Viewing of each tidal phase
Options to visit Wineries (35 plus located in the area)
National Historic sites
Rugged coastline sight seeing
Farm Market or Dairy Farm touring
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided Private Touring
Some Admission Fees*
What you can expect
On this tour you will see and experience each tide phase (yes both high and low tide). Leaving your hotel or cruise port, we tour/drive through historic Halifax on our way to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, taking Nova Scotia's the Evangeline Trail to Hall's Harbour on the Bay of Fundy.
Hall's Harbour is named after Samuel Hall, an American privateer during the American Revolution who used the cove to raid settlements in the Annapolis Valley. Now it’s home to a Bay of Fundy fishing fleet and one of the largest lobster pounds in the world. Most importantly, it's unique size makes it ideal place to most fully witness the startling wonder of the tides of Fundy.
After seeing either tidal phase, we trek over to ‘The Look-Off’ on North Mountain Ridge, home to Glooscap, he of Mi'kmaq legend. On, a clear day, you can see the Bay of Fundy, Grand Pré, Wolfville, Acadia University, and much of the extensive rich farmland of the Annapolis Valley.
Next we arrive at the Grand Pre National Historic Site and learn the sad history of the Deportation of the Acadians in 1755. This site recalls the saddest and heroic moments of the deportation and illustrates for future generations the history of a courageous people whose culture and actions continue to enrich Canada to this day. Our visit will take approximately one hour. As well, we will visit two other sites associated with this dark moment in Nova Scotia's history.
After Grand Pré, we visit the town of Wolfville, home to Acadia University and, at one time, an important prosperous agricultural community. As it is a college town, there are numerous eateries to choose from for lunch. On the edge of the town we’ll find one of the French dykes that you can walk and begin to understand how the Acadians, and later Yorkshire emigrants created such rich and valuable farmland. Additional dining options are also available.
The Annapolis Valley is noted world-wide for its fruit trees, particularly apple trees although there are also pear, plum, grape, cherry, and assorted berries and vegetables farmed here as well. It is true the Acadians had apple orchards but it was horticulturalist Charles Ramage Prescott who developed the apple industry in Nova Scotia from 1811 to 1859. Mr. Prescott was responsible for introducing numerous varieties including the Ribston, Northern Spy, Baldwin, and Gravenstein.Again, Hall's Harbour or Port Royal and the other tidal phase.