Views around Nova Scotia
Annapolis Royal is situated on the Annapolis River, an inlet from the Bay of Fundy. It is one of the oldest settlements in North America, founded in 1605. This view looks across the river to Granville Ferry, which is close to the reproduction of Port Royal, a french fortification founded by Sieur de Mont and Samuel de Champlain. There are many historic buildings in Annapolis Royal and lots of large Victorian houses converted to Bed and Breakfasts. It's a nice base to explore the area at the far end of the Annapolis Valley
"Annapolis Valley: Grand Pre"
Grand Pre is just outside the pretty university town of Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley. This part of the area is flat and marshy, on the edge of an inlet of the Bay of Fundy. Grand Pre is a historic park, built to commemorate the French Acadian culture and history in the area. Nova Scotia was founded by the French initially and was called "Acadie". In 1755 the French colonists were deported by the English and the episode was made famous in a poem by Longfellow featuring Evangeline as the sad lover waiting all her life for her husband to return. The statue is in front of the memorial church. You are supposed to be able to see Evangeline's face age as you walk around it but i've never managed to see it myself.
Mahone Bay is a picturesque town on Nova Scotia's south shore. The area, as most coastal areas of Nova Scotia, has a seafaring heritage. Now there are arts and crafts, galleries and shops and picturesque views.
In the 1920's and 30's, the Bluenose schooner, built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was a fishing schooner but was also an undefeated racing boat. She was eventually retired and sold for a cargo carrier and sunk off a reef in the mid 1940's. In the early 60's, a brewery company comissioned a replica to sell their "schooner" beer and the Bluenose II has become a tourist ambassador and symbol for Nova Scotia.
Digby is a fishing town on the Annapolis Basin on the Bay of Fundy north shore of the province. Nearby is a car ferry to New Brunswick. There is a large resort by the ferry, Digby Pines. The town is pretty, along the waterfront, with a few little galleries, old cemeteries, shops and a museum or two to explore.
Lunenburg is on the south shore of the province and has a long standing ship building and fishery heritage. The red building in the picture is now a fisheries museum. The town is a World Heritage site and it's streets are lined with beautiful, colourful Victorian houses. The streets downtown are steep as the hills lead down into the harbourfront area. Lots of craft shops, great restaurants featuring seafood.