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  • Our Victoria Day Long Weekend

    A little story of our trip along the Fundy coast and some of the interesting things we saw.

  • Veterans Memorial Park

    Bass River Memorial to the fallen - A must see

  • Wood Islands Lighthous

    Step back in time in this wonderful well kept Lighthouse. The views from there are fantastic and you can watch the Ferry come and go.

  • Cape Forchu Lightstation

    This blog is all about a lightstation unlike any other lighthouse. Such a beautiful spot to visit.

  • Ross Farm Museum

    Here we Blog about Ross Farm Museum located in New Ross NS. It was an experience we will not forget.

  • Heritage Boat Launch - Canada Day 2017

    Heritage Boat Launch - Louisbourg Nova Scotia, The story around how it all came about. 

  • Orwell Corner Historic Village - PEI

    Orwell Corner is a must see when visiting PEI. Plan to spend the day. It is amazing.

  • Port Royal Habitation

    A MUST see when traveling in Nova Scotia. Close to Annapolis Royal as well.

  • Hampton Lighthouse

    Read about the trip from Paradise to Delaps Cove

  • Sherbrooke Village Museum

    Sherbrooke Village Museum is a must see. Be sure to allow a full day. Original buildings and locations

  • Joggins to Chigneto

    Trip from Joggins to Cape Chignecto

  • Highland Village

    The Highland Village in Iona Cape Breton sits on a hill over looking the great Bras d'Or Lake. A must see when you are in the area. Step back in Time.

  • North Cape PEI visual of the wind

    Visiting North Cape PEI will take your breath away. Read why on this blog.

  • West Point Lighthouse at the end of the boardwalk at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

    West Point Lighthouse & Inn along with the fabulous beach are a must see.

  • Point Prim Lighthouse

    Point Prim Lighthouse

    A visit to the oldest and only brick lighthouse on PEI, lovingly restored.

  • Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Another one of PEI’s charming lighthouses.

  • St. Peters & Battery Point

    Our story about what you will find when visiting St Peters Provincial Park and St. Peter's Canal.

  • Red River and Pleasant Bay

    This image of Pleasant bay is not all you will find in this area or this article. Read more by clicking this link.

  •  Bay St. Lawrence, Meat Cove and Hideaway

    This Blog has tales of 3 different areas located in the Highlands of Cape Breton including Meat Cove or the end of the earth-  isolation at its finest.

  • Fundy Ecotour

    So much to see on this exciting trip on the Fundy Shore Eco-tour

Port Royal Habitation

Port Royal National Historic Site – Port Royal, Nova Scotia

imposing front gate to Port Royal HabitationAnother fantastic opportunity if you love early Canadian history to visit a reconstruction of the Habitation, one of the earliest European settlements in North America established in 1605 by Samuel de Champlain. Important in establishing the fur trade, the French colonists traded furs with the Mi’kmaq who had lived on this land for thousands of years and welcomed the new colonists.

unique footwear of the inhabitants of Port Royal Historical SiteThe settlement is a cluster of adjoining hewn timber buildings grouped French-fashion  in a four-sided arrangement with an enclosed courtyard, protected by a palisade. Enter the imposing front gate and explore the buildings including a bakery, kitchen, forge, trading store, soldiers’ quarters and the more lavishly furnished gentleman’s quarters.

view of Annapolis Basin from cannon platform Port Royal Historic SiteMake certain you find your way to the cannon platforms and get the best view of the sparkling waters of the Annapolis Basin. Find out more information about the first North America social club, the Order of Good Cheer that de Champlain established to keep up the spirits of the inhabitants during the long cold winters. There is a reason for the big fireplace in the Common Room which housed the roomy table and pewter dishes.

table set for the Order of Good cheerThere are walking areas around the grounds and also a Mi’kmaq wigwam where you can learn about Mi’kmaq culture.

There are costumed guides who can provide information so ask questions and they also explain how short-lived the settlement was as it was abandoned in 1607 when the trading privileges were revoked by the French King. Returning in 1610 the Habitation was re-established until a raiding party  from Virginia looted and burned the fort to the ground.  

As you explore, take notice of the number of fireplaces and the unique footwear that was worn.


  • The Blacksmith Forge
    The Blacksmith Forge

    They made forge metal items of all types and No they did not make the shoes.

  • The Common Room
    The Common Room

    Home of the Order Of Good Cheer.

  • Sieur de Mons Residence
    Sieur de Mons Residence

    OK now I could live there.. If I did not have to carry my own wood.

  • Gentlemens Residences
    Gentlemens Residences

    Only the gentlemen were so lucky

  • table for the Order of Good cheer
    table for the Order of Good cheer

    Here we are all set for the next get together

  • The Upper Dormitory
    The Upper Dormitory

    Straw beds for the weary after a long days work.

  • imposing front gate to Port Royal
    imposing front gate to Port Royal

    This gate held back many a man. It was quit an imposition to them

  • The Kitchen
    The Kitchen

    It almost gets as hot in here as it does at the forge

  • view of Annapolis Basin from cannon window
    view of Annapolis Basin from cannon window

    View of the bay of today.

  • Entrance To The Fort
    Entrance To The Fort

    The Main Entrance to the fort that fur traders and the like would pass.

  • unique footwear of the inhabitants
    unique footwear of the inhabitants

    Man these are the coolest wooded galoshes ever


Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Joggins Fossil Cliffs – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site (UNESCO)

Joggins, Nova Scotia

Joggin Fossil Cliffs entranceJoggins Fossil Cliffs are an amazing place to visit, the cliffs are millions of years old and as our guide explained, walking a meter along the beach is like moving back or forward a million years in time!

Low TideJoggins is unique as the shore line is constantly altered by the Fundy Highest Tides in the world, and the Low Tides reveal the most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age,” 100 million years before the dinosaurs. I can’t grasp the science or such a huge span of history, but I was filled with awe being in this place.  

There are numerous tours you can take with knowledgeable, personable guides who make it easy to walk the beach looking for fossils. They tell you a lot about the “Coal Age”, point out fossils in the cliff, on the beach and explain why this site is so unique. 2 hour tourDue to the Fundy Tides, this site is not a place “set in stone” but dynamic and ever-changing making it an important living educational and scientific site. 

There is a museum with interactive displays making it easy to digest the information. You can walk the beach for free,you can pay a nominal fee to get into the museum and a 30-minute beach walk with a guide. But we were glad we took the guided 2-hour tour as we got so much more out of the experience. We slowly walked along the beach and our guide told us history and made the cliffs living. We had time to look for fossils on our own.close up of same trees He pointed out imprints of trees and possibly trees themselves in the cliffs. I can’t possibly do any justice to this place as it is so awe-inspiring and so much information to take in.  

There is also a 4-hour tour for the more committed visitors and if you are a student of this education, a once in a lifetime experience. In case you are wondering the 2-hour tour is physically easy as you walk along the beach slowly, it just requires a walk down some stairs to the beach.

3e newer cliffs showing layers wellA “World Heritage Site” as the Joggins website explains “is the designation given to special places in the world that are of outstanding universal value to humanity, and as such have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations”

View the website before you go for the tide times and information on the Coal Age, tours available:  Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site    


Joggins Fossil Cliffs

  • Two upright Tree Fossil's
    Two upright Tree Fossil's

    It was said that there is over 500 years age difference between these fossils

  • Cliffs View 3
    Cliffs View 3

    Another section of cliff further down the shore and moving forward in time.

  • Stair case down at low tide
    Stair case down at low tide

    See how far out the water goes, you see rock, mud, then water. At high tide it touches the stairs

  • Joggins Entrance Sign
    Joggins Entrance Sign

    Welcome sign at Joggin Fossil Cliffs

  • cliffs view 2
    cliffs view 2

    The newer cliffs show layers well

  • Two Hour Tour
    Two Hour Tour

    Interpreter explaining and showing the fossils in the cliffs and on the beach.

  • Cliffs View 1
    Cliffs View 1

    High Tide can change the appearance of the cliffs. This is looking back in time.

  • Another Tree Fossil
    Another Tree Fossil

    Another piece of fossil found on the beach. They are everywhere.

  • Karen found this tree bark Fossil
    Karen found this tree bark Fossil

    The interpreter said he had not seen a fossil formed this way

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

Highway #2, Bass River, Nova Scotia

10c other warsI can’t describe this memorial park; it is a park that needs to be experienced. If you find yourself along Highway #2 near Bass River, take the time to seek out the park (it is easy to find). To appreciate the meaning, you need to take the time to reflect on what the park is about. The brokenThe designers of the living memorial have done a tremendous job with flowers, memorials and information to create a very poignant experience.  

Upon entering, The Garden of Sorrows tells us about the horrors of war, The Garden of Remembrance proudly displays the names of Canadian soldiers who served or who are currently serving in military and peacekeeping. The Garden of Hope is beautifully laid out with plants from around the world showing diversity of color, texture and scent mingle together in peace.

Forgotten HerosAlso, in various corners are three monuments: The Broken, soldiers who returned from the war changed, The Transformation, a creative structure symbolizing the transformation from war to peace and to The Forgotten Hero’s, the animals who also served and gave their lives in the war.

Imotional PoemThere is a lot more and reading the information adds greatly to the experience. I was extremely touched and moved to tears by the poem engraved on black stone with a simple memorial upon entering the Garden of Sorrows.

We were exceedingly affected and impressed, and I hope to go back for one of their numerous remembrances throughout the year.

For more information    Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

  • Veterans Memorial Park sign
    Veterans Memorial Park sign
  • Individual Rememberance
    Individual Rememberance
  • Imotional Poem
    Imotional Poem
  • Transformation Statue
    Transformation Statue
  • The fallen from other wars
    The fallen from other wars
  • Garden of Sorrows
    Garden of Sorrows
  • Forgotten Hero's
    Forgotten Hero's
  • Remember the Broken
    Remember the Broken


Sherbrooke Village

Sherbrooke Village - Step Into 1867!

Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia

3d place for umberella in the rainI thought this picture was perfect to start the story about our visit to Sherbrooke Village. The day poured rain, and this leads to a story about a small kindness I’ll tell you about at the end.

As with many of the museums scattered around rural Nova Scotia, this village portrays the life of a village approximately as it would have been around 1867- Canada’s Confederation. Life is fairly settled with a lumber camp, sawmill and gold mining in the area to make some men rich while others worked the mine. They came together at the Sherbrooke Hotel, however, those with wealth enjoyed the rooms upstairs, the miners and lumberjacks slept in a room in the basement.

13c the many goods for saleGreenwood Cottage, the home of James and Sarah Cumminger; he owned part of the goldmine, the lumber mill and ran Cumminger General Store with his brother; the style of their home reflects their social position and means. The day we visited, Mrs. Cumminger was serving tea to modern day guests who came along while she explained her husband was away at sea, likely acquiring goods for the General Store.

Lots to see in the General Store so ask lots of questions and you will get a rich history of the time. One interesting fact about McDonald Tailor & Clothier, another store in the village; he made clothes for the men only while the women of the village made their own clothes from bolts of cloth on display in the General Store.

9c one of the numberous jail cellsI found the Jailers House very interesting; the jail cells were right in the family home with cells on both floors of the house. The jailer’s wife assured us she was safe and usually it was intoxication that brought the men to the jails and they were held overnight to attend the courthouse just down the street. Hence the Temperance House also in the village. Mrs. Cumminger had a guest from the village who was asking everyone to sign the Temperance Petition.

If you find your self visiting on a rainy day, the visitor center provides large umbrellas you can carry with you. Trying to juggle dogs and cameras we opted not to and got very wet which brings me to the small act of kindness. A healthy home cooked meal is sold at the Sherbrooke Hotel which is now a restaurant (we both had fisherman’s pie, like a cottage pie with fish instead) 3f servers dressed in costume of the daySeeing how wet we were the woman dried our coats in their dryer, very much appreciated. They also serve a Victoria Tea with the fancy cups. 

The buildings of the Village, they are proud to tell you in the visitor center are the original buildings, they were not moved from other areas. There is a lot to see including the pharmacy, the Ambrotype Photography Studio - you can get your photo taken in the original style, the only photographer in Nova Scotia to still use that old style. The weaver’s cottage, the telephone exchange, and the Pottery so plan to spend the day. 5g riding the Penny farthing bikeDon’t forget to ask Joe McLane the blacksmith to ride one of the penny-farthing bikes and ask him how much one cost back then-quite shocking. 






Sherbrooke Village Museum

  • Inside the Church
    Inside the Church

    The place of Worship, Weddings, Baptisms and saying goodbye

  • Goat in Stall
    Goat in Stall

    Friendly little lady looking after her two babies.

  • Jail Cell
    Jail Cell

    The jailer housed prisoners in his house where his wife would keep them in line.

  • Servers of the day
    Servers of the day

    Teo lovely ladies that took good care of us on a very rainy day

  • Court House
    Court House

    A place one tries to stay away from, unless he is a lawyer or Judge

  • Drug Store sign
    Drug Store sign

    The light fixture that meant drug store inside

  • The Sawmill
    The Sawmill

    Outside view of McDonald's Sawmill

  • Lovely Fireplace
    Lovely Fireplace

    Hand painted fireplace - very impressive

  • Goods for Sale
    Goods for Sale

    The General Store meant just that - A little bit of everything

  • Old Photos
    Old Photos

    Very rare Photography method still practiced today in Sherbrooke Village

  • Irons for clothing
    Irons for clothing

    How to decide. I think I would take a light one

  • Printing Press
    Printing Press

    The process of printing was so time consuming but they did get out in time.

  • Penny farthing bike
    Penny farthing bike

    This Black Smith rode this bike like he was born on it.

  • Pot from the past
    Pot from the past

    Pot from the 1860's a lot different from today but apparently last longer

  • Umbrella

    A nice place to hide on a rainy day


  • Sailing Ship
    Sailing Ship


    Model Sailing ship with Masonic Hall in back ground

  • The Post Office
    The Post Office

    Much like today only the boxes are hidden in the back