From the westward side of the village, it is possible to look down from the road along the cliffs and observe the narrow channel between the breakwater rocks (centre-right in the photo) that the fishing boats have to use to access the Bay. While I was there, the tide was so low that the channel was high and dry!
Only a short walk away from the harbour area of the village is this water-level view of the wind-driven waves of the Bay of Fundy as they come crashing ashore along the high red sandstone cliffs. This scene is typical of the rugged areas that you will experience anywhere along the shores of the Bay in either Nova Scotia or New Brunswick due to the relentless action of the tides which range up to 50-feet in variation twice per day.
Because of the number of back-roads in this area, it is really useful to have a road map with you just to maintain a rough idea of where you actually are! Mind you, this is not absolutely necessary because if you keep heading away from the coast you will soon descend into the Valley and hit main highway 101. However, if you are actually trying to go somewhere specific a map is really handy! The roads are quite good, some of them are unpaved but still quite useable. It had been very windy the day before I headed out, and it was still gusting quite well even on my trip. As I left the Bay of Fundy behind, I came across this tree blown across one of the secondary roads on North Mountain.
One of the main industries in the Annapolis Valley is the annual harvest of the apple crop. Shortly after leaving main Highway 101 near Berwick, I came across this scene at an old farm as the road headed up into North Mountain. December is almost upon us, the leaves are long gone but these red apples are still hanging on! It looks as though they will spend the winter outside.
Immediately off-shore from Harbourville, is a small island, about mid-way out in Minas Channel. I took this zoom shot of it from Harbourville but I had a difficult time trying to find out the name of the Island! It turns out that Isle au Haut first came to prominance in 1755 during one phase of the English/French wars for control of North America. When the original French (Acadian) settlers of this part of the world, then living in British controlled land as a result of earlier wars, would not pledge alliegence to the English King at the outbreak of the next war, a move was made to deport them to the far corners of the earth (the "Expulsion of the Acadians" as it is known). On hearing this, a small band of 40 Acadians living down the Annapolis Valley near Port Royal, decided to walk overland along the Fundy coast, heading east toward the Minas Basin. From here, they hoped to make it across the Basin to Chignecto (where other French settlers lived) and possibly into the remote wilds of New Brunswick to escape deportation. As it turned out, they made it to the Harbourville area and ended up spending the winter there, subsisting on Moose, Deer and Mussels. After barely surviving a tough winter, in the spring, their leader was taken in a canoe by a friendly Indian across the 13-mile gap to Isle au Haut, where they rested briefly while on their journey to their ultimate destination of the French settlements on the north side of Minas Basin. Finally having made contact with these established settlers, a party came across to the refugees trapped in their little cove and transported them to the north side of the Basin, further out of reach of the English masters of the land. Today, the island remains deserted save for a lighthouse built in 1907. It also has a Gray Seal rookery.
Just a few minutes outside of the village, I came across this large old farmhouse, and its two outlying barns, that had been abandoned by its owner. All the windows and doors along with their frames were gone, and one of the barn roofs was starting to sag. This area was once a vibrant and self-sustaining, but, in today's economic world there were many signs of decay in the buildings located in this part of Nova Scotia. However, it does make for interesting viewing as you drive along - you never know what you will see around the next corner and the views are also great!