Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Port Royal - a French habitation from 1609 or so (recreated)

Tidal generating station at Annapolis (which is on an inlet of the...

Fort Anne - the successor to Port Royal, but then changed into...

More Fort Anne (fort and Annapolis were named for Britain's Queen Anne,...

Magnificent tapestries made to celebrate the tricentenniel of the fort

The dikes the Acadian people had made to reclaim farm land from...

Butterfly in the neary Annapolis Heritage Gardens

A top in Berwick, the apple capital, to buy some fresh apples!

Kentville - and it's annual PumpkinMan festival!

Grand Pre - the sentimental "roots" of Acadian people, and the statue...

Windsor, NS - the first known game of hockey was played here...

Windsor is also the home of many GIANT Atlantic pumpkins!

We started off by seeing a couple of historic National Parks. Port Royal is a rebuilt French habitation from about 1609 - we were the only ones there first thing in the morning so had lots have help from the costumed guides. We then drove back across the Annapolis bridge, with a stop along the way. The inlet there is actually a tidal bore - the night before we saw the tide running right back over where the river was coming out. This is also the site of the world's only tidal generating station - so we went into their visitor's centre to learn how it worked. Then we went on up the road to Fort Anne, which was actually the later site of Port Royal (they had moved up the inlet) but it had been captured by the English and turned into a large fort by them. Ownership went back and forth for decades, but today what remains is of British origin. There is one large building, lots of cannons and an old cemetery, a few outbuildings, and huge, massive earthworks and battlements. A beautiful display inside the large building is a set of tapestries handmade in the 1990s to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the fort. My photo doesn't do it justice - there are four panels, each 6 FEET high, and intricately done under expert instruction by members of the community - a phenomenal amount of work. The panel featuring Queen Victoria was even given to Queen Elizabeth, who put in a few stitches on her predecessor. After the historic sites we went to the nearby Heritage Garden, where they preserve old strains of plants, then drove on up the Annapolis Valley. I wanted fresh Annapolis Valley apples, so when we came to Berwick, the apple capital, I bought some at a farmer's market - MacIntosh apples so fresh the juice fizzles as you bite them! We then went into the town of Kentville to buy propane and gas, and found they were having their annual "Pumpkinman" Festival. This year's theme was obviously the winter Olympics, because we saw pumpkin hockey players, pumpkin figure skaters and judges, pumpkin curlers ... At Grand Pre we went in another historic site. This one is the site of another old Acadian village where the inhabitants were thrown onto ships by the British and sent to many other places to get rid of them. The site serves as a symbol to many people of Acadian heritage, and Longfellow's poem "Evangeline" about an Acadian girl is a symbol to them, so there is a memorial church and a statue of "Evangeline" here. The next place we went off the highway was Windsor, where we managed to find the farm a) famous for their gigantic pumpkins, and b) where the pond is that the first recorded game of hockey took place. However, the place was closed for the night ... We drove on through Truro to find a campsite still open and operating, however it's internet service was lousy!

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