Annapolis Valley Tour - Evangeline Trail
8 hours - lunch included
Windsor: Gateway to the Annapolis Valley: The first stop of the day will be in Windsor, originally known as Pisiquid, to see the tidal flats. Next a visit to the Haliburton House Museum steps back in time to the era of Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton's well-known book, The Clockmaker. The museum features prints based on Sam Slick, the character that made Haliburton famous. One of the principal reasons Windsor was settled by the British was to monitor the Acadians in Grand Pré.
Grand Pré: Grand Pré National Historic Park is on the site of an Acadian village of the same name (1675-1755). The church is a replica of the original Church of St. Charles. The museum inside the commemorative church documents the Acadian way of life before the Deportation of 1755. A statue of Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic heroine, stands looking for her long lost lover at the original entrance to the park. You will stroll through the willow treed gardens of Acadian dykelands before we head to Wolfville.
Wolfville: Home of Acadia University, the population of this town doubles during the academic year.
Old Orchard Inn: We will have a relaxing lunch perched atop the South Mountain and looking down upon the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
Hall's Harbour: After lunch we will cross both the Valley floor and the North Mountain to the Bay of Fundy. The small fishing village of Hall's Harbour is one of the best places to see the highest recorded tides in the world. At low tide the wharf is high and dry while fishing boats wait patiently on the harbour bottom for the tide to rise and take them out to sea again.
The Lookoff: A drive through the farmland of the North Mountain brings us to the Lookoff where we can stand and survey the rich green valley below, view the tides of the Minas Basin and see most of the Annapolis Valley Floor.
Mount Uniacke: This settlement was named for Richard John Uniacke, the aristocratic Irish adventurer who became Attorney General of Nova Scotia in 1797. The magnificent colonial country home, built in the centre of his 5000-acre estate in 1813, is in excellent repair and has an outstanding collection of original furnishings.