Why pay for guided tours? My question would be more like why miss out on this fantastic opportunity?
There is so much to experience and learn in this historic valley. By taking a historic walking tour you can really get a feel for life back when.
Chances are the professional guides will be dressed appropriately for the tour you are on. They will tell you stories and folklore you will not read or hear about anywhere else.
Guided tours can give you hands on opportunity also. Opportunities like learning new songs or dances; or learning a new craft or a local recipe to try. You do not just learn; you experience what you are learning.
So take a look at all the different types of guided tours offered in and around the Annapolis Valley area. Plan which ones you would like to participate in before you get here. This will leave you more time while you are here to add in another one or two.
So do you have your comfortable walking shoes on?
You have decided to take one of the walking guided tours today offered in the Annapolis Valley. Good choice, you are going to love it.
Check out which ones are offered, where they are located and what time they start. You may want to check the weather outside today, and then depending on where the tours are located, dress appropriately.
Most of the walking tours in the Annapolis Valley are approximately 1 - 2 hours long. The walk goes along at a slow pace, stopping often as the guides tell stories about the area. The tours will end either back at the starting point or close to it.
Questions are welcome; the tour guides are very knowledgeable and will do their best to answer all of them for you. Bring your camera and your quest for fun.
We all like to be scared sometimes, it gets the adreline going! But don't worry, even though we are known to have lots of ghost in the area, our Ghost and Graveyard Tours are not that scarey. Creepy sometimes, but not too scarey, most are family oriented.
With some of the oldest graveyards in Canada and some of the oldest history these unique tours have become very popular. They are an exciting way to learn about some of the interesting stories, legends and folklore about our area.
The tour guides for these tours are all very knowledgable with the area, they have taken a personal interest in the history and folklore stories. Their dedication is obvious as they dress up and take on the role of a graveskeeper or ancient story-teller. They are all well trained at telling their stories and getting the audience involved.
Make sure to take in at least one of these great ghostly tours while in the area. I bet you will want to go to more of them!
The Annapolis Royal Historical Association provide three different walking guided tours. Their walking tours are very informative and entertaining while covering the culture and history of this area. In 2005 their three main walking tours won first place as the "Hometown Pride Event of the Year" from Nova Scotia Tourism's Festivals and Events Council.
Their walking tours are guided by two of the best; Alan Melanson and his beautiful wife Durline. On Valentine's Day, 1997 they were selected by the Chronicle Herald as one of the provinces three "Most Romantic Couples". Alan is a tenth generation Acadian whose ancestors founded the nearby Melanson Settlement. They both have a love of history and 30 years experience as tour guides.
There are other guided tours in the Annapolis Valley. Each one offers a different experience and most of them have ways for you to be involved. Here is a list of some of these tours:
Many of our towns and communities have put together self-guided walking tours. These self-guided tours are great in that you may do them at your convenience. Just pick up a booklet usually from the visitor Information Center or at some of the museums and historic sites. These booklets will have your walking route mapped out and will let you know where to stop and read about what you are looking at. They are full of interesting information on the history of the buildings and important events that happened in the area.
In the last several years many of these towns and communities have also erected interpretive signs along these routes for your added information. Bridgetown goes so far as paints a line down the sidewalks and roads of where their Cyprus Walks goes.
The walks are usually no more than a couple of kilometers long and can be done at any time. Some of the ones I know about are:
Want a really fun & unique experience? Try one of the special tours set up by our great local tour guides.
These people know the area, they have lived here, some for all of their life. They have a passion for the area and like me they want to show it off.
They have all taken their favorite places and come up with different tours and packages for your enjoyment. You will find they have done their homework, they know these areas and will teach you all about it plus answer all your questions. They want you to get involved in discovering new things yourself, they will just point you in the right direction. Plus they will share with you many of the stories and folklore from the area.
For a really great experience try these great adventures out:
One of the most popular guided tours in the region these days is the whale watching tours. In 1999 the fish stocks were in trouble so new stricter regulations were heavily enforced to try to save them. It was harder to make a living fishing so several of the fishermen looked for other ways to support their families.
The tourist industry was building in the province and not wanting to leave the water the retired fishermen looked at using their boats for guided tours. They offered fishing trips, bird watching and whale watching. This caught on big, especially the bird and whale watching. These fishermen knew where the whales and birds were; they had seen them for years during their daily fishing trips. For a few years it seemed everyone was offering these whale watching tours, but as with any industry over the years only the best survive. Check out this page for a list of the guided whale watching tours being offered.
Well there you have a good list of guided tours you can take in and around the Annapolis Valley. As I find others I will list them and as I try some of them out again I will give you a review on them, so check back often. In the mean time make sure you check out all the other great things there is to do in the Annapolis Valley during your vacation. There is sure to be enough to keep you as busy as you want to be.
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