Walk-able Wolfville Video

Click the link below to view the promotional video for the Walkability campaign:

Have you seen these signs?


The Town of Wolfville and the WBDC, with help from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, have begun a campaign to promote walking in Downtown Wolfville.  

 Are you trying to increase your daily steps?  Let the Town of Wolfville's "Walkability" project help, by showing how easy it is to park and walk to your destination...and get in some steps along the way!

In many Town parking lots, you will see a sign that shows a map of the Downtown, with parking lots and points of interest indicated.  The footprints leading from each parking lot illustrate a path to the center of Downtown, at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue, as well as showing the distance and the number of steps it would take an average person to walk the route.

The list of parking lots indicates these distances and the number of steps for each lot, as well as the type of parking lot (3-hour or All Day).  

It's really not that far!  The average person takes 1 minute to walk 100 metres, so most parking lots around town are less than 5 minutes to the centre of Downtown!

In the coming weeks there will be a video to promote the project and brochures to match the signs, and to help you find the best place to park in relation to your destination in Wolfville.  These materials will also further explain the health benefits of walking and its role in the prevention of heart disease and stroke.

Get your steps in using the new Wolfville Walkability Maps!

Wolfville Water Utility

The Town of Wolfville Water Utility is a Public Utility regulated by the Nova Scotia Public Utilities Act. It is owned and operated by the Town of Wolfville and governed by the Wolfville Town Council. It operates as a separate financial entity with revenues collected from user rates approved by the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board.

Water Connections New home owners/tenants are required to complete and sign a water contract at the Wolfville Town Office, 359 Main Street from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  There is a charge of $25 for the creation of a water account.  If you are a tenant there is an additional charge of $75 for a deposit that is refunded upon your request when you move out. 

Water Disconnections If you are a property owner and have sold your house and or a tenant and your lease has expired please contact Wolfville Town Office at 902-542-3294 and we will arrange to have a final reading done on the date of closing or date your lease has expired.

Billing: Utility bills are sent out quarterly in April, July, October and January. Bills are due when rendered.  Bills not paid within 30 days of the date rendered, shall incur an interest charge of 1.5% per each month or part thereof. 

Payment Options: Please click here.

Suspension of Service for Non-Payment of Bills: According to Schedule D of Rules and Regulations as approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board “The Utility shall have the right to suspend service to customers whose bills remain unpaid for more than forty-five calendar days after the date rendered.”  When water service has been suspended for any violation of the Rules and Regulations of the Utility, such water service shall not be re-established until a reconnection charge of $25.00 has been paid to the Utility.

Utility Bill Rates

1.  Water Consumpation Rate   
First 250,000 gallons per quarter $      3.28 / 1000 Gallons
All additional gallons per quarter $      1.68 / 1000 Gallons
2.  Quarterly Water Base Charge (Based on the size of meter)
5/8" Meter $     33.92
3/4" Meter $     49.26
1" Meter $     79.96
1 1/2" Meter $   156.69
2" Meter $   248.78
3" Meter $   494.33
4" Meter $   770.58
3.  Sewer Rate  
Based on water consumption usage
With a mimimum charge of $15.50 per quarter
$      3.25 / 1000 Gallons
Or if water consumption is not measured then flat rate of  $     63.00 per quarter


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Here you'll find more information regarding the latest Municipal Planning Strategy Review events and details on how you can get involved - so check in often!

Until then, check out the Project Timeline for an overview of upcoming events and take a look through the Draft Documents. We'd like to know what you think so please leave us a comment!


Our last Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) review was completed in 2008 with a strong focus on sustainability. Since that time a number of amendments have been made; however, Council has also identified a number of challenges with the document and on January 13, 2015 Town Council voted to review and update the MPS and its enabling bylaws (the Land Use Bylaw and Subdivision Bylaw). The current MPS  and the current Land Use Bylaw  are both available online.


Although there is much that is good in the plan, which we intend on keeping, Council has adopted a new strategic plan, and commissioned a variety of other studies which are currently not reflected. The town has also been a partner in Kings 2050, which is a regional land use visioning process where several land use objectives were identified and approved by Council. Since 2008, we have developed a national reputation, perhaps even a burgeoning international one, as a food and wine destination, a UNESCSO World Heritage site is now located on our doorstep, we have led growth in NS, the One Nova Scotia report was issued, and Council has adopted a new strategic plan. The planning review will update these important documents to ensure our community continues to be a vibrant and prosperous place to live.

What We Heard Report

The What We Heard Report is a living record of everything that we have learned from Wolfville’s Residents, Municipal Staff, Planning Advisory Committee and Councillors over the course of the project so far. This “Living Document” is updated regularly throughout the planning review, as new consultation events are held. Right now, it contains all of the information we have gathered up to the end of the public engagement events that were held in September.


The What We Heard Report starts with an overview of consultation principles, the communication strategy for the project, and a summary of consultation events that were held as part of other studies over the past few years. Section C talks about the “Preliminary Consultation” phase of the planning review project, which ran from May to September 2015. There, you will find information about what the project team heard during the first community visit in May, the Pop-up Planning events that Town staff ran through the summer, the survey of students at Wolfville School, and the PlaceSpeak platform. Seven high level issues emerged during the preliminary consultation phase. You can view these here.

Section D includes what the project team heard during the planning week events in September 2015, including the the Housing Forum, workshops for the Planning Advisory Committee, Councillors, and stakeholders from key community organisations, consultation with Acadia students, the public IGNITE! Presentations and the CREATE public workshop. Detailed summaries of the break out tables from the CREATE workshop are also included.

14 policy themes emerged as community priorities during the September events. These are described in Appendix D of the What We Heard Report. Read about the Emerging Policy Themes.

FOTENN also supplied Town of Wolfville Staff with a memo on Boarding, Lodging & Rooming Houses in conjunction with their delivery of the What We Heard Report, which can be viewed here.

Other Supporting Documents