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14 August 2011

Cross Canada and Back Part 22

Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia

It is the 13th of July 2011, day 59 of our "Cross Canada and Back" trip.


We now have word that the axle for our trailer will arrive in PEI around the 17-18th of July, so we have almost a week to do some more traveling without the trailer. We have some friends we like to visit in Tantallon, NS. We also wanted to tour the southern part of Nova Scotia.



View Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia. in a larger map


We made the decision to leave the trailer at Linkletters (see part 20 of our trip) who will be doing the repair, and just travel just with the truck. Liz quickly did another load of wash, and we got packed, and dropped the trailer off at 3pm. Linkletters were very good, they let us plug the trailer in, so the fridge and freezer would be running OK.


We crossed the Confederation Bridge with $43.00 less in our valets. It is a wonderful sight crossing the bridge and we did not mind paying the fees.


Crossing Confederation Bridge

Crossing Confederation Bridge
Our plan was to find a motel around Berwick but could not find anything exciting until we came to Digby,NS. We drove through the Annapolis Valley and it was not what we had expected. I guess we sort of expected to see more fruit trees and wineries, more like the Okanagen Valley in BC. Never the less, it is very pretty countryside.

Beautiful Country Side
In Digby we found a little motel just on the outskirt of town that served the purpose..... sleep. We had not yet had supper, so we went out for a bite.... Scallops was on the menu, after all we were in Digby, NS!


Day 60 of our trip, the 14th of July 2011, we decided to back track to Port Royal and Annapolis Royal.


Port Royal

Port Royal is a re-created French Fort. This national historic site (also free with your annual Parks Canada pass) features a reconstruction of early 17th century buildings, representing the former colony of the French who settled on the Nova Scotia coast. 


Port Royal National Historic Site of Canada
Here costumed interpreters and period demonstrations help recreate the look and feel of Port-Royal and the days gone by. We had one guide that was very knowledgeable and willing to explain.



One of the guides
In the summer of 1605, French explorers built a settlement on beautiful Annapolis River (formerly the Dauphin River) basin near the present day town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. The area provided fertile soil, and fishing and hunting was plentiful.


The fort in the back ground

Liz inside one of the buildings at Port Royal
Another good reason to settle here was the Mi’kmaw people. The Mi'kmaw who had lived in the region for thousands of years, welcomed the men. They showed them how to survive in this new part of the world.
A tepee outside the fort

Liz checking out the moose hide with Mi'kmaw drawings
The fort, christened Port-Royal, became the first European settlement north of Florida. While only in existence a few years, the settlement, and what it accomplished, proved to be a model for future exploration of the continent.  


Liz and our guide.... he was extremely knowledgeable. 

Inside the courtyard.
There is to this date no real evidence/artifacts that the fort actually was at this site, except some written documentations and drawings of the fort.


Liz looking down to the courtyard

The fort
The panoramic views of the Annapolis River and Basin are wonderful from here. For more on the history of Port Royal, check out the Parks Canada website.




Melanson Settlement


Melanson Settlement is another National Historic Site not to far from Port Royal. Melanson Settlement contains the archaeological remains of a pre-deportation Acadian community from 1664 - 1755. 
Melanson Settlement National Historic Site of Canada

Walk through the meadows and farm land that was once used by the Acadians

Liz and the Melanson National Historical Site of Canada
These archaeological resources reflect the family communities settled by Acadians and Acadians' unique dykeland agriculture practised along the Annapolis River or the Dauphin River as it was earlier called.


There is no charge to walk the trails and the grounds. It is very beautiful and worth a hike through the meadows. One can only imagine what these people went through. More on the deportation of the Acadians in our Part 19 blog.


Annapolis Tidal Generating Station

The Annapolis Tidal Generation Station is situated on the mouth of Annapolis River. The construction of the generating station began in 1980 and took 4 years to complete. 
Annapolis Tidal Generating Station
Annapolis Tidal Generating Station

Annapolis Tidal Generating Station
The Annapolis river drains in to The Bay of Fundy which averages 12 meter tides. This tidal power is what drives this power plant. 


Power




The power of the tide is incredible
The plant produces 30 gigawatt hours each year. This is enough to power up over 4,000 homes. More of this kind of green energy is needed. 


Annapolis Royal

The town of Annapolis Royal was next on the agenda. This is a wonderful little town with some of the most beautiful old homes lining the picturesque streets.  


Beautiful home in Annapolis Royal

Beautiful home in Annapolis Royal

Beautiful home in Annapolis Royal

Beautiful home in Annapolis Royal

Beautiful home in Annapolis Royal
The town dates back to 1605 when settlers started to make this area home.




Liz at Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada

Parks Canada staff explaining the tapestry and history at the Fort Anne interpretive center.


Annapolis Royal is also home to the remains of Fort Anne National Historic Site. Here you can also get more of our past history.


Miniature layout of Fort Anne

One of the many canons that protected Fort Anne
Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada is Canada's oldest. It is a present day reminder of when there were great conflicts between European countries( England / France). The battles was acted out on the shores of the Annapolis River, NS.


Fort Anne offers a sweeping view of the beautiful Annapolis Basin. The museum exhibits highlights of the history of the fort. Wonderful staff members will answer your questions in French or English ( they are mostly Acadians). More on Fort Anne National Historic Site on Parks Canada website.



Digby Neck, Nova Scotia


Digby Neck is a peninsula and several islands going out into the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine It is a wonderful drive and you can experience weathered little fishing villages. 


Digby Neck
The ferry rides out to the end of Digby Neck are free. Once there, you can do some great hikes on the islands, one of them is to the Balancing Rock, about a 5 km round trip hike.


Balancing Rock Trail Information

Part of the trail
The trail includes some great boardwalks over marches and swampy areas. The last part of the trail has a lot of stairs (225 steps down and 225 up) to a platform.


Anders on the cell phone helping mom with computer problems
Liz at the Balancing Rock on St Mary's Bay

The Balancing Rock

Anders at  the Balancing Rock

From here you have a beautiful view of St. Mary's Bay and the Balancing Rock to your right. For eons of years this rock has stood teetering on the edge of the ocean, providing quite a sight. A must if you are on Digby Neck.
An other must: Lavena's Catch Cafe

Lavena's Catch Cafe

Best Halibut chowder ever at Lavena's Catch Cafe

Liz enjoying scallops at Lavena's Catch Cafe.... soooo good!


Another must is Lavena's Catch Cafe by the ferry terminal in Freeport on Long Island. This is a family run place and the food is fantastic. The Halibut chowder was the best chowder we have had so far. Don't miss this place.




Evangeline Trail, Southern Nova Scotia


After leaving Digby Neck we eventually got back on to the Evangeline trail, a beautiful drive along the Acadian Coast. There is a lot of French spoken in many of these coastal communities and the Acadian flag flies fron many homes. We eventualy booked in at a motel at Mavillette Beach on Cape Cove.  Cape View Motel is a great little motel. The owners are from Alberta. It has 10 rooms and 3 housekeeping cottages. 


View from our room at Cape View Motel
The views of the beach and the bay are wonderful. Continental breakfast is served in the lobby and one gets to meet the other guests and talk to the owners.


There is a restaurant across the street which is OK. Liz had "Rappie Pie", looks real ugly but she ate it, and went back for seconds...... 


More pictures from this part of the trip by clicking the image below or go directly to the slide show here.


Digby, Annapolis, Digby Neck NS


Cheers,


Anders and Liz


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