Scenic Destinations: Annapolis Valley
Nestled between South Mountain and the Bay of Fundy lies the fertile Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia's farming center. Follow the Evangeline Trail as it winds through acres of apple orchards and fields of corn. Or explore the coastal roads along the Bay of Fundy shoreline, stopping to visit the plentiful lighthouses or the magnificent (and towering!) Acadian churches along the french shore. From fishing to farming, the Annapolis Valley offers plenty to see and do.
Follow Hwy 101 from Halifax towards Annapolis Valley; take exit 12 and follow 341 North through Sheffield Mills. Follow signs to Baxter Harbour. When paved road ends follow dirt road short distance down to Harbour. The falls cascades into the ocean at high tide and is quite striking.
Note: Depending on season/weather it might be wise to park at top of dirt road and walk down road to Harbour.
Follow Highway 101 to Annapolis Valley and exit at #15 onto Highway 360 north. Exit right onto Highway 221 at Welsford and follow to Buckleys Corner. Turn left and head north through Canada Creek and onto unpaved road to Black Rock, following signs. There is an excellent coastal view along the Minas Basin from this automated light. Look for seals and whales in late summer.
Follow Hwy 101 from Halifax through Annapolis Valley to Digby; take exit 26 onto Highway 303 and then exit left onto Highway 217 towards Digby Neck. Follow road to East Ferry and cross on ferry to Long Island. Continue along Highway 217 on Long Island and cross on ferry to Brier Island.
- Northern Light and Coastal Trails - Turn right from ferry onto Water Street. Follow road as it becomes gravel, to Northern Light. Park and follow coastal trails to left of Lighthouse. Watch for seals basking on shoreline rocks.
- Western Light - Turn left from ferry and then right onto Wellington Street (next to "Robicheau General Merchant"). Turn left onto gravel road where pavement ends and follow road for almost 4 kms to Western Light. Look for coastal trails in Lighthouse area.
Follow Highway 101 to Annapolis Valley and exit at #16 towards Dempseys Corner. Turn left at Dempseys Corner onto Highway 221 and follow short distance, turning right at Weltons Corner. Follow road up North Mountain towards Morden and French Cross Point.
The French Cross inscription reads:
"Tradition has it that on this site Acadians from Belle Isle wintered in 1755-56. In the spring of 1756 Pierre Melanson with an Indian boy crossed the bay for aid. On the return trip he died."
Follow Highway 101 through Annapolis Valley; exit onto old Highway 1 towards Bridgetown. Turn right in Bridgetown onto Church Street and follow over North Mountain until intersection. Turn left and follow short distance to community of Hampton. Look for right turn to wharf and beach. This is a very picturesque area with a small lighthouse overlooking Hampton wharf and a nice cobble beach. Pack a lunch and picnic on the beach or view a spectacular sunset.
Follow Highway 101 to Annapolis Valley and exit right at #18a to Spa Springs. Turn right, then left onto Highway 362 and follow road up North Mountain and to Margaretsville on the coast. This picturesque community offers an excellent view of the Minas Basin, especially from the wharf.
Note: There are excellent washroom facilities and picnic tables provided in a parking lot area, across the main road from wharf (as of summer 1997).
Follow Highway 101 to Annapolis Valley and exit right at #18a to Spa Springs. Turn left for short distance, then right over North Mountain to Moshers Corner. Turn left and follow road to Port George.
Note: There is a Provincial Picnic Park only a short distance from the Port George Light, offering washroom facilities and an excellent view of the Bay of Fundy.
One of the most celebrated of the Acadian Churches is St. Mary's Church in the community of Church Point. An engineering wonder, St. Mary's was constructed between 1903 and 1905. The spire, which towers over 50 metres, is ballasted with 36 tonnes of rock to resist swaying caused by the powerful winds of St. Mary's Bay.