I'm casting you back a few months now as I continue to bring you up to date with our Canada travels prior to our Churchill trip. Our Honeymoon Canada production was temporarily suspended earlier this month for the winter where we'll be spending our time in Europe.
August 29, 2007:
My last blog entry prior to Churchill was our journey in the Digby Neck and Islands region of Nova Scotia. We'd made it to Parker's Cove for the night and caught the sun setting a little further along at Delaps Cove.
This morning after waiting to use the one shower that the highly over-priced campground in Parker's Cove offers - we set off to explore the town of Annapolis Royal. Our first stop was at the fascinating Tidal Generating Station - North America's only tidal power plant. Taking advantage of and harnessing the extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy which effect the Annapolis Basin, the station produces 30 million kilowatts-hours per year. I'm not an expert on power but that sounds like an awful lot! The downside of the plant is that it uses sluices which on the odd occasion has trapped marine life such as humpback whales who've swum upstream at slack tide and not been able to return to the basin for several days - one was not so lucky to return through the gates ever again.
By the time we'd looked through the exhibits and checked out the publicly accessible parts of the plant, we headed off to Port Royal - a replica of the 1605 habitation. The habitation, which was reconstructed between 1939 and 1941 to the original plans, has been designated a national historic site of Canada. Occupied by the french until 1690 when it was surrendered to New England, it gives an insight into the basic life of those that lived there at the first settlement of the region.
Back in downtown Annapolis Royal we checked out the markets which looked more like a flea market than a produce market, then Fort Anne - yet another national historic site but apparently Canada's oldest. This area saw a lot of conflict during the 17th and 18th centuries mostly between France and England. This strategic location which was originally known to the French as Acadie, seemed to be 'the' most desired place to rule from.
Time to head out of town, we hit the grocery store for a few supplies then headed inland to a gem called Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The drive which is approximately 67 km takes around an hour (at least with a large camper) from Annapolis Royal and you end up along the shores of Kejimkujik Lake and the Mersey River. We registered for our camp site and set up for the night as soon as we arrived - it was so peaceful. If ever there was a place to use the canoe .. this was it! We decided to launch the canoe from a site on the bank of the Mersey River called Jakes Landing, and paddled the winding waterway, exploring the side channels as we went. We felt so far away from everyone and everything, even though we saw a couple of other canoes up ahead, it's a peaceful way to explore the landscape.
We got back to the site just as it was getting dark and settled in for the night after dinner.
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