Be lured into the Harvest Gallery (462 Main St.) by silkscreens, paintings, sculpture and folk art, exclusively by Nova Scotians. Mix and mingle with the makers: Artists drop in to chat with browsers (owner Lynda Macdonald says you can run into three at a time), so bring your credit card!
Craving local flavour? The Tempest (117 Front St.) carries wines from near and far, and presents sustainable ingredients with artistic flair. The haddock fish cakes with chow and the grilled meat and fish are all at the top of the list. But leave room for dessert — the ricotta cheesecake is heavenly.
You’ll fall in love with the scenery and forest inhabitants of the trails behind the KC Irving Centre at Acadia University. (Birds galore!) You’ll find the unique and serene Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens (32 University Ave.) beside the centre, where the variety of native flora of the Acadian forest will blow you away.
The Waterfront Park on the Bay of Fundy is nature’s playground: It’s home to some of the highest tides in the world, reaching 16 m, which retreat to expose vast red mud flats, perfect for sliding across. Take in stunning views of Cape Blomidon, or geek out over the irrigation systems, known as dykes, made by 17th-century French Acadians and still in use today.
Front Street and Harbourside Drive.
Get down to the buzzing Wolfville Farmers’ Market (24 Elm Ave.) where chefs, vintners and artisans gather Saturday mornings year-round (and Wednesday afternoons from June to December) to sell their tasty homegrown wares. Don’t miss the free samples of cider made from hand-picked organic Annapolis Valley apples. Delish!
Catch your zees in style at a tastefully restored sea captain’s mansion, now known as the Blomidon Inn (195 Main St.). Enjoy modern amenities set in the ambience of a 19th-century English manor, with daily afternoon tea and Victorian gardens.