2018 Canada Trip travel blog

Peggy's Cove lighthouse

Explaining about Maple Syrup

Our local guide, Shelah

A Lundenburg house

Lutheran church

Lutheran organ

St John's Anglican Church

Church interior

Church organ

Sailors Monument

Post card View


Oh, boy! A rainy day, again. Buffet breakfast was with Joanne and Richard from Boulder, Colorado (he had been a teacher/principal and she was a high school math teacher).

Today we traveled out to Peggy's Cove to the most picturesque lighthouse, found on post cards throughout the region. On the way out, Kim passed around three plastic sleeves - one with Canadian coins, one with Canadian currency, and the third with Canadian Tire bonus money from their reward program that looks like currency. We also had to write two truths and one lie on a piece of paper and hand it in to be used in the future.

As we were passing Terence Bay, Kim talked about the White Star Line disaster on April 1, 1873 of the SS Atlantic, near Terence Bay. The ship stuck a rock and there were 546 lives lost. This was the worst sea disaster until the sinking of the Titanic.

We arrived in Peggy's Cove in the fog. We had an hour to kill, so Jean and I walked out to the most photographed lighthouse in Canada to take pictures. Not too many people have the opportunity to take its picture in the fog. We then bought some items in the Amos Pewter Store. Jean had wanted to do their store in Halifax, but there was no time. So, score.

Our next stop was our "Learning and Discovery" stop at the Acadian Maple Products plant/store where they produce maple syrup. Canada produces 90% of the maple syrup in the world. The owner talked with us about the production of maple syrup. The season is only about six weeks a year in the spring. The piping system they use nowadays is very interesting and very productive. Quick fact: if it says on the label Pure Maple Syrup, there will be no ingredients listed. But look at Log Cabin or other brands of syrup in the local store and you will see a list of ingredients because it is not pure. I bought some maple popcorn for later.

Kim bought treats for us on the bus - after Peggy's Cove we had salt water taffy (not as good as James' or Shriver's or Fralinger's), and after the syrup store she gave us a maple cookie.

Our next destination was Lunenburg over an hour away. On the drive, Kim showed a DVD about the famous Bluenose schooner, which was built in Lunenburg. When we arrived in the village of Ludenburg at 12:00 (it was no longer foggy and the rain had abated) we were given until 1:30 to have lunch, shop, whatever. We were to met back at the bus at 1:30. Lundenburg is an UNESCO site for the downtown section of 48 blocks.

Jean and I went with Kim to the Grand Banker restaurant for lunch. I had the Lunenburg burger, which is 6 ozs of beef, an egg, and lobster on a roll, with a bacon wrapped scallop topper. Delicious! Jean had a salad. We quickly paid and hit a few of the shops before returning to the bus.

For our afternoon walk, the sun came out! Yeah! We met Shelah, a person whose ancestors go back to the founding families of Lunenburg. She was our guide for our walking tour, which about 31 of us elected and paid to do. We started at the top of the hill at the old school, which just last week became, among other businesses, the new public library. We proceeded down the hill, looking at the architecture of the houses and churches along the way. Shelah had the key to let us into the Lutheran church, and we also visited St. John's Anglican Church which had just been rebuilt in the last five years after a devastating fire.

We ended the walk at the Fisherman's Memorial dedicated to those Lundenburgers who have lost their lives at sea.

Our next stop on the way back to Halifax was at Mahone Bay for a picture stop of three churches across the water as seen on post cards in stores.

There is a Lutheran, United Church of Canadea and Anglican Church all next to each other that makes the shot. As we drove through Malone Bay, I noticed what quaint village it was with many stores and eateries.

On the final leg back to Halifax, most of us, including myself, slept. The beauty of having a chauffeur. We arrived back at the hotel at 5:00. We went out to a Tim Horton's for a light dinner of hot sandwiches before returning to the room to pack (tomorrow is a travel day, bags out at 7:30) and to read (I caught up online with the Star Ledger) and relax.



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