Good Cheer Trail History
Nova Scotia’s Good Cheer Trail is Canada’s only winery, brewery, distillery, cidery and meadery trail. It celebrates Nova Scotia’s rich culinary history dating back to 1606, when the first meeting of L’Odre du Bon Temps” (Order of Good Cheer) took place in Port Royal.
Established to assist in surviving the winter, the Order of Good Cheer is also considered one of the first known gastronomic societies in North America, bringing people together through food and drink. The weekly feasts continued through the winter of 1606-07 and served to raise the spirits of habitants of Port Royal. The gatherings regularly included indigenous guests, with Membertou and Massamouet, Mi’Kmaw chiefs in the area, often taking part.
Today, the Good Cheer Trail celebrates bringing people together through Nova Scotia food and drink. Cheers!
We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship.”
Friends of Good Cheer
Looking for more Good Cheer? These events and experiences are not wineries, breweries, cideries or distilleries (ie. not a stamp on your passport) – but they offer tasting flights, Good Cheer Trail experiences, or feature our local beverages at their events.
PLEASE ENJOY THE GOOD CHEER TRAIL RESPONSIBLY
- 1Always use a designated driver
- 2Stay overnight
Book local accommodations at novascotia.com.
- 3Take a tour
Ambassatours Gray Line, Grape Escapes, Taste Halifax Tours, the Magic Winery Bus, Uncork Nova Scotia, or Wine & Beer Tours of Nova Scotia.
- 4Local food
Pair your sociable with delicious local food from the Nova Scotia Lobster Trail, the Nova Scotia Chowder Trail, or a Taste of Nova Scotia restaurant.