The picturesque town of Wolfville is located one hour from Halifax in the lush Annapolis Valley. Dotted with the traditional brick buildings of Acadia University and quaint Victorian houses, this modern yet traditional town is steeped in history and is bustling with activity year-round.
History of Wolfville
The area of Wolfville has a long and storied history and has been home to many of our founding cultures. Once a hunting ground for First Nations people, around 1680, Wolfville and nearby Grand Pré became home to Acadians who skilfully constructed dykes to hold back the waters of the Minas Basin, thus creating rich pastures for livestock and fertile fields for crops. The British deported the Acadians in 1755 and colonized the area with New England Planters who set up a primarily agricultural economy. In 1830, the town, then known as Mud Creek, changed its name to Wolfville in honour of Elisha DeWolf Jr, the town’s postmaster at the time.
The 19th century was an exciting time in Wolfville’s history as it became an important shipbuilding location and in 1868, with the arrival of the railway, Wolfville became a major exporter of the apples grown in the Annapolis Valley.
Today, Wolfville is a thriving university town, home of Acadia University, founded in 1838. It has been declared Canada’s first Fair Trade Town for its commitment to fair trade coffees and teas. With local award-winning vineyards, restaurants committed to local products and a busy farmers’ market housed in a former apple warehouse on the former rail line, Wolfville is a popular destination in Nova Scotia. Visitors can learn more about the town’s history at Historic Randall House, operated by the Wolfville Historical Society.
Accommodations in Wolfville
Many of the Victorian houses in the town of Wolfville have been converted to historic inns and bed & breakfasts, each with their own unique charm and maritime hospitality. Manicured lawns, gardens and cozy interiors create such an inviting atmosphere for guests. Find accommodations in Wolfville.
Restaurants and Vineyards in Wolfville
The Wolfville Farmers’ Market welcomes you each Saturday morning with a sampling of crafts and artistic pieces from local artisans, foods and baked goods from local bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants and fresh produce from nearby farmers’ fields. Cafes, bistros and pubs welcome you on Main Street, where you can stop for lunch while browsing boutique shops. Many of the restaurants in Wolfville, such as the award winning Front & Central, are dedicated to creating fresh seasonal dishes from local produce and seafood.
Take a tour of one of the nearby wineries such as L’Acadie Vineyards, Gaspereau Vineyards, Domaine de Grand Pré Winery or Muir Murray Estate Winery. Taste the wines produced from unique varietals such as Marechal Foch, L’Acadie Blanc, and Leon Millot. Take a tour and stop for a picnic lunch, or dine at Grand Pré’s Le Caveau Restaurant, listed as one of the “World’s Best Winery Restaurants” in 2011 by Wine Access Magazine.
Wolfville’s Best Attractions
The picturesque town of Wolfville overlooks beautiful Cape Blomidon, situated in the narrow passage separating the Bay of Fundy from the Minas Basin. Wolfville is home to many beautiful gardens including the Victorian-style gardens at the Blomidon Inn, which are open to visitors from 8 am until dusk. On the campus of Acadia University you’ll find the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, featuring lush gardens and greenhouses showcasing native flora of the Acadian Forest region, making this a perfect place for a quiet walk. Wolfville’s Main Street is a popular spot; among the shops and eateries you’ll also find the Acadia University Art Gallery.
Visiting in the fall? Be sure to take in The Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival, the Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival and the Valley Pumpkin Festival.