We had a very nice 92 mile trip from Grand Pré to Digby, NS. It was one of the best roads we have been on and it only took almost two hours to make the trip. It would have been less but for about 10-15 minutes spent stopped for construction. We are staying at Digby Campground where we have full hookups with 30 amps, temperamental WiFi, good cell coverage and good satellite once I found a way around the tree. The sites are a little small but adequate and similar to most RV parks up here. After setting up, we went into town and had lunch and did a little looking around. Digby is a quaint little village but is full of tourists this time of year.
Wednesday we went sightseeing. First off we went to the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
. This was a very nice garden; nice layout and varied plants with the roses being one of the major attractions. Many of their rose plants dated back to the mid 17th century. Apparently back then the roses only bloomed once a year and it was much later when multiple blooming roses were developed. Of course the newer hybrids were very pretty and I took way too many pictures - but you don't have to look if you don't want!!!
We then went to Fort Anne
which is also located in Annapolis Royal
. Annapolis Royal is one of the oldest areas in Canada, being settled in the early 1600s. It was the capitol of Nova Scotia before Halifax assumed that duty. It was originally called Port Royal by the French when they occupied it but later called Annapolis Royal by the British when they took over. Please check the links to get more info.
After Fort Anne, we crossed over to the other side of the river and went to see the restored settlement of Port Royal Historic Site
. This was a short lived settlement that started in 1605 and is considered to be the next oldest settlement in North America after St. Augustine. They have done a superb job of reconstruction and it was very educational to tour the old buildings.
Next we came back through Digby and went across the bay to take the scenic route out to the point of this narrow strand of land. We were really disappointed as there is such high growth along the highway that you cannot really see anything, scenic or not! We did get to ride a ferry from one of the islands to the next and would have rode another except there was an hour wait and then we would have had another hour wait to get back. It was after 5:00 p.m. by the time we got back home as it was.
Thursday we awoke to the pitter-patter of rain. We actually was woke up during the night when the lightening was exploding, but it was nothing compared to the afternoon frog stranglers in Florida. After a late breakfast we set out for the Kejimkujik National Park, which is about 40 miles from Digby. We were hoping to get to see some wildlife as we have been surprised by the lack of wildlife on this trip. We didn't see any on this trip either except for an osprey that had built a very large nest on a utility pole and a couple of chipmunks crossing the road! We did get to walk a very nice trail to a large falls that had a tremendous amount of water coming over it. The water was very tannic, much like the Tahquamenon Falls we saw in Michigan's Upper Peninsula a couple of years ago. I am sure last night's rain helped out that quantity. Of course they had no hiking stick badges so I will be trying to improvise with a couple of lapel pins.
Tomorrow we head for Shelburne, NS and a two-night stay at The Islands Provincial Park. We will be dry camping so that stop will not be posted until Sunday at the earliest and maybe Tuesday.