Serving Annapolis Valley, Digby County, and Surrounding Areas.
The valley measures approximately 150 km in length from Digby and the Annapolis Basin in the west to Wolfville and the Minas Basin in the east, spanning the counties of Digby, Annapolis and Kings.
Some also include the western part of Hants County, including the towns of Hantsport and Windsor even further to the east, but geographically speaking they are part of the Avon River valley.
The steep face of basaltic North Mountain shelters the valley from the adjacent Bay of Fundy and rises to almost 1000 feet in elevation in some parts. The granitic South Mountain also rises to similar elevation and shelters the valley from the climate of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 100 kilometres further south on the province's South Shore.
The shelter provided by these two mountainous ridges has produced a "micro climate" which provides relatively mild temperatures for the region and, coupled with the fertile glacial sedimentary soils on the valley floor, the region is conducive to growing vegetable and fruit crops. Particularly famous for its apple crop, the valley hosts in excess of 1,000 farms of various types, the majority being relatively small family-owned operations.
Within the valley itself are two "major" rivers, the Annapolis River which flows west from the Caribou Bog in the central part of the valley into the Annapolis Basin, and the Cornwallis River which flows east from Caribou Bog into the Minas Basin. The North Mountain ridge forms the north side of the Annapolis Valley.
Long settled by the Mi'kmaq Nation, the valley experienced French settlement at the Habitation at Port-Royal, near modern day Annapolis Royal in the western part of the valley, beginning in 1605 and continuing through to the British-ordered expulsion of Acadians in 1755 and at Grand Pré in the eastern part of the valley. New England Planters moved in to occupy the abandoned Acadian farming areas and the region also saw subsequent settlement by Loyalist refugees of the American Revolutionary War, as well as foreign Protestants.
Today, the valley is still largely dominated by agriculture but also has a growing diversity in its economies, partly aided by the importance of post-secondary education centres provided by Acadia University in Wolfville, and the Nova Scotia Community College campuses located in Kentville, Middleton, Lawrencetown, and Digby.
Michelin has an important truck tire manufacturing plant in Waterville and the Department of National Defence has its largest air force base in Atlantic Canada located at CFB Greenwood.
Tourism is also an important industry and the Annapolis Valley is known for its scenic farmland.
The valley is home to the annual Apple Blossom Festival, held in late spring.
A beautiful community nestled in the Annapolis Valley, and originally inhabited by a strong Mi'kmaq community, the area became home in 1605 to some of North America's earliest European settlers. With an amazing history and an exciting present day, Annapolis Royal is a pleasure to behold for the visitor, a dynamic community with growing opportunity for business investment, and a home second to none for its residents. The Annapolis Royal area has gained a reputation as a vibrant centre for cultural activity, and over the years it has become a magnet for visual artists, craftspeople, performers and writers. No fewer than eight private studios and galleries are in operation within the National Historic District, not to mention an artist-run gallery (ARTsPLACE) and another art gallery at King’s Theatre.
We’re proud of our many well-preserved heritage buildings that make up one of the loveliest streetscapes in the country. We’re also pleased to be recognized as a community where volunteerism is alive and well. Visitors are often surprised that so many activities go on in such a sparsely populated area.
Thought by many to be the "Prettiest Little Town in Nova Scotia", Bridgetown is nestled in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. The town celebrated its 100th year of incorporation in 1997, and its rich history is still evident in the proud Victorian homes which line the streets.
Bridgetown (pop. 972) is located along the Annapolis River in Nova Scotia's Annapolis County. Once an important shipbuilding centre, today the downtown district is alive with shops. Queen Street is considered a perfect example of a small town business district - the sidewalks are wide, the shops are close together, and people stop to greet each other on every corner.
Residents and businesses alike benefit from small town charm and big city services, including:
- Schools and churches
- Major highways
- High speed internet
- Senior care and housing
- Public transportation
- Safe neighbourhoods
The Bridgetown area is blessed with outstanding recreational facilities, including an arena, a swimming pool, a curling club, a lawn bowling club, tennis courts, soccer and ball fields, a riverfront park, an 18-hole golf course and a provincial park. Each summer Bridgetown plays host to a triathlon, which draws competitors from throughout Atlantic Canada.
In 1783 Digby was settled by a hearty band of United Empire Loyalists led by Rear Admiral, Sir Robert Digby, Captain of the HMS Atalanta, a 24 gun Brigantine, leading the North American Squadron. In appreciation of Adm. Digby's leadership and guidance our early settlers from New York and New England named their new town in honour of their benefactor.
The Town of Digby has been an active fishing and lumber producing community throughout the years. Famous for the delicious scallops harvested from our local waters, spectacular vistas of The Annapolis Basin from our waterfront, clear crisp air, and of course the incredible tides (28 to 35 ft.) in our harbour, we offer our visitors a wonderful opportunity to visit or to settle in for a relaxed way of life. Digby is central to many activities, including historic sites, some of the best Whale Watching in North America, lovely parks, hiking trails, and our own local championship golf course. Located in Digby are a variety of accommodations, cafes, restaurants, shops, and a full service marina for our yachting visitors, including the services of an active shipyard for major repairs if needed.
We also offer a wide variety of services and facilities in keeping with the role of Shire Town of Digby County.
Located near Rt. 101, a major highway, close to Digby Municipal Airport (the highest Airport in N.S.!), and the only year round ferry service to Nova Scotia, Digby offers entrepreneurial visitors a great place to start a business, or to grow an existing venture, in our Industrial Park.
We welcome you to come and enjoy our mild climate, friendly atmosphere, and old-fashioned peace and quiet in a lovely and relaxing setting.
Middleton is a town with something for everyone. Picture views in all seasons; a visitor’s pleasant surprise and naturalist paradise. Numerous special events take place year-round and it has a wide choice of community groups to match your interests. Community and Economic Development programs provide a wide range of active-living town recreation and business experiences to please a variety of interests. An up-to-date town with quality facilities for the whole family to use.
Beautiful homes are well-kept and affordably priced. With a past dating back to the 1700’s it has a proud history of diversity among its residential and professional service community. Generations of families have lived and done business here - - successfully competing and evolving with changing times. Today this is a thriving community of old and new residents alike, young families and well-respected seniors. It has excellent protection services with strong Town and Municipal leadership.
Within the Industrial Park and downtown, it is host to businesses and services committed to taking care of all your personal and professional needs. Delivered with old fashioned gold old customer service. Located in the middle of an agricultural hub - the beautiful Annapolis Valley - Middleton is fondly referred to as “The Heart of the Valley” and it proudly announces this longstanding endearment on brilliant street signs with red hearts.
The Village of Greenwood is located on Route 201 and just 3 kilometres off the 101 Highway, south through the Village of Kingston. The Village of Greenwood and 14 Wing Personnel Married Quarter's together have a combined population of approximately 4,500 people.
The Greenwood Mall has over 60 shops to choose from, including Roo's, a giant indoor play area for children, as well as the Zellers strip mall. The Village also features numerous dining out experiences and the convenience of 24 Hour grocery shopping, banking and gas outlets and recreational swimming, bowling etc. The Military Museum is a must for anyone with ties to the military who may be travelling throughout the area.
Greenwood has a complex history. The area was settled by Loyalists in the 1770's in the aftermath of the American Revolution, when approximately 60,000 Loyalists migrated to Canada in support of the Crown. Present day Greenwood was originally two communities, Greenwood Square, so named because of the majestic pine trees, and the popularity of the name among Loyalists, and the original Kingston Village (not to be confused with Kingston Station which was two kilometres North). This community, built between the Fales and Annapolis Rivers was the commercial hub of the area serving rural farmers from Tremont, Harmony, and North Kingston and Melvern Square, furniture stores, blacksmith and cooperage shops as well as sawmills, a post office and several other shops, served the residents until the arrival of the railway line in the 1870's.
In 1940, Greenwood was selected as the site to built the Royal Air Force training base because of the topography of the land, and the fog free climate. A total of fifteen parcels of land totalling some 672.67 acres was purchased from local landowners. Later more land was purchased as the base expanded to accommodate the housing requirements of the personnel. Construction began in the fall of 1941 for building RAF Station Greenwood to train aviators for the second World War. The RAF Station became the RCAF Station in 1944 and in 1968 the station became Canadian Forces Base Greenwood.
The base brought prosperity to the Annapolis Valley and Greenwood in particular. Greenwood incorporated under the Village Services in 1961 and assumed the name Village of Greenwood. Once again Greenwood is the commercial hub of Western Kings.
Kentville, located only 103kms from Halifax, is today the most populous and increasingly growing town in all of the Annapolis Valley.
The recorded history of the Town of Kentville is one that dates back to the time of the first European settlers, the horse drawn carriage and the CP railway. This area of Nova Scotia, along the famous Bay of Fundy, was initially settled by the Mi’Kmaq Indians who were the first settlers in Canada, centuries before the Europeans found the land and claimed it as their own. The Mi’Kmaq referred to this area as Penook which meant “fording place,” because of its location at the bend in the Cornwallis River, a natural crossing point between Horton and Cornwallis townships.
Kentville is located in the Annapolis Valley, which is considered one of North America’s richest agricultural districts. The terrain of this area is rugged and irregular, but more hilly than mountainous. The lowlands are suitable for farmers and are found around the shores of the Bay of Fundy and in the Annapolis Valley. Residents enjoy more sunny days per year than almost any other community in Nova Scotia. As the province is a peninsula and is nearly surrounded by the ocean, the climate is more temperate, cooler summers and winters less severe than in other part of Eastern Canada. The Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current offshore, adds to the warmer winters.
Springtime in Kentville is always a celebrated season, as it brings renewed life, the promise of a bountiful harvest, and a beautiful lushness to the surrounding countryside.
While the rest of the world fell victim to the Great Depression of the 1930s, the first Apple Blossom Festival was celebrated in Kentville, during the spring of 1932. Great local music, a beauty pageant, a Blossom Ball, and a parade were featured and tens of thousands of people attended. The town recently celebrated its 72nd annual Apple Blossom Festival, which saw the attendance rise to over 60,000 people.
Kentville not only celebrates the beginning of the harvest season, but also the end. The annual Harvest Festival is held the beginning of each October and welcomes not only the world famous “Pumpkin People” by thousands of visitors who make the town a destination point, during their autumn tour of the province. Activities involve hay wagon rides, crafts, community bands, buskers, competitions, and lots of great things to eat.
Every Christmas season the towns’ people gather for the annual Torchlight Parade and Christmas party. This involves the lighting of the huge Christmas tree in the center of town, a visit from Santa, a skating party of the local arena, entertainment and some delicious hot apple cider.
Kentville has much to be proud of. It has the highest per capita ratio of professionals than any other place in Canada; it plays host to national level sporting events in and on first class facilities; it has a delightful downtown core with renowned restaurants, pubs, cafés, a live theatre, museums and historic sites; and is the centre of commerce and medicine. Seen as a most desirable place to live and work, Kentville is poised on the brink of much commercial and residential development.
The history of industry in Kentville is rooted in agriculture. The town has played host to the traditional industries of the time such as coal, timber, dairies, bakeries, food processing and local fruit stands. Manufacturing industries began to bloom after the surge of the industrial revolution of the late 19th century.
The Town of Kentville is known for the production of the first automobile in Nova Scotia. In 1910, an automobile name the MacKay rolled out of the Carriage Factory on Cornwallis Street in Kentville. Four years later the factory had produced 200 cars.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Industrial Park, one of Kentville’s most active business centers, was opened in September of 1979 and covers approximately 200 acres. The park has over 40 businesses and industries and is considered the economical core for large business sectors.
Source - http://www.town.kentville.ns.ca
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1. Make a list of all of the amenities that are close by in the neighborhood you are considering as your new residence. Keep in mind what distances and routes to each of these places are acceptable and what are not.
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Are there parks nearby?
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Are there quiet areas, streets, culs de sac?
Are the people friendly in the neighborhood?
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Are there nice trees and foliage?
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Are there walkways and are they easily accessible?
Is it a safe neighborhood?
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Are there many houses for sale?
How long ago was the community developed?
What is the average age of the people in the area?
Are there families with small children in the area?
What is the proximity to schools?
Are there community events or organizations?
3. Walk around in the neighborhood. The best way to determine the cleanliness and friendliness of the neighborhood is to walk around in it and meet its residents.