Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fort Beausejour Fort Cumberland


Fort Beausejour was built in 1751 by the French. Four years later the British and New England Troops captured and renamed it Fort Cumberland. Some of the descendants of early French settlers, Acadians, were forced to fight against the British. After the battles, the Acadians were rounded up and deported by the British.This was before the deportations from Grand Pre’ and Pisiquid. Some of these deported ended up down the coast to the south. Others as far as what is now Louisiana.

The fort is basically a series of high mounds with limited access to protect the buildings inside the compound

Here you see Lou and our Canadian host friend Bob atop one of the embankments that surround the enclosure. Bob is pointing out what is visible from this advantage while Lou is photographing the scene.

L n Bob pointing from embankment   L w camera and Bob embankment

This is what you can see. Hostess Raylene and Tom looking up at the climbers while resting on a well foundation.

T n Raylene at Fort 2

With the fort on a high hill over looking the surrounding land and the navigable waterway in the background, an army could control commerce into the area. All that was required was some heavy artillery. There were four types of “cannon” installed to thwart an enemy. Raylene and Tom are again resting. This time on a couple of the cannons.

T and Raylene at Fort

There are stone walls like one would expect to find in a 260 year old fort.

Wall at Fort

There is a stone memorial to an early religious leader and of course the Canadian tricolored flag with maple leaf flies proudly over the grounds.

   Stone marker at fort   Canadian Flag at fort


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Canadian flag is twice as wide as high with the red stripes each being half as wide as the white stripe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bay of Fundy New Brunswick

We were on our way to visit our good friends Bob and Raylene in Amherst, Nova Scotia with a day to spare on the way from our summer retreat on the Island of Mount Dessert in Maine. (Sounds pretty posh, ehh?) We decided to revisit the Bay of Fundy from a different perspective. The last time with Yankee RV Tours we walked on the ocean floor where, when we visited 6 hours later, we would have been 40 feet under water! Yes  they have the largest tides in the world. (The closer to the open ocean you get the smaller the tide change. In this area of the bay the tides vary by as much as 15 feet.) This time we drove the back roads along the coast, These are a few of the pictures that we snapped.

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Several of the shots show the steepness of the coast. It is almost all rocky, granite. These are mountains, east coast style.

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At many locations, when the tide goes out boats are left sitting on the bottom of the ocean floor. (Technically, this not the ocean but a bay or arm of the ocean.) In France we saw double keeled boats that would sit on the keels like two legs.

Fundy coast 5 break water   Fundy coast 6 beach

The picture above on the left shows a manmade breakwater at a low tide. The purpose was to create a more protected area for mooring boats. The picture on the right shows the beach composed of small round stones. We saw very few sandy beaches in this part of the world. Actually only Sand Beach at Acadia NP.

Fundy coast NB   Tanzy at NB Fundy coast

A look down the rugged coast line. And our intrepid travel companion with a waterfall backdrop.

No blog post of travel would be complete without a selfie of the travellers (sun darkened glasses and all).

Us at Bay of Fundy

The pictures were taken by Lou and Tom.

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