Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Canada Quirks

First off, some province signs! Whenever Christopher and I passed into a new state on our US road trips, we always made sure to snap a picture. I felt compelled to do the same thing in Canada.

This was the first place I attempted to us Canadian cash. I felt like Arthur Weasley with muggle money. Why is it multi-colored? Why does it feel like plastic? What the heck are loonies and toonies?

I never got used to measuring in liters. Or reading kilometers. I always had to mentally convert while driving. MPH forever!

Apparently Canadian Lay's needed their own marketing.

I had a Keith's Amber beer at a library-themed called The Library Pub and Merchant Tavern. It was delicious.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Digby, Nova Scotia and a Short Ferry Ride

I decided to take the Digby-Saint John ferry on my way home to the states. I missed the morning ferry which means I got to know Digby, Nova Scotia really, really well. It is a itty bitty seaside town with a good bit of history.

Admiral Digby was the main person of importance during Digby's early history.

There was also a lovely Anglican church with a large, old graveyard and a church cat.

Saint John was gorgeous at sunset from the ferry.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Exploring the Bay of Fundy

Wolfville, Nova Scotia borders the Minas Basin, an inlet and sub-basin of the Bay of Fundy. The Minas Basin has one of the highest tides ever recorded. During low tide the bay behind my hotel would be completely empty. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Grand-Pré- A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Grand-Pré is a beautiful site in Nova Scotia that was merely a ten minute drive from my hotel. Grand-Pré was the home of a group of French immigrants known as the "Acadians". The Acadians witnessed several European colonial wars. They were deported during the French and Indian War in order to make way for the "New England Planters", a group of farmers who had been promised farmland by the English crown.

The area was made famous by the poem "Evangline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem follows an Acadian girl Evangeline as she searches for her lost love during the expulsion.

Grand-Pré is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a museum at the entrance of the park which offers a brief history of the Acadians. Then area behind the museum contains several monuments in memory of the Acadians as well as relics of their way of life.

It was a moving experience and one I would highly recommend to anyone spending time in southwestern Nova Scotia.