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  • Ross Farm Museum

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

  • Cape Forchu Lightstation

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

  • 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.

  • Joggins to Chigneto

    Trip from Joggins to Cape Chignecto

  • 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.

  • Our Victoria Day Long Weekend

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

  • Orwell Corner Historic Village - PEI

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

  • Point Prim Lighthouse

    Point Prim Lighthouse

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

  • Hampton Lighthouse

    Read about the trip from Paradise to Delaps Cove

  •  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.

  • Veterans Memorial Park

    Bass River Memorial to the fallen - A must see

  • North Cape PEI visual of the wind

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

  • Sherbrooke Village Museum

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

  • Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Another one of PEI’s charming lighthouses.

  • Fundy Ecotour

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

  • St. Peters & Battery Point

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

  • Joggins Entrance Sign

    See the Story of Joggins Fossil Cliffs (UNESCO)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Heritage Boat Launch - Canada Day 2017

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

Things of Interest

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

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

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

  • Another Tree Fossil
    Another Tree Fossil

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

  • 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 2
    cliffs view 2

    The newer cliffs show layers well

  • 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

  • Two Hour Tour
    Two Hour Tour

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

  • Cliffs View 3
    Cliffs View 3

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

  • Joggins Entrance Sign
    Joggins Entrance Sign

    Welcome sign at Joggin Fossil Cliffs

  • Cliffs View 1
    Cliffs View 1

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

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


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

  • Lovely Fireplace
    Lovely Fireplace

    Hand painted fireplace - very impressive

  • 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.

  • Sailing Ship
    Sailing Ship


    Model Sailing ship with Masonic Hall in back ground

  • Pot from the past
    Pot from the past

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

  • Drug Store sign
    Drug Store sign

    The light fixture that meant drug store inside

  • The Sawmill
    The Sawmill

    Outside view of McDonald's Sawmill

  • Goat in Stall
    Goat in Stall

    Friendly little lady looking after her two babies.

  • The Post Office
    The Post Office

    Much like today only the boxes are hidden in the back

  • Penny farthing bike
    Penny farthing bike

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

  • Goods for Sale
    Goods for Sale

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

  • Umbrella

    A nice place to hide on a rainy day


  • Old Photos
    Old Photos

    Very rare Photography method still practiced today in Sherbrooke Village

  • 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

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

  • The Kitchen
    The Kitchen

    Things started to get cozier in later years.

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

    We could not believe the views from the Highland Village.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Inside the Church
    Inside the Church

    This church would fill up regularly for worship.

  • Horse enjoying the view
    Horse enjoying the view

    Working horse enjoying a break.

  • The Black House
    The Black House

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

  • Shool House Black Board
    Shool House Black Board

    I would bet that black board saw a lot of chalk 

  • General Store Post Office
    General Store Post Office

    Years are advancing with mail, and note the phone.

  • The log House
    The log House

    Moving up in comfort.

  • The School House
    The School House
  • 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.

  • Black Smith finished products
    Black Smith finished products

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

  • Central Fire Place
    Central Fire Place

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


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

  • Ducklings swim with mom
    Ducklings swim with mom

    These little ones do not go far from their mother.

  • Pig in a pen
    Pig in a pen
  • The Cooper at work
    The Cooper at work

    The Cooper is hard at work making Barrels 

  • OX being shoed
    OX being shoed

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

  • More open fields
    More open fields

    Soon time to do some haying

  • The Teacher
    The Teacher

    The teacher gave us a lesson on life at the Farm.

  • Farm roof from the inside
    Farm roof from the inside

    Shiver Me Timbers this building will be standing a long time.

  • Beautiful OX
    Beautiful OX

    You have to admire and respect this beast of burden.

  • Laundry blowing in the breeze
    Laundry blowing in the breeze

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

  • Making a spoon
    Making a spoon

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

  • The Cook
    The Cook

    Woman working in the kitchen

  • Ross Bank Cottage
    Ross Bank Cottage

    View from the work shop of the Ross Bank Cottage

  • Oxen Plowing
    Oxen Plowing

    Oxen Plowing the field making light work for the farmers

  • Modes of Transportation
    Modes of Transportation

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

  • Sheep nose to nose
    Sheep nose to nose

    Ba Ba Black Sheep does have some wool.

  • A Calf relaxing
    A Calf relaxing

    This little calf did not mind being on show.

  • Open Fields of Ross Farm
    Open Fields of Ross Farm
  • Rooster and Hen
    Rooster and Hen

    These two are enjoying a stroll around the farm.

  • Beautiful Blue Platter
    Beautiful Blue Platter

    Dishes were very fancy in these times

  • Horse and Wagon
    Horse and Wagon

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

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

  • View Along the Way
    View Along the Way
  • 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.

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

    Th unique shape of this great 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

    A different picture of items found outside the museum.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Spencer's Island
    Spencer's Island

    Spencer's Island lighthouse with an active light

  • 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.

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

    Old desk 

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

    Showing cheques from a company once doing business in the area

  • View Along the Way
    View Along the Way
  • 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.

  • View Along the Way
    View Along the Way