Nova Scotia Tourism distribution centres throughout the province - those that include information from outside areas - as well as the information centre in the Truro Power Centre, and the Welcome Centre in Victoria Square, which opened last Thursday.

Some downtown businesses, and even those outside of the downtown core, may have the guide available to visitors.

"We do get good reviews on the visitor's guide, one of them being because it is small enough to put in a purse or to stash in a car. It's not big and cumbersome. For its size, it has a lot of interesting information in it," said Murray.

"It's also good for people who may not need it for anything more than a map of the downtown."

Twitter: @TDNRaissa


Organizations: Downtown Truro Partnership, Truro Power Centre, Welcome Centre

Geographic location: Victoria Square

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