Just outside of Wolfville is Grand-Pré. All along the salt water shore, the Acadians reclaimed farmland from the salt meadows. By building dykes to keep out the salt water, but let rainwater clean and irrigate the soil, the French Acadians were successful farmers.
However by the mid-1750's, Nova Scotia is under English control. The English decided to expel the Acadians away from Nova Scotia. Grand-Pré is a historic park with several buildings restored to reflect Acadian life in the 1700's including a blacksmith, garden and a church.
The plight of the Acadians became well known in the US after Henry Longfellow invented a tale of lovers separated by the deportation. Evangeline never finds her true love during a life time of searching. On the grounds is a statue of Evangeline. As you can see in the photo, she is still looking for her lost love.
Inside the church are displays and interpretive boards describing the life of the Acadians, and also the deportation of the Acadians by the English. There are 3,000,000 Acadians -- decendants of those first Acadians. The million Cajuns of New Orleans are Acadians.
Among the displays are paintings of Acadian life in the mid-1700's, and there is a display of the dikes they used to reclaim the salt water flats and turn them into farmland. In this photo of the deportation, you can see a tabby cat (in the hands of a little girl).
Would you believe that a stray cat matching the painting was found around the church as a stray. Now he is part of the staff -- his pay is three square meals a day plus tourists to fawn over him. Only thing is he does not conduct his tours in French. Cat's name is Evangaline
The grounds of Grand-Pré National Historic Park are worth a short walk about. They were still doing archeological digging at various sites on the grounds. The church had been reconstructed, but they believe it is on or near the site of the original church.
There are also some old buildings - farm buildings and a blacksmithy, but they were closed in September. I 'borrowed' an apple from their orchid. The park's ducks are happy with their pond -- all in all a nice park to wander around in.
My friend is very familiar with the restaurant and recommended it. We arrived early, and were able to have a table in a quiet corner of the patio, where she got the sunshine that she wanted, and I got to stay in the shade! It wasn't very busy, but apparently becomes rather crowded at lunch hour. I can understand, they have an extensive menu with something that should suit all tastes. Their prices were decent too.
Favorite Dish: My friend's Greek Salad and Grilled Haddock? Sole? looked very good.
I had the Raspberry/Cranberry Salad with Shrimp. It was a large plate, with lots of blue cheese chunks, pecans, 4 large prawn (shrimps) in a light tempura-type batter, a lovely raspberry vinagerette salad dressing, on lots and lots and lots of lettuce. I didn't have it well mixed, or I should've asked for more dressing, as I ran out of the dressing before I did the lettuce! But it was good!
They had a couple of beers on draft from local micro-breweries, I had a small Anapolis Valley Amber Ale, which was very nice.
There are a few small restaurants, coffee places, and fast food places (such as Subway) in Wolfville. Before the camp week started at Jazz Camp (I arrived in Wolfville a day early), I ate breakfast at a small coffee place that was within walking distance of Acadia University (can't remember the name for the life of me though...) It was a nice quiet place, perfect for sitting down, relaxing and chatting while eating.
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The bus goes to Wolfville, and stops at the Acadia University campus. I think it stops at another place in town too but I'm not sure. The bus goes to/from Wolfville every day, and I think it goes directly to/from Halifax.