Admiral Digby Museum
The Admiral Digby Museum is located in a Georgian-style building, which was constructed in the mid 1800’s. One of the oldest structures in the Town of Digby, it is named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby, Officer in the Royal Navy, who was in charge of arranging vessels and captains for the distribution of Loyalists from New York in 1783-1784. Spread over two floors, the museum exhibits period rooms containing artifacts & archives relating to the history, heritage and culture of Digby Town and County. Of particular interest is our Marine Room which displays ship models and navigational equipment and the Costume Room which exhibits vintage clothing. Also check out our temporary exhibit titled "Digbys' Men & Women at War" (2014).
Researching your Digby County Roots? Check out the Archives located on the 2nd floor. Small fees applied for Archival/Genealogical research.
The Admiral Digby Museum, which is located just two buildings up from the WRR Headquarters, will be open the week of the Rally (Monday to Friday) with admission by donation (closed daily 12-1).
Cornwallis Military Museum
The Cornwallis Military Museum in Cornwallis Park commemorates the spirit and memories of HMCS Cornwallis as a Royal Canadian Navy New Entry Training Establishment (1942 – 1946 & 1948 – 1968) during the Second World War, Korean War and Cold War. Following military integration in 1968, the Canadian Forces Recruit School for Anglophones (Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis 1968 – 1994) graduated navy, army, air force oriented recruits during the Cold War and the First Gulf War. Post-Cold War, the base was decommissioned in 1994 with CFB Saint Jean taking on recruit training for all Canadian Forces recruits.
The Museum is located in the former Saint George’s Chapel (P) and was founded in 1997, with 2019 marking the Museum’s 22nd anniversary of operation. For 50 years an estimated half a million men and women served and trained at HMCS and CFB Cornwallis. Visitors will see displays and artifacts showing life as a recruit and the people who trained them.
The Museum is also host to the HMCS Acadia Sea Cadet Museum. Since 1954 Sea Cadets have trained at HMCS/CFB Cornwallis and continue their training at this site to this day during the summer months. The HMCS Acadia Museum chronicles the history of both HMCS Acadia and the Sea Cadet Division at Cornwallis.
The Cornwallis Military Museum is a volunteer run not-for-profit charitable association. http://www.cornwallismuseum.ca/
Museum: (902) 638-3118 (other contact numbers available on website)
Admission: $4 or by Membership Donation (tax receipt provided for membership donation)
From Digby travelling East take either Exit 23 (Deep Brook) continuing on Hwy 1 (Evangeline Trail) to Cornwallis Park or Exit 23A turning left onto Mary Jane Riley Road following remaining directions below for Westbound traffic.
Westbound Hwy 101 traffic take Exit 23A and turn right proceeding North on Mary Jane Riley Road. Turn left onto Waldeck Line Road continuing to Burns Hill Road. Turn right onto Burns Hill Road and continue to Hwy 1 (Evangeline Trail). At Hwy 1 turn right and follow old Highway #1 East to Cornwallis Park (approx.. 500m) turning left onto Broadway Ave.
Trinity Anglican Church is Digby’s National Historic Site
Sunday service is at 11:15am. 113 Queen Street
Why not join us for worship? The church is beautiful and the people are warm, friendly and inclusive. Come pray with us!
Facebook: Anglican Parish of Digby Weymouth
National Historic Site of Canada Trinity Anglican Church was designated a National Historic Site in 1990. Visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=263
Provincial Historical Designation Trinity Anglican Church was designated a Provincial Heritage Property in 1994. Visit: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=7266
The Trinity Anglican Church in Digby Nova Scotia dates back to 1783 when a number of United Empire Loyalists arrived and established a church. Many had been escorted from New York under the command of Admiral Digby, who later gave funds to the church’s construction, as well as a silver bell. This bell hung in the first church, and was later to moved to the current one. Lt. James Foreman, a member of the congregation, founded Digby’s first day school, as well as North America’s first Sunday School. Many of the first Loyalist settlers are buried in the graveyard.
By 1878, the original Church was found to be too small, and the present church began construction under the plans of Stephen Earle, an architect from Massachusetts. The church, described as neo-Gothic in wood, is widely admired and has been designated as a National Historical Site, as well as Provincial Heritage property. Local shipwright and church warden, M.L. Oliver, supervised construction, and left his mark on the building in the laminated arches, which are comparable to the beams in a ship’s hull.
Point Prim Lighthouse
The current Point Prim Lighthouse is the fourth in a succession of lights built on this location that date back to 1804. The 1804 light lasted just four years before burning in 1808, and it wasn't until 1817 that its replacement was built. The second Point Prim Lighthouse was a square dwelling, painted white with red vertical stripes on its northern and two adjoining sides. The third Prim Point Lighthouse, built in 1874, was a square wooden tower with sloping sides built into the northern end of one-and-a-half-story dwelling with a gabled roof. Red vertical stripes adorned the tower to continue the station’s daymark. The fourth lighthouse on Prim Point was built in the familiar form of a square tower rising from one corner of a one-story, flat-roofed building. (Taken from novascotiawebcams.com. Check out the view from the Webcam on the lighthouse!
Follow signs toward the Ferry but at the intersection of Racquette Road and Victoria Street, go uphill (toward the Digby Pines Golf Course) and make your first quick right turn. That is Lighthouse Road and will take you through a subdivision and straight to Point Prim Lighthouse. Enjoy the great view of Digby Gut, Victoria Beach and the Bay of Fundy.
Travel time: about 10-12 minutes each way from downtown Digby.
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The Balancing Rock Trail travels through the woods on a mostly level path with boardwalks provided for the boggy areas. The trail climbs as you get closer to the coast, but once there it quickly descends down a well-built staircase to the water’s edge.
The platform here provides a beautiful view of St. Marys Bay in front of you and Balancing Rock to your right. For thousands of years this rock has stood teetering on the edge of the ocean, providing quite a sight for all visitors to the trail.
From Digby take Highway 217 to Digby Neck. Take the ferry from East Ferry to Tiverton on Long Island. Continue on Highway 217 until you see the parking lot on the left.
Travel time: about 1- 1.5 hours each way. The hike is 1.25 km into the Rock from the road. The ferry is $5.25 per vehicle but if there is a group, inquire about a punch card, especially if you’re continuing on to Brier Island as there is a second ferry ride. The return ferry ride is no charge.
If you’re going to the Balancing Rock, consider taking in a whale watching trip while you’re out that way!
NOTE: A guided tour to Brier Island is offered on Sunday and includes the ferry fees. This tour leaves at 10 am from the big Tim Horton’s on the corner of Warwick and Victoria but please register ahead of time either online here (link) or at the 2nd Canadian Army Veterans’ tent on Admiral’s Walk so we know how many guides and how many ferry tickets we need. These tours don’t stop at the Balancing Rock or offer enough time to take a whale watching cruise. There is time for lunch on Brier Island but the cost of lunch is borne by participants.
At exit 25 on Highway 101, you’ll find Bear River, a tidal village of 800 straddling the dynamic Bear River. (www.bearriver.ca)
The original peoples of Bear River are the Mi’kmaq who lived here for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Now Bear River is also home to many artisans from far and wide, drawn by the beauty and uniqueness of the area. (www.bearriverfirstnation.ca)
Travel time: about 15 minutes each way.
Idyllically situated between mountain and sea, Annapolis Royal offers a stunning waterfront shopping area, an enviable selection of restaurants and world class accommodations plus a streetscape that has been designated a National Historic District. Important heritage sites, an exciting arts community and theatre, and exceptional dining opportunities make a visit to Annapolis Royal a must for Wharf Rat Rally attendees! (www.annapolisroyal.com)
- Fort Anne
Annapolis Royal and area play a special and unique role in Canadian history. Fort Anne and its grounds reflect the French and English periods of domination in Annapolis Royal. Features include well-preserved earthwork fortifications, an early 18th century French gunpowder magazine and 1797 British officers' quarters. An impressive Heritage Tapestry (8 ft by 18 ft) depicts 400 years of history. Minimal fee applies. (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/fortanne/visit.aspx)
Ph: (902) 532-2397
- Historic Gardens
In a beautiful setting overlooking a tidal river valley, the Historic Gardens is a premiere Nova Scotia attraction showcasing gardening methods, designs and materials representing more than four hundred years of local history. (www.historicgardens.com)
And the Historic Gardens is part of the Wharf Rat Rally too! From Bike Photo Opps (yes, you heard right!) in the Gardens, to creative motorcycle-inspired displays, to special discounts for Rally participants, staff and volunteers at the Gardens are rolling out the red carpet to welcome riders!
In 2009, staff at the Historic Gardens thought it would be an “off the wall” idea to allow Wharf Rats to roll into the grounds for the greatest photo opp ever! The Courtyard area took on a cycle theme, and groups of riders had a ball posing with their bikes amongst the flowers! The event created quite a buzz, so the Gardens is once again offering the opportunity to go ‘Hawg Wild in the Gardens’.
- Port Royal
The first permanent European settlement in North America north of St. Augustine, Florida, was established at Port Royal in 1605. Visit a reconstruction of the original Port Royal Habitation, a French fur-trading post built by the company of Sieur de Mons and Samuel Champlain on the Annapolis Basin. Costumed interpreters bring Port Royal to life with demonstrations of life in the fort offered regularly. Minimal fee applies. (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/portroyal/visit.aspx)
NOTE: A guided tour to Annapolis Royal and Port Royal is offered on Sunday. This no-charge tour leaves at 10 am from the big Tim Horton’s on the corner of Warwick and Victoria but please register ahead of time either online here (link) or at the 2nd Canadian Army Veterans’ tent on Admiral’s Walk so we know how many guides we need. This tour stops in the downtown area of Annapolis Royal for shopping and lunch and allows time to visit the Historic Gardens for Hawg Wild in the Gardens where you are invited to take your motorcycle amongst the shrubs and flowers for unique photo opportunities. This tour also passes directly by the Annapolis Leather Barn and Lequille Country Store. On your way back, a quick jaunt will take you to Action Jax Fun Park (http://www.action-jax.com/) for Go Karts and outdoor fun.
- Sinclair Inn Historic Site
The year 2013 marks the 275th Anniversary of Free Masonry in Canada and the first Lodge was in Annapolis Royal. The Sinclair Inn, built in 1710, is the oldest surviving example of Acadian construction techniques open to the public. In 1738, the building was used by Erasmus Phillips as the first meeting hall of the Masonic Lodge in Canada. The site offers a fascinating insight into construction techniques spanning nearly three centuries, from the Acadian clay walls to modern wood paneling. 232 St. George Street; Ph: (902) 532-7754 (http://www.annapolisheritagesociety.com/museums.html)
- Shops and Restaurants
- Annapolis Leather Barn – on your way into Annapolis Royal from exit 22 off Highway 101, watch for the Annapolis Leather Barn on your left-hand side. Stop in to meet Veronica and see everything you could possibly want for your bike and yourself! (http://www.annapolisleatherbarn.com/)
- Lequille Country Store– right next door to the Annapolis Leather Barn, the Lequille Country Store offers everything from cold drinks and popsicles to camping gear and hunting supplies. Stop in! (http://lequillecountrystore.com/)
The Acadian Shore
- St. Mary’s Church – Located on the shore of St. Mary’s Bay in Church Point, St. Mary’s Church is the largest wooden church in North America. Be sure to drop in to check out the depiction that some people call the Biker Jesus on the ceiling. (http://www.museeeglisesaintemariemuseum.ca/)
- Rendez-vous de la Baie – On the campus of Nova Scotia’s only totally French-speaking university, Université Sainte-Anne, Rendez-vous de la Baie is a cultural centre and a tourism destination that introduces visitors to the rich culture and heritage of the Acadians of Clare. The Acadian Interpretive Centre, a state-of-the-art museum featuring bilingual display panels, rich artifacts and interactive multimedia exhibitions allows visitors to experience the fascinating history and culture of the Acadians of Clare/Baie Sainte-Marie. (http://rendezvousdelabaie.ca/?lang=en)
- Acadian Shore Poker Run – The best way to immerse yourself in the culture, history and heritage of Nova Scotia’s Acadians is to take part in the Acadian Shore Poker Run! Head into the Welcome Centre to pick up your scorecard and map.
- Musique de la Baie - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is renowned for its vibrant and unique music. Many famous Canadian musicians come from this area, and musical expression is seen as a cornerstone of local culture. Maritimers are known for fiddles romancing us with soft melodies and then exploding into jigs and reels that shake up the desire to dance, sing, or pick up an instrument and join in the fun. In fact, Acadians have their own special word for this--a good party with lots of music is referred to as a "tyme."
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores wants to cherish and nurture our musical culture and heritage. That's why, during July, August and September, local musicians perform nightly in participating restaurants throughout the area.
At a Musique de la Baie kitchen party, expect just that--a kitchen party. Informal performances and interactions with the audience are key, and you might even be invited to join in. The traditional and original compositions make for wonderfully diverse repertoires, which in tur keep the performances fresh and entertaining. Entertainment will take place in both French and/or English, depending upon which local community you are in.
Offering a wide range of activities and accommodations, Kings County is the ideal stopping spot on your travels into Digby. From the quaint shops of Wolfville to the history-drenched Grand Pre National Historic Site, your evening and morning will be filled. Stop overnight, or stay a few days.
For accommodations, activities and history, be sure to visit here first!
Wineries, Cideries and Cuisine
- Very close
- Casa Nova Fine Beverages (www.casanovafinebeverages.com)
Located at 2635 Clementsvale Road in nearby Bear River, Annapolis Highland Vineyards is an award-winning producer of ciders and wines. Join us for a tour of the property and a complimentary taste testing. The Nova Scotia government now allows wines to be shipped out of the province so you can have your purchase sent it out, so it’ll be waiting for you when you arrive home. Some products are in plastic bottles too!
- Bear River Winery (http://www.wine.travel/)
Perched on Chute Road on the shore of the Bear River, this winery offers magnificent views of the town below. Dating to 1883, the ambiance of the building mirrors its wines. Stop in at any time for a complete tour: learn the art of wine making and discover the power of the sun.
- On the ride in
- Vineyards in the Valley
Nova Scotia is becoming more and more well known for award-winning wines. In the Windsor/Falmouth area, visit Sainte Famillie Wines Ltd and Avondale Sky Winery. Nestled around Wolfville, choose a number of wineries located nearby (Map HERE) or Muir Murray Estate Winery. There’s a possibility the Magic Winery Bus will operate on Wednesday and Thursday of Wharf Rat Rally week out of Old Orchard Inn – for a flat fee, hop on and hop off as the bus winds its way through the wineries of the eastern Valley.
- Also of interest:
- Wines of Nova Scotia (http://winesofnovascotia.ca/)
- Taste of Nova Scotia (http://www.tasteofnovascotia.com/about/)