Recreation and Culture

Recreation and Culture

Are you ready for an adventure?  Experience our active lifestyle and cultural attractions.

So much to choose in all four seasons: skiing, excellent outdoor sports fields and indoor arenas, 18-hole golf courses, 200 km of self-guided biking trails,* a zoo and high-ropes adventure course, plus 3,700 km of trails for walking, biking, snowmobiling and all-terrain vehicles.

Outdoor recreation opportunities include a zoo, a ski resort and high ropes adventure course, several 18-hole golf courses, 200 km of self-guided biking trails (Kentville to Yarmouth), and 3,700 km of trails for walking, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and all-terrain vehicles.  The Annapolis Valley’s natural landscape is accessible to explore.  The region has provincial parks, a biosphere reserve spanning 5 counties, as well as a botanical garden and historic garden.

Further natural adventures occur on the 4 major rivers, their tributaries, many lakes and along the coast at hidden beaches, harbours and coves.  Popular activities include swimming, kayaking, tubing and fishing.  Outdoor ice hockey is popular during the winter months.

The Landscape of Grand Pre UNESCO World Heritage Site is recognized as having exceptional cultural and natural significance, hosting approximately 25,000 visitors each year.  Thriving arts communities promote traditional and non-traditional crafts and skills at more than 30 galleries and 5 stage theatres.  There are more than 25 museums and numerous sites celebrating the rich cultural history of local Mi’kmaq people, African Americans freed after the war of 1812, Acadian farmers, New England Planters, Loyalists and European immigrants after WWII.

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.

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