Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

Greenoch church

church pulpit

court house

mel in jail

lighthouse with seaweed fishermen

Nancy in front of Muriel

Windsor house with unitque weathervane

barn ceiling


We arrived at the Kawainis Oceanfront Campground in St. Andrews, NB. It is a small fishing village on the bay of Fundy. It was founded by Loyalist from Maine and New England in 1783. The loyalist were American Settlers that didn’t want to rebel against the British Crown.

17 june

We started our day by enjoying a guided tour of the town. We drove by more than 140 heritage building, the first Scottish Presbyterian Church in St Andrews, that is called the Greenock Church. It has beautiful wood banisters and pulpit. Also, a huge pipe organ. Mel’s father who was Scotish and Presbyterian Minister, would have loved to see this church. Then off to the first court house and jail. Because the prisoners were digging their way out of the regional jail, they built this amazing granite jail. No more escapes. The courthouse is next to the jail. All original furniture still sits in the building. Our final stop of the tour was the Kingbrae Gardens, we walked the gardens after enjoying a nice lunch. We, also, saw a few Llamas and a goat. They had a late spring, so flowers were not in bloom.

Later in the afternoon, we walked into town to see a little more. We walked thru town enjoying the architecture of the historic buildings. We went to the pier and saw the local fishermen, harvesting seaweed. The seaweed is used for cosmetics and medications.

18 June

We started our day early, so we could drive out to Ministers Island. The only passageway is by a landbridge at low tide. This island was purchased and developed by Sir William Van Horne, the master builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The island was his summer getaway. The first building on the island was a house for the first minister who came to St Andrews. The town folk didn’t like him and ran him out of town. Sir William built a home for the minister to live on the island, thus Ministers Island. The next thing that was built was a huge home, barn and creamery. This island was a self- sustaining farm for many years, after many generations it was sold. All of the furnishings were sold off until the the town found out about it and bought the property. Much of the current original furniture has been purchased or donated back to the foundation now managing this historic island. The original barn is in the process of renovation. At one time, they had huge draft horses, cows, and sheep. The framework of the original structure is a timber framers dream to see the quality of the work.

Then off to St. Stephens, a small town about 15 minutes from St Andrews. It is famous for the Ganong Chocolate Factory. We went on the tour and got free chocolates. The original owner started it in 1885, with his famous “chicken bones”, which is still made today. Before automation, the chocolates were all hand dipped. Today, there are only 4 ladies left that have been trained on how to dip and design the chocolates

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