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Berwick, N.S.

Find out what happens when Jonny’s challenged to eat a 20-pound bag of apples, has a run-in with a spitting alpaca, takes high tea with a bona fide princess and assists his first live lamb birth.

5 Facts About Berwick

  • Population: 2,454.
  • Berwick is known as “The Apple Capital of Nova Scotia.”
  • At the beginning of World War II, Britain announced a ban on imported fruit and Berwick’s apple industry was described as a “war casualty.”
  • The town’s recreation centre is nicknamed “The Apple Dome.”
  • International Best-Selling author Margaret Marshall Saunders (Beautiful Joe) grew up in Berwick.

Berwick, Nova Scotia was once known as the apple capital of the Annapolis Valley. Now, it’s the only town left where The Apple Store sells actual apples. The friendly red fruit is everywhere: on bike racks, street signs, floor tiles and lapels. Once the center of fruit production, Berwick produced a robust apple industry that no longer exists. But sometimes, sour apples make pretty nice pie. After 150 years of being defined by the king of all fruits, Berwick is being transformed by local entrepreneurship. It is a town characterized by relentless optimism and seems to live by the proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” Empty buildings don’t stay that way for long and people who’ve lost their industry seem to find new and unusual things to do. Find out what happens when Jonny’s challenged to eat a 20-pound bag of apples, has a run-in with a spitting alpaca, takes high tea with a bona fide princess and assists his first live lamb birth.