This year’s excursion will include three venues: Oaklawn Farm Zoo, the Kentville Ravine trail and Planters Ridge Winery. Details are set out below.
We will meet in the Zoo parking lot at 9.45 am. Please bring a waiver form which can be obtained at this link on our website. Please remember to bring cash for zoo admission, winery tour/tasting, etc.
Sunscreen, insect repellant and good hiking footwear would be good to have in tow.
Please let me know if you plan to attend. If have any questions, please contact me.
I hope you can join us.
1) Oaklawn Farm Zoo – 997 Ward Road in Aylesford – 10 am
We will meet in the zoo parking lot at 9.45 a m. Admission is $8.00 ($5.00 for seniors.) If we have a group of at least 10 there is a discount.
To get there from Halifax take Highway 101 to Exit 16 and then follow the blue “Zoo” signs. Essentially, when you come off the 101 at Exit 16 you turn left (onto Victoria Road) and keep going straight until you turn right onto Ward Road. This about a 90 minute drive from Halifax. The Zoo canteen opens at 11 a m.
Please note, the dangerous animals (e g big cats, bear) are in large, totally enclosed cages – some with two cage layers. Some of the outer cages have a few openings that a camera lens can fit through. Zebras, llamas, etc are in areas where unobstructed views can be obtained and/or fence mesh is big enough for a lens to fit.
Lunch options include the Zoo canteen or other establishments on the way to the Ravine if you prefer. If you bring your own lunch, there are picnic tables at both the zoo and at the trail head for the Ravine. It is about a 30 minute drive from the zoo to the Ravine Trail so we will leave the zoo after lunch by 1 p m at the latest.
2) Kentville Ravine Trail – upper parking lot is accessed via the Kentville Agricultural Centre property – 32 Main Street in Kentville – 1.30 pm
The trail features old growth hemlock, a small waterfall and a meandering brook with four bridges. Although most of the trail in the ravine is fairly level, please note the trail descending into the ravine is quite steep and there is a fair climb adjacent to the waterfall.
It is about a 15 minute drive from the Ravine Trail to the winery. We will leave the Trail at 3.45 pm.
3) Planter’s Ridge Winery – 1441 Church St – Port Williams – 4 pm
The winery is housed in a 150 year old heritage barn overlooking a pastoral scene. A tasting costs $5.00. A tour (which includes access to production areas, etc ) with a tasting is 45 minutes and with less than 5 persons costs $15.00 each ; 5 or more persons costs $10.00 each.