Life in the Valley
Quality of Life
Located on the Bay of Fundy and framed by two mountains, the Annapolis Valley region has strong communities – rural and urban – and an abundance of farmland, coastline, rivers and lakes supporting a rich quality of life, a diversified and stable economy, and a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Key benefits to life in the Valley include:
- Little to no traffic congestion
- Affordable housing
- Activities for all seasons
- Sense of communities and civic institutions
- Fresh, organic, and local food
- Access to sporting and cultural amenities
- Beautiful scenery
- Award winning wineries
The Annapolis Valley has a strong education sector. There are 41 elementary and secondary schools serving students within the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board district, plus three private/independent schools, a growing homeschool community, a university, and two campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College.
Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
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King's-Edgehill School (Windsor)
Canada’s first independent school, this co-educational school offers boarding and day school options for approximately 300 students in grades 6–12. LEARN MORE >
Landmark East (Wolfville)
An independent boarding and day school for students with learning and language disabilities. This school is located in Wolfville and accommodates more than 40 students in grades 6–12. LEARN MORE >
The Booker School (Port Williams)
Founded by parents in 2011 and offering pre-kindergarten to grade 12, this day school uses the International Baccalaureate program as a model for community-centred learning. LEARN MORE >
Acadia University (Wolfville)
Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts universities in Canada. Located just a one-hour drive from Halifax and its international airport, Acadia is an integral part of the quintessential college town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy. LEARN MORE >
Nova Scotia Community College
Kingstec Campus (Kentville)
Annapolis Valley Campus (Middleton and Lawrencetown)
NSCC is focused on growing the economy of Nova Scotia by producing highly skilled workers and building communities. LEARN MORE >
The Landscape of Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts approximately 25,000 visitors each year. We have thriving arts communities throughout the Valley and more than 50 galleries and museums, five stage theatres, and a rich tapestry of historic and cultural sites honouring Mi’kmaq First Nations, African-Americans freed after the war of 1812, Acadian farmers, New England Planters, Loyalists, and European immigrants.
Recreation and Sports
There is never a shortage of things to do in the Annapolis Valley. In all seasons, you’ll find an abundance of outdoor and indoor recreational activities.
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