And that’s why…

I didn’t do any posts in June.  Oh sorry, I guess I forgot to explain…We spent a goodly portion of the month in

Cape Breton.

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And this is how it all unfolded…

June 6th

After a few days of preparation (and a few months of planning) we dropped the grrls off at the kennel and made our way to Toronto.  Once there (and parked) we made our way (via UP Express) to Union Station and caught a shuttle over to the Toronto Islands Airport and boarded our Porter flight for Halifax.

Waiting…a favourite airport pastime.

Our arrival in Halifax (about 8:00 p.m.) meant that we only had time to shuttle our our hotel (it had been a “shuttlely” day), check in and grab a bite to eat (at the inn’s restaurant).  Fortunately our meal served as a comforting reminder that we had indeed reached The Maritimes…a  very tasty seafood casserole!

In case you wondered…that’s pastry lobster inside a pastry fish!

Before retiring we took the time to appreciate the sunset from our lovely lakeside location…here viewed from our balcony.

sunset at Fall River

June 7th

The following morning we shuttled back to the airport to pick up our rental car, a Nissan Note we nicknamed Nadine.

A short but enjoyable stay at Inn on the Lake* in Fall River.

(*I will be mentioning our accommodation throughout this journey because each location was well suited to our needs and comes highly recommended.)

After a drive of about four hours duration we reached Baddeck, our first official stop in Cape Breton.

We checked into our bed and breakfast, Baddeck Heritage House, and then set out for the Alexander Graham Bell Museum (National Historic Site) a few blocks away.

The site is situated by the beautiful Bras d’Or lake (actually an inland sea comprising both salt and fresh water).  The lake was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2011.

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Viewed from the museum grounds…Bras d’Or Lake

We didn’t have long to enjoy the view because the museum was closing in about a half-hour.  Consequently we went for some of the larger displays at the back of the building.  These included…

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a replica of Bell’s hydrofoil tested successfully on the Bras d’Or

The HD-4 (as it was known) set a world marine speed record of 70.86 miles per hour (114.04 km/h) in 1919.

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The Silver Dart, flown over a frozen Bras d’Or in February, 1909 (display is a replica)

The Silver Dart became the first powered aircraft to fly in Canada (and the British Empire).  It was designed and built by Bell along with several associates (A.E.A.)

There was (obviously) a lot more to be learned about the man and his connection to the Baddeck commuty.  Fortunately we had planned to return the following morning for further discovery.

An extended stroll along the town’s waterfront brought us to the home of Baddeck Lobster Suppers and a fine (and substantial) meal with which to finish our day.

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A fine lobster dinner for Jane

…and salmon for me

June 8th

We began the day (as we did almost day every morning) by enjoying a full breakfast provided by our hosts.  On this occasion we were joined by other guests (from Washington, Germany and England) whose anecdotes (they were near the end of their trip while we were just getting underway) provided some helpful suggestions in formulating our own plans.  One of these suggestions was to include a sailing tour of the Bras d’Or offered on a local vessel, the Amoeba.  We had already contemplated this tour and, with this endorsement, we booked ourselves aboard for an afternoon sailing.  Meanwhile we had the remainder of the morning to revisit the Bell Museum.  This time we had opportunity to explore the site in far more detail and learn (for instance)…

  • that both Bell’s mother (Eliza) and his wife (Mabel) were hearing impaired
  • that his father and grandfather were elocutionists by profession
  • that Bell’s two brothers died of tuberculosis (Edward in 1867 and Melville in 1870)
  • Alecks’ own illness prompted the family to emigrate to Canada in 1870, eventually settling near Brantford, Ontario
  • aside from his many experiments and inventions, Bell was a teacher, working principally with the deaf (including Helen Keller)
  • his wife was, in fact, one of his students
  • much of his later life was spent at his summer home (in 1886, Bell started building an estate on a point across from Baddeck, overlooking Bras d’Or Lake and by 1889, a large house, christened The Lodge was completed…  two years later, a larger complex of buildings, including a new laboratory, were begun… the Bells would eventually name the place Beinn Bhreagh (Gaelic for beautiful mountain) after Bell’s ancestral Scottish highlands
  • that, while best known for his (controversial) patent for the telephone, Bell was continually engaged in invention, receiving about 30 patents during his career.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)…quite a guy!

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating character, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell  by Charlotte Gray (2006) comes highly recommended.

Our afternoon cruise dovetailed nicely with our morning experience.  The Amoeba trip features a “sail past” of the Bell property.  Much of the peninsula is still owned by descendants of Bell and his wife, Mabel.  The weather was perfect, the skipper informative and the lake inviting…all in all, a worthwhile addition to our Baddeck visit.

Sailing past Baddeck’s lighthouse

The lighthouse as seen from the Bell National Historic Site (museum)

 

Former barn for the Bell family…a barn no longer!

 

Guided by a young crew…

 

A seasoned captain at the helm…

 

Beinn Bhreagh finally comes into view (briefly)…

All too soon we bid farewell to Bell, Bras d’Or and Baddeck…

 

Leaving the Bells in silent conversation…

 

And leaving us with lasting memories.

After a two-hour drive we reached Chéticamp, located adjacent to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  This time our accommodation was a former doctor’s home (built in 1895 by his brother, a priest) now transformed into an Inn, Maison Fiset.  Our helpful host suggested several possibilities for supper and directed us to the local beach.

Chéticamp, viewed from the nearby beach.

 

Walking along the ocean beach…

 

it’s impossible not to test the waters!

June 9th

We departed the inn in good time understanding that the forecast was for stormy weather later in the day..because this is our “park day”.

Not too far into Cape Breton Highlands National Park is The Skyline Trail.  There are many trails within the park but this one is one of the most popular and a manageable two-hour hike.  We found that the trail deserving of its popularity and, because we were visiting during “shoulder season” the path was relatively unpopulated.

Some pictorial highlights…

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Pausing to review our photos…

But the Skyline is literally only the beginning….

There was much to see, sights to be appreciated only by driving the two (plus) hours required to  traverse the park.  The highway meandered along dramatic slopes with the ocean periodically seen in background.  Occasional lookouts allowed us to pull off and appreciate the views.

A pause in the trek through the park…

Our only reservation (beyond periodic road construction, sometimes necessitated by rock slides) was the awareness that skies were becoming more clouded.

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Our eventual arrival at Ingonish, on the other side of the park, coincided with further deterioration in the weather.  Fortunately we were able to unpack, inspect our new accommodation/surroundings and slip over to a nearby grocery for a few supplies.  The Lochinver cabin at The Point Cottages in Ingonish was to be our home base for the next two days… and we were grateful.

View from the back porch on The Lochinver

The fishing boats continued their work even as the weather deteriorated and evening settled in

It was to be (literally) a dark and stormy night…

June 10th

We awoke early next morning to sunshine and clearing skies.  And busy fishing boats.  The day was spent relaxing, enjoying the immediate scenery and exploring the surrounding community.

A better morning lay ahead…best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.

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The day’s activities also included short excursions to  Green Cove and Black Brook Beach (both found within the National Park) as well as the Groovy Goat Farm and Soap Company.

Checking out the groovy goats

June 11th

More beautiful landscape and glorious weather!

With some regret we departed our cottage and Ingonish in the morning of the 11th, knowing that we had about three hours of driving ahead of us in order to reach Louisbourg, the reconstructed National Historic Site.  We experienced more of the Park and the highland terrain as we began our journey but eventually reached Sydney and made the right turn onto Highway 22 which would lead us directly to our destination.

We arrived in the town by early afternoon and made a pit stop at our accommodation for the next two nights, Cranberry Cove Inn.

Cranberry Cove Inn located in the town of Louisbourg.

Several kilometres beyond the town and the inn is the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.  Even with only about one-quarter of the original eighteenth-century community rebuilt, it makes an impressive sight as we approach.

Fortress of Louisbourg

While we appreciated having completed this leg of the journey and were impressed by the scale and maritime situation of the fortress, by the time we entered the grounds satisfaction of hunger was becoming the dominant consideration.

Fortunately there was a dining facility of sorts on site (Grandchamp House) and the lack of crowds made finding a table a simple matter.  I use the phrase “of sorts” because the intent of the dining room was to provide the sort of meal which might have been served at Louisbourg in the 1740’s.  That meant soup (vegetable or pea), fish, carrots and traditionally baked bread, all served in pewter dishes and with only a spoon as dining utensil.  Fortunately it was all rather tasty (especially the fish!) and we departed fortified for exploration.

Oh yes, with a small cup of hot chocolate as beverage…

Pea soup in pewter…

It is perhaps a good time to mention that this year (2017) represents the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Dominion of Canada (1867).  One of the federal government’s contributions to this celebration includes free admission to all National Parks and Historic Sites.  While this means that these sites will be very popular this summer they are also more economical to visit.  I mention this because an enhancement such as the available guided walking tour is not included as a “freebie” (with admission) but, as we discovered, it is a valuable addition in order to appreciate the historic, geographic and cultural context of this reconstruction.

We were blessed with a very knowledgeable guide for our tour

As much as the architecture and the setting, the presence of costumed inhabitants (acting in character) brought the period to life.  The lack of large numbers of visitors (shoulder season) in the fortress added to the feeling of authenticity.

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And yes… there was architecture…

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When we finally decided we’d seen all we could absorb in one day, we headed back to the inn.

June 12th

We arose next morning, sat down to a hearty breakfast provided by the inn and set out for a second day at Louisbourg.  This time we had several specific goals for our visit.

Welcome again to Louisbourg…

First we wanted to see the period interiors.  On our previous visit we got a good overview of the complex from the outside.  As a bonus there is also an extensive display of the reconstruction process (begun by Parks Canada in 1961) which has resulted in the present fortress.

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Second, we were interested in taking the “Ruins Walk“.  While much of the original community has been reconstructed, much more remains untouched.  The point stretching out into the Atlantic beyond the current fortress is home to ruins of original structures, burial grounds, plaques and memorials.  The Atlantic is reclaiming portions of this land and local experts are now engaged in “rescue archaeology” in an effort to save artifacts.  Since it was a beautiful day to walk the trail we spent much of the morning on the ocean’s edge beyond the reconstructed portion of the site.  There was even an app which, when downloaded to a cell phone, provided an audio guide which activated as certain points were reached along the path (using GPS).

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A few facts about Louisbourg (BTW)…

  • in 1713, as a result of the Treaty of Utrecht Britain laid claim to French possessions in Newfoundland and Acadia
  • France, needed an alternative post on the Atlantic, chose Louisbourg and fortifications were underway by 1719
  • it should be noted that Louisbourg was not simply a military installation…it was also a seaport town, commercial centre and fisheries hub
  • over the next twenty-four years construction of the fortress continued
  • while providing a formidable face to a seaward attack, the inherent weakness in its defenses were to be found on the landward approach
  • the British took advantage of this in 1745 (during the War of the Austrian Succession) by attacking from higher elevations “behind” the fortress and capturing it easily
  • in 1748 Louisbourg was returned to France as part of agreed peace terms
  • that lasted until the Seven Years War (1756-1763)… the British attacked again in 1758 (under Wolfe) and again captured the fortress with relative ease
  • this time the victors had no interest in seeing the fortress returned to the French and it was demolished

All in all it had been a day well spent…but by later afternoon we were spent and opted to retire to our very pleasant room at the inn.

June 13th

With a goodly drive ahead of us (almost three hours) to reach Antigonish (and Antigonish Evergreen Inn) specifically we set out immediately after breakfast.  We had planned one specific stop en route and by about 11:00 a.m. we had reached our destination.  Near Iona and by Bras d’Or Lake sits Highland Village, a Nova Scotia living museum which celebrates Gaelic history and culture.

The village traces the emigrants from the Scottish Highlands to Cape Breton shores and the evolution of their culture as generations adapted to their new home.  As with Louisbourg, part of the magic is derived from costumed guides who take on the role of their ancestors for visitors.  Our visit even included a cèilidh!  Many of the period buildings (including the church) were moved to the site in order to preserve the architecture and provide a sense of authenticity.

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All too soon we needed the day had passed and we needed to reach our night’s lodging in Antigonish.

June 14th

We enjoyed the breakfast provided by our hosts (as well as their Maritime hospitality) and made our way back to Halifax airport. There we bade farewell to Nadine (our rental car) and boarded our plane for the return flight to Toronto.

June 15th…home again

The grrls rejoin us from their kennel and we all settle in for a little rest.

Good to be home…

Reference

Although you can find all the accommodation mentioned easily enough on the Internet, here a summary (with links)…

Inn on the Lake  Fall River (Halifax area)

Baddeck Heritage House  Baddeck

Maison Fiset  Chéticamp

The Point Cottages  Ingonish

Cranberry Cove Inn  Louisbourg

Antigonish Evergreen Inn  Antigonish

We can’t speak for every visitor’s experience…but each of these venues proved very well suited to our needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So… where have you been?

 

Should you be a periodic visitor to this site, you would know that I try to submit two posts (on average) per month.  I admit to falling short this month… but what follows may compensate for the delay.

In addition to things musical, I’ve allowed myself some latitude when “life intervenes”.  And I have some some precedent for this… I have posted when Jane and I have visited Newfoundland, Ireland, England and France and Florence, Italy.   This time ’round, however, we keep it domestic with a trip to Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Bound

A taste of the sights and colours to come...

A taste of the sights and colours to come…

It’s not that we haven’t previously visited Nova Scotia.  In fact, quite to the contrary.  Other than our own province, we’ve probably travelled to NS more than any other part of Canada.  That is, in part, because Jane had relatives (aunt and uncle) with whom she was close and they anticipated that any journey to the Maritimes should include a few days at their home.  It meant, however, that our exposure to Nova Scotia was largely limited to a corridor between Halifax and Bridgewater.  It’s been several years since their passing and, while we were eager to revisit the province, we did not feel the same obligation to travel the familiar route.  What follows (chronologically, for convenience) is our 8-day trip, from Halifax to Yarmouth.

First, a map for reference…

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October 9th, 2015

After depositing our grrls at the kennel, we drive to Ajax and pay a lunchtime visit to our son and his family.  Leaving our car in their driveway, we board the GO train and travel to Toronto’s Union Station, which will be our starting point in the next day’s journey.  Overnight in a downtown hotel and we’re back to Union Station the next morning.

October 10th

We’ve never taken Porter Airlines before (they fly out of the Toronto Islands [Billy Bishop] Airport) so we have only a very short shuttle ride to the airport from Union Station (already like it better than Pearson Airport!)

No, that is not our plane in the background.

No, that is not our plane in the background.

The whole procedure (check in, baggage, security and the waiting) is quite civilized and we leave shortly after 12:00 p.m.  A brief stop in Montreal and we arrive at Halifax around 4:30 (their time).  At this point, I should mention our car rental.  We had booked a subcompact but, when we step out into the lot, we are met with…

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A tad larger than a subcompact, I would say…

It wasn’t so much the size (we’re still driving a 2005 Toyota Matrix) but all the “newfangled gadgets” common in today’s automobiles that took a while to appreciate.  Like… how do you get the heat on?  How do you turn it off?  How do you turn on the radio/change stations?  How do you adjust the side mirrors?  Look what happens when we back up! (rearview camera)  Needless to say, we have some fun “learning on the fly” as we head down the highway toward Lunenburg, our first destination.

Along the way, we make a pit stop at Mahone Bay and see our first “ocean sunset” of the trip.

The first of many beautiful sights to greet us on this trip.

The first of many beautiful sights to greet us in the coming week.

As we watch the setting sun, we notice two crows (an auspicious sign…”joy”) on the hydro line above us.  It is a hopeful signal that our rental vehicle would be kind to us.

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“Two crows for joy…”

About 7:00 we arrive at our home for the next two days, The Lunenburg Inn and check in.

The inn was built in 1893.

The inn was built in 1893.

Supper and a little walk around the harbour and “old town”… by which time we’re ready to “pack it in” for the day.

October 11

After a sturdy breakfast, we venture out again (on foot) to take in the sights.  It should be noted the Lunenburg is more than a quaint Maritime community.  Established in 1753, the historic town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This designation ensures protection for much of Lunenburg’s unique architecture and civic design, being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in Canada. The historic core of the town is also a National Historic Site of Canada.  It’s Thanksgiving Sunday… and there’s lots to be thankful for on this day as we stroll about.

The remarkable wooden St. John's Anglican church...

The remarkable wooden St. John’s Anglican church…

 

The serene harbour on a Sunday morning...

A serene harbour on a Thanksgiving Sunday morning…

 

Some apprentice seamen "learning the ropes" aboard the Picton Castle.

Some apprentice seamen “learning the ropes” aboard the Picton Castle.

And the most famous vessel of all in Lunenburg…

The Bluenose II

The Bluenose II

Large rose hips are a regular feature this time of year throughout the town (and the province).

Large rose hips are a regular feature this time of year throughout the town (and the province).

We even discover a pleasant local hiking trail (former rail bed) running along the top of the hill above the town…

All in all a very good morning… but we really want to “feel the ocean” and so we drive over to nearby Hirtle’s Beach

Mission accomplished! (Note the horses on the hill...)

Mission accomplished! (Note the horses on the hill…)

A blustery day at the beach...

A blustery day at the beach…

So… it’s mid-afternoon and we’ve done a lot of walkin’… it’s time for a little sustenance!

And the Knot Pub is a good venue to "sustained " in...

And the Knot Pub is a good venue to get “sustenanced” in…

October 12

Confession… we have, for most of our adult lives, had a fascination with real estate and imagining the prospect of living in the houses we’ve viewed.  In this case, add to that our vision of living near the ocean.  In the past year or two each of us has, periodically searched online for houses which might meet our criteria (vintage, location, price).  Having noted several of these (which have been listed for some time)… we arrange to pay a visit (with the assistance of a realtor) to a couple of Lunenburg properties on the Monday (12th) morning before departing the town.  Of those we’ve selected this one (built 1918) proves most interesting… and it’s only about a block from the harbour.

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Potential?  Yes… beautiful woodwork… but a lot of renovation needed!

It’s a beautiful Thanksgiving Monday so we decide to stop en route at sandy Summerville Beach.  The weather being warmer we doff our shoes and socks and wade in the crisp Atlantic waters.

A shadowy pair...

A shadowy pair…

Maybe not a swimming day... but a good day for bare feet!

Maybe not a swimming day… but a good day for bare feet!

Admiring the view...

Admiring the view…

Because we’re making good time on our journey to Pubnico, we decide to make a brief stop at Shelburne (which is a subsequent destination on our itinerary) to check out the town.  Now the fall colours have been amazing throughout the province, but we are gobsmacked by the scene awaiting us from a bridge entering the town.

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Not enough?  We travel along the historic waterfront and view the buildings, many of which date from the late 1700’s.  Still not enough?  We have another listing in our pocket for when we return later in the week… this one a designated provincial historical property built in 1784 and with a view of Shelburne harbour.

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We’ll blame the poorly maintained signage found at the intersection as we leave (instead of our gobsmackedness) but, after travelling for about a half hour on “what we think is” Highway 103, we are finding increasing undulations in the pavement and a distinct lack of reassuring signage.  A fortunate encounter with a local resident provides us with information that we are indeed on a “road less travelled”… the Ohio Road which is leading us into the remote interior of the province.  And, although we are told that we are closer to Yarmouth by going straight ahead, we are warned that the road “gets worse from here”.  We immediately turn around and retrace our steps… get on the “real” 103 and arrive at the Red Cap Restaurant and Motel in West Pubnico just in time for supper.  This region is distinguished by its proud Acadian heritage, reflected in the repeated appearance of the Acadian flag and the fluently bilingual populace.

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October 13

…dawns with the prospect of all-day showers, so we decide to make the additional 30-minute drive to Yarmouth to see several of the delights suggested by tourist publications.  Our first stop is the Visitor Information Centre located by the waterfront.  We learn that the “heritage district” lies just across from the centre and so we brave the ongoing drizzle and conduct our own heritage walk with the assistance of a descriptive brochure.  Among the most impressive sights…

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Although nearby Cape Forchu perhaps lacks the cachet of Peggy’s Cove, it has its own distinctive charm and, on this rainy fall day, we enjoy the solitude associated with being the only visitors to the lighthouse.

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Back to the Red Cap for supper and a quiet evening in anticipation of our return to Shelburne…

October 14

En route to Shelburne, we decide to make a side trip to Cape Sable Island (not to be confused with Sable Island).  Its major claim to fame is as the southernmost point of Nova Scotia.  The largest settlement on the island is Clark’s Harbour although the mainland (Barrington Passage) near the causeway which links the island to the rest of the province has seen considerable commercial development.

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And then… on to Shelburne!

Once in town we head for Dock Street, the historic centre of town and home to our accommodation for the next two nights… The Cooper’s Inn.  The inn was built in 1785 and is one of a number of structures from this period.

The Cooper's Inn on Dock Street... built 1785.

The Cooper’s Inn on Dock Street… built 1785.

 

Shelburne… a short selective history
and, indeed, lots of history to be found in this place… including these tidbits

  • Shelburne’s large and well sheltered harbour was known to the Mi’kmaq as Logumkeegan or Sogumkeagum
  • the first Europeans to make a settlement on these shores were the French Acadians. They set up a small fishing settlement known as Port Razoir in the late 17th century, named after the harbour’s resemblance to an open razor
  • the Acadian fishing settlement was abandoned after repeated New England raids during Queen Anne’s War in 1705
  • New England fishermen knew Shelburne as Port Roseway and frequently used the outer harbour for seasonal shelter and repairs
  • Pirate Ned Low raided the New England fishing fleet at Shelburne Harbour in 1723, capturing 13 ships and taking (amongst others) Philip Ashton* captive

*Ashton escaped his captors in Honduras and survived alone on an island over 16 months before being rescued (his true story has a definite Robinson Crusoe vibe)

  • after the Acadian Expulsion in 1755, there were no settlers for several decades despite an abortive settlement attempt by Alexander McNutt in 1765
  • in the spring of 1783, more than 5,000 settlers arrived on the shores of Shelburne Harbour from New York and the Middle Colonies of the Thirteen Colonies. These settlers were Loyalists (United Empire Loyalists). The Crown offered them free land, tools, and provisions as compensation to lure them to settle in this relatively undeveloped area. Four hundred families associated to form a town at Port Roseway, which Governor Parr renamed Shelburne later that year. This group was led by the Port Roseway Associates, who had formed while still in New York and petitioned Governor Parr for the land
  • Black Loyalists, a large group of Africans who had escaped American slavery to British lines were transported by British forces to Shelburne Harbour at the same time
  • they founded Birchtown next to Shelburne and it developed as North America’s largest free Black settlement. However the Black Loyalists received less land and faced racist attacks such as the Shelburne Riots in July 1784
  • in the fall of 1783, a second wave of settlers arrived in Shelburne. By 1784, the population of this new community is estimated to have been 17,000, making it the fourth-largest city in North America

That distinction was short-lived and most of the settlers left around 1790.  The relative obscurity of the town in subsequent years meant, however, that many of its oldest buildings were preserved.  That fact has benefited present-day Shelburne both as a tourist destination and also as a backdrop for recent films…

  • The Scarlet Letter (1994)
  • Virginia’s Run (2002)
  • Wilby Wonderful (2003)
  • Moby Dick (2009)
  • The Book of Negroes (2014)

October 15/16

One of our favourite pastimes during our stay is strolling along Dock Street past these buildings…

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and mostly enjoying the harbour itself, especially at sunrise and sunset…

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Do we view that 1784 house?  Yes… although every time we go by the property we have the distinct impression we are being watched…

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I’m watching you…

Do we visit another beach while we are in the area?

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Do we enjoy our visit to Shelburne?

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Three guesses…

October 16

On our way back to Halifax for a flight home… but not before we drop by yet another beach…

and make our pilgrimage to that quintessential Nova Scotia land mark… Peggy’s Cove.  Now you might think that visiting Peggy’s Cove in the “off season” on a blustery and somewhat threatening day (weatherwise) might reduce the number of tourists.  Think again!

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But still worth the joining the throng!

 

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October 17

We are returning home to Ontario and our grrls.  The flight makes its scheduled stop in Ottawa en route to Toronto.  Jane scribbles a note on a paper bag asking if I know that Evan Solomon (former host of CBC’s Power and Politics) has just boarded the plane and is seated behind us.evan  I (in my own subtle fashion) ascertain that it is true… confirmed when we hear him talking politics.  After disembarking we follow similar paths from the arrival gate.  While ascending the escalator, I decide to pose the question… You are Evan Solomon, right?  What follows is a brief, pleasant conversation in which he relates that he is in Toronto (with three other journalists) for the taping of a Global (TV) program in anticipation of the upcoming federal election on Monday (October 19th).  They are of a collective mind that we may be getting a minority Liberal government under Justin Trudeau… perhaps even a majority!

We part company and Jane and I continue our journey home with lots of moments and memories worthy of reflection in the coming days (as well as this very long post).

So… if you feel that you’ve been “post” shortchanged this month… here’s remediation!