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Evangeline Trail, Nova Scotia


From the seaport of Yarmouth to the suburban reaches of Greater Halifax, the Evangeline Trail follows Nova Scotia's Fundy coast back through time to the earliest days of North American settlement. It's a journey rich in cultural diversity, charm and natural beauty. Champlain was here. So too were many of Canada's original French, English and Irish settlers. Now, it's your turn.

Along the coast of St. Mary's Bay, travel through picturesque French-speaking Acadian villages with towering church spires. Take a side trip on Digby Neck for some of Nova Scotia's best birding and whale-watching. Visit Digby, home port to the world's largest scallop fleet. In communities along the way, enjoy the work of Nova Scotia's gifted artisans and crafts people. At Port Royal, explore the reconstructed French Habitation, site of the first permanent European settlement in Canada. Be sure to visit Fort Anne at nearby Annapolis Royal, and walk among the heritage plantings of the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. See the world's highest tides harnessed for electricity at the Tidal Power project.

Journey on through the patchwork quilt of fields, dykes, orchards and vineyards of the Annapolis Valley, Atlantic Canada's richest agricultural region, with its magnificent Victorian homes of 19th-century merchants and sea captains. Visit Grand Pre National Historic Site which commemorates Acadian history and culture. And for stirring vistas of the Annapolis Valley, Minas Basin and Fundy's record tides, hike the trails of Blomidon. This is the land immortalized in Longfellow's epic poem, Evangeline.

Follow the Evangeline Trail cross-province through historic Hantsport and Windsor, on to Mount Uniacke, site of Uniacke House Museum. Discover the soothing, pastoral charms of this 18th-century estate while strolling its extensive nature and hiking trails.

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