Annapolis Royal

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Beautiful architecture in the historic old town of Annapolis Royal

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.

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The powerful flow of the incoming tide at the tidal generating station

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Antique MGB’s from New England and Canada on their way to a car show

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.

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The earthern walls and 1797 officer’s quarters at Fort Anne

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The gunpowder room at Fort Anne

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.

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The recontructed 1605 Port Royal compound

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Port Royal

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An authentic birch bark canoe 

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An Acadian cottage in the botanical garden

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Our sunny site overlooking the Bay of Fundy, it would have been easy to spend all summer there

4 responses to “Annapolis Royal

  1. Leonard always look so tranquil in your ‘snaps’ of him. It makes me wonder why there are never any such of you.
    A wonderful post, Jean, and it prompted me to reach out for some more history. Port Royal was the first permanent European settlement north of Jamestown (unless, of course, one considers L’Anse aux Meadows). Samuel Argall, the ship’s captain employed by the Virginia colony, must have become familiar with the settlement while establishing the shorter northern sailing route across the Atlantic. It was he who led the raids on Acadia, which also included the destruction of a Jesuit colony on Mount Desert Island. James I, Protestant to the core, certainly must not have wanted the French to establish a Catholic foothold in North America. Although Plymouth Massachusetts was not founded until 1620, the Plymouth Company built Fort St. George, at the mouth of the Kennebec in Maine, in 1607, not long after the first ‘cajuns’ had got their foothold in Nova Scotia. ‘George’ failed of its own account, so I guess Argall decided ‘Royal’ should not stand. Incidentally, Samuel Argall, in a tit-for-tat with the Powhatan Confederacy, kidnapped Pocahontas as surety for the safety of captive Jamestwon settlers.
    Where to next?

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Wow, thanks for the details Clay. Good friends think alike. Our guide did mention some of those details including Pocahontas which we thought was very interesting. As for Leonard’s tranquil state and the lack of evidence of mine, you will just have to take my word that it exists. Leonard seldom grabs the camera, he’s too relaxed! We’re now in a town called Lunenburg on the south shore.

  2. Matthew John Fields

    More beautiful captures of a great trip. Excellent job, as always, Jean. As for Leonard’s ever present relaxed stance in these pics, they are very consistent of his distant past “state” while at he was at work!!! Very little changes!!!!!!

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