Avon Community Farmers Market
The Avon Community Farmers Market is located at Windsor Community Centre, 78 Thomas Street. It is open from early June to mid October, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The mission statement of the market: "The Avon Community Farmers’ Market is a non-for-profit organization, established to create a community gathering place where vendors can provide high quality, locally produced food, products and services to our community. We encourage healthy living, inclusive community connections and improved opportunities for all individuals in our community by promoting local economic development as well as social and community building."
Avon River Heritage Society Museum & Avon Spirit Shipyard
The Avon River Heritage Society Museum and the Lydia and Sally Cafe is set along the scenic shores of the Avon River on the site where New England Planters' sloop, the Lydia and Sally, landed in 1760.
The museum features exhibits on the New England Planters, African Nova Scotians, Acadian settlers, the Mi'kmaw people, local house histories, family histories, Avon River ecology. It is also home to the Avon River Arts Society, the Full Circle Festival, the Honey Harvest Festival and the North Along the Shore Jamboree. Together with the arts society they host a number of arts related events including Artisans in Action and Hants County's flagship art show, and the Great Little Art Show, now in its 21st year!
Avon Valley Golf & Country Club
Avon Valley Golf and Country Club was established in 1971 following the closing of the former Windsor nine hole course near Fort Edward. It has since grown to a challenging and very well groomed 18 hole course. Hilly terrain, fast and subtle greens and the occasional variable breezes always call for strategy to score well. Avon Valley is noted for peak conditions, friendly staff and friendly members who make visitors feel welcome.
Operating from about mid- April until late October/early November, the course is located in Falmouth just 30 minutes from Halifax. , The course includes 18 Holes, par 71/ 73, licensed dining area, spacious deck, fully stocked Pro Shop, rentals (power cars, clubs, pull carts), and a pitch-n-putt practice area, putting green and practice mats/ net.
Avondale Sky Winery
Avondale Sky can be found where gentle southern slopes nurture acres of vines against the backdrop of an ever changing tidal landscape, rolling hills, and the panoramic Avondale sky.
Visit them for a unique experience and enjoy their world class wine, dining, tours, and the view.
Castle Fredrick Farms Inc.
Castle Frederick is farmed today by the Bremner family, eighth generation from Colonel Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres, who was granted the land in 1763.
Consisting of a herd of approximately 300 head of cattle, a flock of 100 sheep, 200 acres of pasture and 200 acres of productive marshlands for hay and forage to feed the livestock through the winter, there are 1500 acres of forest land serviced by roads and trails. The farm offers a variety of customized learning experiences and activities for individuals and groups of all ages.
The Churchill House was built by Senator Ezra Churchill in 1860 and provides a distinct interior with several artifacts and the history of the shipbuilding industry on display. Churchill House is also home to the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre who host a number of events throughout the year.
Cradle of Hockey
It was the students of King's College who adapted the game of "hurley to ice" which developed over time to te game of ice hockey. Visit the Cradel of Hockey where the students today still play on the pond at the Dill Farm next to King's Edgehill School.
You won't want to miss a visit to Dill's Farm! Home of the World’s Largest Pumpkin Variety, “Dill’s Atlantic Giant” was developed and patented by 4-time World Champion grower, the late Howard Dill of Windsor, NS. Affectionately known as “The Pumpkin King”, his trademark variety has produced specimens weighing over 1600lbs! Mr Dill is a previous Guinness World Record holder. During the months of August and September free tours are offered of the pumpkin patch but October is a visual treat! Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes adorn the family farm and many displays are set up for unique picture taking opportunities.
Dykeyne Farm Sunflower Maze
Get lost in a field of sunflowers. 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. Pack a lunch, grab your camera and enjoy your day with them. The Sunflower Maze stays open until the last petal falls.
Fort Edward National Historic Site
Fort Edward which was built by Major Charles Lawrence in 1750 protected the route from Halifax to the Annapolis Valley. The blockhouse, which is the oldest in Canada, and earthworks are all that remain of Fort Edward. Acadian families were detained here after the 1755 deportation. The fort was an important base during the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812. An exhibit inside the blockhouse provides information about the history of Fort Edward. Interpretive panels present the story of Fort Edward’s role in the history of the area.
The trail around Fort Edward is 1km long and, consisting of gravel and dirt, is wheelchair and scooter accessible. The trail does not get plowed in the winter months so is accssible when clear but snowshoeing is also and option in the snowy months.
Flying Apron Inn & Cookery
The Flying Apron offers charming accommodations, locally sourced honest food and culinary education! Located in Summerville, just an hour from Halifax, Truro, Chester, and the Annapolis Valley, where rural Nova Scotia meets the Bay of Fundy, it is one-of-a-kind! This renovated historic building features a charming 4-star inn and many on-site amenities for guests to enjoy, including an award-winning licensed restaurant, stunning cookery school, art gallery, gourmet food shop and used book store.
Wind your way up the tree-lined drive to visit the home of Nova Scotian author Thomas Chandler Haliburton, who lived in the Haliburton House from 1836-1856. Imagine Victorian Windsor as you explore the twists and turns of this house, where Haliburton created his claim to international fame: the fictional Yankee clock pedlar, Sam Slick.
Hants County Exhibition Grounds
Established in 1765, the Hants County Exhibition Grounds are home to North America's oldest Agricultural Fair - the Hants County Exhibition. The Exhibition, which takes place in September of every year, is two full weekends jammed packed with many events including horse jumping, tractor pulls, cattle shows, many 4H events and of course the rides!
Hantsport Music Fest Society
Looking to "have a time"? You won't want to miss the Hantsport Music Festival which takes place in July. It's a community based, not for
profit, music festival that celebrates great live music and has returned ALL profits raised to local community volunteer groups!
Kempt Shore Acoustic Maritime Music Festival
The Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, held the third full weekend of July is just one of the festivals held at the Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground. Crowds enjoy everything from blues, folk, country and jazz to texas swing! The campground sits on the beautiful Kempt Shore so the sunsets are amazing and don't forget your fishing rod to try your luck catching a striped bass or two!
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.
Lake Pisiquid (seen from Hwy 101) is more than just the home of the Annual Giant Pumpkin Races and used by the Pisiquid Canoe Club. The 2.2 km accessible trail around the lake is used by residents and visitors alike - year round!
Meander River Farm & Brewery
Meander River Farm and Brewery, located in Ashdale, is a family run - 186 acre mixed farm operation specializing in hops and lavender and the home to Meander River Brewery. Visit the Farm for an experience unlike any other as there are many things to do and explore!
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Mermaid Theatre is known for its unique blend of puppets and performers and for its unusual retelling of traditional and contemporary children's classics. Visitors can tour Mermaid's headquarters where props and puppets from their many productions are on display. Tickets can be purchased for their shows on their website as well!
On Tree Fun & Adventure Park
Sainte-Famille Wines Ltd.
Sainte-Famille Wines Ltd. is an award winning winery that is located in Falmouth, Nova Scotia – the gateway to the Annapolis Valley. Opened in June, 1990 and are now 25 years old. Our vineyard is situated on a gently sloping hill overlooking the Avon River Valley. It is one of the warmest vineyard sites in Nova Scotia. Ninety- five percent of their wines are produced solely from their grapes. However, they do purchase some from local growers. They grow eight varieties of white grapes and four varieties of red.
All of our wines are 100% Nova Scotian.20 Award Winning Wines, 100 Percent Nova Scotian Grapes, 25 Great Years Crafting Our Wine, 12 Unique Varieties of Our Grapes.
"The Schoolhouse Brewery is committed to crafting uncompromising quality beers in an environmentally responsible way." The mission statement influences all brewery decisions from choosing ingredients, brewing methods, hiring procedures, and packaging and distribution methods. People can feel good about drinking good beer, that's good. All Schoolhouse Brewery beers are crafted with Maritime Barley and organic speciality malts.
Based in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the Schoolhouse Brewery is the passion project of Cameron Hartley and his wife, Jenn. A long-time homebrewer living in an 150-year old schoolhouse, Cameron has decided to turn his hobby into a business after years of positive feedback about his beer from friends and family. Schoolhouse Brewery Website
Shand House Museum
The Queen Anne-style Shand House, built in 1890 for newlyweds Clifford and Henrie Shand, was once considered a modern marvel in Windsor. Featuring a fancy, original indoor bathroom, central heating, and stylish furniture from the Windsor furniture factory, the house stands as a testament to the Shand family legacy.
Admire the front hall's gleaming cherry-wood paneling. See a display of Clifford's memorabilia from the early days of the sport of bicycling. Take the servant’s stairs to the upper floor and climb the tower for a magnificent view of the Avon River and countryside; a beautiful setting for this comfortable family home.
Ski Martock and Ontree Fun & Adventure Park
Martock is 'serious about snow' has seven trails including a terrain park, half pipe, riglet park, beginner bowl, 1 quad chairlift, two T-bar lifts and a Magic Carpet. All downhill trails including the terrain park and half pipe are lit for night skiing and snowboarding enjoyment.
West Hants Historical Society
The West Hants Historical Society museum displays the cultural history of one of Nova Scotia’s oldest communities. There are household, industrial and shipping technologies of a bygone era on display and also houses an extensive library of archives & genealogies featuring many local families.
Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum
Visit the "Birthplace of Hockey" museum. Artifacts include the equipment with which the game began - - wooden pucks, hand-made one-piece hockey sticks carved by the Mi'kmaq natives, stock skates and world-famous Starr skates - as well as early forms of protective equipment. View photos of players and teams from the formative years of Canada's great winter game, ice hockey.
Enjoy a day at Windsor Playland. Located on the Hants County Exhibition Grounds at Exit 5A, children of all ages will enjoy the giant waterslide and water games, a round of mini-golf, Go-Carts racing and for the younger children, the Merry-Go Round. Contact them at 902-798-0523.
Windsor - West Hants Pumpkin Festival
Every year, the Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Festival celebrates all things pumpkin, including recipes, pumpkin weigh-offs, pumpkin painting and carving. But the most fun is had by transforming the giant gourds into somewhat sea-worthy boats. The Pumpkin Regatta draws huge crowds every year in October who cheer on participants as they sit inside their colourful, giant pumpkins and paddle across the lake between Windsor and Falmouth. It’s a one-of-a-kind race that has to be seen to be believed!