The Annapolis Valley
This strongly agricultural area has gentle scenery and is often warmer than coastal areas. At harvest times there are plenty of U-Pick’s – strawberries in July, blueberries in August, and plenty of apples and harvest vegetables in the autumn. Alternatively, you can often buy direct from farmers or farmers’ markets. Upper Clements Amusement and Wildlife Parks are both found in the Valley region, a two-hour trip from Halifax. The parks are small but appealing, with a wooden roller coaster attracting many to the Amusement Park. The admission fee covers entry to both.
This small town is about two hours from Halifax , is home to the Fort Anne National Historic Site, and is nearby the Port Royal National Historic Site. Fort Anne saw battles between Canada ‘s colonial parents and has a museum detailing the site’s history. Port Royal was among the earliest settlements in North America . The site has been reconstructed and features costumed interpreters allowing visitors a glimpse into life there in the early 17th century.
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Grand Pre is just past the pretty town of Wolfville (home to Acadia University) on the Minas Basin, also within two hours of Halifax. The site commemorates the 1755 deportation of the Acadians. The grounds, including a statue of Evangeline, the fictional heroine of Longfellow’s famous poem “Evangeline,” are free and open year round. The formal gardens, church, and a restored 19th century blacksmith’s shop are accessible seasonably and are subject to an admission fee.
Cape Split / Blomidon Provincial Park
Cape Split is a popular hike for Haligonians and those living in the valley. Within two hours of Halifax, past the teeny Canning, this hike takes 1-2 hours each way and provides a beautiful view over the Bay of Fundy’s Mina Basin, with its spectacular tides. After a highly civilized walk on a wide path with only a few, short hills, the woods give way to a meadow that drops sharply down several hundred meters to the Basin. For those with more time, Blomidon Provincial Park is not much further from the Cape, and has many good trails with similarly spectacular views, and official camping sites.
$market = “HLF”;
global $market ;
$market = “HLF” ;