ACROSS CANADA IN A MOTORHOME 2010, Alberta to Labrador (we did British Columbia in 1999) plus NY & Maine in the USA in 2010, the 3rd of our Maritime Provinces, very Scottish, even managed a highland games with lots of music and dance
11 Days in Nova Scotia, Canada - between 8th & 24th July 2010, 294 Photos, the summary slideshow is selective visiting amongst others the wonderful Bay of Fundy, Baie de Fundy, back via Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island to see our dear pals David and Cathy again for a few days, many heritage buildings especially at Annapolis royal & Lunenburg which is UNESCO, highland games at Antigonish, sadly watching someone's caravan awning bend in high winds at the Antigonish campsite, wolfville, crossing the fab confederation bridge near mayfield (NB) , Cape Breton National Park , the world famous peggys cove @ st margarets bay, halifax and KEITHs beer (got the t-shirt) ferry from sydney to newfoundland, far too much fizzy pop in fast food joint (free refill - never again!), cap le moine, cheticamp, cape breton island, cabot trail, camping at Pugwash, digby, bridgewater, peat bog walks, north river, lakie's head, pictou, lighthouses, glenora distillery the only single malt in canada, ingonish beach, freshwater lake , broad cove campground, joe’s scarecrow visited by billy connolly and us (sadly close 2011), oxford, amherst, truro, highland national park, louisbourg and the fortress, wolfe and the french, Halifax the capital and its murray-mackay bridge, pier 21, prospect, shelburne, port maitland beach, crescent beach, lobster stalls at Yarmouth which were either old tram or railway carriages, lockeport and more . We have been from one side of Canada to the other
Summary: We spent 11 Days in Nova Scotia in 3 parts, 7-9, 16-21,23-24 July 2013 and a extra half day on the 1st and 2nd occasion
We took 294 Photos, many of which are included in the summary slideshows.
We have now been from one side of Canada to the other in a motorhome, British Columbia to Labrador, we loved it, it is a fabulous country and quite an achievement with memories we shall treasure forever.
For Nova Scotia the following were some of the highlights, the wonderful bay of fundy, or Baie de Fundy, look at that I am observing the Canadian desire to be multi lingual although in all honesty we were surprised that despite Quebecs desire for this to happen and maybe some elements in New Brunswick the road signs were bi-lingual in all Provinces bar Quebec, no logically how does that conform, yours puzzled bt it does seem to be a bit of a cultural battle that we noticed across Canada….
To summarise the thing about the Bay of Fundy is it is a bay between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with a small portion touching the US State of Maine. It has an extremely high tidal range which is the highest in the world. The name is likely a corruption of the French word fendu, meaning 'split'. See our images for more detail of this fabulous Bay.
We went back via Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island to see our dear pals David and Cathy again for a few days, there are many heritage buildings in Nova Scotia especially at Annapolis Royal which was just lovely with its old weather-boarded classy Hotels & Lunenburg which is UNESCO world heritage and we can easily see why, we attended around the time of the highland games at Antigonish preserving their distinctly Scottish roots, watching both Highland dancing and lots of Bag Pipe music, sadly watching someone's caravan awning bend in high winds at the Antigonish campsite, we also visited wolfville, crossing the fab confederation bridge near mayfield (NB) , Cape Breton National Park , the world famous Peggy’s cove @ st margarets bay, Halifax Nova Scotia’s capital and KEITHs beer of course I got the t-shirt, why wouldn’t I ? caught the ferry from sydney to newfoundland, after having fast food at KFC and foolishly drinking far too much fizzy pop in fast food joint (free refill - never again!) had awful gut ache all the way across on the ferry, myt fault and self-induced, still you learn by your mistakes and that was a big one, tee hee there really is no such thing as a free lunch, cap le Moine, cheticamp, Cape Breton island, the truly magnificent views of the cabot trail, do take a look at some of our many pictures, camping at Pugwash, digby, bridgewater, peat bog walks, north river, lakie's head, Pictou, Glenora distillery the only single malt in Canada which I did buy a bottle of and very nice it was too, clearly had to have a taster first but only a very small one as was driving, basically it touched my lips and I got that distinctive peaty taste. Nice.
Remember well Ingonish beach and freshwater lake in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, maybe Jump from ocean saltwater at Ingonish Beach to Freshwater Lake with just a few steps! This welcoming day use area is packed with family-friendly activities. After a refreshing swim, enjoy the playground, tennis courts, soccer field and picnic area. Connect with nature on Freshwater Lake trail, popular with cyclists in the summer and perfect for snowshoeing in the winter. Also loved broad cove campground, joe’s scarecrow visited by billy connolly and us (sadly close 2011), oxford, Amherst, truro, highland national park, Louisbourg and the fortress, wolfe and the french, halifax’s murray-mackay bridge, pier 21, prospect, Shelburne, port maitland beach, crescent beach, lobster stalls at Yarmouth which were either old tram or railway carriages, Yarmouth is famous for both fishing and tourism plus we noted you can catch a ferry here to Portland, Maine no not the one in Oregon, plus lockeport and many more truly fabulous places, we really HEART Nova Scotia and its distinctively Scottish feel and scenery.
Here is a little bit about the heritage and history of Louisbourg we visited, the French military founded the fortress of Louisbourg in 1713 and its fortified seaport on the southwest part of the harbour, naming it in honour of Louis XIV , the Sun King, a legend in his own lunchbox, ha-ha. The harbour had been used by European mariners since at least the 1590s, when it was known as English Port and Havre à l'Anglois. The French settlement that dated from 1713. The settlement was burned the first day the British landed during the siege of Louisbourg in 1745. The French were terrorized and abandoned the Grand Battery, which the British occupied the following day. It was returned to France in 1748 but recaptured by the British in 1758.
After the capture in 1758, its fortifications were demolished in 1760 and the town-site abandoned by British forces in 1768. A small civilian population continued to live there after the military left.
English settlers subsequently built a small fishing village across the harbour from the abandoned site of the fortress. The village grew slowly with additional loyalist settlers in the 1780s. The harbour grew more accessible with the construction of the second lighthouse in 1842 on the site of the original French lighthouse which was destroyed in 1758. A railway first reached Louisbourg in 1877, but it was poorly built and abandoned after a forest fire. However, the arrival of Sydney & Louisbourg railway in 1894 brought heavy volumes of winter coal exports to Louisbourg Harbour's ice-free waters as a winter coal port. The harbour was used by the Canadian government ship Montmagny in 1912 to land bodies from the sinking of the Titanic. In 1913 Marconi established a transatlantic radio transmitting station here. History wise that’s all folks, hope it was of use.