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The Essence of Wolfville The Recreation Management Core Term Group, January 2008 Acadia University Natural Capital Natural Capital Natural resources such as water and oil, the land which provides space on which to live and work, and the ecosystems that maintain clean water, air and climate.

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the essence of wolfville

The Essence of Wolfville

The Recreation Management Core Term Group, January 2008

Acadia University

natural capital3
Natural Capital
  • Natural resources such as water and oil, the land which provides space on which to live and work, and the ecosystems that maintain clean water, air and climate.
natural capital assets in wolfville
Natural Capital Assets in Wolfville
  • Bay of Fundy - Dykes, Waterfront
  • Trail Systems – Millennium, Woodlands
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Green Spaces- Reservoir, Willow Park, Quiet Park
  • Orchards, Tides, Wildlife, Birds, Farmland, Rich Soil, Clean Air, Clean Water,
assets expanded
Assets Expanded
  • Exercise and Active Living
  • Education and Awareness
  • Leisure Opportunities
  • Agricultural Industry
  • Tourism
challenges for natural capital
Challenges for Natural Capital
  • Attitudes
  • Accessibility
  • Development
  • Environmental Impact
  • Education and Awareness
  • Maintenance and Cost
summary of natural capital
Summary of Natural Capital
  • Natural Capital is the bed rock of the community. It is fresh air, clean water, and the land base.
  • All other forms of capital rely on the existence of healthy and preserved Natural Capital.
human capital


The human assets that encompass a community member’s hard skills, soft skills and life experiences.

human assets of wolfville
Human Assets of Wolfville
  • Based on information gathered, we have identified the following assets:
    • Diversity: Students, Citizens and Visitors
    • Educated: Academic and Life Education
    • Entrepreneurs: New Business Operations
    • Volunteerism: Community Volunteering
    • Skilled People: Trades, Degrees, Diplomas
  • Ageing Population: Gap in age between students and towns people.
  • Segregation: Community separation
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Town viewed as elitist community from within and without.
  • Varied community assets and resources
social capital

Social Capital

Imagining two communities together

social assets


Social Assets

“Wolfville is a tight knit community and a friendly place to live.”

  • Educated Population
  • Generally Wealthy
  • Local / Community Focused

Organizational Examples

  • Curling Club
  • Alexander Society
  • Lions Club
  • Women of Wolfville
  • Farmers Market
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Social Assets

“Acadia is a tight knit university with a welcoming atmosphere”

  • International Community
  • Wealthy
  • Educated / Aware
organizational examples


Organizational Examples
  • Intramurals
  • Relay For Life
  • Improv Club
  • Dance Acadia
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Aging Population

Migration of Youth

Limited Jobs

Group Segregation

Drug and Alcohol Use

Limited “dry” social opportunities


Wolfville Acadia
current integrated projects

Cross Over

Current Integrated Projects
  • SMILE & Alexander Society
  • Women of Wolfville
  • Open Mic Nights
  • After School Programs / Mentoring
what we can do


What We Can Do
  • Community Engagement Website
  • Community Engagement Committee
    • Senior Acadia Student, Highschool Student, Community Member, Town Council Member
  • Community Extravaganza
  • ASU Community Liaison
thank you
Thank You


our cultural capital

Our Cultural Capital

Culture can be defined as all the behaviors, ways of life, arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation.

“The way of life for an entire society.”


  • Acadia vs. Wolfville Community
  • International Student Population
cultural capital assets


          • Atlantic Theatre Festival
    • Acadia Cinema Cooperative
    • Paddy’s Pub
      • - Traditional Celtic (Hupman Brother’s)
    • On the Verge
      • - Modern (local artists)
    • Library Pub
    • Clayground

Cultural Capital: Assets

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Performing Arts

      • - Deep Roots Festival
    • Art Gallery’s/Exhibit’s
    • Acadia Theatre Company
      • - Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels (Denton Hall)

Cultural Capital: Assets

food for thought
Food For Thought

“Wolfville has the potential to be a destination area focused on agri-tourism, wine, and cuisine”

Nova Scotia Tourism

  • Farmers Markets
  • Pumpkin Festival
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Agri-tourism
  • Slow Food






sustainable culture

Sustainable Culture

A good life for all life that can be passed on to everyone's great, great ... grandchildren

A culture (or society) that is meaningful and satisfying to its members today and that does not need to destroy or deplete its environment in order to be that way.

making small steps
Making small steps
  • Waste - Green Bins, Valley Waste Depot.
  • No Smoking By-law
  • Preserving Land
  • Limiting Development
  • Big Box Issue
  • Local Markets (Taste of Nova Scotia)
  • Fair Trade…
one step forward one step backwards
One Step Forward, One Step Backwards
  • Waste- Human Waste ???


-6am-8am Garbage regulations…

  • No Big box…(Tim Horton's, Subway)
  • Salt on the road in Winters
  • Community Churches
  • Fair Trade…
infrastructure capital

Infrastructure Capital

The Basis of it all

infrastructure assets


Infrastructure Assets
  • RCMP
  • Location
  • Acadia University
  • Green bin recycling program
infrastructure challenges
Infrastructure Challenges



Community – University Relations

Garbage Pick-Up

commercial capital

Commercial Capital

The commercial activities and for-profit provision of services and products within Wolfville

service industry
Service Industry
  • The primary industry in Wolfville is service based
  • Some of the main tourist attractions in Wolfville are a direct result of world class service-based businesses (restaurants, lodging facilities, music venues, etc…)
  • The Old Orchard Inn
  • The Blomidon Inn
  • Victoria’s Historic Inn
  • Numerous B&B’s
world class restaurants
World Class Restaurants
  • The Tempest World Cuisine
    • Rated the best restaurant in the Maritimes
  • On the Verge
    • A restaurant inspired and driven by community spirit
  • Acton’s Grill & Café
agricultural sector
Agricultural Sector
  • Using land resources as tourism
  • Local farms and markets
  • Fair Trade
  • Local purchasing
wine tourism
Wine Tourism
  • Ice Wine Festival
  • Wine Appreciation Seminars
  • Wine Tours
  • Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival
  • Paddy’s Pub Open Mic
  • On the Verge
  • Acadia University
atlantic theatre festival
Atlantic Theatre Festival
  • Major Tourist Attraction [CLOSED]
  • Assets: World class service providers, tourism & cultural attractions
  • Challenges: Limited industry sectors, liabilities – ATF, empty storefronts, etc…