Killam Brothers Marina - Yarmouth NS (Day 6 Road Trip - Annapolis Royal)
Phil, Di and Annelise
Tue 24 Jul 2018 17:50
The numerous vineyards of Wolfville deserved a visit - at least to one (Lightfoot) for a sample (not too early again) and a purchase - although the wine was not as complex as other well-known vineyards! A lunch stop at another mist engulfed fishing cove and a chance to practice stone-balancing!
Following the Annapolis river we entered the town of Paradise! Hard to decide if we should leave to carry on or just stay for eternity! However, given the few inhabitants we decided to risk a return at a much later time!!
On into Annapolis Royal (named after Queen Anne??), arguably Nova Scotia's most historic town. Known to the Mi'kmaq as "Nme'juaqnek" - the palce of bountiful fish where two rivers meet and flow into the Annapolis basin.The town was rebuilt on the site of the explorer Samuel Champlian's visit in 1604, the old fort Anne still overlooks the upper reaches of the basin much as it did when abandoned in 1804. The fort itself changed hands eight times in 12 wars between the French and the British, the final hand-over to the British in 1710 when Port-Royal was renamed Annapolis Royal in honour of Queen Anne. Arcadians were given 2 years to leave, although most choose to stay. The British governed Nova Scotia from Annapolis Royal from 1713 to 1749, before Halifax became the new capital.
Another Victorian B&B - the Sea-Fairer's Maid adjacent to the river afforded a pleasant porch aperitif before an evening meal in the Compose restaurant overlooking the bay and the (more professional) balancing stones. Finally, a sunset over the basin..no mist!
Phil and Di