The K. C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens is located at Acadia University, 32 University Avenue, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6, Canada. The entrance to the Gardens is located off University Avenue, to the far left of the main entrance of the building. Look for the cast iron archway featuring the name of the Gardens.
When enjoying the Gardens we invite you to
• Take a casual stroll along the pathways
• Have a picnic (There are no litter bins, pack out what you pack in)
• Play and sit and cartwheel on the lawns
• Relax on the benches
• Take a note pad and camera to record observations
• Leave the wildflowers undisturbed for others to enjoy
While visiting the Gardens you can also visit our Woodland Trails. Click here for a map.
This 1.5km hike through the woods follows an old brook and takes you through a variety of forest habitats. There are 2 shorter
loops that you can take if you don't have enough time for the whole trail. Pick up a Trails Map in the main lobby of the KC Irving Centre.
Open daily from 8:00 a.m until 10:00 p.m.
Dawn until dusk (weather permitting)
The hours of operation vary with the seasons. For the preservation of our plants and pathways, the gardens are closed when snow covered. The gardens are closed when the winds exceed 50 km/hour. The Experimental Garden can be viewed by the public but access is restricted to researchers only.
Wherever possible, the layout and routing of the pathways has aimed to provide gentle grades for comfortable pedestrian and wheelchair access, however, in some areas steps exist. Two complimentary wheelchairs are available in the main lobby.
We welcome group visits with advanced reservation. Please call 585-2665 to schedule your visit.
Wolfville, part of Nova Scotia’s famous Annapolis Valley is:
• 1 hour from Halifax
• 3 hours from Yarmouth, NS
• 3 hours from Amherst, NS