Evangeline trail

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Trip End Sep 17, 2013


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Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Sunday, August 25, 2013

The shoreline on the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy is spectacular, but I think that it was the fantastic weather that added to the great scenery.
We decided to take the ferry from Digby to Saint John, rather than drive around. This enabled us to see some of the Annapolis tourism area, cross the Bay of Fundy, and most importantly save my driver from extra hours on the road.
I am a traveller that tries to make a point of visiting as many UNESCO world heritage sites as possible. There are two in this immediate area and we spent a couple of hours at Grande Pre, a newly recognised site in 2012. It is significant for two reasons. First of all it was one of the major expulsion centres of the Acadians in 1755 and secondly it is an area that the Acadian master farmers reclaimed from marsh land to productive farmland, by installing dykes to regulate the water flow with the Bay of Fundy. Luckily it wasn't busy and we had our own tour guide. The adults dressed up in traditional costume (the girls were a bit shy today) and I particularly liked the practicality of the "apron pockets". I was surprised that the Acadians wore wooden clogs. I thought that was reserved for the Dutch, but no, very practical here in the marshy conditions. Throughout our time in the Maritimes we kept hearing of the tale of Evangeline, a love story (poem actually) about a young Acadian couple separated during the deportation at Grande Pre. Evangeline makes it her life mission to be reunited with her beloved Gabriel, so the story is about her search for him. Our tour guide has motivated me to read this story, so I have the book and have got started.
I'm really happy that we got to see a bit of Digby before crossing the bay. We had to have scallops, as that is what Digby is famous for...... Awesome, best scallops ever. Words that come to mind....big....clean....mild.
The three hour ferry ride went without a hitch. Beautiful weather, smooth sailing and even spotted porpoises playing in the water. An added bonus, we listened to 3-30 minute presentations from a very dynamic, young teacher. We learned about marine animals, geology and native history.
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