Choose Annapolis Valley

Located close to the provincial capital, the Annapolis Valley offers a rich concentration of talent, post-secondary institutions, and R&D services, with a satisfying quality of life, in a place recognized internationally for its unique landscape and heritage.
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Explore our beaches, parks, rivers, lakes, trails and ski-hills.
The Annapolis Valley is not only rich in farmland. Situated between two small mountain ranges, it has national and provincial parks, an abundance of lakes, rivers and forests, and more than 30 beaches. The Valley boasts some of the best climatic conditions in eastern Canada and is located in the Annapolis Valley and along the shores of the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin, renowned for the world’s highest tides. Our natural assets also include rich farmland, a climate suited to growing a wide variety of crops, and a shoreline along the Bay of Fundy, which is a natural tourist attraction as well as a test-bed for in-stream tidal energy development powered by the highest tides in the world.

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Caring Communities

Discover the quality of life that makes our region a rewarding place to visit, live, study, work and invest.
Our caring and welcoming communities offer a unique blend of rural and urban lifestyles, giving newcomers a wide choice of places to live, work and relax. Enjoy nature and the cultural and social amenities in our diverse towns and centres.

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.

Affordable Lifestyle

Live the way you want with everything you need in the Annapolis Valley.
Whether you’re raising a family, preparing to retire, or looking for commercial or industrial property, you can find affordable real estate to suit your needs and shape your future in the Annapolis Valley.

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

Recreation facilities

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.

Cultural amenities:

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.

Excellent Education

Our communities are served by 40 public schools, 2 adult schools, 3 private schools, 1 university and 2 Nova Scotia Community College campuses.
Benefit from strong innovation networks and research centres and a wealth of opportunity here in the Annapolis Valley.
The Valley’s post-secondary and government research centres provide a strong foundation in R&D, especially in geomatics, oceans, horticulture and ICT. Businesses benefit from a supportive innovation network of industry, university and government experts.

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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Professional Talent

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The Annapolis Valley has a strong post-secondary education sector, supporting niche and world-class research opportunities. Businesses are encouraged to build strong links with students and researchers.

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.

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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.

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Anchor employers

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.

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