No books or movies today–”just” a trip.
Although if you would like to know about some movies made in Nova Scotia, there are quite a few, not to mention a current TV SyFy channel show, Haven. which was partially filmed in Lunenberg, and other Nova Scotia locations.
Earlier I wrote about Campobello Island, the International park where FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and family stayed in the summer (That site is in New Brunswick, but was on our way to Nova Scotia).
Then I talked a bit about Baddeck and about Glooscap Heritage Center and Kejimkujuk.But I need to go back to our first stop in Nova Scotia, which was in Annapolis Royal. Getting there was half the fun. That was our three-ferry day. We waited on the pebbly beach of Campobello and listened to the seagulls wheel and scold. Keeping up the rhythm in the bass section, a fog horn bleated soulfully from time to time.
Then a Canadian transportation department ferry from Deer Island to the mainland at Letite. A short drive to St. John, New Brunswick, and a large ferry to Digby.
Digby is a very touristy town and the scallop festival started that evening. But we stayed up the road a piece at Annapolis Royal at the gorgeous 19th century Hillsdale House Inn.
Not only are the 13 rooms filled with antique furniture:
But, they also have WIFI:
This was a delightful place to start our “sister’s trip” to Nova Scotia. In Anapolis Royal we took in the Historic Gardens two doors down, and saw the oldest wooden structure in Nova Scotia right next door. It is a house that is still lived in, with lawn maintained as it would have been in the early 18th century. The village streets just beg to be explored with all that history, including Ft. Anne with its exhibits of the struggles between France and England. (more about that later).
The Tourism Office of Nova Scotia kindly organized our tour and arranged for complementary stays for the six nights we were there. But I will not rave about a place unless we found it raveable–as Hillsdale House clearly is. Nova Scotia tourism operates handy tourism centers where friendly people will give you great advice on how to get the most out of your visit. Here’s the one we visited fresh off the ferry from St. John.