Day 145 Kejimkujik National Park
Sep 4, 2008
|Day 145 Thursday 4th September Kejimkujik National Park pa 126 L7
Today is Steve’s birthday, happy birthday my love, and thank you for driving me all over USA and Canada. Thank you to those who passed on their birthday wishes – he was delighted to hear that you remembered his special day even though we are on the other side of the world.
This morning we high-tailed it down to the other end of town as there was a “Denise Delight” down there – another market. It was also a place to park the two RV’s as there is there are no facilities in town to leave them. From there we walked into town.
Lunenburg is a delightful seaside village full of charm being originally established in 1753. The entire town is a (UNESCO) designated heritage site. According to what we’ve read the earliest settlers were Mi’kmaq native and Acadians, later influences came from Germany Switzerland and Montbeliard region of France all helped to expand this British Colonial settlement.
Nestled between Front and Back Harbours, it is set on a south-facing hillside (why does every town in Nova Scotia have to be on steep hills, its doing me in!!) Along the water front the harbour housed many fishing boats of all sizes.
We decided to take a horse and cart tour of the town. We had a delightful tour guide, her name escapes me, but the horses name was Lucky. Six people could sit in the cart; Steve and I were up front, with Denise and Bob directly behind us. Let me just say this, up front, directly behind the horse is not the choicest place to sit – when that tail lifts and out churns the ….. Just let your imagination flow – it’s the biggest sausage making machine you’ve ever seen!! Oh boy, let’s just say the back seat in the cart looked real good at this time, but strangely the couple down back didn’t want to swap seats. We were privileged to witness this enlightening event twice in our 35min tour…. hmmm. Incidentally the young tour guide then had to stop and scoop it up!!
The architecture of the town was quite amazing; many of the houses were two stories with a basement. The ornate doorways and windows was a credit to the craftsmen of the day. To think that many of these houses are up to 250 years old and have stood the test of time. The 5 churches in the town were also very ornate and in particular St John’s Anglican church which was destroyed on 31 October 2001 and then rebuilt and replicated in the next 5 years to open its doors in 2006. The rebuild cost $6 million. All the churches were painted white with some black trimmings while the houses and commercial premises were of many bright colours with a predominant colour of red to enable the fisherman to see the shoreline easier in inclement weather. Bob and I took a closer look at the Anglican Church where one of the parishioners told us of the history of the church. I was looking forward to hearing the 10 bells of the church being played at 2.30 pm however the bell ringer didn’t show up.
You could have spent weeks in Lunenburg absorbing the history of the place, being a ship building and fishing town. The most famous schooner built the “Bluenose” and features on the Canadian 10 cent coin. In the early 1900’s friendly rivalry existed between the schooner fishing fleets of the Maritime Provinces of Canada and the New England states of the USA. After losing the first race, the Canadians commissioned a new schooner to be built for racing. A young naval architect form Halifax designed the Bluenose and it was built in Lunenburg. After being launched, the Bluenose won the annual racing regatta for the next 17 years. WW2 put and end to the racing. Bluenose finished its life in the Caribbean when it struck a reef and sank on 28 January 1946.
After leaving Lunenburg, we headed inland to Kejimkujik National Park. To access the majority of the NP you need a canoe to explore the many lakes that make up the NP. We found a nice camp site for the night right by the water’s edge.
Willy got Mulga Bill’s bicycle off the back of the RV and took a ride around the park before Happy Hour. I must add that when he comes back from these rides he walks sort of strangely – see the seat on the freebee bike doesn’t kind of suit male physique – he always takes off to the other end of the van to check out the “crown jewels” and does a role call just to check they all survived.