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    Bass River Memorial to the fallen - A must see

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    Point Prim Lighthouse

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  • Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Panmure Island Lighthouse

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  • St. Peters & Battery Point

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  • Highland Village

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Ross Farm Museum

Ross Farm Museum

New Ross, Nova Scotia

As many of the museums scattered across Nova Scotia, Ross Farm tells us the story of rural life and farming 100 to 175 years ago. Captain Ross was given 800 acres of land free for past military service in 1816 and after 5 generations of the family farmed here, some of the land was purchased by New Ross District Museum Society.

11c shoeing oxRoss Farm is a peaceful place with lots to see with interpreters dressed in the costume of the day working as the generations of Ross family would have worked. The blacksmith was shoeing an ox, a team of oxen were tilling the fields, the cooper was making barrels and the women were cooking and doing dishes in Rose Bank Cottage.12n oxen ploughing

What makes this museum different is the heritage breeds of many animals who are around the property as you visit the buildings. See one of my favorite pictures of the roster and the hen by the barn door.

9b rooster and hen by barn doorTake the day and enjoy the farm. I suspect the black lamb we saw is already growing up; however, the beautiful dishes of the period are still showing in Rose Bank Cottage dining-room. Activities occur throughout the day so check the website to see what is going on. A great way to see the farm is the horse and buggy ride. Take a quiet day and watch for all the animals as you tour the farm and ask questions of the friendly interpreters about this important part of Nova Scotia history.

 

 

Check out their website HERE

 

Ross Farm

  • More open fields
    More open fields

    Soon time to do some haying

  • Beautiful OX
    Beautiful OX

    You have to admire and respect this beast of burden.

  • Ross Bank Cottage
    Ross Bank Cottage

    View from the work shop of the Ross Bank Cottage

  • Pig in a pen
    Pig in a pen
  • Ducklings swim with mom
    Ducklings swim with mom

    These little ones do not go far from their mother.

  • Horse and Wagon
    Horse and Wagon

    Take a ride around the Ross Farm in a horse drawn wagon.

  • Laundry blowing in the breeze
    Laundry blowing in the breeze

    The workers here do get their cloths dirty from time to time.

  • Beautiful Blue Platter
    Beautiful Blue Platter

    Dishes were very fancy in these times

  • A Calf relaxing
    A Calf relaxing

    This little calf did not mind being on show.

  • The Cooper at work
    The Cooper at work

    The Cooper is hard at work making Barrels 

  • Rooster and Hen
    Rooster and Hen

    These two are enjoying a stroll around the farm.

  • Sheep
    Sheep

    This one was not sheepish at all.

  • Modes of Transportation
    Modes of Transportation

    This is Folk Art of modes of transportation back in the day.

  • OX being shoed
    OX being shoed

    This OX is getting a new set of shoes. Not to happy about it but necessary.

  • Oxen Plowing
    Oxen Plowing

    Oxen Plowing the field making light work for the farmers

  • Sheep nose to nose
    Sheep nose to nose

    Ba Ba Black Sheep does have some wool.

  • Open Fields of Ross Farm
    Open Fields of Ross Farm
  • Making a spoon
    Making a spoon

    Here the wood worker has just started to make a spoon.

  • The Formal Sitting Room
    The Formal Sitting Room

    Here we have the formal sitting room in the cottage.

  • The Cook
    The Cook

    Woman working in the kitchen

Highland Village

Baile nan Gaidheal--Highland Village

Iona, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

 

Cape Breton has a strong heritage of Scottish roots, with Gaelic language, music and dance an important part of the Cape Breton culture.

14c various views of the villageIona, named after a community in  Scotland, was settled by Gaelic speaking immigrants from the Isle of Barra in 1802. Highland Village tells the story of that settlement starting at the black house, a stone house in Scotland. Outside the Black HouseWalk the village and see the economic and cultural development of Gaelic settlers on Cape Breton, covering the period starting 1770 to 1920’s.

The Village is located in a very peaceful and beautiful spot overlooking and surrounded by the Bras d’Or Lakes.    

If you love history and museums, you will enjoy watching history unfold with the help of the interpreters, dressed in costume and proud of their Gaelic background. My favourite parts were the views, all the goods in the General Store, the way time and history unfolded as we wound our way along the paths of the Village.

Link to Highland Village Website

Highland Village

  • Horse enjoying the view
    Horse enjoying the view

    Working horse enjoying a break.

  • The Kitchen
    The Kitchen

    Things started to get cozier in later years.

  • The School House
    The School House
  • Inside the Church
    Inside the Church

    This church would fill up regularly for worship.

  • Central Fire Place
    Central Fire Place

    What better way to heat a house, with a fireplace in the middle.

  • The log House
    The log House

    Moving up in comfort.

  • Shool House Black Board
    Shool House Black Board

    I would bet that black board saw a lot of chalk 

  • Village and Bras d'Or Lake
    Village and Bras d'Or Lake

    We could not believe the views from the Highland Village.

  • View from the Village
    View from the Village

    From the edge of the Village we get a great view of the Bras d'Or Lake

  • Inside turn of the Century Home
    Inside turn of the Century Home

    We found a 3D viewer with slides.

  • The Black House
    The Black House

    Old Stone house representative of how the settlers lived in Scotland prior to settling in Iona.

  • General Store goods for sale
    General Store goods for sale

    The even had candy.

  • Black Smith at work
    Black Smith at work

    This guy handles hot stuff all day. Repairs, New product he did it all.

  • The Church
    The Church

    A top the hill sits the iconic Church that was moved from its original site in Malagawatch to the Highland Village.

  • General Store Post Office
    General Store Post Office

    Years are advancing with mail, and note the phone.

  • Black Smith finished products
    Black Smith finished products

    From fancy stuff to nails for building houses. He did it all.

 

Fundy Shore Ecotour – Nova Scotia

Fundy Shore Ecotour – Nova Scotia

The Fundy Shore Ecotour, a scenic drive which encircles the Bay of Fundy, starting in Brooklyn Hants County to Amherst and follows the shores of Chegnecto Bay, Minas Basin and Cobequid Bay.  We only covered a small portion but there was so much to see it took us the day!  Any of the places we visited could have been a day themselves if we had more time to explore. 

Our first stop was Fox Point Lookout. There is a short hike, but we didn’t take it but did find a spot for a great shot of the Digby Split across the water.Fox Point Lookout

Barn along Fundy Shore EcotourThe Age of Sail Heritage Center Museum located along Highway 209, Port Greville, is a must see, operated by the Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society. The society is a charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the lumbering and shipbuilding history of the Parrsboro Shore.

The Museum building itself and the history of the non-profit organization is an interesting story. There is a lot to see, helpful and friendly volunteers and we didn’t give ourselves enough time to really do the museum justice. The site includes cafe/gift shop, a boat shed, a blacksmith shop and a band saw shed. Several walking trails lead from the museum to historic and natural features along the river and home to the Lighthouse. Inside the centre are artifacts, exhibits and photos of the era.

Further off the beaten path is Spencer’s Island, located at the western end of Greville Bay on the Bay of Fundy. With a history of important shipbuilding, the island now includes Old Shipyard Beach Campground, café, beautiful beach and a historic lighthouse dating to 1904 recently been granted permission by the Canadian Coast Guard to turn the light back on.

lighthouseThe Spencer’s Island Lighthouse had a central role in the sea-faring history of Cumberland County, and is an important community landmark. The rugged terrain in this part of Nova Scotia made land travel difficult. Communities in this are relied heavily on shipbuilding and shipping for its economic growth. The Spencer’s Island Lighthouse is a “secondary lighthouse:” its light beam was used in conjunction with the beam of another lighthouse to signal the proper route to incoming ships. Cape dOr2 

We ended our tour with Cape d’Or Scenic Area, a rugged coastline with sea and wind where Bay of Fundy runs into the Minas Channel. Another spot along the Fundy Shore Ecotour where you could easily spend the day with views of the sea and hiking.  

Where you find treacherous seas and riptides, you find a lighthouse. Cape d’Or lighthouse built in 1922, was destaffed in 1989. The Advocate District Development Association preserved the site and its structures in 1995. This organization repaired and converted the lightkeeper’s houses into Lightkeeper's Kitchen Restaurant where you can  watch the Bay of Fundy tides. Even spend the night at The Guesthouse, a converted lighthouse keeper's residence.

 

 

Fundy Shore Ecotour

  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    Kitchen of the era, with a recording of the woman looking out to sea and wondering when her husband will be back home.

  • Fox Point Look-out
    Fox Point Look-out

    Great view of Cape Split across the Bay of Fundy

  • The start of the Tour
    The start of the Tour

    A weathered barn along the way.

  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    Th unique shape of this great museum.

  • Spencer's Island
    Spencer's Island

    View from the top of the small lighthouse, very close inside, showing a view of Old Shipyard Beach Campground

  • View Along the Way
    View Along the Way
  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    Showing cheques from a company once doing business in the area

  • Spencer's Island
    Spencer's Island

    Spencer's Island lighthouse with an active light

  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    This is a must visit, a lot to see and read about lumbering and shipbuilding history of the area

  • Cape d'Or
    Cape d'Or

    The end to our tour showing the Cape d'Or Lighthouse, guest house and restaurant with a breathtaking view.

  • View Along the Way
    View Along the Way
  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    A different picture of items found outside the museum.

  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    There is a lot to see outside the museum building including the blacksmith shop

  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum
    Age of Sail Heritage Centre Museum

    Old desk 

  • View Along the Way
    View Along the Way

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North Cape - Most Northwesterly Tip of PEI

1 wavesThere is something very awe inspiring about going as far as you can to a tip of land to the sea and North Cape is awesome in the truest sense of the word. The Northumberland Strait meets the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the result is spectacular. The longest rock reef in North America is located here and if you time it right and the tide is out you can walk the reef and view seals, seabirds, and other forms of marine life.

If the tide is in, the rush of the waters is breath-taking. Also taking your breath away is the wind 2 windmillcreated on this exposed site making it home to The Wind Energy Institute of Canada, where they do research on the development of wind energy.

Although controversial, there are huge windmills here and the grace of the windmill farm blends into the physical environment around it.

There is a lot to do here including visiting the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre, walk the Black Marsh nature trail and view the North Cape Lighthouse.3 lighthouse

The Lighthouse, in service since 1866, is an octagonal shape and still a working lighthouse but not open to the public. An interesting fact about the lighthouse is that it has been moved six times since its construction due to erosion of North Cape.  

The wind Energy Interpretive Centre is worth the visit, well laid out with information which explains some basic concepts of wind energy for those like me who now have some understanding after visiting. They also have some great personifications of wind.

As you walk the trail, look to the beach and visitors have built small cairns and they dot the rocky beach, hard to spot as they blend in and of course don’t lead anyone anywhere-too may of them haphazardly laid out to find a path.

North Cape truly is a special place. The photos give you only a hint of the magic. To truly “see” it you must hear the sea and feel the wind.

The opening panel in the wind Energy Interpretive center, marrying science with poetry is fittingly the famous poem by poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

Who Has Seen the Wind?4 face of wind

By Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.

 

 

 

North Cape

  • Longest rock reef in North America
    Longest Rock Reef in North America

    If you visit North Cape at low tide, you can walk onto the reef and view seals, seabirds and other forms of marine life.

  • North  North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre
    Blowing Wind

    These wonderful visual representations of blowing wind appear through-out the  North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre.

  • wind Mill Farm North Cape PEI
    View of the Wind Mill Farm

    although wind farms are controversial, the grace of the windmills blends into the physical environment around it.

     

     

  • North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre
    Gary and the Wind

    Visual representation of the Wind at the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre

  • Northe Cape PEI
    To the Most Northwesterly Tip of PEI

    The Northumberland Strait meets the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the result is WIND and more WIND

  • North Cape Lighthouse PEI
    Turbine from Windmill

    Viewing the inside of a wind mill turbine with a view of the past- the lighthouse. 

  • North Cape Lighhouse PEI
    North Cape Lighhouse

    An active lighthouse in service since 1866, has been moved 6 times due to erosion.

  • wind Mill Farm North Cape PEI
    Capturing the Wind

    Stand on the tip of land and you quickly understand why a wind mill farm creating the energy for the future.