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The Local Libation Trail

Atlantic Canada’s climate is nearly perfect for growing grapes, hops, grains, potatoes, apples, blueberries and making great libations. With rich intensive flavours, pronounced acidity and prominent character, our libations pair brilliantly with fresh caught seafood and farm fresh products and have won impressive awards. The selection is as dazzling as the amazing stories you’ll discover when you visit. Bonus: each libation maker’s location has special events, programs and tastings. Some can be grouped within a 30-minute drive or walk of each other.


Benjamin Bridge Winery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

The valley of Nova Scotia has so many options for a great drive and to visit the many local wineries. This happens to be one of my favourites. Such a beautiful spot and the wine is just top notch.

Submitted By Stephanie Snow

Raise a Glass to Supporting Local

Port Williams, NS

Our weekend staycation brought us to Port Williams. My husband and I spent a couple of relaxing hours at the Wayfarers Ale Society. We settled into a cozy picnic table on the wharf overlooking the river, where we enjoyed two flights, which included several samples of their beautifully chilled craft beer and a crisp cider. Of course, a flight is just not complete without a few snacks, so we ordered some yummy chips with hummus, as well as a scrumptious pizza. We raise a toast to all of the dedicated and creative local brewers who provide top-quality beer, brewed right in our backyard!

Submitted By Natasha Buchanan

Unwinding at Blomidon Estate Winery

Canning, NS

Recently, my wife and I spent the day in Canning, NS. Our outing led us to Blomidon Estate Winery. We lounged on the patio and sampled some of their excellent wines while taking in the stunning view of the vineyard. We then took a relaxed stroll through the vines, where we were able to get a close up look at the grapes that were used to produce the wine we had just enjoyed. This is a great spot to visit, unwind, and slow down, even if just for one day.

Submitted By Phillip Troop

Rossignol Sandstone Sculpture

Little Sands, PEI

When I come to visit my folks in beautiful High Bank, PEI, I often stop at this local winery. Rossignol's have a great wine selection but their blueberry wine is my favourite. If you travel east along the Shore Road from the ferry (9 km) you will find the winery with this fabulous Island sandstone sculpture at the entrance!

Submitted By Lynn Manning

Row on Row Watch Them Grow

Sheffield Mills, NS

2020 is providing opportunities like never before. An opportunity to spend a few days on a working vacation in Nova Scotia could not be passed up. With the foreign workers having difficulty arriving this year, my sister allowed us to come and work for a few days in the vineyards at Ellslea Farms. The vineyard is a peaceful and calming place to work. Working row by row we enjoyed learning the growing process from vine to wine. Gaining a deeper appreciation of the time and energy that goes in to producing a top notch product was a side benefit.

Submitted By Watson Donna

Grape Vines

Jost Winery Malagash, NS

Our daughter had purchased a gift certificate for Jost WInery in Malagash for our wedding anniversery. We had a great day driving across the province, had lovely lunch on the patio followed by a walk in the vineyard and tasting in winery.

Submitted By Neil Oldreive

Grand Falls Brewing Co

Grand Falls, NB

Our first visit to Grand Falls did not disappoint. We visited the Grand Falls Gorge, had a tour of the museum, and had a great game of golf. But what was unexpected, as we made our way back to our hotel, was a great brew pub. The Grand Falls Brewing Co. was very welcoming inside and the staff were friendly! We had a taste of what they had on tap, happily taking home cans of the Regal Lager and the stout, Knight Rye'der - the chocolate notes sold me!

Submitted By Helen Mitchell

Touring Around our Beautiful Province

Church House Brewery, Wolfville, NS

The province we live in is such a beautiful one but sometimes we don't take advantage of it. My husband and I decided to tour around the island and visit all the little nooks and crannies that Nova Scotia has to offer. It was a much needed getaway. We came across some beautiful spots, great scenery, food and amazing people. The Church House Brewery in Wolfville did not disappoint. First the staff were amazing even though we had a 30 min wait. The food and drinks did not disappoint and the ambiance was stunning. We will definitely go back and find all the spots that we missed. I'm so glad that we stayed in our own province and had this little getaway. I can't wait to do it again soon.

Submitted By Sharon MacEachern

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