Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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Wolfville is a small town in the Annapolis Valley, Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada, located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of the provincial capital, Halifax. As of 2006, the population was 3,772.[1]

Wolfville is home to Acadia University, Landmark East School and the Acadia Cinema Cooperative, a non-profit organization that runs the local movie/performance house. The town also operates a small library and C@P site.

Wolfville is a popular tourist destination for the scenery of the nearby Bay of Fundy and Gaspereau Valley, as well as for the many cultural attractions which are offered by the university and town. In the past few years, several Victorian houses in Wolfville have been converted to bed and breakfast establishments.

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History

See Wolfville Historical Society

Once known as Mud Creek and Horton, the town was renamed Wolfville in honour of judge Elisha DeWolf in 1830.[2] The town was an important shipbuilding location in the mid 19th century led by Wolfville shipbuilders such as Charles Rufus Burgess who later built the large full rigged ship Canada. The Windsor and Annapolis Railway arrived in 1868, later becoming the Dominion Atlantic Railway making Wolfville a seaport devoted principally to the export of apples from the orchards of the fertile Annapolis Valley. Wolfville Harbour was also a terminus of the MV Kipawo ferry, the last of a long succession of ferries that connected Wolfville, Kingsport and Parrsboro for 200 years.[3] The harbour, which empties twice a day due to the high tides of the Bay of Fundy, was once described by Robert Ripley as the smallest in the world.

In 1985, Wolfville was declared a nuclear free zone. Wolfville was declared Canada's first fair trade town on April 17, 2007.[4]

Culture

Wolfville is considered by many to be, apart from Halifax, the cultural hub of Nova Scotia. The Acadia University Art Gallery and The Atlantic Theatre Festival are both located on Main Street along with many bistros and boutiques. The town's history is presented at the Randall House Museum, operated by the Wolfville Historical Society. Each year, the Annapolis Valley Music Festival is held on Acadia Campus, where many talented musicians from across the valley compete.

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