As port towns go, Wolfville is an unusual one. First, it features a very small port, a tiny inlet connected to the Cornwallis River by a shallow channel. Second, it experiences the world’s highest tides—the water level at high tide can be up to 52 feet (16 meters) higher than at low tide. Beyond its strange port, Wolfville is a pleasant college town near some of Nova Scotia’s best natural and historical sites.

The picturesque Acadia University lies at the heart of Wolfville. Take a tour through the 250-acre (100-hectare) campus, built primarily of red brick and containing buildings that date back to 1838. University facilities are open to the public, so swim in the pool or skate on the ice rink. Visit the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, both a public space and a place for student experiments. Admire the landscaping in the walled garden or smell herbs at the medicinal plant garden. Afterward, take a short walk through the nearby forest.

Head to Grand Pré just outside Wolfville. Here you will find a monument to one of the most famous events in Nova Scotia history: the expulsion of the Acadians. These French immigrants settled in the area during the 17th century, but were later expelled by the British and scattered across the southern United States. This history, immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem Evangeline, is also remembered in Grand Pré’s small chapel with a statue of Longfellow’s title character.

Take a 40-minute drive up the coastline to reach Blomidon Provincial Park, a 1,875-acre (759-hectare) nature reserve of seaside cliffs, beaches and woods. Hike the Look-Off Trail to see out over the Minas Basin and the striking coastline. Then, return to Wolfville and relax your muscles by taking a tour of the wineries of the Annapolis Valley.

To visit Wolfville, fly into the international airport in Halifax, then drive or take a bus. Visit in autumn, when surrounding forests are brilliantly colored.

Known for

Natural Park, Winery and University

Top Hotels in Wolfville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Super 8 by Wyndham Windsor NS
2.5 out of 5
63 Cole Drive, Windsor, NS
CA $134
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.1/5Very Good! (350 reviews)

This family-friendly Windsor motel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Trecothic Creek and Windsor Railway and Bay of Fundy. West Hants Historical ...

4.1/5Very Good! (350 reviews)

"Very clean, well located, very friendly staff. Complimentary breakfast was good but few hot options"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2019

Super 8 by Wyndham Windsor NS
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Old Orchard Inn & Spa
4 out of 5
153 Greenwich Rd. South, Exit 11, Highway 101, Wolfville, NS
CA $126
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.2/5Very Good! (286 reviews)

Situated in Wolfville, this spa inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bay of Fundy, Hennigar's Farm Market, and K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. Harriet Irving ...

4.2/5Very Good! (286 reviews)

"Loved the view from the restaurant . Close to highway and tons of shopping"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2019

Old Orchard Inn & Spa
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Evangeline Inn & Motel
3 out of 5
11668 Highway 1, Grand Pre, NS
CA $115
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.3/5Excellent! (159 reviews)

Situated in Grand Pre, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Covenanter Church and Bay of Fundy. Grand Pre National Historic Site and Just Us! Fair Trade Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (159 reviews)

"This property was a great location there was a lovely restaurant and the room was clean the beds were comfy I recommend this motel"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2019

Evangeline Inn & Motel

Top activities in Wolfville

Three Sisters Day Tour
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Three Sisters Day Tour

CA $119

Explore the majestic Fundy cliffs and experience the world’s biggest tides from a kayak in the wilderness of Cape Chignecto Park. Get up close to the famous Three Sisters sea stacks, ancient lava flows and arches on this popular and exciting sea kayaking adventure.

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