Yesterday I left Prince Edward Island. Not as quickly as I’d planned since I was so captivated by the sights on the way out that I completely neglected any directional signs and ended up in Malpeque, a picturesque little town on the north end of the island. Got a couple of photos on the way though, so it’s all good!
Last night I slept in front of an abandoned storefront and this big dog in the neighboring house kept barking all the way though the night. I kept expecting the owner to come out and shut him up, but nothing ever happened. When I got up this morning an entire chorus of dogs began barking and when I pulled out, I realized I’d slept next door to a dog kennel!
After fleeing from all the barking I made my way into the Annapolis Valley where my uncle had recommended I check out Fort Anne, a reconstruction of the fort that guarded the Annapolis River from invasion by the French. The fort did change hands between the British and the French a few times, but ultimately it was the British who managed to hold Nova Scotia until the Treaty of Utrecht ended any French claim over Nova Scotia.
It was a neat spot and with the good weather I was able to take some cool photos. I also got to learn more about Acadian history in the area. The Acadians were the first French settlers in the maritime regions but most of them were deported by the British in 1755. Their people have had quite a history and I’ve learned heaps about them while I’ve been in the maritimes.
After the fort I had a delicious lunch at a local cafe in Annapolis Royal. I was downloading photos from my camera and the waitress was all impressed with my laptop which was kinda weird since I see macbooks everywhere these days.
There was a quick stop at the tidal power station on the way out of town where I got to see all the cool things they’re doing with tidal electricity generation.
The next adventure was down the Digby Neck, a peninsula that stretches down the Bay of Fundy before dipping into the ocean. There are 2 ferry rides you have to take to get right to the end, since the last section is split into a couple of islands. The drive was pretty neat, especially since I got to see the dramatic tide changes that the Bay of Fundy is famous for. On the way in there were a bunch of boats sitting in the mud flats in a small bay. On the way out a couple of hours later all the boats were floating in the water, which had filled the bay!
The last island on Digby’s Neck is Briar Island and I thought it was the most scenic! It’s small, but there’s a lighthouse on the one tip where you get epic views over the ocean as well as lush plant life on the shore. I saw a whale spout water into the air a couple of times while I hiked along the shoreline. Pretty cool!
Reluctantly, I made my way back up Digby’s Neck and towards Yarmouth, taking the #1 highway instead of the larger, faster, 101 highway. I’m glad I did because I got to travel though Claire, the large Acadian region between Digby and Yarmouth. The whole stretch is dotted with Acadian flags flying off houses, lobster traps painted with the Acadian flag, and a couple of the largest churches I’ve seen in the maritimes so far.
When I pulled into Yarmouth, I wasn’t impressed. The main street featured nothing but greasy pizza joints and guys wheeling around in pimped-out cars blasting bad music. I coulda gone to Vernon for that experience! Fortunately I found the wharf nearby where I dined on atlantic salmon at a wonderful little microbrew restaurant called Rudder’s. They also featured a tasty salad that had pears in it and was topped with pecans and a delicious raspberry vinaigrette.
Tomrrow I head for Lunenberg, Halifax, and Peggy’s Cove.