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Jul 14, 2015 - Grand Pré

When we left New Brunswick I wrote about the dilemma the French residents faced in the New World, once France was defeated by Great Britain for the last time after a series of seven wars over thirty years. Today we stopped at the UNESCO site that commemorates the deportation of the French residents known as Acadians from the now British territories. This was not ethnic cleansing, but a sad story nonetheless. One would think that these folks could have returned to France, but they were no longer welcome there either. After centuries of...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Annapolis Royal was the first capital of Acadia and Nova Scotia. On the Bay of Fundy and with a natural sheltered harbor, it was once the center of French Acadia. Founded as Port Royale in 1603, it was conquered by the British in 1710 and renamed Annapolis Royal. Eventually the capital was moved to Halifax on the Atlantic which was more strategically located and a better staging point for military operations and commerce. Our visit started with a graveyard ghost tour starting at sundown on the day of our arrival. An historical orator told...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Fort Anne, Nova Scotia

While visiting the Annapolis Valley, we stopped into to visit the Art Gallery of Geoff Butler. An absolute charming and intriguing man, he was kind enough to take his time to show us his small gallery and discuss some of his works. Upon flipping through one of his books, he pointed out a painting he had done with 3 lying cannons, he explained to us that those 3 cannons were on display across the water at the Fort Anne National Historic Site. After leaving Geoff's fantastic Gallery, we headed over to Fort Anne for some history and exploring....

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Jun 23, 2015 - Port Royal, Nova Scotia

We stopped in at Port Royal National Historic site near Annapolis. The original habitation burned, however the reconstructed site was built by retired ship builders. The mortise and tenon work is second to none, and the whole area is beautiful and rich with history and culture.

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Jul 1, 2014 - Annapolis Royal NS Day 2

Today we will tour Port Royal, Fort Anne, Historic Flower Gardens and the Tidal Generation Plant. There were three Port Royals. The first was the name given by Samuel De Champlain in1604 to the Annapolis Basin. The second beginning in the 1630's was the name of the village in the location of the present day Annapolis Royal. The name covered an area that included today's Annapolis Basin, the Annapolis River and their shores up to Paradise, Nova Scotia. The third is the National Historic Site which is a reproduction of a French settlement...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Annapolis Royal, NS Day 1

We left this morning at 8:15 for Annapolis Royal a distance of 165 miles. We took Highway 102W to 14W. 14W was very crooked and narrow but it took us through the dairy farms and small towns that are well taken care of. It was a very pleasant drive. We then turned onto 101W and stopped at Grand Pre' which is located on the Bay of Fundy's Minas Basin in the Annapolis Valley. This is a farming settlement created in the 1680's by the Acadian people. The land was very fertile but the area was subject to tides as high as 40 feet, among the...

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Jun 29, 2011 - Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

We entered the rv park and found we are camping right on the water with a fabulous view. After setting up we drove into town and took a tour of the tide generating plant. They use the power of the tide to generate enough electricity for 4,500 homes. When the tide comes in they store water in the storage bay, and when the tide goes out they run the water through a turbine to generate electricity. So the generate power about 11 hours per day. The next day we went on a bus tour. The first stop was Port-Royal. This is the site of the second...

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Oct 14, 2009 - Port Royal, Annapolis, through the valley, and on to Truro

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...

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Aug 10, 2009 - Western Nova Scotia Aug 3 - 9, 2009

On Monday, after we finished our chores, we drove into Digby and looked around this historic fishing city and found an internet café to do our computer work and enjoyed a cup of coffee with a homemade dessert. All the boats were tied up to the dock as lobster season closed on Friday and as you drive by homes you see all the traps stacked up. This week Scallop Days is happening so we picked up a schedule so we can attend with the family. We didn’t leave too early on Tuesday as the family was not flying in till 7:30 PM. We stopped at...

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Sep 22, 2006 - Digby/Parkers Cove

From Cape Breton we left for Digby Nova-Scotia. We stayed at an RV resort overlooking the Bay of Fundy in Parkers cove and were treated to incredible sunsets but were forced to crank up the heater as the temperatures dropped. Diggby is famous for its scallops so we continued on our seafood binge and I must say they were tasty! The tides on the Bay of Fundy are some of the highest in the world and you can see the result from the pictures of the boats!

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Sep 21, 2006 - Digby

Sept 21 While we were in Yarmouth this morning Barb called Joan Franklin, a friend that moved to Digby about 7 years ago. We drove to Digby and met up with her and Jim, along with some of their family in Digby in the afternoon. After spending a good afternoon with them we drove to Granville Ferry for the night and caught up on some chores.

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Aug 1, 2006 - Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

On our way from Noel, NS to Annapolis Royal, NS, we stopped at Grand Pre', NS. This is a memorial to remember the expulsion of the Acadian people from Canada. It is at the site of the old Acadian village of Grand Pre' that was destroyed by the Canadians to keep the Acadians from coming back. At the visitors center we viewed a 20 minute film on the history of the Acadians and their expulsion from Canada. There was a chapel with a beautiful stained glass window picturing the separation of families as they were being forced to leave, their...

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