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1. Crush Pad Bistro at Luckett Vineyards

Leave it to the founder of Halifax institution Pete’s Frootique – think Harrods meets Whole Foods – to serve up one of the freshest winery lunches in the valley. Take a seat on the patio, which doubles as the vineyard’s crush pad, surrounded by lush vines rolling downhill to the Gaspereau River. Start with Nova Scotian Sober Island oysters, then tuck into the lobster and arugula salad. The seafood pairs easily with Luckett’s Tidal Bay (Nova Scotia’s only official appellation), a crisp, floral blend of L’Acadie, ortega and traminette.

1293 Grand Pré Rd., Wolfville, 905-542-2600, luckettvineyards.com

2. Gaspereau Valley Fibres

Before you even step into former Montrealer Brenda Gilmour’s wool shop, you’re likely to be greeted by a curious chicken, the farm cat Kitty Purl or a flock of curly Cotswold sheep. (There are llamas farther down the trail.) A kaleidoscope of yarns, dyes and tools beckons from every surface of the barn, a former service station. Peruse Nova Scotia-made goods or learn how to felt, knit, weave or spin during workshops.

830 Gaspereau River Rd., Wolfville, 902-542-2656, gaspereauvalleyfibres.ca

3. Hennigar’s Farm Market

There are over 1,000 farms in this fertile valley, and for Hennigar’s, it’s a third-generation family affair. This outfit sells produce in its roadside market shop, along with fresh-baked breads, crisp apple cider and homemade cream and butter fudge. Grab ingredients for a summer salad – lettuce, endives, radishes and strawberries all peak in July – and take your picnic to the on-site nature preserve, Park and Trail.

10272 Nova Scotia Trunk 1 Route 1, Wolfville, 902-542-3503

Blomidon Provincial Park

Photo: Province of Nova Scotia

4. Blomidon Provincial Park

Hugging the Cape Blomidon coast along the northern tip of the Minas Basin, the park's 12.5 kilometres of wooded hiking trails have numerous looks-offs with views over the world's highest tides. The claylike soil of the distinctive deep red beach is the result of millions of years of volcanic activity and marine invasion. Venture out onto the mud flats during low tide, and keep an eye on the cliffs for bald eagles.

3138 Pereau Rd., Canning, 902-582-7319, novascotiaparks.ca

5. Victoria’s Historic Inn

The former private residence of William Henry Chase, Nova Scotia’s Apple King, makes for a charming B&B stay in the province’s agricultural heartland. All 16 rooms in the 19th-century inn and carriage house are outfitted in Victorian antiques, but our favourite, the Chase Suite, features a Jacuzzi tub and an armoire that belonged to Chase. As you climb to your lodgings, take a moment to admire the original 1893 stained-glass windows.

600 Main St., Wolfville, 902-542-5744, victoriashistoricinn.comg

Wine

3 spots that roll with the tidal bay

Savour the blend of L’Acadie blanc, seyval and New York muscat at the family-owned Blomidon Estate Vineyard overlooking the Minas Basin.

10318 NS-221, Canning, 902-582-7565, ­blomidonwine.ca

 

Step into the handsome red barn and sip Gaspereau Vineyards’ fruitier take on Tidal Bay, thanks to the vidal in the mix. Or make it a flight: Jost and Mercator Vineyards are part of the family.

2239 White Rock Rd., Wolfville, 902-542-1455, devoniancoast.ca

 

The distinctive minerality and salinity of Benjamin Bridge’s Tidal Bay is down to its blend of L’Acadie blanc and ortega grapes, and the cool, coastal breeze-swept location in the Gaspereau Valley.

1842 White Rock Rd., Wolfville, 902-542-1560, benjaminbridge.com

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