The long valley that runs more-or-less east/west along the north shore of mainland Nova Scotia starts in the east at the town of
Windsor and runs to the west at Digby, world-famous for its scallops. The Annapolis Valley provides much of the produce and wines consumed in the four
Atlantic provinces, and the climate is quite different from the rest of the province, with hotter summers and moderate winters, just enough to chill the
grapevines for the next year’s crop and make for some fine icewines.
Nova Scotia is about ocean. Here on the Bay of Fundy, the tides are the highest and lowest in the world; it’s a staggering sight to behold. There are
several beaches in the vicinity of the three main towns that serve the business and medical (Kentville), shopping (New Minas) and educational and cultural
(Wolfville) needs of the eastern Valley’s residents.
The region is a network of picturesque small towns, villages and farms that produce among the finest apples in the world, incredible cheeses, all varieties
of mushrooms and a litany of other crops and dairy products; there is even a carrot factory near the town of (appropriately) Canning. The weekly Wolfville
Farmers Market draws Nova Scotians from as far as the south shore, an hour by car, on Saturday mornings, so plentiful and perfect are its offerings.
While Hall’s Harbour Beach (visit the page on this website to learn more about this unique beach!) is close to here, we have selected four beaches that are
truly in the eastern end of the Annapolis Valley, each with a distinct personality and look, but they all share one thing: those amazing tides; way up and way
down. Let’s tour the beaches of the eastern end of the Annapolis Valley:
Accessible by a set of stairs, Cape Blomidon Beach sits at the foot of the red cliffs of Cape Blomidon; these can be seen from many positions in the area,
not the least of which is from the main Highway 101 that leads into the valley from Halifax. They are so intensely red that it always seems like sunset.
Blomidon is short for “blow me down” and one look says it all.
Also a harbor, when the tide is out, boats sit aground as much as 30 or 40 feet below, and this makes for the opportunity to repair hulls and clean the decks.
When the seawater drains away, the red mud and its pathetic rivulets inspire wonder; where did all that water go?
Part of a community of summer cottagers and a handful of year-round residents, Kingsport offers a wide beach with plenty to explore during low tides and the lazy
lap of the seawater when the tide is in. It’s a relaxed and relaxing place to stroll or bask.
At the far northern edge of former (and again) Acadian farmlands on reclaimed (from the sea) lands developed about 400 years ago, this beach is named after the
Longfellow poetry heroine, and would do her proud. It’s a rocky, romantic, dramatic beach, with a long history and a spectacular direct view of the red cliffs of Cape Blomidon.