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Our Community
The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is on the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley, only a few minutes from the storied resting place at Blomidon of the Mi’kmaq’s Great Spiritual Chief, Glooscap. The Annapolis Valley, one of Canada’s great agricultural communities, was first settled by the Mi’kmaq people, and then farmed by the Acadians from France in a great social experiment in egalitarian living that began more than 400 years ago. After the British took over the area in 1700, the village of Canning (originally called Apple Tree Landing) was founded as a shipbuilding town, with a tidal river bringing tall ships in and out and supporting the thriving farming industry.

The Centre itself is based on 178 acres of farm and forest with views of the Bay of Fundy where the world’s highest tides rise and fall over 30 feet twice daily. Our forests offer fabulous walking trails—glimpses of deer, eagles, hawks, and porcupines can be a special part of the Ross Creek experience.
The Centre’s rural setting is enhanced by its access to local amenities, both in the village of Canning and in the nearby town of Wolfville. The town, home of Acadia University, has fine dining, an alternative cinema house showing films from the festival circuit, and wonderful cafes, bookshops and galleries. Wolfville is a bastion of culture adding to and connecting with the Centre’s activities. Internationally renowned festivals like Devour and Deep Roots are excellent examples of the vibrant cultural life of our region. There is also a contemporary shopping community close by.

Grounds

We have large vegetable gardens, woods, meadows, ponds and open spaces. Trails await your walk or snowshoe adventure.

Farmhouse
The Farmhouse, with simple cottage style, has seven bedrooms with 8 beds, a breakfast kitchen and common rooms. With access to a piano and many beloved novels, this space provides homey accommodations for retreats and events alike.

Lamella Gathering Space
The Lamella was built by the Dalhousie School of Architecture and Coastal Studios and is an innovative warm weather gathering space with benches and tables.

Camp Area
We have a camp area with 4 heated bunkhouses which house 12 people each. There is a large field in the middle with a magical campfire area.

Celebration Tents
We have three beautiful white tents for your special on or offsite function. Two are 20 feet x 20 feet squares and the other is a 40 foot octagon with high peak. Two have closable sides and will provide your event with a rustic form of elegance.

Ross Creek Professional Gallery
The Professional Gallery is a secure 18 x 30 foot space with lovely red floors and track lighting. It is a wonderful place for meetings, presentations, exhibits and classes. The climate can be controlled and the space is lockable. 

To see previous and present exhibits in our Gallery, see our Galleries page.

Community Gallery
The Community Gallery is an 18 x 25 foot open gallery space with lovely red floors and track lighting. It is a wonderful place for projector presentations, exhibits, meetings and classes. The climate can be controlled.

Ross Creek Library
The Library is a hallway that connects our lobby with the galleries and large RJ Owen and Dance studios. It has a large selection of selected arts books intended for in-house use as a font of knowledge and inspiration for the artists here. To find out more, visit the library page here.

Board Room
An upstairs meeting room with a large board table and chairs, seating 12 with a  projector  screen and small opening windows.

Studio B
A large West-facing studio with high ceilings and sprung floors with its own entrance and sinks. Looking out over the west field and the outdoor stage area, this studio is perfect for working on larger pieces or small collaborative groups.
Size: 18 feet x 28 feet; Ceiling: 10 feet;  Lighting: Track; Large west window, separate entrance

North Studio
A small lovely second floor room that overlooks the ponds and forest of the centre, this room is equipped with sink, paint trap and a softwood floor.
Size: 12 feet x 18 feet;  Ceiling: 8 feet; Lighting: Track; Large North Window

RJ Owen Studio
A deep red room with beautiful stained softwood floors, this performing arts studio features a lightly sprung floor, overhead lighting positions and the potential to have full technical Rehearsals. Engineered for theatre and speech, this is also a perfect meeting or dining space, which can be modified with drapery to suit music, and a marley dance floor may be added for dance creation.
Size: 40 feet square;   Ceiling: 16 feet high;  Lighting: 14 feet high Flexible configuration

Dance Studio
The companion to the RJ Owen Studio, this has a floor sprung for dance and is acoustically tuned for music. A deep green, it has all the features of the Owen, but with a flat black floor and access to the outdoor stage. The Dance Studio also has access to a projector with a white wall to show screenings.
Size: 40 feet square;   Ceiling: 16 feet high;  Lighting: 14 feet high Flexible configuration

SPACE RENTALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Ross Creek Centre has wonderful facilities that are adaptable to a wide variety of events. From artist studios to annual meetings, conferences to celebrations, the Centre can provide a wonderful and professional atmosphere and easy one-stop catering from fabulous chefs from our licensed kitchen, including seasonal ingredients from our gardens. Our facilities are available for events and our retreat programs are aimed at the inspired amateur. Find out more on our Weddings and Rentals page.

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A map of the Ross Creek Centre property.

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