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  • Air Force Museum, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Air Force Museum, Greenwood, Nova...
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  • Greenwood Military Air Museum, Nova Scotia.
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  • Greenwood Military Air Museum, Nova Scotia.
    Greenwood Military Air Museum, Nova...
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    by RavensWing Updated Jul 17, 2014

    Just before you head into the security gate of CFB Greenwood, on your left is a large field with planes. You have just reached the parking lot of the Aviation Museum.

    You are free to walk around the yard and look at the different planes, in front of each is a plaque with the history and characteristics of each plane.

    There is a small Commemorative Garden at the front of the parking lot, on the left. This Garden commemorates those who have served and died. It is quite humbling to see the names and dates on the flat stones that line the walkway.

    Inside the Aviation Museum you can walk through the Argus trainer. They have mannequins posed at the various stations in the trainer. Throughout the museum there are other displays which also have mannequins posing with various equipment, giving you a look into the past and the present.

    Along the walls there are displays from many Airforce Squadrons.

    The museum is free to view, donations are appreciated.

    Hours of Operation

    Summer Hours
    June -August
    Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
    Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 5pm

    Winter Hours
    September-May
    Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4pm

    Damage Sustained During War II Stones Line the Walk in the Commemorative Garden Search and Rescue of an Ejected Pilot Tactical Navigator - Argus 107 Search and Rescue
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    by planxty Written Jul 2, 2014

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    As stated in the introduction page to Greenwood, the only reason we visited was to take in the Air Force Museum and that proved to be an excellent decision as it really was quite special. Readers of my other pages will know that I have an interest in military history so this place was a "must see" for me.

    The first thing you notice are the large number of aeroplanes and helicopters outside the building and, indeed, you could go and view these without going into the Museum proper and very impressive they are too. Also outside are a number of memorials to aircrew who have sadly lost their lives in the course of their duties as well as stones commemorating now disbanded units that served there.

    If you decide to do the full tour, and I do suggest you do, admission is free although a donation is suggested. It is well worth it. Being midweek and not high season we had the place to ourselves and the very friendly young lady on the desk told us to take as long as we liked to look round. There was certainly plenty to look at with exhibits ranging form old uniforms right up to the fully kitted out fuselage of a recce 'plane complete with it's crew of mannequins (pictured). I think this was my favourite exhibit in the Museum.

    What I particularly liked about the place was the way they humanised things. Instead of just displaying the exhibits there were numerous photographs and potted histories of people who had worked in the base, both military and civilian. It rather brought it to life for me and I thought it was very well done.

    Should you wish to have a souvenir there is a well-stocked gift shop where the prices are very resonable. I purchased a Snowbirds T-shirt which I rather liked. There is also a pleasant little cafe although be aware that it closes at 1600 hours.

    I did take rather a lot of images and so I shall attach a travelogue here to display more of them.

    Opening hours are June to August seven days a week 9:00am to 5:00pm and September to May Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. It would appear to be fully wheelchair accessible.

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    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!

    Harbourville's Precarious Entrance
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Greenwood Transportation

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    by Bwana_Brown Written Dec 2, 2003

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    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.

    High Winds & Falling Trees
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Greenwood Local Customs

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    by Bwana_Brown Written Dec 2, 2003

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    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.

    Looks Like Winter Will Be Spent on the Tree
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Greenwood Off The Beaten Path

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 5, 2003

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    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.

    Isle au Haut
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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    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!

    Abandoned and Stripped
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