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The Land

Kentville is located in the Annapolis Valley, which is considered one of North America’s richest agricultural districts. The terrain of this area is rugged and irregular, but more hilly than mountainous. The lowlands are suitable for farmers and are found around the shores of the Bay of Fundy and in the Annapolis Valley. Residents enjoy more sunny days per year than almost any other community in Nova Scotia. As the province is a peninsula and is nearly surrounded by the ocean, the climate is more temperate, cooler summers and winters less severe than in other part of Eastern Canada. The Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current offshore, adds to the warmer winters.

History enthusiasts are lured to this area in search of the notable dykelands. These dykes were built by the Acadians in the early 17th century and are still used by farmers today. With the Bay of Fundy nearby, the area has the highest tides in the world, and therefore, the early Acadians built the dykes to protect their yearly crops from flooding. They were built by layering logs, sticks, straw and rocks with mud, and can be seen stretching for miles throughout the area.