We’re so glad we decided to come to Canada this summer. My journal can’t really give a realistic picture of our visit, but at least I can show you a few pretty pictures.
Sunday, August 5
We left Moose Snare Cove around 10 am to head for Canada. The water was very smooth. We saw lots of dolphins and a couple of small whales. We came in to Head Harbor on Campobello Island, New Brunswick. It’s full of fishing boats and lobster pot floats. Ron had been told that we could tire up to a lobster pot float, so we did that. Thy don’t have cleats so we had to grab ropes with the boat hook. Ron checked into Canada by phone. The woman was grumpy, but it went quickly.
Monday, August 6
We left at 6 am to make the crossing to Nova Scotia. It went smoothly and we arrived at Annapolis Royal in the afternoon.
We anchored out, but there’s a nice little dinghy dock, right in the middle of the walkable downtown area. We spent two enjoyable days exploring the town and its restaurants. We just missed the Natal Days celebrations, which is fine with me, because I don’t celebrate the British treatment of my Acadian ancestors.
Thursday, August 9
Arrived at Digby after a short 2-hour trip and docked at the marina at the yacht club. This is a good deal– just $50 CDN per night, including power and water. Harold, the dockmaster, is very friendly and helpful. The marina is right in the middle of the pleasant downtown.
Friday, August 10
Ron picked up the rental car at 11. We took the tour at the power station and then drove to Port Royal. I was too tired and hungry to explore it, so we drove back to Annapolis and had lunch at the German Bakery.
Saturday, August 11
We had breakfast at Fundy’s, then drove up to the Port-Royal Historic site. I had taken three kinds of pain medicine, so I was able to walk around and enjoy it. The replica of the original settlement was constructed from 1939-1941 and was based on a duplicate set of plans for the original Habitation that had been recently discovered in France. This was the first National Historic Site to have a replica structure built.
The people who built this site have done a wonderful job of recreating the buildings, furniture, clothing, decoration, tools, and food containers during the period, from 1605 to 1613.
We went to the Roof Hound Pub (by way of Bear River) for dinner, and we enjoyed the food and Ron had a nice beer.
Sunday, August 12
We spent a couple of hours cleaning the inside of the boat. I checked out the vendors at the Digby Scallop Days (nothing interesting), then we picked up donuts at Tim Horton and left for Grand-Pré.
Grand-Pré was first settled in 1680 and by 1755 had become much more populous than Port-Royal, probably because the dyke system built there allowed them to farm very successfully. There’s an actual flume from the original dykes at the historical center, along with diagrams and explanations of how they worked. I really enjoyed it and actually learned something about my Babin ancestors who lost their homes in the expulsion of 1755 at Grand-Pré.
Then we visited the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. With enough pain medication, I was able to enjoy the walking for a few hours.
We stopped for supper at The Naked Crepe in Wolfville. Came back and cleaned the cockpit. Watched the fireworks at 10 o’clock—they were pretty good, and we had a great view from the boat.
Monday, August 13
We went shopping, lugged all the groceries and put them away, made the bed, did two loads of laundry. Ron returned the car and topped off the water tank.
Ron started the engines at 13:20 to leave Digby with the high tide. I decided to nap.
Tuesday, August 14
We arrived in foggy Shelburne after a miserable 23- hour passage. I got 4 hours of sleep, Ron got 1. The cat got frantic, snuck under the back door, ran up the side of the boat to the bow, and jumped up on the roof—not at all a safe place for her underway, and especially with all the rocking and rolling we were doing. I stopped the boat and Ron went up and got her down. Most of the trip, we had about 100 feet of visibility. I’m so glad we picked a supposedly calm day to travel.
Wednesday, August 15
We’re too tired to do anything but rest. I’m also feeling sick to my stomach.
Thursday, August 16
It’s Ron’s birthday. I made blueberry oatmeal muffins for a birthday breakfast. I still don’t feel good enough to go in to town. So we’ll be leaving Shelburne without seeing the town.
Friday, August 17
Ron got up at 6 to begin route planning, but we didn’t actually leave until 9:30. The forecast is for 1 foot seas, but we’ll see…..
Stay tuned for our next exciting adventure!