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Dykeland Walking Tour: general information

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Dykeland Walking Tour

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  • Type of destination: City Walks
  • Location of destination: Canada - Nova Scotia
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Today, as in the 17th century, the shores of the Minas Basin, are renowned for its tidal marshlands. The Acadians who lived here in those days, built an ingenious system of dykes to hold back the tides along the basin, creating rich pastures for their animals and fertile fields for their crops.
Walking the "Dykeland Walking Tour" gives you a deeper insight in how the dyke works with the aboiteau wooden sluice system. The trail starts at Wolfville harbour, the world’s smallest registered harbour, and ends at Port Williams. It takes about one hour to compl...
Today, as in the 17th century, the shores of the Minas Basin, are renowned for its tidal marshlands. The Acadians who lived here in those days, built an ingenious system of dykes to hold back the tides along the basin, creating rich pastures for their animals and fertile fields for their crops.
Walking the "Dykeland Walking Tour" gives you a deeper insight in how the dyke works with the aboiteau wooden sluice system. The trail starts at Wolfville harbour, the world’s smallest registered harbour, and ends at Port Williams. It takes about one hour to complete the walk one way. You will notice the division between marshland and arable land. Near the end of your walk you can start to see relatively new methods of fixing the dykes.
Since the 1600's, 60% of the salt marshes have been replaced with farmland due to the construction of the dykes and the draining of the land. It was not until the late 20th century that the actual ecological value of the marshes was known or that it was understood how important they were for the ecological health of the area surrounding the Bay of Fundy and the bay itself. This does raise some valuable questions: "(How) can we take care or preserve the salt marshes?", "Are we able to return farmland into salt marshes again?", "What is the value of dykelands and the ways to manage them?". If you would like to find out more about this, you can visit the Government of Nova Scotia and The Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership website.
Today, as in the 17th century, the shores of the Minas Basin, are renowned for its tidal marshlands. The Acadians who lived here in those days, built an ingenious system of dykes to hold back the tides along the basin, creating rich pastures for their animals and fertile fields for their crops.
Walking the "Dykeland Walking Tour" gives you a deeper insight in how the dyke works with the aboiteau wooden sluice system. The trail starts at Wolfville harbour, the world’s smallest registered harbour, and ends at Port Williams. It takes about one hour to compl...

Dykeland Walking Tour: nearby sleeping facilities

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Barb's B&B
An Artist's Garden Gallery & Bed & Breakfast
Adairs Wilderness Lodge
Fundy Highlands Inn and Chalets
Parkland Village Inn
Fundy Sunrise
Innisfree Bed and Breakfast
Cliffside Suites & Cottage

Dykeland Walking Tour: nearby destinations

97 Other parks or sites within 200km (125mi):

Grand-PréNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 5km (4mi)
BlomidonProvincial Park - Nova Scotia - 14km (10mi)
Fort EdwardNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 21km (14mi)
Cape SplitProvincial Park - Nova Scotia - 24km (16mi)
Fundy Geological MuseumPoints of Interest - Nova Scotia - 34km (22mi)
Hubbards Barn & Community ParkPark - Nova Scotia - 56km (36mi)
St. Margaret's Bay Rails to TrailsRecreation Area - Nova Scotia - 59km (37mi)
Joggins Fossil CliffsLandmark - Nova Scotia - 67km (42mi)
Evangeline TrailByways - Nova Scotia - 67km (43mi)
The Bluff Wilderness Hiking TrailWilderness Area - Nova Scotia - 67km (43mi)
Bayswater BeachProvincial Park - Nova Scotia - 70km (45mi)
Halifax Stanfield International AirportAirport - Nova Scotia - 71km (45mi)
Swiss Air Flight 111 MemorialLandmark - Nova Scotia - 72km (46mi)
D'Anville's EncampmentNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 74km (47mi)
Unesco Fundy Biosphere ReserveEcological Reserve - New Brunswick - 76km (48mi)
FundyNational Park - New Brunswick - 77km (49mi)
Titanic TourCity Walks - Nova Scotia - 78km (49mi)
Bloody CreekNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 79km (50mi)
Old Town LunenburgHistoric and Heritage Site - Nova Scotia - 80km (51mi)
Halifax CitadelNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 80km (51mi)
Fisheries Museum of the AtlanticPoints of Interest - Nova Scotia - 80km (51mi)
Lunenburg Waterfront WalkCity Walks - Nova Scotia - 80km (51mi)
Bluenose IIPoints of Interest - Nova Scotia - 80km (51mi)
Historic Farmers MarketHistoric and Heritage Site - Nova Scotia - 81km (51mi)
Halifax Seaport HarbourwalkCity Walks - Nova Scotia - 81km (52mi)
Georges IslandNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 81km (52mi)
Pier 21National Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 81km (52mi)
Hopewell RocksPark - New Brunswick - 81km (52mi)
Prince of Wales TowerNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 82km (52mi)
Point PleasantPark - Nova Scotia - 82km (52mi)
Johnson's MillsEcological Reserve - New Brunswick - 82km (52mi)
Lighthouse RouteByways - Nova Scotia - 83km (53mi)
Fort LawrenceNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 84km (53mi)
BeaubassinNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 84km (53mi)
York RedoubtNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 85km (54mi)
Fort McNabNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 85km (54mi)
McNabs and Lawlor IslandsProvincial Park - Nova Scotia - 85km (54mi)
Fort Beauséjour - Fort CumberlandNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 86km (54mi)
Fisherman's Cove Eastern PassageHistoric and Heritage Site - Nova Scotia - 88km (56mi)
Fundy Trail ParkwayPark - New Brunswick - 88km (56mi)
Fort Sainte Marie de GraceNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 89km (57mi)
Quaco HeadEcological Reserve - New Brunswick - 94km (59mi)
St. Martins Sea CavesLandmark - New Brunswick - 94km (60mi)
Village of St. MartinsPoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 95km (60mi)
Camerons BrookPark - Nova Scotia - 96km (61mi)
Kejimkujik Scenic DriveByways - Nova Scotia - 96km (61mi)
Charles FortNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 97km (61mi)
Sinclair InnNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 98km (62mi)
Fort AnneNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 98km (62mi)
Monument LefebvreNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 99km (63mi)
KejimkujikNational Park - Nova Scotia - 100km (63mi)
KejimkujikNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 100km (63mi)
Port-RoyalNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 106km (67mi)
Melanson SettlementNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 106km (67mi)
Fort GaspareauxNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 108km (68mi)
BorePark - New Brunswick - 114km (72mi)
Greater Moncton International AirportAirport - New Brunswick - 116km (73mi)
Fort Point Lighthouse ParkPark - Nova Scotia - 119km (75mi)
Trestle TrailCity Walks - Nova Scotia - 120km (76mi)
Saint John AirportAirport - New Brunswick - 121km (76mi)
Hampton GaolNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 123km (77mi)
The Pascal Poirier HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 125km (79mi)
Rothesay Railway StationNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 131km (83mi)
Saint John Jewish Historical MuseumPoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Kingston Historic DistrictNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Victorian StrollCity Walks - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Old Burial GroundsPoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
County Court HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
The Loyalist RouteByways - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
City MarketNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
The Art & Artisans RouteByways - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Loyalist TrailCity Walks - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Loyalist HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Prince William WalkCity Walks - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Market SquarePoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 133km (84mi)
Carleton Martello TowerNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 134km (85mi)
Partridge Island Quarantine StationNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 134km (85mi)
Fort HoweNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 134km (85mi)
Fallsview ParkPoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 135km (85mi)
Kejimkujik SeasideNational Park - Nova Scotia - 144km (91mi)
The Lighthouse RouteByways - New Brunswick - 146km (92mi)
Queens County Historical Society & Museum Inc.National Historic Site - New Brunswick - 154km (97mi)
Port-la-Joye-Fort AmherstNational Historic Site - Prince Edward Island - 155km (98mi)
The Cable Ferries RouteByways - New Brunswick - 156km (98mi)
The Birding RouteByways - New Brunswick - 158km (99mi)
Province HouseNational Historic Site - Prince Edward Island - 159km (100mi)
ArdgowanNational Historic Site - Prince Edward Island - 161km (101mi)
Dune de BouctouchePark - New Brunswick - 161km (102mi)
Charlottetown AirportAirport - Prince Edward Island - 164km (103mi)
L.M. Montgomery's CavendishNational Historic Site - Prince Edward Island - 173km (109mi)
Casey's MuseumPoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 174km (110mi)
The Churches RouteByways - New Brunswick - 177km (111mi)
Dalvay-by-the-SeaNational Historic Site - Prince Edward Island - 178km (112mi)
Prince Edward IslandNational Park - Prince Edward Island - 181km (114mi)
Fredericton International AirportAirport - New Brunswick - 188km (119mi)
KouchibouguacNational Park - New Brunswick - 193km (121mi)
Marysville Historic DistrictNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 198km (124mi)

68 Other parks or sites between 200km (125mi) and 400km (250mi):

Sir Howard Douglas HallNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 200km (126mi)
Christ Church CathedralNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 200km (126mi)
Head Harbour LighthouseHistoric and Heritage Site - New Brunswick - 201km (127mi)
Old Government HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 202km (127mi)
Deer IslandPoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 204km (128mi)
Quoddy HeadState Park - Maine - 205km (129mi)
Roosevelt CampobelloInternational Park - Maine - 205km (129mi)
Bold Coast Scenic BywayByways - Maine - 206km (130mi)
Ministers IslandNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 209km (131mi)
Charlotte County Court HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 210km (132mi)
Sheriff Andrews HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 210km (132mi)
DoakNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 212km (133mi)
St. Andrews BlockhouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 212km (133mi)
Walls Historic SiteNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 214km (135mi)
Saint Croix IslandInternational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 215km (135mi)
Saint Croix IslandInternational Historic Site - Maine - 217km (136mi)
The Motorcycle RouteByways - New Brunswick - 220km (139mi)
Kings Landing Historical SettlementNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 220km (139mi)
Down East Fisheries TrailCoastal Heritage Trail Route - Maine - 226km (142mi)
Wilson's PointNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 227km (143mi)
Beaubears Island ShipbuildingNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 228km (143mi)
BoishébertNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 228km (143mi)
Murray HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 231km (145mi)
Middle Island Irish Historical ParkNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 232km (146mi)
Augustine Mound and OxbowNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 236km (148mi)
McAdam Railway StationNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 237km (149mi)
Welch FarmPoints of Interest - Maine - 250km (157mi)
Roque BluffsState Park - Maine - 251km (158mi)
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Wild Blueberry LandPoints of Interest - Maine - 267km (168mi)
Canso IslandsNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 267km (168mi)
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Honourable Charles Connell HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 275km (173mi)
Old Carleton County Court HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 276km (173mi)
Down East Sunrise TrailPoints of Interest - Maine - 278km (175mi)
Hartland Covered BridgeNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 279km (175mi)
St. Peters CanalNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 281km (176mi)
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Victoria County Court HouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 316km (198mi)
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Northern Maine Regional AirportAirport - Maine - 334km (210mi)
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Royal BatteryNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 355km (223mi)
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MarconiNational Historic Site - Nova Scotia - 365km (229mi)
SugarloafProvincial Park - New Brunswick - 366km (230mi)
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Moose PointState Park - Maine - 368km (231mi)
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J. C. Van Horne BridgePoints of Interest - New Brunswick - 369km (231mi)
Battle of the RestigoucheNational Historic Site - Québec - 371km (233mi)
l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-PercéProvincial Park - Québec - 381km (239mi)
Maine Acadian CultureNational Heritage Area - Maine - 384km (241mi)
Petit-Sault BlockhouseNational Historic Site - New Brunswick - 395km (247mi)