Day 2: Fort Ann, NS Tidal Power Station, Historic Gardens

So, back to the family trip. After our fun and wonderful day at Upper Clements park, we woke up early and packed the car to head out. First on the list to see was the famous Fort Anne, Canada’s oldest reminder of a time when conflict between Europe’s empire builders was acted out on the shores of the Annapolis River. Set on the Annapolis Basin the fort is amazing. You can freely wander the historic site. What amazed me the most was the steep sweeping hills – with cannons atop each and every one. You could envision to planning and dedication in the development of this safety haven. A few of the in-ground vaults and such remain, and again they are open to the public to see. Beautiful.  The online tour is here. The whole street area where the fort is located was beautifully kept, offered small shops, a boardwalk, and lots of flowers. The kids really enjoyed this place also.

We also stopped to have a quick look at the one and only tidal power plant in Nova Scotia, which produces an amazing 20 megawatts daily. Known for amazing tidal surges in the Bay of Fundy, I’m surprised we only have one of these. Still it was interesting to see how they can turn the power of the tide into electricity. The web site for all the ‘How it Works’ information is here.

My favorite stop was at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. I just didn’t realize such a beautiful place existed here in Nova Scotia. The gardens offer a stuynning themed walk – rock gardens, flower beds galore, ponds with amazing lily beds, thatched roof hut, a beautiful rose collection. There was just too much to name. I know we were impressed with a massive (at least) ten-foot thistle, grass collections, trees, shrubs – its all there.After visiting these three places, we headed back on our three-hour drive home to Truro. On the way we stopped to buy some local plums and peaches (delicious), blueberries, and raspberries. The drive back was as lovely as it was going. The kids settled down and we made good time.Definitely a trip we’d take again next summer.

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