Bay Of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Region

Digby, Annapolis Royal and Wolfville are located on the north shore of Nova Scotia, in the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley region, an area renowned for it’s incredible marine wildlife, unique wineries and stunning vistas.

Experience the thrill of whale watching, hike the trails along the rugged shoreline, explore the majesty of the wilderness at Kejimkujik National Park and visit he many historic attractions at Canada’s oldest European settlement. This coastline is awash with beauty as well as a myriad of experiences and attractions to keep you entertained.

 

Digby

Established in 1783 under the leadership of Rear Admiral Robert Digby, the town was first settled by the United Empire Loyalists who built the town as a fishing and lumbering centre. With a long, sea faring history, Digby was an important regional transportation centre in the 1890’s where trains connected with steamships. You can explore the town’s history and genealogy at Admiral Digby Museum.

Today, the picturesque town of Digby is home to a large scallop and lobster fishing fleet and is known worldwide for their famous Digby scallops. This charming fishing community offers spectacular views, incredible tides, championship golf, trails and some of the best whale watching in North America.

Stroll along the vibrant waterfront to watch the world’s largest scallop fishing fleet, or visit any number of shops and restaurants for a taste of this local delicacy. Try them seared, fried, or in a chowder. Alternatively there is a wide variety of eating experiences in Digby to suit every palate.

From here, you can explore Digby Neck, Long and Brier Islands, and the French Shore. Nova Scotia is one of the best places to see marine life and with a prime location on the Annapolis Basin you’re in for a treat. Go on whale watching excursion to see Finback Whales, Minke Whales, North Atlantic Right Whales, Pilot whales, Sperm and Blue Whales, Dolphins, Bluefin Tuna, Sea Turtles and even Basking Sharks.

Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal is a quaint seaside town steeped in heritage and tradition that holds a unique spot in Nova Scotian and Canadian history. Long before the arrival of the Europeans, this area held special meaning for the Mi’kmaq, the indigenous people who were the sole occupants of Canada’s Maritime Provinces for thousands of years.

The area became home to some of North America’s earliest European settlers and was first called Port-Royal by Champlain. The administrative and military centre of Acadie remained here until its final capture by the British in 1710. Renamed in honour of Queen Anne – Annapolis Royal served as Nova Scotia’s capital until the founding of Halifax in 1749.

Today, this welcoming waterfront community embraces thousands of years of Mi’kmaq heritage and its over 400 years of French, Scottish, and British history. It’s home to Canada’s oldest National Historic Site, Fort Anne, where you can see the Royal Charter from which Nova Scotia gets its name and flag. Some of the oldest wooden buildings in Canada are found here, and there are over 135 registered heritage properties in Annapolis Royal, plus a charming streetscape that has been designated a National Historic District.

Modern day Annapolis Royal remains idyllically situated between mountain and sea, offering a stunning waterfront shopping area, with a selection of restaurants, world class accommodations, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and plenty of outdoor activities.

Wolfville

Wolfville is situated in the North Western portion of Nova Scotia, along the shores of the Minas Basin which is part of the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides. Wolfville experiences the Bay of Fundy’s record setting tides each day as water fills and drains from the Wolfville Harbour, which is the world’s smallest harbour.

The area of Wolfville has a long and storied history and has been home to many of founding cultures. Once a hunting ground for First Nations people, around 1680, Wolfville and nearby Grand Pré became home to Acadians who skilfully constructed dykes to hold back the waters of the Minas Basin, thus creating rich pastures for livestock and fertile fields for crops. The British deported the Acadians in 1755 and colonized the area with New England Planters who set up a primarily agricultural economy. In 1830, the town, then known as Mud Creek, changed its name to Wolfville in honour of Elisha DeWolf Jr, the town’s postmaster at the time.

The 19th century was an exciting time in Wolfville’s history as it became an important shipbuilding location and in 1868, with the arrival of the railway, Wolfville became a major exporter of the apples grown in the Annapolis Valley.

Today, Wolfville is a thriving university town, home of Acadia University, founded in 1838. It has been declared Canada’s first Fair Trade Town for its commitment to fair trade coffees and teas. With local award-winning vineyards, restaurants committed to local products and a busy farmers’ market housed in a former apple warehouse on the former rail line, Wolfville is a popular destination in Nova Scotia. Visitors can learn more about the town’s history at Historic Randall House.

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