Our travels took us around the Bay of Fundy from the New Brunswick side to the Nova Scotia side and to a beautiful campground overlooking the water just outside the historic town of Annapolis Royal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in this beautiful little town that has so much to offer, gorgeous Victorian houses which we now realize are everywhere in the Maritimes, fabulous seafood chowder and world-famous scallops for which the region is famous. The wild roses are in bloom everywhere and their scent fills the air, fog banks roll in unpredictably even during the middle of the day only to disappear a few hours later. We attended the largest outdoor farmer’s market in Nova Scotia, went to a botanical garden and even saw a tidal energy plant.
This plant was built in 1984 as a demonstration plant and is the only one in North America. The turbine was designed to operate with the outgoing tide to generate reliable and predictable electricity, enough to power up to 4500 homes.
Annapolis Royal is also the location of Fort Anne which is Canada’s oldest National Historic Site and was one of the most hotly contested pieces of land in North America. It was designed and built as a military fort on the site of a fort erected by the Scots in 1629 (the name Nova Scotia means New Scotland, which I didn’t know). For centuries, a succession of Scottish, French, First Nations and English settlers clashed over this piece of land.
We also visited the National Historic Site of Port Royal where there is a reconstruction of the compound that was built by some of the first settlers in Canada, French fur traders in 1605. We were very surprised to learn that in 1614 a British Jamestown raiding party traveled up there and burned the compound down. Interestingly it was an American woman who was instrumental in the recontruction. She spent summers in the area and in 1928 apparently felt guilty that the site had been destroyed by Americans. She submitted a proposal to reconstruct the fort, raised funds to assist in the reconstruction and it became the first large-scale reconstruction undertaken by the Canadian government. We love these stories that you don’t hear anything about in history class.