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Jun 29, 2018 - Visit Annapolis River Tidal Generating Station, Port Royal and a Lobster Market

June 29 – Visit Annapolis River Tidal Generating Station, Port Royal and a Lobster Market The Annapolis River tidal power station is the only tidal power generating plant operating in Canada. It produces 20 megawatts of power at 50 RPM. Power is produced when water flows through the 25’ diameter turbine when the tide level, on the other side of the earthen dam, drops a foot or more below the retained water behind the dam. A large gate is raised to allow water to enter the upstream reservoir when the tide rises and is closed when the tide...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Docent Lead Tour of Annapolis Royal in Daytime

June 28 – Docent Lead Tour of Annapolis Royal in Daytime We started the day with a second breakfast at a local restaurant that had great pancakes and fast, free WiFi. We have yet to experience adequate WiFi at our campgrounds. WiFi is advertised and it exists but is too slow to use when others in the campground use it at the same time. Our RV group met the docent in downtown Annapolis Royal. The docent was the same one that gave us the graveyard tour the night before but was dressed in the style of the French Acadians. He played a typical...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Travel to Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne in Nova Scotia

June 27 - Travel to Annapolis Royal and Fort Anne in Nova Scotia We headed south and crossed into Nova Scotia and camped at Parker’s Cove, NS which is on the southern coast of the Bay of Fundy and across the bay from St. John, NB and close to Annapolis Royal. Annapolis Royal is the oldest European settlement in Canada. It is situated on ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq Indians. The area was settled in 1605 by a small group of French explorers led by Samuel de Champlain and Sieur de Mons. The French named the new land Port Royal in the area...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Hall's Harbour and Blomidon Beach

Tues., June 19th – We took off early for our drive up the northern coast of the Annapolis Valley. By noon we were in Hall’s Harbour at Hall’s Lobster Pound where your lobster is hand dipped from a tank and given to you in a bucket to carry to the cookhouse. You then walk across the breezeway to the restaurant and wait for your lobster dinner to be served. The neat thing about this place is that it’s right on the water with a dock that experiences the highest tides in the world. There is enough water flowing into the Bay of Fundy every 24...

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Jun 16, 2018 - Annapolis Royal

Sat., June 16th – Today we traveled to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, our destination for the next 4 nights. We had just enough time to stroll the streets of downtown in the evening. Bruce walked down to the muddy beach and came up covered to his knees with silty mud. It grabbed his leg like quick sand. Luckily, he was able to pull himself out with the rail of the steps! We’re making memories for sure!

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Sep 20, 2017 - Annapolis Royal

There are so many things I wanted to see here so I had another busy day. My first stop, just across the Annapolis River from the campground was the Annapolis Tidal Generating Station. Like most people who don’t know very much about these things, I couldn’t understand why harnessing tidal power was so difficult & why, especially in a place like this at the end of the Bay of Fundy where the tides push 160 billion tonnes of water twice a day, there aren’t more generating stations. Today I found some of the answers why this experimental station...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Yarmouth to Annapolis Royal

What a busy day I’ve had & my head is overflowing with all the stuff I’ve learned. I've left the Atlantic now & will be following the Bay of Fundy for the next week or so. My first stop was Digby, home of the largest scallop fleet in Canada but they were all in port today because the season is closed. My destination of Annapolis Royal is an amazing place even though it has a funny name. There are 2 major historic sites here, Port-Royal & Fort Anne. Fort Anne was the site of the most fought over piece of land in Canada. It was a key...

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Canada 2017

Jul 18, 2017 - travel with a stop and a ghost tour at night

After a little over an hour of driving, we stopped at Grand Pre National Historic Site. Seems like this became the main place for fighting over Nova Scotia in the 1700s with first the French owning it, then the British, and back and forth. The Acadians ended up being in the middle of things although they wanted to remain neutral and just keep farming and living in this area they worked so hard to cultivate. But the French forced them to help them and the English became distrustful of them, thinking they really were aiding the French. So, in...

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Jul 15, 2015 - walking with history

There are few places you can go in North America, where you spend the day hearing about things that happened four hundred years ago. The Annapolis Royal area has been visited by Europeans since the early 1600’s. Our visit here began at night, on a candlelight tour of the cemetery. The tour guide was an Acadian man who felt like a walking encyclopedia of what had happened here over the last 400 years. We met his twin brother the next day who also seemed to know it all. We carried lanterns as we walked between the graves and every headstone...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

As I write this we are back in Kansas. Until now we were to busy to update the travel journal. So I am going to go on memory. We drove to the Cove Oceanfront Campground which was right on the water. Downside was lots of small fly's that drove you crazy. We took a bus tour and the first stop was the Port Roayal Habitation. It is the first settlement in the area. After that we had lunch at a German restaurant. After lunch we were supposed to tour the Annapolis Royal Garden. Everybody decided to pass on this as it was raining. So we went back...

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Travel 2015

Sep 10, 2014 - travel to Annapolis Royal, NS

On our way to Dunroamin Campground we ran into this great little lighthouse named Walton lighthouse. Great place to stop and have lunch. Took mostly a scenic trip. Had a wonderful birthday dinner last night for Gary at Café Compose. The chef/owner is from Austria, where she winters. The Darby scallops where wonderful as was Gary's schnitzel. Of course the 2 bottles of wine did not hurt and they were local wines. We understand that the valley we are in is becoming renowned for the quality of its wine. Something maybe Constellation brands...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Annapolis Royal-day 2

Had another great day today with great weather. Went to a NP where we hiked and explored. Drove back to Annapolis Royal where we had a historical tour of the town from Larry who is retired from the park service and has lived all his life here since college. Learned that this used to be the capital of NS, but now there are only about 840 people who live here. Taxes in town are $1.70 per thousand and outside of town they are $1.00 per thousand. You can buy a very nice house for 200 thousand so that means the taxes on the house would be $2,000...

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