Local Attractions

Sam Slick
Windsor is where Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley begins. Tourists world wide come to this area every year to witness the highest tides in the world, as well as to experience true country charm in a town known for its fabled characters (Sam Slick), the old Windsor Wear factory, a true 19th century brick landmark building, soon to be upscale condos, country market and micro brewery. Windsor, the Birthplace of Hockey, has been twinned with Cooperstown NY, the Birthplace of BaseBall.


Many use our motel as a hub from which to make pleasant day drives to such places as Blomidon, and the Lookoff, where one can gaze for hours across the wide valley's patchwork of farms, forests, roads and nurseries.

Nearby vineyards (more than 8) provide for some enjoying tours, as does the annual springtime Apple Blossom Festival, held just down the road in Kentville.

The Downeast Motel is midway between the bustling metropolis of Halifax/Dartmouth (just 45 minutes away), port of call to major cruise lines and most international airlines (at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport), and the fertile farms and slopes of an area known for it's agriculture, for sure, but also for it's artisans, live theatre, university (Acadia University in Wolfville) and restaurants. Towns and villages along Nova Scotia's famous South Shore, just 40 minutes away across the backbone of the Province, are home to such sights as the Hydro installation at Moses Mountain, road-side lakes and churches, and with a small detour, Ross Farm, Nova Scotia's living agricultural museum.

Basic needs are easily met, too, in the malls and supermarkets in Windsor and nearby New Minas.

Autumn is a popular time for visitors in Nova Scotia and Windsor sees its share while brilliant hues of yellow, gold and red parade across the hills which skirt the valley north and south.



Ski MartockIn winter, skiers flock to the groomed trails and lifts of Ski Martock, a well known destination for folks from Halifax/Dartmouth,  Ski Martock, a ski resort located nearby, features a downhill area served by a quad chair lift and two T-bars, a beginners area served by two rope tows, and 5.5km of cross-country ski trails.  The hill features a half-pipe and terrain park for snowboarding and freeskiing. It is the second largest ski hill in Nova Scotia.