Nova Scotia Vacation 2003, Page 2
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A long (4 hrs+) trip around the Minas Basin took us to Parrsboro , a former center of ship building.  We were welcomed by the Mayor,  Doug Robinson (not shown), who was having "Tea with the Mayor" which is held every Friday in the Visitor Center(left).  Parrsboro is now noted for its fossil hunting and is home to the Fundy Geological Museum .  Many millions (300-400) of years ago, N.S. was on the equator and now contains fossils of the plants and creatures that lived there.   Right is a picture of us digging through a layer of 350 million year old stuff.  An all too short 2 hours was spent along that shore.  By the way, did I tell you that the highest temperature we saw during the entire stay was 78 F?   We're talking July 8-20!!!!
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The building above is th Maple Inn in  Parrsboro.  It has been among many things, the  town hospital.  It was a wonderful place to stay.    We visited John's Cafe,  Berry's Restaurant and  Pub, and the Glooscap Restaurant to dine and  quench our thirst. Parrsboro is a center for fossil  hunting as this part of the Minas Basin is rich with  ancient treasures.   Eldon George a local geologist found the first fossils in the 80s and has since led   the way to many discoveries.  A local guide(ask for Randy) will take you on a "Dinotour" where you too can go back in time This photo(I apologize for the quality) is of Terry and Gayle Shaw and their staff who reside in Port Greville which is just west of Parrsboro.  They have a super view of the Bay of Fundy from their 2 establishments, "Shaw's Country Market" and " EbbTide B & B ".  We had a few hours before fossil hunting so a trip along the coast and participating in part of a 100 kilometer yard was a treat.  I bought a 1984 N.S. auto tag which now decorates the front of my truck.
Cape Breton Island and Baddeck, oh lovely Baddeck
Would that I could live in Nova Scotia, the town of Baddeck would be the place.   Marcia and I  love the tourist village and will visit it every chance we get.  Baddeck abounds with history. The first telegraph station in the new world was here at a hotel known as the Telegraph House.  Folks from eastern canada and the U.S. would come here to send their messages to Europe, spend the night and get the return message the next day.  We stayed there in 1998 on our first visit.  Across Bras d'or lake is the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell,   Beinn Bhreagh what a beautiful place.  He and his family spent many summers here.  The Alexander Graham Bell Museum sits on the east side of the town.
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Marcia sits by the garden in front of the Lynwood Inn in Baddeck and I get to pilot a 67 foot schooner on Bras d'or lake.  Several charter boats sail from Baddeck. We were on the ship Amoeba made by the captain's father.  Bras d'or lakes(2) are quite salty as they have two openings to the ocean, one at St. Ann's Bay and the other at St. Peter's canal.
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This is the shore opposite Baddeck.  The province is dotted with farms which have large houses and huge barns.  As you can see the water was a bit choppy for our sail.  Yep, that's me standing on the 18th tee of in Baddeck(I shot 80).  This is the second time that I have gotten to play Bell Bay Golf Club and it is really a treat.  If you golf this is one place that have to see and/or play.  The Lake is in the background and can be seen from most of the holes, really wonderful views.
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Sadly we left Baddeck and set out on the trip around the Cabot Trail .  The photo on the right is of pilot whales along side of Captain Mark"s Whale and Seal Cruise boat out of Pleasant Bay .  This was truly a highlight of the trip as we stayed in the pod for almost an hour.  Many of the cows had small calves that stay right next to mama.    Words cannot describe the beauty and awe of the Cabot Trail.  Having spent many years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the southern U.S., I thought that I had seen it all.  Well, guess what?   The left photo is of the coast above Pleasant Bay,  it is part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park .
Background photo, Halifax Harbor