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Dive into Acadian Culture, Heritage and Scenic Beauty!
Place of departure
Grand-Pré, Annapolis Valley & Bay of Fundy, Saint Mary's Bay, Yarmouth, Par-en-Bas
Note :The distances to be covered and the time required to do so are approximate. They are based on driving according to the speed limits in force. The distances between the regions represent the shortest distance between them from their respective limits, unless otherwise noted.
Day 1 and first’s night’s stay: Grand Pré National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Region: Grand Pré
Travel distance: 91 km
Travel time: 55 minutes
Embark on a day dedicated to the captivating allure of Grand-Pré. Nestled amidst the scenic vistas of Nova Scotia, Grand-Pré is a blend of historical richness and natural charm. The heart of your journey lies within the Parks Canada National Historic Site, a testament to the resilience and legacy of the Acadian people.
From their establishment along the banks of the Minas Basin to their tragic deportation in 1755, the Grand Pré Interpretation Centre weaves a tale of courage and perseverance. It's not just a visit, but a voyage into the lives of the Acadians, their traditions, and narratives.
Let the whispers of the past guide you through this realm of Acadian heritage and Francophone communities. Allow the stories etched into the landscape of Grand-Pré to transport you through the corridors of time and immerse you in the indomitable spirit of its people.
Day 2 and your second night’s stay: The Annapolis Valley and Baie of Fundy
Region: Annapolis Valley & Bay of Fundy
Travel distance: 116 km
Travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Spend a delightful day exploring Annapolis Valley's stunning landscapes, from its bountiful farmlands to the magnificent Bay of Fundy. Savour the region's seasonal cuisine, highlighting freshly caught seafood and local produce, and don't miss the acclaimed wines and ciders crafted from the Valley's fruits.
Feed your spirit of adventure with treks through the picturesque Blomidon Provincial Park, or embark on boat tours from Digby for an exhilarating whale watching experience.
Immerse yourself in the rich Acadian history of Annapolis Royal, once Nova Scotia's capital. Traverse significant sites like Fort Anne and Port Royal National Historic Sites, and Melanson Settlement, each offering compelling tales of the area's French and British past.
Round off your day with a leisurely stroll in the charming downtown of Wolfville, brimming with quaint shops, eateries, and local crafts. Here, you'll enjoy the warm community spirit, as locals delight in sharing their vibrant cultural heritage and stories
Day 3 and third night’s stay: St. Mary’s Bay (Clare region)
Region: Saint-Mary's Bay
Travel distance: 64 km
Travel time: 47 minutes
Begin your exploration of St. Mary’s Bay by stepping into historical landmarks such as the vast St. Mary's Church, North America's largest wooden edifice, and the Rendez-vous de la Baie, an enlightening Acadian cultural centre at the Université Sainte-Anne campus in Church Point. Delight in local Acadian cuisine, trying traditional Rappie Pie, a hearty potato and chicken dish, surprisingly best enjoyed with molasses! Extend your culinary adventure at Belliveau’s Cove wharf, where Acadian lobster and shellfish dinners are served every Friday during summer.
Experience the Bay's musical heritage with local musicians performing during the summer in various eateries as part of the Music of the Bay events. Lose yourself in the tranquility of pristine beaches like Mavillette Beach and Cape Sainte-Marie Lighthouse, or challenge yourself with an unforgettable hike in Les Petit Bois. Add a dash of thrill with the Gran Fondo cycling event in late September, offering a fantastic coastal outdoor experience.
Round off your day with a visit to the new lighthouse, learning about the area's rich history and wilderness secrets through interpretive panels. Revel in the unique blend of cultural richness, adventurous spirit, and tranquil landscapes of St. Mary’s Bay.
Day 4 and final night's stay: Continuing through the town of Yarmouth to reach your final night’s stay in Par-en-Bas (Argyle region)
Travel distance: 80 km
Travel time: 60 minutes
Embark on a rich cultural journey through Yarmouth's highlights. Begin by exploring the Frost Park, a tribute to lost fishermen and sailors, reminding us of the sea's power and the resilience of its people. Discover local ingenuity at Sandford Drawbridge and the courage of firefighters at the Firefighters Museum. Dive into art at the Art Gallery of NS Western Branch, and uncover history at Yarmouth County Museum & Archives. Wander through the historic charm of Yarmouth's Heritage District, catching glimpses of sea captain's homes and mercantile heritage.
Whether you're seeking to discover your Acadian roots, explore North America's early European settlements, gaze at the mesmerizing night sky, indulge in the thrill of fishing, or immerse yourself in Acadian history, Par-en-Bas and Argyle offer something for everyone.
Don't miss the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival, where you can witness the excitement of this thrilling sport. Engage in enlightening conversations with fishing experts at Dennis Point Wharf and immerse yourself in the vibrant fishing culture.
Golf lovers will delight in picturesque courses nestled in stunning landscapes. Tee off amidst breathtaking views and enjoy a round of golf in this idyllic setting. For hiking and wilderness enthusiasts, explore the region's plethora of trails (Pubnico Point Trail and Wedgeport Nature Trail), immersing yourself in the beauty of nature and its rich biodiversity.
Experience the magic of Acadian culture with the self-guided Acadian Shores Interpretive Tour, and visit the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de Recherche and Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse for a deeper understanding of Acadian heritage.
No matter your interests, a visit to Argyle promises abundant Acadian moments. Plan your adventure now and create lasting memories in this enchanting destination.
Day 5: Return to your original destination – Halifax
Travel distance: 375 km
Travel time: 5 hours
Embark on a picturesque journey as you make your way back from the Argyle region to Halifax through Nova Scotia's magnificent South Shore. The coastal vistas, with their mesmerizing ocean views and pristine beaches, promise an unforgettable experience. Navigate via Highway 103 and indulge in the charm of the numerous coastal exits en route to Halifax. Recommended stops to enrich your journey include:
Summerville Beach: A tranquil oasis with golden sands that stretch endlessly.
LaHave : Experience the rich maritime heritage and perhaps catch a local event or festival.
Lunenburg: A UNESCO World Heritage site, this town boasts stunning architecture and a rich seafaring history.
Mahone Bay: Known for its iconic churches and vibrant community spirit.
Chester: A delightful village where you can relish serene harbor views.
Peggy’s Cove: A must-visit, with its iconic lighthouse standing tall against the backdrop of crashing waves.
Make the most of your return journey by immersing yourself in the diverse beauty and culture that the South Shore has to offer. Safe travels!
We hope your stay was pleasant and our itinerary was to your satisfaction, feel free to plan your next trip to Nova Scotia by using our other itinerary selections.