Annapolis Valley in detail


Worth a Trip: Cape Blomidon & the Upper Annapolis Valley

The North Mountain, which ends at dramatic Cape Blomidon, defines one edge of the Annapolis Valley. On the other side of the mountain are the fishing communities of the Bay of Fundy. The valley floor is crisscrossed with small highways lined with farms and orchards. It's a great place to get out your road map – or throw it away – and explore.

Around 3km from the village of Port Williams, the 1814 Prescott House Museum – considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Nova Scotia – is the former home of the horticulturalist who introduced many of the apple varieties grown in the Annapolis Valley.

In the quaint, historic town of Canning, stop for a fair-trade coffee (or an art class) at ArtCan Gallery & Café or head just out of town to sample wines at Blomidon Estate Winery.

North of Canning, along Hwy 358, stop at the well-signposted Look-Off. About 200m above the Annapolis Valley, it's the perfect spot to view the farmlands below and, if you're lucky, bald eagles above: from November to March they number in the hundreds, attracted by local chicken farms.

Hwy 358 ends in Scots Bay, where the dramatic 13km Cape Split hiking trail leads to views of the Minas Basin and the Bay of Fundy. If you're not up for the hike, nearby Blomidon Provincial Park has a picnic area and plenty of easier walks.

If you need some lunch after all that fresh air, head to Halls Harbour Lobster Pound and gorge yourself on ocean delicacies straight from the source.

Round out your afternoon with a visit to Kentville, the county seat for the area, where you can rent a bike at Valley Stove & Cycle to admire the town’s stately old homes, or check out the region’s apple-farming history at Blair House Museum or other local history and art at Kings County Museum.