Sights & Sounds of Windsor (and within a 15 minute radius)
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, there are sights, sounds, & activities for everyone! Here are just a few to consider when planning your trip here...
Interested in walking/running trails, Adventure Park, & enjoying the outdoors...
- Experience the 2.2 km trail around Lake Pisiquid (mostly paved trail with a small gravel section). Flowers, plants & trees add beauty to the sights of the lake. (Wheelchair & scooter accessible). This trail gets plowed in the winter so is accessible for walking/running all year!
- The trail around the National Historic Site of Fort Edward is 1 km long with plenty of trees, flowers and moderate hills (trail is gravel/dirt and wheelchair/scooter accessible). This trail does not get plowed in the winter so is accessible for walking/running while clear. Snow-shoeing is a definite option in the snowy months.
- Haliburton House / River trail is 1.35 km and consists of gravel/dirt and some large stairs. Only the trail up behind Haliburton House is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Snowshoeing is a definite option in the snowy months.
- Dakeyne Farm Sunflower Maze Get lost in a field of sunflowers. The flowers are beautiful, yellow & bright, and reaching for the sky. It won't be long before they start to lower their heads, start to brown and become full with seed. Join them at the Dakeyne Farm from approx. mid-August to mid-September for a walk through of their Sunflower Maze. They are open every day (during this peak season) from 10-7, unless it's raining. This year they created a little picnic park near the top of the maze, with shade, tables, games for the lil'uns, and a beautiful view of our tidal river. So pack a lunch, grab your camera and enjoy your day with them. Their Sunflower maze will be open until the last petal falls. They will then close for a few weeks so they can harvest their yield and prepare for Nova Scotia's First Haunted Sunflower Maze!
Directions to the Maze
- From Halifax: On Highway 101, take Exit 7,
- Turn right onto the old #1 highway.
- Stay right on old #1 until you see a big field of sunflowers. The entrance to the parking lot is on the left shortly after the big farmhouse on the big corner.
- From the Valley: On Highway 101, take Exit 8
- Turn right onto the Old #1 Highway.
- Stay right on the old #1 until you see a big field of sunflowers. The entrance to the parking lot is on the right after the field of sunflowers.
- Or call (902) 790-6233, they will do their best to help you find them. Their Street address is (across the road from) 1137 Hwy 1, Mt.Denson
What about skiing, cross-country skiing , and/or snowshoeing in the winter?
(If you don’t have snowshoes, no worries, rentals are available at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78 Thomas St., Windsor (902) 798-2536).
- Ski Martock is located 10 minutes outside of Windsor on Highway 14 (aka the Chester Hwy) Martock . It offers 600 vertical feet with seven trails, terrain-park, half pipe, one quad chairlift, two T-bar lifts, and two rope tows. All downhill trails, including the terrain-park & half-pipe are lit for night skiing and snowboarding. Cross-country skiing is available during daylight. The mountain also has a new Biathlon venue combining competitive, free-technique cross-country skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship. Martock Nordic runs a Biathlon Bears Skill Development Program which will host regional & national Biathlon events.
- Haliburton House/River trails and the National Historic Site of Fort Edward trail - as noted above, in the winter months on snow-covered trails these two trails are great for snowshoeing
Ahhh, what if history & culture are your forte as well! Check these out...
- Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum - We’re the Birthplace of Hockey so you have to visit the hockey heritage museum. Step into the past and experience hockey history as the story of its birth is told through displays of antique skates, sticks, hockey equipment and the prized Starr Trophy. The museum is located in Haliburton House Museum at 414 Clifton Ave in Windsor and is open June 1 – Oct. 4, 2013 Monday-Saturday from 10am – 5pm and on Sundays from 1 – 5pm. Visit Windsor Hockey Heritage Society for more info. In the off-season, the Hockey Heritage Museum is open by appointment. (Wheelchair accessible on one level).
- Cradle of Hockey – Located at Howard Dill’s Farm, 400 College Rd., Windsor, you will find the scenic site of earliest recorded evidence of hockey and site of the CBC’s 2002 Hockey Day in Canada and the Annual Long Pond Heritage Classic. Open year round. Call (902) 798-2728 for info.
- Churchill House – In Hantsport (just 7 minutes outside Windsor, NS), this home was built by Senator Ezra Churchill in 1860 and provides a distinct interior. Several artifacts and the history of the shipbuilding industry are included for display. Churchill House is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Angela Pelton at (902) 684-3187 or visit Hantsport Memorial Community Centre.
- Falmouth Village Heritage Farm – Located at 853 Sangster Bridge Road, Falmouth, NS, visitors to this farm will learn the names of 200 year-old tools, see how they were used as well as experience a wooden barrel made from start to finish. For more info call (902) 798-4856.
- Fort Edward National Historic Site – Located on Fort Edward St. In Windsor, the blockhouse on the hill overlooking the Pisiquid Basin is all that remains of Windsor’s Fort Edward. It was built in 1750 as a part of the chain of communication posts between the British settlements at Annapolis Royal and Halifax. Acadians were held prisoner here while awaiting deportation, and British troops protected the subsequent settlements of the New Englanders at the head of the Annapolis Valley. It is the last remaining blockhouse in NS. It is located at the strategic junction of the Avon and Ste. Croix Rivers. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Open July & August, Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am – 5:30pm. The grounds are open year-round. Visit Parks Canada - Fort Edward National Historic Site for more information. Wheelchair accessible.
- Haliburton House Museum – 414 Clifton Ave., Windsor. It was owned by Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton and features an elegant wooden villa and extensive grounds. It is furnished with Victorian period furniture and some of Haliburton’s own possessions, including the desk where he wrote his famous Sam Slick stories. There are several walking trails on site. This is also the home of the Hockey Heritage Museum. For more info call or fax (902) 798-2915, or during the off-season, call or fax (902) 798-5619. (Wheelchair accessible on the main level).
- Home of the Atlantic Giant Pumpkin – Located at the Dill Farm, 400 College Rd. Windsor, visit Howard Dill’s famous pumpkin patch where the world’s largest pumpkins were born. For more info call (902) 798-2728 or visit Dill's Atlantic Giant .
- King’s-Edgehill School – 225+ years old, King’s-Edgehill School was founded in 1788 and was the first independent school in both Canada and the British Commonwealth. Visit King’s-Edgehill School which still has much of the charm and historical buildings. Call (902) 798-2278 or visit King's-Edgehill School for more information.
- Shand House Museum – This fashionable home of the late Victorian period is located at 389 Avon Street, Windsor. The house and its contents tell much of life in Windsor at that time. The house was built in 1890-91 for Clifford and Henrie (Vaughan) Shand. It’s now part of the NS Museum. For more info call or fax (902) 798-8213, or during the off-season, call or fax (902) 798-5619 or visit Shand House Museum.
- Veteran’s Memorial Museum – The Windsor Fire Department Veteran’s Memorial Museum is open daily by appointment. It is located at 100 King St., Windsor. For more info call (902) 798-3787 or visit Windsor Fire Department.
Ooo, what about wine (who doesn’t like wine)?
- Sainte-Famille Wines is located not even 10 minutes from Windsor at 11 Dudley Park Lane in Falmouth, NS. They have 30 acres of premium vineyards on the hilly land of an original Acadian settlement. The winery is open year-round Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm and Sundays noon – 5pm May – Dec. There are daily tours May – October. Admission is free; tours are $4. Sainte-Famille Wines
- Avondale Sky Winery – Located about 20 minutes outside Windsor at 80 Avondale Cross Road, it is a new winery on one of the oldest vineyards in NS. It is located on the Avon Peninsula; award-winning wine. They offer tours and wine tasting. Admission is free. Open May – December Mon-Sat 11am – 6pm, Sundays noon-6pm (by appointment in the winter). Avondale Sky
And everyone’s always up for a festival or event...
- Apple Blossom Festival – Typically held the end of May. Windsor & Hantsport annually participate in the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival – a celebration of the Valley and its many warm & welcoming people. Both towns host a tea where a princess is chosen to represent her community in the Queen Annapolisa pageant. Throughout Apple Blossom weekend, there are sporting events, BBQs, dances, parades and fun galore. The highlight of the festival for both towns is a visit by the royal party. For info Apple Blossom Festival
- Hants County Exhibition – Typically held on two weekends in September, it’s the oldest agricultural fair in North America. It features all aspects of an agricultural exhibition including exhibits, competitions and a midway. Call (902) 798-8000 or visit Hants County Exhibition for more info.
- Windsor - West Hants Pumpkin Weigh-off – Held annually on the first Saturday in October at the Hants County Exhibition Grounds on Wentworth Rd., Windsor. It draws competitors from across the country vying to earn the top title. Giant pumpkins weighing more than 1,000 pounds draw big crowds every year. Families travel from near & far to take part in the full-day of entertainment designed to honour the pumpkin. For more info call (902) 798-2728.
Windsor – West Hants Pumpkin Regatta – Held annually on the Windsor Waterfront, the Sunday following the pumpkin weigh-off. Giant pumpkins are cleaned out, decorated and adorned with a human paddler sitting in it while they race their pumpkin across Lake Pisiquid (YES, you read right, giant pumpkins with people paddling them race across a lake). Contact VanEssa Roberts at (902) 798-6679 or (902) 798-1708 for more info.
- Avon River Days (formerly Sam Slick Days) – held annually around the end of July, early August. There’s always a variety of family-friendly events scheduled, including a pancake breakfast, parade, street fair, the annual Fred Lynch Memorial Corporate War Canoe Challenge, fireworks, and much more. For info visit http://www.avonriverdays.com/.
And let’s not forget about the Arts & Culture...
- Mermaid Theatre of NS – A world renowned touring company whose specialty is puppets and black light theatre. Children all over the world have been delighted to see a Mermaid performance. Vivid and imaginative, this troupe is one of Nova Scotia’s most respect cultural exports. It produces unique adaptations of children’s literature that have served to introduce more than four million youngsters on four continents to the magic of live theatre. It includes a 400-seat auditorium, a 60-seat intimate “second stage” venue called the Mermaid Loft and a reception room. Visit Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia for more info.
- Quick As A Wink Theatre Society – Is a community theatre organization who produce 4-6 plays a year. For info visit Quick As A Wink Theatre Society.
These are but a few ideas to help when planning your trip! For more information, contact the Director of Community Development, Tourism & Recreation, VanEssa Roberts at (902) 798-6679 and she’ll definitely provide you with the “what’s happening around Windsor” during the dates/times you plan to visit. See you soon!