7 Things to Do on a Day Trip to Wolfville & Grand Pré

A little over an hour from Annapolis Royal, Grand Pré and Wolfville in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley offer a variety of enriching attractions. Here are 7 ideas for things to do on a day trip to the area.

Cape Split
Stunning Views from Cape Split

1. Explore the Grand-Pré National Historic Site

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand-Pré National Historic Site commemorates the Acadian settlement of the 17th and 18th centuries. The site covers an area of 1,300 hectares and includes a memorial church built in 1922. The museum, walking trails, and interpretive displays tell the story of the Acadian Deportation.

2. Visit Luckett Vineyards

Luckett Vineyards is one of the most renowned wineries in the region, offering stunning views of the Minas Basin and Blomidon. The vineyard is famous for its iconic red British phone booth situated among the vines. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings and a meal at their bistro.

3. Discover the Acadia University Art Gallery

Located on the Acadia University campus, the Acadia University Art Gallery features a diverse collection of over 2,000 artworks, including pieces by Canadian and international artists. The gallery hosts rotating exhibitions, artist talks, and educational programs, providing a rich cultural experience.

4. Hike Cape Split Trail

A challenging but rewarding hike, Cape Split Trail offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Fundy. The cliffs at the end of the trail stand about 200 meters above sea level, providing panoramic views. The trail is approximately 13 kilometers round trip. If you choose this option, make sure you have study shoes and check the weather.

5. Tour the Domaine de Grand Pré Winery

As Nova Scotia’s oldest farm winery, Domaine de Grand Pré offers tours, tastings, and a fine dining experience at their restaurant, Le Caveau. Established in 1979, the winery is known for its signature white wine, L’Acadie Blanc.

6. Go Tidal Bore Rafting

If watching the 8 meter tides on the Bailey House Inn‘s private waterfront are not enough, experience the power of the Bay of Fundy’s tides with an exhilarating rafting trip on the Shubenacadie River. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tidal range in the world, with tides reaching up to 16 meters (52 feet), making this unique adventure suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages. Be sure to check timings as they change daily.

7. Explore the Tangled Garden

This unique garden and shop in Grand Pré feature beautifully landscaped grounds and a variety of artisanal jams, jellies, and vinegars made from garden produce. The Tangled Garden spans over four acres and includes a labyrinth made of aromatic herbs.

Tidal Boere Rafting
Tidal bore rafting

A day trip to Grand Pré and Wolfville has many options for  a rich blend of history, culture, and adventure. From exploring the poignant Grand-Pré National Historic Site and savoring wines at Luckett Vineyards and Domaine de Grand Pré Winery to discovering art at the Acadia University Art Gallery and hiking the breathtaking Cape Split Trail, there’s something for everyone. Thrill-seekers can experience tidal bore rafting, while those seeking tranquility can wander through the Tangled Garden. Each site offers a unique glimpse into the heart of this beautiful region, making your trip truly unforgettable.





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