Tourism & Hospitality
The Little Town of Big "Firsts"
In Windsor, all we're missing is YOU!
FIRST in Hockey
The Town of Windsor will leave you with a lot of FIRST impressions. The great game of hockey was FIRST played in Windsor about the year 1800, on Long Pond by the boys of King's College, Canada's FIRST College. In fact, Windsor is still a great sports town: Ski Martock and Avon Valley Golf and Country Club are just minutes away. you can play tennis, canoe Lake Pesaquid, swim in our outdoor pool, stroll our walking trails, or marvel at the world's highest tides.
Downtown, visit Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia; The Hockey Centre; our waterfront; our shops, and Saturday's Farmers Market. Don't overlook the wonderful old homes that line our shady streets.
FIRST in Humour
Windsor was home to Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton, North America's FIRST recognized writer of humour, and one of the most quoted authors in the English language. Our widely popular Windsor-West Hants Summer Fest (formerly Sam Slick Days) celebrate Judge Haliburton's best known fictional character. This August festival is a fun-packed weekend of parades, competitions, concerts, and fireworks.
And, don't miss "Clifton," the magnificent home of our oft-quoted judge; or Fort Edward, whose blockhouse, dating from 1750 was built just prior to the expulsion of the Acadians and is the oldest standing military structure of its kind in Canada. The West Hants Historical Society Museum and Genealogy Centre houses local records, photos and artifacts.
FIRST in Pumpkins
Windsor is the giant pumpkin capital of the universe. The FIRST world champion giant gourds were grown on the farm of Howard Dill, who launched an international pumpkin growing craze.
The Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Weigh-off, held on the first Saturday in October, attracts entries from the Maritimes and beyond.
In fact, Windsor, Nova Scotia and Half Moon Bay, California hosted the FIRST-EVER pumpkin weigh-offs. Today there are more than fifty weigh-off sites in the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, and Windsor's own Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds are sold around the world.
FIRST Pumpkin Race
The world's FIRST Pumpkin Regatta was held in Windsor in 1999. This internationally recognized event takes place on the second Sunday in October. The Children's Wish Parade of Pumpkin Paddlers kicks off the Regatta.
There is also a motorized class, in which outboard motors are attached to the pumpkins, and an experimental class, in which the pumpkins are used as floatation devices.
FIRST in Agriculture Fairs
The FIRST agricultural fair in North America was held in Windsor in 1765. After 243 years, the Hants County Exhibition is still going strong. Its grounds are home to many equestrian events, including the Can Am Equine Show and the Better Living Show.
FIRST in the Valley
As you head west from the provincial capital of Halifax, you will discover that Windsor, whose people are FIRST in friendliness is the FIRST town to greet you as you enter the lush and historic Annapolis Valley.
For more information, call
The Town of Windsor
PO Box 158, 100 King Street