Amherst is a quaint, quiet town with a central location, but 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, and the Glooscap Trail runs west through fossil country. Amherst is a mere 7 km (4 miles) from New Brunswick and 55 km (34 miles) from the Confederation Bridge, which connects the Maritimes mainland to Prince Edward Island.

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