Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bays of Fundy, Grand Pre & Winery: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 7 Hours
Relax for a scenic drive through Nova Scotia's picturesque Annapolis Valley, with pastoral farmland views and the stunning Bay of Fundy outside your window.
Visit Grand Pré National Historic Site, settled by French colonists in the 1600s. The area is home to some of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world. Early Acadian settlers used a complex system of dykes to make the land arable. The UNESCO World Heritage Site status of Grand Pré is the crowning glory and area bathed in history and showcasing the beauty, heritage and importance of the Acadian people. Step inside the Visitor Center, tour the historic park and its atmospheric marshlands and check out the replica Acadian church. On the grounds, you will also see the well-known statue of Evangeline, , made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem of the same name.
Journey to the heart of the Annapolis Valley is charming Wolfville, where you will have 90 minutes of free time for browsing in the shops, galleries and cafés. You may wish to purchase lunch here (at your own expense). This vibrant town is home to Acadia University, but during its humble beginnings 200 years ago, it was host to wealthy shipbuilders and sea captains.
The Annapolis Valley is also home to a burgeoning wine scene that has been called the "new Napa of the North" and has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine. While it might seem like an unlikely wine region, the vines here benefit from the moderating maritime effect of the Bay of Fundy. Enjoy a chance to sample some of Atlantic Canada's finest wines at the Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards -- an artisanal winemaker that produces handcrafted, small-lot bottles. The wines rival anything you’d find in France, and the vineyard itself couldn't be lovelier, with its rustic charm, simple elegance and spectacular hilltop views of Cape Blomidon and the Bay of Fundy.
At the Bay of Fundy, you will see evidence of the extreme tide changes, but not the famous tidal bore, visible only further up the bay in St John. Lunch is not included. Travel time is 60 minutes to the Annapolis Valley and 75 minutes back to the cruise terminal. Corkage policy: Wine purchased on this tour is exempt from the on-board corkage fee (offer limited to one bottle of wine per person). Minimum age is 19 years.