Additional Information for Summer Course Participants

Kemic Courses in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
Summer 2013, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

As in previous years, the venue for Kemic’s various summer course offerings is the campus of ACADIA UNIVERSITY in Wolfville, NS.  About an hour’s drive from  the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Wolfville is a charming university town in Nova Scotia’s scenic and historic Annapolis Valley.


Acadia, founded in 1838, is regarded as Canada’s leading, and most innovative, primarily undergraduate university (Maclean’s  survey). Many prominent scientists, including Charles Huggins, the 1967 Nobel Prize laureate in medicine, are Acadia alumni.

Wolfville is widely acclaimed for its fine restaurants and elegant inn dining rooms.  The town is also home to Canada’s “painter laureate”, Alex Colville, a past Chancellor of Acadia University.  The Annapolis Valley is renowned for its beauty, agricultural produce and historic sites.  Port Royal, the site of the first permanent European settlement (1605) in North America, lies 65 miles west of Wolfville.

In the opposite direction  is the WINDSOR home of  Thomas C. Haliburton, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge and satirist whose fictional character, “Sam Slick”, was popular on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid 19th century.  Fort Edward (where Flora MacDonald of Bonnie Prince Charlie fame wintered) and prestigious Kings-Edgehill, the oldest (1788) independent school in Canada, are also in Windsor.  Nearer Wolfville are the world’s highest tides (Bay of Fundy) and the National Park at Grand Pre, site of the expulsion of the Acadians – the infamous 1755 event immortalized in Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline”.

Nearby are nine wineries producing some of the best wines in North America. (See: Of course, fresh Bay of Fundy lobsters are readily available not far away in the quaint fishing village of Hall’s Harbour.


Graceful country inns (approximately $100 to $200 per night) within easy walking distance of the campus are listed below with their toll-free and regular telephone numbers:

  • Victoria’s Historic Inn   800-556-5744 or 902-542-5744
  • Tattingstone Inn   800-565-7696 or 902-542-7696
  • Gingerbread House  902-542-1458
  • Blomidon Inn  800-565-2291 or 902-542-2291

The Old Orchard Inn (800-561-8090 or 902-542-5751), a modern hotel/convention centre, is but a few minutes drive from the university.

Tourist information and hotel reservations may be obtained by calling “CHECKINNS” at800-565-0000 or, from outside North America,  902-425-5781 (Fax: 902-425-6924).


All major car rental firms have outlets at the Halifax International Airport. Wood’s Limousine Service (Telephone: 902-542-5248) offer special rates (e.g. from approximately $70.00 for a small 2-3 passenger vehicle to $130.00 for an 8 passenger “super stretch limo”) to course attendees for travel between the airport and Wolfville.   Early reservations are advised.  Additional travel and tourist information may be obtained at the Nova Scotia Tourist Information Desk in the airport arrivals area.

For more information, please contact us.