Choose Annapolis Valley
Discover Natural Beauty
The communities of the Annapolis Valley invite you to discover the quality of life that makes our region a rewarding place to visit, live, study, work and invest.
People are attracted to our region by the balanced lifestyle, affordable real estate, excellent post-secondary programs, and safe, supportive communities with exceptional recreational options, health services, and neighbourhood schools. Our beautiful region, with its welcoming character, is graced with beaches and waterways, a strong arts and culture community, a rich heritage with national historic sites, and plentiful fresh produce, local wine, craft breweries and distilleries to tour and enjoy. Plus, there is almost no traffic congestion.
Communities Working Together
People are attracted to our region by the balanced lifestyle, affordable real estate, excellent post-secondary programs, and safe, supportive communities with exceptional recreational options, health services and neighbourhood schools.
Health services include 3 regional hospitals, 3 community health centres and access to family doctors serving local communities.
Recreation and Culture
Includes golf courses, sports centres, 200km of walking and cycling trails, and ski hills;
- 8 golf courses
- 12 ice rinks (indoor), 11 ice surfaces (outdoors)
- public pools: 4 in-door, 5 outdoor, 4 community splashpads
- 44 soccer fields
- 15 baseball fields
- 7 curling clubs
- Sports facilities: Kings Mutual Century Centre, Louis Millett Community Complex, Kings Edgehill Athletic Centre, Valley Indoor Soccer Facility, Acadia Athletics Complex, Annapolis Valley Shooting Sports Club, CFB Greenwood Fitness Centre.
Includes 20 plus wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and a cidery
- Grand Pre National Historic Site/UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Museums, theatres and festivals
- Oaklawn Farm Zoo
- Upper Clements Parks
- Farmers Markets and U-pick farms.
Post-secondary and government-funded R&D services
Assets include: Atlantic Wine Institute at the Rural Innovation Centre at Acadia University; Kentville Research and Development Centre (part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s national network); Tidal Research Institute at the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre; Nova Scotia Community College Applied Research Group, Annapolis Valley Campus; Pilikan House, NSCC, Annapolis Valley Campus; Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC, Annapolis Valley Campus.
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Innovation Grows Here
Talent pool of local graduates and researchers
The Annapolis Valley is a welcoming place where businesses are encouraged to build strong links with students and researchers in our post-secondary institutions.
Supportive Business Culture
Affordable and available industrial sites
Read about two businesses that chose the Annapolis Valley location based on affordable and available real estate and development land.
Large manufacturers and exporters
Our major manufacturers include global companies, such as Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and Xerium Technologies, Inc. (Weavexx Corporation), which have been operating and hiring in our communities for decades.
Some of the largest employers in the Annapolis Valley include Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College (Kingstec and Annapolis Valley campuses), Canadian Forces Base Greenwood and hospitals. The largest private-sector employers include manufacturers, such as Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., CKF Inc. (Canadian Keyes Fibre), and Xerium; food processors, such as Eden Valley; Eassons Transport; private or charity nursing/seniors/health care services; large farming operations; and national/multinational supermarket chains and department stores. The largest employers by industry (2015) are retail trade (13.4 percent), health care and social assistance (12.6 percent), public administration (9.7 percent), manufacturing (8.8 percent), education (8 percent), construction (7.7 percent), and agriculture/forestry/fishing (6.5 percent).
High-capacity broadband backbone
The Valley Community Fibre Network is a high-capacity fibre-optic backbone network that connects the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia with the provincial capital of Halifax. It spans 200 km and augments the region’s digital infrastructure.