Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

The Acadian people reclaimed this area from the bay before the English...

The Acadian people reclaimed this area from the bay before the English...

Fertile lands support farming in this area.

The oldest intact carriage factory in Canada - probably the best example...

Many hundreds of artifacts were still in the building when it was...

The following photos show some of the tools, machinery, finished products, and...

Patterns used for various parts of carriages and sleighs.

Box used for steam bending of wheel parts.

 

 

 

 

All the power tools were powered from a common shaft. Two horses...

 

Wheel hubs made on this lathe.

People who died in the winter took their last ride in a...

People who died in the summer took their last ride in a...

This "sporty" carriage with wire spoke wheels was built just prior to...

 

This beautiful sleigh was found in the factory. It was owned by...

The town of Sackville's Canada Day festivities in the park.

View of The Bay of Fundy from Fort Beausejour

View of the Fort's visitor center. We stopped but didn't tour the...

Entering our second province on this summer's tour of the Maritimes.

Sign at Wal*Mart in Amherst, NS. We're told this law is not...


(Ron Writing) Happy Canada Day! July 1st is a big holiday in Canada celebrating the founding of the country from the union of several of the Maritime provinces 142 years ago. Most stores were closed and many towns had celebrations of some sort. Many will also be having fireworks later tonight.

This afternoon we left Moncton heading southeast on Highway 2. We stopped at Sackville to tour the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum. It is one of the very few fully intact carriage factories in the world and the only one in Canada. All the original tools, jigs, patterns, and the building itself were locked up in 1949 when the business closed after over 100 years of operation. Then about 10 years ago it was reopened as a museum. The building itself is even older having originally be built as a tannery in 1842. Our tour guide did an excellent job of explaining how carriages and sleighs were built and how the manufacturing processes changed over the years. It was very interesting to see the thousands of artifacts including a large quantity of parts that had been manufactured but never used. They also had several very nice sleighs and carriages on display including hearses.

We also took a walk through downtown Sackville where there was a small celebration with local entertainment in the city park.

We then continued southeast on Highway 2 and crossed into Nova Scotia near Amherst, NS. We stopped at the visitor center to get some information and maps before driving into Amherst where we are parked at WalMart for the night.



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