Have a Life

The Annapolis Valley is notorious for making even the most faithful urbanites want to swap the city for something with a little more breathing space. Located along the majestic shores of the Bay of Fundy (home to the world’s highest tides!) and the Minas Basin, the pace is slower but by no means sleepy. Make no mistake, this is a dynamic region with as much community and culture as there is awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Small in size. Huge in personality.

Here, we trade #StuffyCrowds for #SelfCare. Say hello to adorable little towns filled with friendly faces, cute indie shops, and insanely yummy food. Hit up the coastline whenever you need a breath of fresh ocean air. Roll the windows down, crank the tunes, and explore our scenic back roads through the countryside. Each and every day out here has the potential to end with stargazing and bonfire-ing. Whatever your heart desires, you have options aplenty in the Annapolis Valley to live, work, and play.

Our Communities:

Love every season. Even winter (seriously).

Nestled between two small mountain ranges, the Annapolis Valley has its very own microclimate with some of the most temperate conditions in eastern Canada. Each season gives you something unique to look forward to: apple blossoms in spring; warm windswept gardens in summer; harvest season in fall with its bursts of red and gold; and a real-life snow-globe wonderland in winter (with warm & cozy farmers markets that are a JOY to walk out of the cold into).

Who says the city has the
market cornered on culture?

We’re super proud of our thriving arts community and our abundant historical sites. Traditional and non-traditional arts and crafts can be found at more than 30 galleries. Five stage theatres around the region put on regular productions. Our many museums and historical sites celebrate 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. Take a trip to witness the Landscape of Grand Pré, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the Fort Anne National Historic Site and Fort Edward National Historic Site.

So. You hungry?

When some of the Province’s best crops are grown right around the corner (or literally ON the corner, for that matter), it’s no surprise that chefs, vintners, brewers, and foodies alike all want to be here. There’s so much to savour in the Annapolis Valley—from a crisp glass of Tidal Bay (a wine appellation so unique that we had to make it up ourselves; you’re welcome) to a butter-drenched lobster to that perfect sip of locally-roasted fair trade coffee. You’ll never run out of new flavours to explore, or to try growing on your own. It’s pretty much our official regional pastime.

20+ wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, and a cidery
Award-winning restaurants
Countless Farmers’ Markets

Our wineries/craft breweries/distilleries/cideries

Awesome education for all.

The Annapolis Valley is famous for its great schools, which includes forty public schools, two adult schools, three private schools, Acadia University, and three Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses. With so many educational institutions nearby, there’s plenty of talent in the region; not to mention a whipsmart population.

Keep your heart rate up, indoors and out.

If outdoor adventuring is your jam then you really couldn’t pick a better spot to spend your time. The Annapolis Valley is home to stunning beaches, hiking and biking trails, rivers, lakes, ski-hills, national and provincial parks, golf courses, outdoor hockey rinks, and so much more. We’re talking wide open spaces and plenty to do in ’em. Best of all? It’s no sweat to make staying active part of your daily routine since you’re never far from your next adventure.

200 km of biking trails stretching from Kentville to Yarmouth
3700 km of trails for walking, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and all-terrain vehicles
44 soccer fields
15 baseball fields

4 indoor and 5 outdoor public pools and 4 kids splash pads
12 indoor ice rinks and 11 outdoor ice surfaces
1 ski resort and high ropes adventure course
7 curling clubs
8 golf courses
30 beaches

All roads lead to the gold standard.

Keep your welcome mat out. It’s easy to get here, whether you’re traveling via road, rail, ocean or sky. And just a heads up: so many are coming. The Annapolis Valley is certified as the world’s first “Smart and Sustainable Rural Region” by the World Council on City Data. We’ve achieved a Gold Certification, putting us in the top ranks of cities across the globe. Not that we needed to be told that we had something amazing (oh, we already knew that), but it sure is nice that everyone else does too.

Follow along with us.

902-678-2200 | hellothere@haveitallav.ca

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

This site is brought to you by the Valley Regional Enterprise Network, the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Business Leaders’ Initiative.