Students enjoying lunch at Church Street Brewery – Wolfville. This is a view from a balcony looking down on the restaurant. Very pretty place with a light coloured bar and tables and a large purple stained glass window to the left of the photo.


Sustainable Business Tour

The department of Business Administration & Tourism and Hospitality Management hosts an annual Sustainability Business Tour for Business & Tourism students. During the tour, students will have an opportunity to learn about sustainability, the impact of small business on rural communities, and how various beverages are made.



Photo of beautiful fall sky with little white clouds in the background and a group of students listening to a presentation in front of rolling hills of grape vines in the foreground. The text reads Friday October 18 2024. Sustainable Business Tour. Save the date.

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Where did we go?Sustainable business tour students lined up testing apples at Scotia Gold - fall 2023.

A big thank you to our Annapolis Valley business partners for a fantastic and educational day!

Check out our day in photos

Business and Tourism students in the schoolhouse brewery while on the fall 2022 sustainable business tour

Business Administration and Tourism & Hospitality Management students embarked on the Sustainable Business Tour to the Annapolis Valley. Students learned from leaders at Schoolhouse Brewery, Bent Ridge Winery, Annapolis Valley Cider Company and Tangled Gardens about the positive impact that small businesses have on rural communities and the demand for local product and venue space post pandemic. Students and faculty sampled delicious food and beverages made in Nova Scotia and learned about the process of creating these products. A big thank you to our Annapolis Valley business partners and Markie Bus Tours for a fantastic and educational day!

Check out our 2022 photos


During the October 4th tour over 85 students visited with Patrick Wallace, Owner of Trout Point Lodge 

Thank you so much for your time Patrick!

Missed it? Watch the video

Trout Point Lodge from outside at dusk

Trout Point Lodge is an intimate, secluded resort with delectable, locally-inspired cuisine and a roster of nature-oriented activities. Located 3 hours from Halifax and only 40 minutes from the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal, which offers daily ferry service from Bar Harbour, Maine.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, every room, suite, and cottage boasts stunning river views. Nestled In UNESCO Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve, Trout Point is a 5 star Inn set amidst a 100 acre wooded estate that borders the remote Tobeatic Wilderness Area & the scenic waters of the scenic Tusket & Napier Rivers.  Enjoy canoeing & kayaking, expert-guided star gazing, geo-tours, forest bathing, cooking classes, an outdoor barrel sauna & wood-fired hot tub, swimming in refreshing river water, hiking trails, & nature walks amidst wilderness splendour. A true eco-lodge, Trout Point follows leading sustainable tourism practices, recognized by the Parks Canada Sustainable Award and the National Geographic Society. Guests enjoy gourmet table d’hôte meals featuring local ingredients.


As a nature lodge located in a pristine protected wilderness area adjacent to a major river system, Trout Point Lodge, Limited carries out various policies and practices that:

  • Encourage appropriate and sustainable use of the local environment
  • Diminish or eliminate negative impacts on the local environment and culture
  • Create positive impacts and inputs in the local economy
  • Encourage self-sustaining systems using local and renewable resources
  • Diminish the use of non-renewable resources
  • Trout Point first earned 5 Green Keys in 2007

Trout Point Lodge has received a 5 Green Key rating from the Green Key Global program:

“A hotel that exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility throughout all areas of operations. The hotel employs cutting edge technologies, policies, and programs that set the international standard for sustainable hotel operations.”

Green Accolades:

  • Inaugural Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award
  • TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Platinum level
  • 3 Star Rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Finalist, Geotourism Challenge 2009, “Power of Place: Sustaining the Future of Destinations,” National Geographic Society and Ashoka’s Changemakers
  • Inaugural Green Restaurant Award, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
  • “Canada’s top eco resorts” Globe & Mail
  • World’s top 10 eco lodges USA Today
  • “Canadians Look to Eco-Friendly Vacations” Travel Press
  • 5 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels and Lodges in the World Greenopia
  • “Cool Green Hotels in Canada,” MSN Travel
  • “Culinary Ecotourists Turn Wilderness Foraging into Dinner,” Scientific American

These tours provide students with a simulation of an existing location. During October 22 virtual tours, students had the opportunity to “meet” Adam Bower from the Grand Banker and Max Rastelli from Segway Nova Scotia.

Our virtual tour hosts used multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration to make this an experience like none other.

Missed the tour? Watch the video.

Thank you Adam and Max!

We had a beautiful day! Check out our photos

What did we do and where did we go?Sustainable business tour. Students in gift shop at Tangled gardens. 2019

Tour and Tasting at Church Brewing Co.
Tour and Tasting at Lightfoot Vineyard
Lunch at Lightfoot Vineyard
Tour and Tasting at Gaspereau Vineyard
Tour and Tasting at Tangled Garden

Sustainable Business Tour 2018


8:15 am    Arrive in front of Seton
8:30 am    Depart the Mount
9:30 am    Tour and Tasting Domaine de Grand Pre
10:45 am  Tour and Tasting Luckett Vineyards
11:45 am  Lunch at Luckett Vineyards
1:15 pm    Tour and Tasting Annapolis Cider Company
2:45 pm    Self-Guided Tour and Gelato Tasting Foxhill Cheese House
3:45 pm    Leave the Annapolis Valley

4:30 pm    Arrive in Halifax

Check out our day on Flickr

Sustainable business tour 2018. People at a vineyard listening to a presentation. 2018 li

sustainable business tour 2017. People standing in a vineyard. Sustainable Business Tour 2017

This year we have added a stop at the Barrelling Tide Distillery.

8:15 am    Arrive in front of Seton
8:30 am    Depart the Mount
9:30 am    Tour Domaine de Grand Pre
10:45 am  Tour Luckett Vineyards
11:45 am  Lunch at Luckett Vineyards
1:30 pm    Tour Barrelling Tide Distillery
2:45 pm    Tour Just Us! Coffee
4:00 pm    Leave the Annapolis Valley
4:45 pm    Arrive in Halifax

Check out our photos on Flickr

2016 Educational Wine TourSustainable business tour. People tasting wine. 2016

This year we also made a stop at Just Us! Coffee to learn about worker co-operatives and small scale sustainable agriculture.


8:15 am   Arrive in front of Seton Academic Centre
8:30 am   Depart MSVU
9:30 am   Domaine de Grand Pré
11:00 am  Tour and Lunch at Luckett Vineyards
1:15 pm   L’Acadie Vineyards
2:45 pm   Just Us! Coffee
4:00 pm   Leave the Annapolis Valley
4:45 pm   Arrive at MSVU

Check out our photos on Flickr

2015 Wine Tour

The department hosts an annual Wine Tour for Business & Tourism students. During the tour, students will have an opportunity to learn about local wines from experts at three different wineries.

Sustainable business tour. Wine barrels. 2015

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