THE VALLEY ADVANTAGE
Located close to the provincial capital, the Annapolis Valley offers a rich concentration of talent, post-secondary institutions, and R&D services, with a satisfying quality of life, in a place recognized internationally for its unique landscape and heritage.
Discover why the Annapolis Valley is a rewarding place to visit, live, study, work and invest.
People are attracted to our region by the balanced lifestyle, affordable real estate, excellent post-secondary programs, and safe, supportive communities with exceptional recreational options, health services, and neighbourhood schools. Our beautiful region, with its welcoming character, is graced with beaches and waterways, a strong arts and culture community, a rich heritage with national historic sites, and plentiful fresh produce, local wine, and craft breweries and distilleries to tour and enjoy. Plus, there is almost no traffic congestion.
The Annapolis Valley Advantage includes:
● Affordable neighborhoods close to Halifax
● Satisfying quality of life with strong social, cultural and recreation amenities, enabling employers to attract and retain a qualified workforce
● Strong education and training sector, supporting a diversified, loyal and productive workforce
● Post-secondary and government-funded R&D services, enabling innovation in ICT and agri-business, while providing a talent pool of local graduates and researchers
● Natural assets, a strong agricultural tradition and consumer demand are nourishing an expanding wine and craft beverage sector and culinary/food cluster
● Affordable and available commercial and industrial real estate reduces costs relative to other business centres
● A coordinated approach to regional development accelerates recruitment and connects businesses with resources and key government decision-makers
● Large manufacturers and exporters provide a secure and sustainable economic and employment base
● High-capacity broadband backbone supports institutions, services and businesses
15 Reasons to locate in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia
Quality of life
Land & property
Education & training
Strong business culture
Coordinated regional development
Nova Scotia, in Canada, is located on the eastern seaboard of the North American continent. From an east-west perspective, the province is at the midpoint between California and the United Kingdom. The Annapolis Valley is centrally located within Nova Scotia. The eastern gateway to the Valley is an hour’s drive from the provincial capital of Halifax. The Valley also forms part of the “Golden Triangle” (Halifax-Truro-Valley) of research centres serving agri-business production and processing.
International airport and port
The eastern half of the Annapolis Valley region is about one hour from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (with U.S. pre-clearance) and the Port of Halifax, a fast and efficient gateway with the second largest natural harbour in the world, serviced by highly-developed air, road, rail and sea transportation and infrastructure.
Linked to markets
Highway 101 connects the region to the capital (Halifax Regional Municipality, to the southeast) and to Digby and Yarmouth in the southwest.
Within the Valley, CFB Greenwood airport supports civilian aviation. Outside the region, nearby transport links include Digby/Annapolis Regional Airport (YDG), South Shore Regional Airport (CYAU), Yarmouth International Airport (YQI), and ports in Yarmouth and Digby.
Atlantic time zone
Nova Scotia shares the same workday with Europe and the United States, which improves productivity.
Quality of Life
The Annapolis Valley region is an urban-rural corridor with a unique blend of affordable, safe and welcoming communities with excellent health and education services and amenities (social, recreational and cultural).
Recreation facilities include golf courses, sports centres, 200 km of walking and cycling trails, and ski hills.
- 8 golf courses
- 12 ice rinks (indoor), 11 ice surfaces (outdoors)
- public pools: 4 in-door, 5 out-door, 4 community splashpads
- 44 soccer fields
- 15 baseball fields
- 7 curling clubs
- Sports facilities: Kings Mutual Century Centre, Louis Millet Community Complex, King’s-Edgehill Athletic Centre, Valley Indoor Soccer Facility, Acadia Athletics Complex, Annapolis Valley Shooting Sports Club, CFB Greenwood Fitness Center
Cultural amenities include 20-plus wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and a cidery; Grand-Pré National Historic Site / UNESCO World Heritage Site; museums, theatres and festivals; Oaklawn Farm Zoo and Upper Clements Parks; farmers’ markets and U-pick farms.
Health services include 3 regional hospitals, 3 community health centres, and access to family doctors serving local communities.
In addition to more than 30 beaches and national and provincial parks, and abundant lakes and rivers, our natural assets include rich farmland, a climate suited to growing a wide variety of crops, and a shoreline along the Bay of Fundy, which is a natural tourist attraction as well as a test-bed for in-stream tidal energy development powered by the highest tides in the world.
Strong agricultural tradition & expanding wine and craft beverage sector & culinary/food cluster.
The Annapolis Valley is the bread basket – and the fruit basket – for the province of Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education recently identified five key workforce advantages in the Annapolis Valley region:
- A loyal and productive workforce (with experience in agriculture and manufacturing)
- Among the lowest employee turnover rates in North America
- An unmatched quality of life and low cost of living (low land cost and affordable real estate)
- One of the strongest provincial educational training systems in Canada
- Programs to help firms recruit and train their workforce
Post-secondary and government-funded R&D services
Assets include: Atlantic Wine Institute at the Rural Innovation Centre at Acadia University; Kentville Research and Development Centre (part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s national network); Tidal Research Institute at the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre; Nova Scotia Community College Applied Research Group, Annapolis Valley Campus; Pilikan House, NSCC, Annapolis Valley Campus; Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC, Annapolis Valley Campus.
Read more here.
Innovation in ICT and agri-business
Read about businesses that are developing new services at the intersection between ICT and agri-business.
Talent pool of local graduates and researchers
The Annapolis Valley is a welcoming place where businesses are encouraged to build strong links with students and researchers in our post-secondary institutions.
Affordable and available industrial sites
Read about two businesses that chose the Annapolis Valley location based on affordable and available real estate and development land.
Large manufacturers and exporters
Our major manufacturers include global companies, such as Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and Xerium Technologies, Inc. (Weavexx Corporation), which have been operating and hiring in our communities for decades.
Strong education and training sector
The Valley REN region has significant educational assets, including Acadia University and two Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses: the Kingstec Campus in Kentville and the Annapolis Valley Campus with two sites, in Middleton and Lawrencetown.
Acadia University is one of the oldest universities in Canada. For 25 consecutive years, Maclean’s has ranked Acadia as one of the top five undergraduate universities in Canada.
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) offers customized training solutions for large employers in the region, giving local firms a competitive advantage. The Middleton site of the Annapolis Valley Campus includes the Applied Research Group and Pilikan House, a living lab and demonstration site for energy efficiency and sustainable design. The Lawrencetown site of the Annapolis Valley Campus houses the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), which is Canada's largest geomatics-focused learning environment. High-quality programs in the fields of surveying, mapping, land-use planning and related computer programming have earned COGS its reputation as a world leader. In addition to its suite of diploma programs, COGS also offers advanced diplomas in marine geomatics, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and business geographics.
Some of the largest employers in the Annapolis Valley include Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College (Kingstec and Annapolis Valley campuses), Canadian Forces Base Greenwood and hospitals. The largest private-sector employers include manufacturers, such as Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., CKF Inc. (Canadian Keyes Fibre), and Xerium; food processors, such as Eden Valley; Eassons Transport; private or charity nursing/seniors/health care services; large farming operations; and national/multinational supermarket chains and department stores. The largest employers by industry (2015) are retail trade (13.4 percent), health care and social assistance (12.6 percent), public administration (9.7 percent), manufacturing (8.8 percent), education (8 percent), construction (7.7 percent), and agriculture/forestry/fishing (6.5 percent).
High-capacity broadband backbone
The Valley Community Fibre Network is a high-capacity fibre-optic backbone network that connects the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia with the provincial capital of Halifax.
Networking and collaboration
The Annapolis Valley has an extensive network of business associations to support entrepreneurs.
Glooscap Ventures, Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre / Rural Innovation Centre, Fusion Annapolis Valley, Wolfville Business Development Corporation, Kentville Development Corporation Ltd, Valley Business Leaders Initiative, Sip Chat Connect Business Networking, Avon Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce
Coordinated approach to regional development
Explore our website to learn about our coordinated approach to regional development in the Annapolis Valle
“Communities working together to create a prosperous region”
The communities of the Annapolis Valley invite you to discover the quality of life that makes our region a rewarding place to visit, live, study, work and invest.