Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

The weather has gotten much better the last few days for getting out and about.  Temperatures are in the mid 70’s, no wind, not humid, and sunny blue skies.  I’m afraid to look at the forecast to find out when this will end.

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We spent the first two nights in Pictou at a campground getting organized and deciding on a rough trip plan around the province. We have travel books and also stop at the tourist info centers to obtain brochures and maps but we don’t look at anything until the night before (or sometimes in the morning) to decide where to go.  The Pictou area was the birthplace of “New Scotland” when the ship “Hector” arrived in 1787 with Scottish highlanders.  Many people in the area still speak with a brogue including the campground owner.

Further west, the Annapolis Valley is lush with orchards, vineyards, berry farms as well as hay and grains.  And it’s known to have the warmest weather in N.S.  Our first stop was at the Grand-Pre National Historic Site which has remains of Acadia’s largest settlement that was begun in 1680 and put to an end by the British Deportation in 1755.  This settling and the Deportation was the inspiration for Longfellow’s poem Evangeline.  We were the only visitors to the Grand-Pre and the tour guide took us all around explaining the history and also showed us some of the archaeological digs.  The gardens are beautiful and there is also a church that was built in memory of the Acadians plus a statue of Evangeline and one of Longfellow.

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