Nova Scotia

Wolfville & Grand Pré Tour

Wikimedia Commons: Eric Van Lochem

This is a scenic tour of the picturesque town of Wolfville and the nearby Grand Pré Historical site, with options for longer or shorter routes. Wolfville is one of the main towns of the Annapolis Valley, home to Acadia University and surrounded by farms, vineyards, and orchards. Note: the town of Wolfville is hilly!

View of Dyke. Flickr: Christine Rondeau

Begin with a hilly ~2 km tour of downtown, enjoying the Acadia Campus, Botanical Garden, and Wolfville waterfront. [Option: Nice running track on Acadia campus!] Then, get on to the Kings County Rail Trail, headed north toward Grand Pré. Run on this lovely multi-use trail, along open farm terrain, for 4.2 km (fairly flat) to the Grand Pré Historic Site (a UNESCO Heritage Site), which features exhibits about Acadian history and beautiful landscaped grounds. Do a loop of the grounds, then return south on the Rail Trail. As an alternative to the Rail Trail all the way back, after 1 km, at Mercator Vineyards, turn RIGHT on Dyke Rd. to run along the dyke, using Old Dyke Lane. There are good water/dyke views for the 3 km along this narrow road.

Additional Options: The Multi-Use Trail heads south of Wolfville for 11.5 km to Kentville, and even further past Kentville.  In downtown Wolfville, enjoy some of the additional side streets, even out to Reservoir Park.

 

Essentials
  • 13.2 km (8.25 miles) for full loop out to Grand Pré
  • 89m (291 feet)
  • Center of town - Highland St. at Acadia University