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Published: August 27th 2006
Kejimkujik to Annapolis Royal to Port Royal to Digby Neck
We took off early morning to hike the Hemlocks and Hardwood Trail. It was a lovely trail with hemlocks at different stages of growth. It seems a fire destroyed lots of this area but they are coming back. We saw hemlocks that were 400 years old!! I couldn’t see the tops. It was a loop trail and the bugs were out and about. This time of year I guess we can expect the buggies.
Bob enjoys history and geologic sites. I do too, but in moderation. I think I have learned more about Canadian history than I know about American history. At any rate, here we are at Annapolis Royal, yet another Historic Site. Before I get there…let me tell you, the French come and settle here, then the English come and take over, this is the pattern. Guess what I am right!
The stories of Annapolis vividly come to life on the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry. Quite an impressive work of art, stitched by over 100 volunteers, devoting some 20,000 hours over 4 years. It was completed in 1995.
The French settlement of Port Royal was one
of the earliest European settlements on the continent, 1605. Later the English burned down this settlement, and thanks to the Mi’maq natives the French survived. This reconstruction is quite accurate thanks to Champlain’s detailed sketches.
One other very fascinating stop, was to the tidal power plant. Because of the extreme tides in Fundy Bay the tides provide an excellent source of power, however the construction was very costly.
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