About the NSPEC Complex
What is the NSPEC Complex?
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.
With a new Board and management team, the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission is committed to sound financial management that will enable it to be both self-sustainable and also be a foundational contributor to the economy, lifestyle, and culture of Colchester County and beyond.
Truro Raceway was opened in 1865 and today offers both live racing at its ½ mile track as well as Simulcast racing both on-site at the track and also at a tele-theatre site in Bedford. Wagering on the Truro races takes place throughout North America and in Europe. It is the primary driver of the horse racing industry in Nova Scotia which generates 542.1* jobs within the Province. The quality of the product offered by the Truro Raceway attracts Simulcast and Online bettors from across North America and Europe each week.
The first agricultural exhibition held in Truro was in 1876 on William Blair’s family farm. The province's exhibition moved around between then and the Second World War. In the fall of 1939, at a directors’ meeting of the Colchester County Farmers’ Association, The Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. John A. MacDonald, and the Agriculture Representative, George Cook, teamed up with a dedicated group of local calf clubs and volunteers to stage a one-day field day in the middle of the track in Bible Hill in 1940. The field day grew beyond anyone’s expectations with more than 400 cattle showing at the event. In 1946 the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission was formed to oversee both the Exhibition and the Racetrack. The Provincial Exhibition has evolved over the years and in 2016 played host to a wide variety of attractions, motor sports, agricultural events, musical acts, and the ever-popular carnival rides. Approximately 25,000 passed through the gates in 2016.
Mission and Vision
Our Mission: To provide the people of Colchester County with an agricultural, entertainment, and community centric gathering place where they can participate in events, conduct business, learn, and be entertained.
Our Vision: To become a primary community gathering place that creates unique, memorable experiences.
The mosaic icon, as seen in the NSPEC Complex logo is symbolic of how the NSPEC Complex is made up of similar yet different elements. The Truro Raceway and Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition event are the two primary entities associated with the Complex, however, it is also an event venue for a wide kaleidoscope of events. Everything from community meetings to large scale concerts drawing thousands of people.