Area Attractions Local Guide

Hiking

The Annapolis Valley is home to some of the most fantastic hiking trails. There’s something for everyone from the leisurely stroll to the challenging and rewarding backwoods trail.

Cape Split, Nova Scotia
Cape Split, Nova Scotia

Cape Split

One of Nova Scotia’s most famous hiking trails (13 km/8 mile round-trip). Drive about 15 minutes past the Look-off, just past Scots Bay. Cape Split is a fishhook shaped peninsula sticking out into the Bay of Fundy. It is only accessible by boat or the hiking trail. It is one of the most phenomenal landscapes on the East Coast. The trail is somewhat hilly and muddy in the beginning, so don’t be discouraged. The trail starts at sea level and ends about 300′ above the rocky shoreline in an open grassy field. This is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic with a view. Sheer cliffs on each side provide a panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy and a great place to watch the nesting birds below.

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Blomidon Provincial Park

Drive down the scenic Pereau Road to Blomidon Provincial Park and enjoy great views of local farms and the Minas Basin. You can begin your hike from the lower or upper parking lots once you get to the park. There are 14km (8.5miles) of interconnected trails. The upper trails offer spectacular look-offs along the way. There is no charge to hike in the park.

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The Kentville Ravine

The hike is only about 4 km round trip winding through an old growth coniferous forest. The comfortable foot path leads you to a rushing waterfall. Some of the Eastern Hemlocks in the ravine have been dated to about 1755.

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Miner’s Marsh

Located in a secluded area in Kentville where people and wildlife can come together in a natural setting.  Started as a Ducks Unlimited Canada project in 1996, Miner’s Marsh was officially opened in 2010. The eight-hectare marsh in this Annapolis Valley town is situated along the Cornwallis River, with access behind the justice center on Cornwallis Street.

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Secret Beach, Nova Scotia
Secret Beach, Annapolis Valley

Beaches

The Bay of Fundy is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in all of Nova Scotia! Make the Farmhouse Inn B&B your base camp for a beach adventure!

Secret Beach, Nova ScotiaSecret Beach

Shhhhh…. This beach is only known to the locals.  Situated under the red cliffs of Cape Blomidon, the beach is located at the base of red cliffs and is usually very quiet. You can explore the mud flats at low-mid tide and breathe in the Ocean air while witnessing the most spectacular views and birds of the Minas Basin.

 

Kingsport Beach, Nova ScotiaKingsport Beach

Red sedimentary cliffs carved by continuous erosion rise from the beaches to the east. The dramatic 12 metre tides produce very large sand and mud flats at low tide. One of the warmest places to swim at high tide. A good place to find beached treasures at low tide. Ice cream is available all day!

 

The Farmhouse Inn B&B - Scots Bay BeachScots Bay Beach

Sand and mud flats at low tide. Walk out and enjoy a free mud treatment for your toes! Really cold swimming and rocky beach at high tide. The beach is a gold mine for rock hounds and is wonderful for a picnic with a beach fire.

Evangeline Beach, Nova ScotiaEvangeline Beach

Just across the Minas Basin from Kingsport Beach, Evangeline Beach has the same terrain as Kingsport beach, with stunning views of Blomidon Ridge. The swimming is great at high tide!

Tides

Scots Bay Low & High TidesScots Bay Tides

 

The Farmhouse Inn is located centrally to many viewing venues of the World’s Highest Tides. The difference between high and low tide can be as much as 40 feet! But seeing them is a two-step process. It’s best to see them at both extremes.

Our favourite place to watch the tides is from the beach at Scots Bay. At low tide, the usually rocky beach transforms into a vast flat desert of sand and mud. You can walk out on the flats and let the mud squish between your toes for approximately one kilometre until you reach the waterline. The water is very shallow and even warm at times.

 

Check tide times for Scots Bay.

 

Hall's Harbour Low & High TidesHall’s Harbour Low & High Tides

 

The wharf at Hall’s Harbour is a fantastic place to see the tides while you feast on lobster. At high tide the fishing boats freely come in and out of the pier as the water is near the top of the wharf. At low tide the boats are high and dry resting on their bellies. You can also explore the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide.

The Cornwallis River flows through Port Williams and the pier in the middle of the village is a great place to see the tide difference. The river is brimming at high tide and just a trickle at low tide. You can also explore the dykes that run from Port Williams to Wolfville.

 

Check tide times for Halls Harbour/Baxter Harbour.

Nova Scotia wine grape harvest
Nova Scotia wine grape harvest, Annapolis Valley

Vineyards / Wineries

Situated on one of the cooler climate limits for vines, Nova Scotia’s soil and microclimates create some of the most distinctive premium-quality grapes in North America. Nova Scotia wineries have garnered international acclaim for their efforts and genuine passion. There are over 70 grape growers and more than 800 acres under vine in seven different regions.

 

Visit our 8 local vineyards all within 30 minutes of the Farmhouse Inn B&B and ask us about our private tours and packages.

Blomidon Estate Winery

Blomidon Estate Winery

A boutique winery nestled on the shore of the Minas Basin. Get directions.


www.blomidonwine.ca

 

Planter's Ridge Winery

Planters Ridge Winery

Award Winning Wines. Get directions.

 

www.plantersridge.ca

 

Luckett Vineyards

Luckett Vineyards & Winery

Wines truly worth phoning home about. Get directions.

 

www.luckettvineyards.com

 

Lightfoot and Wolfville Winery

Lightfoot & Wolfville

Classic wine-making methods. Get directions.

 

lightfootandwolfvillewines.com

 

Gaspereau Vineyards

Gaspereau Vineyards

The Valley’s ultimate grape growing region. Get directions.

 

www.gaspereauwine.com

 

Domaine de Grand-Pré Winery

Award-winning wines and “Le Caveau,” a fabulous restaurant. Get directions.

 

grandprewines.ns.ca

 

L'Acadie Winery

L’Acadie Vineyards & Winery

First vineyard and winery in Nova Scotia to be certified organic. Get directions.

 

www.lacadievineyards.ca

 

Benjamin Bridge winery

Benjamin Bridge Winery

Distinctive wines, notably Nova 7 champenoise bubbly. Get directions.

 

www.benjaminbridge.com

 

The view from the Annapolis Valley Look-Off
The breathtaking view from the Annapolis Valley Look-Off

Local Must See Sights

No matter your idea of adventure, the Annapolis Valley has what you are looking for, including historical sites, look-offs, lobster and seafood restaurants, historical vineyards and cheese farms! There’s so much to do within a short drive of the Farmhouse Inn B&B.

The Look-Off

Located on North Mountain, providing a panoramic view of Minas Basin and 4 counties, one of the Evangeline Trail’s most popular attractions. Situated 200m (600 ft) above the floor of the valley, the Look-off provides a view of the valley’s rolling farmlands, orchards and woods to the majestic shore of the Minas Basin. The Look-off Café provides the perfect opportunity to “look and lick” with their great ice cream, grab a quick lunch, or pick up some souvenirs.

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Grand Pré Historical Site

Learn all about the history of the Acadians – their contribution to creating the rich, fertile agricultural lands of the Annapolis Valley and their expulsion from this area. You can sit in the theatre and wear headphones that let you listen in French or English to a brilliant short film (approximately 20 minutes long) that depicts the history of the Acadians. The Interpretive Centre houses many displays, including a model of the dykes. It is also the site of the memorial church and cemetery of the 17th-18th century Acadian village that became the scenic setting for Longfellow’s narrative poem Evangeline. The gardens are beautiful.

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Wolfville Farmers’ Market

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market hosts over 40 vendors selling organic and fresh produce, organic and free-range meats, baked treats, plants and flowers, and hand-made crafts. With live music, special events with activities for the kids, and a genuine friendly atmosphere, the market is a great place to tap into the vitality of our farming community. Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings in the restored de Wolfe Apple Warehouse beside the old rail bed on Elm St. in Wolfville.

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Hall’s Harbour/Lobster Pound

A picturesque and bustling (with the tide) fishing village. The Halls Harbour Lobster Pound serves as one of the largest lobster holding facilities in Canada with the ability to hold up to 65,000 pounds of lobsters. From this facility, lobsters are packed and shipped wholesale to points from Europe to Asia. You can choose your own freshly caught lobster and have it cooked for you. The restaurant has a wine and beer license. While you’re here check out the Fairy Cottages up the road. They were built by Charles Macdonald, who founded the Kentville Concrete Factory and are colourful, whimsical cottages built with totally out of concrete.

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Acadia University

The university was founded in 1838 and is one of the leading small universities in Canada with an enrollment of approximately 3500 full- time students. In1838 the Nova Scotia Baptist Education Society founded Queen’s College (named for Queen Victoria). The College began with 21 students in January 1839. The name “Queen’s College” was denied to the Baptist school, so it was renamed “Acadia College” in 1841, in reference to the history of the area as an Acadian settlement. It became a university in 1891. Some would consider Acadia University’s most outstanding feature to be its Acadia Advantage programme. The initiative (which was unique in Canada for several years after beginning in 1996) integrates the use of laptop computers, which are loaned to all students, into the undergraduate curriculum. Acadia’s newest addition, the K.C Irving Environmental Science building, is a sight to behold. A gift from the Irving Family the building features a gorgeous reading room and a wonderful botanical garden, perfect for exploring.

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New Ross Living Farm

At Ross Farm you will learn about what life was like on a Nova Scotian farm between 100 and 175 years ago. Ross Farm is typical of the many small farms that existed throughout Nova Scotia when the province was still being settled. Ross Farm Museum is located on 60 acres of the original 800 acre grant given to Captain Ross. Five generations of the Ross family have lived and worked on Ross Farm between 1816 and 1970, when the New Ross District Museum Society purchased the property. Even today many of the people who work at Ross Farm are descendants of early settlers in the area. The goal of Ross Farm Museum is to give our visitors an understanding of the importance of the land in our past and a sense of pride in Nova Scotia rural heritage.

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Tangled Garden

A truly magical place! Delicious treats are made right from the garden. Jellies, vinegars, chutneys, honey, mustard, oils, salsa, sauces and ice cream are all produced with herbs grown right in the Tangled Garden. The property features an herb garden, art gallery and a production kitchen. Fresh herbs are picked daily from the garden from late spring to early winter. Fruit from local farms and orchards and wine from local wineries are used to make the jellies in single batches, six jars at a time. Mmmm… perfect souvenirs!

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Prescott House

Apple lovers have Charles Prescott to thank for many of the varieties-especially the tart, snappy Gravenstein apple that Nova Scotia is famous for. Sir Charles Prescott was a businessman, politician and horticulturalist who settled at Starrs Point. His classic Georgian-style brick mansion, custom built in the early 1800’s, and orchard is beautifully restored and has been in the Nova Scotia museum system since 1971. The museum is filled with antiques and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Enjoy the diverse exhibits held during the summer months.

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Foxhill Cheese

Fox Hill Cheese House is unique cheese house. Their products are made strictly from the milk of their own 50-head herd of drug/hormone free Holstein cows. They specialize in stirred cheddar, plain and herbed havarti and gouda, quark and fresh curds – with more varieties to come! They also offer imported cheeses as well as selected crackers and fruit juices. The perfect addition to a picnic or to bring home.

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Baxter’s Harbour

You  are going to love this spot!  The scenery changes with the tides, it is amazing to see huge rocks with trees atop them that become little islands when the tide is in. When the tide is out, you can have a picnic on the bay floor and walk the rocky beach collecting shells or beach glass or you may want to just sit on a rock and watch the beautiful waterfall.