Today, Amherst is a quaint, quiet town with a central location, though from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s it was a bustling center of industry and influence—four of Canada's Fathers of Confederation hailed from Amherst, including Sir Charles Tupper, who later became prime minister.
From Amherst, Nova Scotia's Sunrise Trail heads toward Northumberland Strait, while the Glooscap Trail runs west through fossil country. For motorists traveling between provinces, Amherst is a mere 7 km (4 mi) from the New Brunswick border and 55 km (34 mi) from the Confederation Bridge, which connects the Maritime mainland to Prince Edward Island.
Amherst at a Glance
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