More than just wine
Wolfville may well be the best place in the world to spend a Sunday afternoon.
It’s most famous for it’s seemingly endless amounts of wine vineyards that stretch from the Gaspereau Valley to the cliffs at Blomidon Park, but there is so much more to this town than bottles of grapes and scenic vistas.
How to get there
If travelling west on Highway 101, take exit 10 to Grand Pre. Then take a right turn to exit the off-ramp and continue west on Highway 1. There are plenty of vineyards along this Highway which is commonly referred to as the Glooscap Trail.
Grand Pre National Historic Site
Before arriving in Wolfville you will notice signs for the Grand Pre National Historic Site. This is an attraction that many people drive passed without ever appreciating its significance and beauty. If green grass, beautiful gardens, and historic displays interest you, or if you just need a spot to go for a quick walk after the commute to the valley, this park is ideal. There is plenty of parking and there are clean public washrooms, making it also a great spot for a pit stop.
Grand Pre National Historic Site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Grand Pre National Historic Site park is also located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features many displays such as an old Blacksmith shop and a historic Acadian church to name a few. After a visit to Grand Pre, one becomes grounded in the history of the area making the experience that much better. Here is a link to more information on the Grand Pre Historic Site, as well as some more photos.
The Town of Wolfville
Arriving in the town of Wolfville, you will find that the sidewalks are busy with people going about their daily lives as well as visitors to the area. Traffic is usually congested but not stressful at all. Pro tip: take a right turn at the first stop sign in the town and drive one block over to the next street which is called Front Street. There is plenty of parking here and no traffic.
Now that you’re in town and on Front Street, you might as well check out Waterfront Park. This is another area park that sits on the shores of the Bay Of Fundy with plenty of green grass and places to sit and relax. There are some historic monuments and displays here as well. More info in the link below.
Food – The Naked Crepe
There are lots of great place to eat in Wolfville, the most popular (arguably) being ‘The Naked Crepe’. The food here is top notch, like on a different level than what some may be use to and the atmosphere is friendly and colourful.
A short distance down the street, you will find Clock Park. This is a neat little park that is very well maintained. It sort of has a ‘time and stone’ kind of theme going on and it connects to a historic graveyard. It also neighbours with ‘Troy Restaurant and Grill’ which is another great spot to check out.
Sights and sounds
Clock Park is a timeless place and one of its best features is the passing traffic on Glooscap Trail. It is almost as though there is a car show happening but there are just that many folks out with their ‘weekend’ vehicles. The town always busy in a laid back kind of way, especially so on weekends.
Gaspereau Valley will take your breath away so be prepared for that. Also, the cell phone reception in this area is virtually non-existent and when Google Maps decides to work, it will take you down the wrong roads in many cases. It has been this way for years, so just a heads up that you may want to plot your trip on the map before entering the valley.
The drive on Highway 101 is fairly scenic. For instance, when you’re driving back to Halifax you will see the Martock mountains in the distance at exit 7 for Falmouth. There is some construction as the highway is currently being twinned and you may notice a peaceful gathering at the Avon River Causeway by the ‘Friends of Avon River’.
Worth the trip
Conclusion; Wolfville is worth telling your friends about and this post has barely even scratched the surface of the many world class attractions it has. More info in the link below from Nova Scotia Tourism.