Nova Scotia Trunk 2

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Trunk 2
Route information
Maintained by Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Major junctions
South end: Hwy 111 in Halifax
  Route 213 / Trunk 7 / Trunk 1 in Bedford
Route 318 / Trunk 18 / Hwy 102 near Fall River
Hwy 102 near Enfield
Route 214 in Elmsdale
Route 277 in Lantz
Trunk 14 in Milford Station
Route 215 / Trunk 15 / Route 224 / Trunk 24 in Shubenacadie
Route 289 in Brookfield
Hwy 102 / Route 236 in Lower Truro
Trunk 4 / Hwy 102 in Onslow Hwy 104 (TCH) near Masstown
Trunk 4 near Great Village
Route 209 / Trunk 9 in Parrsboro
Route 302 in Southampton
Route 321 / Trunk 26 / Hwy 142 in Springhill
Trunk 26 in Little Forks
Route 302 in Upper Nappan
Hwy 102 / Route 204 / Trunk 6 in Amherst
North end: Hwy 104 (TCH) in Fort Lawrence
Counties: Hants, Colchester, Cumberland, Halifax Regional Municipality, East Hants
Towns: Amherst, Springhill, Stewiacke, Truro
Highway system

Provincial highways in Nova Scotia

Trunk 1 Trunk 3

Trunk 2 is part of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia's system of Trunk Highways. The route runs from Halifax to Fort Lawrence on the New Brunswick border. Until the 1960s, Trunk 2 was the Halifax area's most important highway link to other provinces, and was part of a longer Highway 2 which ended in Windsor, Ontario. The controlled access Highways 102 and 104 now carry most arterial traffic in the area, while Trunk 2 serves regional and local traffic.

This highway forms part of the Glooscap Trail signed tourist route.

Route description[edit]

Nova Scotia Trunk 2 in Fall River.

Trunk 2 begins at intersection of Lady Hammond Road and Windsor Street on the Halifax Peninsula in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The route heads north, following the Bedford Highway, which runs along the western shore of the Bedford Basin, to the former town of Bedford.

At the north end of Bedford, Trunk 2 takes the Rocky Lake Drive northeast to Waverley where it then turns north (as a continuation of the Waverley Road) along the eastern shore of Lake Thomas. It passes through Fall River and continues along the eastern shore of Fletchers Lake as it passes through Fletchers Lake. It continues along the eastern shore of Shubenacadie Grand Lake and passes through Wellington Station, Wellington, Grand Lake Station and Oakfield before turning slightly northeast to enter the Shubenacadie Valley.

It enters Hants County at Enfield where it crosses to the west bank of the Shubenacadie River. The highway follows the west side of the Shubenacadie Valley through Elmsdale, Lantz and Milford Station to the village of Shubenacadie where it crosses to the east bank of the Shubenacadie River and enters Colchester County. It climbs out of the Shubenacadie Valley and passes by the town of Stewiacke and the rural community of Brookfield, the suburb of Hilden and the Millbrook First Nation before entering the town of Truro.

In Truro, Trunk 2 follows Willow Street and then Prince Street West (co-signed for Trunk 4), then Juniper Street and Robie Street to the interchange with Highway 102 in Lower Truro. Trunk 2/4 follows Highway 102 for 1 kilometre to the north, crossing the Salmon River between exits 14 and 14A to Onslow and then continues as a local road heading west from Onslow along the north shore of Cobequid Bay through Masstown and Glenholme, where Trunk 2 and 4 separate.

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From Glenholme, Trunk 2 continues west along the north shore of the Minas Basin through Great Village, Bass River, Economy, and Five Islands forming parts of the Glooscap Trail and Fundy Shore Ecotour. At the town of Parrsboro, Trunk 2 turns north through the Cobequid Hills to Newville Lake before turning northeast to reach the Southampton River, which Trunk 2 follows to the town of Springhill. Trunk 2 turns northwest from Springhill and runs a further 30 km to the town of Amherst which it passes through until it reaches the rural community of Fort Lawrence on the interprovincial boundary with New Brunswick.


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The section of Trunk 2 between Springhill and Little Forks was once Trunk 26 prior to 1938. Trunk 26 then turns left on Little Forks Rd and ends in Athol. At this time, Trunk 2 took a more westerly route, running through Athol and Nappan. This old alignment of Trunk 2 is currently Collector Highway 302.
Before the 1960s, Trunk 4 was co-signed with Trunk 2 from Amherst to Springhill.


Preceded by
Route 2 (TCH)
Highway 2
Nova Scotia
Succeeded by
None; ends at
Hwy 111