Bay of Fundy: 5 Historic Sites

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re here. It’s week 45 in 2022 and I’m hosting Weekend Coffee Share linkup #95. Come on in for a coffee or tea, and let’s catch up.

Remembrance Day

November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada. So I want to take a moment to honour all Canadian veterans who have served and continue to serve in upholding the peace and freedoms we enjoy today.

Poppy sculpture at The Royal Canadian Legion, Queen’s Own Rifles Branch

PPAC meets WCS

Today I’m combining Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) with Weekend Coffee Share (WCS). I’ve been a PPAC participant so when Marsha at Always Write blog had to step back from hosting and she asked if anyone would be interested in taking over PPAC, I volunteered to host.

I continue to leave the topic open. There is no prompt or theme. Existing WCS participants are free to participate without any PPAC entries and PPAC participants are free to participate with one or more images of public art (outdoor and free) without writing their post as a coffee share.

To new WCS participants:

  1. The weekly WCS linkup starts at 8 a.m. on Friday and ends at midnight Sunday night Eastern Standard Time.
  2. Join the linkup using the InLinkz button at the end of my WCS post. If you prefer to leave a comment with your link, be aware that a link in my Comments section requires moderation and is less visible to participants who use InLinkz.
  3. Please link one post, leave a comment on my blog and link back or pingback to my Weekend Coffee Share post. Links from bloggers who join without leaving me a comment will be removed.
  4. Read one or more participating blogs and leave a comment. Hashtag #Weekendcoffeeshare.
  5. I read all participating blogs and reply to comments left on my blog. I prioritize my visits and leave comments for bloggers who take the time to leave me a comment. Thank you.

Bay of Fundy: 5 Historic Sites

I’m continuing the story of my adventures on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I wrote my adventures in three posts. The first post on five Natural Wonders is here. This post is the second in the series.

The region surrounds the Bay of Fundy is rich with stories from the native Mi’kmaq people, Loyalist heritage and Acadian history. Here’s five Historic Sites on the Bay of Fundy to explore. Click on the top left image in the gallery to see captions and move through the gallery.

1. St. Andrews

St. Andrews, or Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, is nestled along Passamaquoddy Bay in New Brunswick. Founded by Loyalists in 1783, many buildings in St. Andrews still reflect that history. St. Andrews’ Historic District, one of the best-preserved examples of colonial heritage in North America, is a National Historic Site of Canada.

St. Andrews is also Canada’s oldest seaside resort town and a great place for whale watching, deer watching, outdoor recreation, dining and shopping. I’ll share more on St. Andrews in another post.

2. Saint John

Saint John located on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick is Canada’s first incorporated city, established by royal charter on May 18, 1785, during the reign of King George III. The city offers beautiful historic architecture, funky cafés, creative galleries and shops, and more. Saint John in New Brunswick is not to be confused with St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Saint John City Market, established 1876, is Canada’s oldest farmers’ market. It is a good place to browse and pick up a snack, lunch, dinner, or local arts and crafts.

3. Digby

Named after Admiral Robert Digby, the town of Digby in Nova Scotia is famous for the local scallops and the fleet that harvests them. Along the Digby waterfront in Loyalist park are Digby Pier lighthouse and six cannons, five from Victorian era in the 1840s and one from the era of King George III sometime prior to 1820.

The cannons were part of fortifications constructed at Digby, primarily to protect the town from privateers. Each cannon has a plaque affixed to its carriage relating a small part of the story of the fortifications and the cannons.

4. Fort Anne

Set on the banks of the Annapolis River in Nova Scotia, Fort Anne was first fortified by the Scots as early as 1629. The site was later controlled by the French before falling for good to British troops in 1710. It would remain a regular scene of battles until the fall of Quebec in 1759. Fort Anne became Canada’s first administered National Historic Site in 1917.

It is a wonderful learning experience to stroll inside the fort and around the Perimeter Trail to explore a renovated 1797 Officers’ Quarters (now a museum) and a maze of defensive ditches, banks and bastions overlooking the Annapolis River.

5. The Landscape of Grand-Pré

The Landscape of Grand-Pré is both a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Nova Scotia’s southern Minas Basin, an inlet of the Bay Fundy, the Landscape of Grand Pré (Grand Pré means Great Marsh) is subjected to the most extreme tides in the world. The tidal range averages 11.6 metres and the tides move in and out of the Minas Basin every 12 hours.

Starting in the late 17th century – an era which predates the introduction of engineered drainage systems – the Acadian settlers applied an inventive and ingenious system of earthen dykes, ditches and aboiteaux, or wooden sluices, to hold back the formidable tides. They also began a tradition of collective management that was community-based. Today, the agricultural landscape is still protected and drained by the same system, still exhibits distinctive field patterns, and is still managed through the same community approach.

Parks Canada website

The landscape is beautiful and the dykes in Wolfville are amazing to examine in real life. Information boards posted at the historic sites give helpful explanatory notes.

I hope you join me next weekend to discover fun attractions on the Bay of Fundy.

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84 thoughts on “Bay of Fundy: 5 Historic Sites

  1. leannelc November 11, 2022 / 8:28 am

    Hi Natalie – I love how the red poppy picture at the beginning ties in so beautifully with today being Remembrance Day. There was also so much to see and read in your post – and quite a variety of sites – I’m learning a lot about an area I’d never heard of before you began sharing it.


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 1:49 pm

      Hi Leanne, On this trip, I explored and learned something new everyday. That’s one of the things I love about traveling. Thank you for reading my post.


  2. Teresa November 11, 2022 / 8:30 am

    Great adventure and beautiful skies, Natalie!

    I am joining you this week


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 1:50 pm

      Teresa, Thank you for joining me this week. I lucked out with the weather when I was at the above sites.


  3. Ally Bean November 11, 2022 / 8:49 am

    The Saint John City Market is exactly how I think a farmers’ market should look. I don’t know about that Whale Watching building. The red doors are unique but that large whale above them… who is watching whom?


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 1:55 pm

      Ally, I had a similar thought ‘who is watching whom’ when I saw that big whale above the red doors. The business is clever to have the signs in text, colours and visual images. I love historic farmers’ markets.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Suzanne@PictureRetirement November 11, 2022 / 9:31 am

    Natalie, I love how you framed the Fort Anne photo. Adirondack chairs always make a good photo, especially when they are as colorful as these. Glad to hear you are taking on the PAC. It couldn’t be more well suited to you.


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 2:01 pm

      Suzanne, I was walking at Fort Anne and when I looked back, it was a beautiful sight to see the Officers’ Quarters through the opening. The red chairs are strategically placed at all of Canada’s national parks and historic sites so visitors can rest and enjoy the views. I hope PPAC continues to do well. We shall see.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Writing Sparkle November 11, 2022 / 10:36 am

    Hmm, the Photographing Public Art Challenge. I’m scanning through my brain about the community and wondering what I could use for the public art challenge . . . I have one piece of art that instantly comes to mind, if I make my way past it this week, I will try to include it next week for coffee share.

    Natalie, with all the great photographs you share I was wondering what you photograph them with. Do you use a camera or your phone?


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 2:04 pm

      Shari, I use my iphone 8 for all of my photos on this blog. I reduce the size of the images before posting them. I look forward to seeing your public art entry.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Writing Sparkle November 13, 2022 / 10:45 am

        Your images are always so lovely to look at. I wouldn’t have thought about reducing size. that is helpful to know. Have a great week, Natalie.


        • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

          Thank you, Shari. I’m glad you like my photos. Reducing the image size makes a big difference in storage space and allows quick loading of the blog for readers who may have a slow internet connection.

          Liked by 1 person

  6. Thistles and Kiwis November 11, 2022 / 1:51 pm

    It all looks so beautiful…and I feel I am learning so much too from your posts. I know I have said it before, but I do look forward to reading your post on Saturday mornings as I drink my breakfast tea.


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 2:11 pm

      Barbara, Thank you so much for your positive feedback. The Bay of Fundy is a beautiful area to visit. It’s rich in natural beauty, culture and history which result in delicious food and drinks. I tried to write a summary of the highlights. I greatly appreciate you reading it on Saturday mornings.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 November 11, 2022 / 1:54 pm

    Hi Natalie, good for you taking on another link up which I may consider joining in the future. As always your photography is superb and I especially like the one in #4 looking through the arch. I missed visiting St John when we were on a cruise because the weather was so poor we couldn’t dock. I’m enjoying your tour and have a great week. x


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 2:22 pm

      Hi Sue, Thank you for your compliment on my photos. I use my cellphone to take pictures and I’m satisfied with the results. I’m glad that you’re enjoying your new home. You’re welcome to join my linkup any week. Have a wonderful weekend!


  8. dinah November 11, 2022 / 2:26 pm

    I really hope to see Nova Scotia some day. And if I do, I’m going to use your blog to plan my trip! Seriously! If you think of it in future posts, I’d be curious about wheelchair accessibility like ramps, etc because I use a scooter. That area seems so stunningly beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing 💜


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 2:46 pm

      Dinah, The Bay of Fundy is a beautiful area. All the sites that I mentioned in this post are wheelchair-accessible (e.g. ramps, automatic door openers, etc.). Thank you for joining me.

      Liked by 1 person

      • dinah November 11, 2022 / 4:14 pm

        Well, knowing that it’s completely accessible makes me want to go even more! Fingers crossed… Hopefully in the next couple of years? Thanks again


  9. Lydia C. Lee November 11, 2022 / 2:43 pm

    Love the poppy. The sunset at the markets is lovely too. You always get out and about and really make the most of life!


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you, Lydia, for your comment. I love exploring and enjoying life. Glad you liked my photos.


  10. Retirement Reflections November 11, 2022 / 4:20 pm

    Hi, Natalie – I just returned from our local Rememberance Day Gathering and opened my email to this post. Beautiful Poppy Sculpture! Wishing you a peaceful Rememberance Day.


    • Natalie November 11, 2022 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you, Donna. I hope all is well with you. Wishing you a peaceful Remembrance Day and weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Debbie November 12, 2022 / 3:22 am

    Such beautiful photos Natalie, the weather looks superb when you visited! The poppy sculpture is very timely.


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 10:46 am

      Thank you, Debbie. I totally lucked out with the weather on this trip. At that time hurricane Fiona was approaching Atlantic Canada but I wasn’t in its path.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Maria November 12, 2022 / 4:39 am

    Hi Natalie, Saint John City Market looks like a place I would love to visit ! Slightly similar to one of my favourite places Oxbow public market in Napa (CA). Thank you for the coffee! Have a great rest of your weekend.


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 10:51 am

      Hi Maria, Thank you for sharing one of your favourites, Oxbow public market. Farmers’ markets are great places to visit for local foods and drinks. I try to visit them if they are available where I travel. Have a beautiful weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Maria November 13, 2022 / 8:19 am

        It is fun to make time for Farmers markets when traveling.

        Liked by 1 person

  13. trentpmcd November 12, 2022 / 8:22 am

    Just being a little to the south in New England I knwo I need to go visit the Maritime Provinces at some time. Your photos are great. I spent this year celebrating my Scottish ancestors, and maybe I could do it closer to home 😉 I hope you are havign a wonderful weekend!


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

      Trent, Yes, much closer to your home and if you have time, you can do a drive or part train part drive vacation to the Maritime provinces in Canada. Lots of to explore and enjoy in these places without the crowds. Thank you for joining me. Have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Dan Antion November 12, 2022 / 9:00 am

    It looks like a wonderful place to visit, Natalie.


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 11:03 am

      Dan, The Bay of Fundy is fascinating and fun to explore. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 11:04 am

      Kathleen, Yes, so many places to explore and so little time. Thank you for joining me.


  15. Astrid November 12, 2022 / 11:52 am

    These are such interesting littel facts about these historic sites. I remember you mentioning St. John’s in NFL in your posts about the area back in the summer and saying it shouldn’t be confused with Saint John then too.


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 12:50 pm

      Astrid, Welcome back to Weekend Coffee Share! I hope you’ve been keeping well. Good memory about my mentioning Saint John is not to be confused with St. John’s. They are two different cities located in two different provinces.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Gary A Wilson November 12, 2022 / 3:04 pm

    Great stuff Natalie.
    You are swamping my want-to-visit list.
    Keep it coming.


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Gary. The Bay of Fundy is a wonderful destination.


  17. Bernie November 12, 2022 / 4:08 pm

    That photo of the fort is striking and who doesn’t love the red chairs. This is obviously an area that I need to research for our next trip east. Thanks for a great post. Bernie


    • Natalie November 12, 2022 / 4:33 pm

      Bernie, The Bay of Fundy is a wonderful area to explore. It wasn’t crowded when I went in September and I enjoyed all of the places that I visited.


  18. Marsha November 13, 2022 / 5:58 am

    This is a very historic post. The dates of these places go so much farther back than buildings in Arizona except for the cave dwellings of the Native Americans. Congratulations on your first PPAC. The poppy is very bright and perfect for a Veteran’s Day PPAC!


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 8:10 am

      Thank you, Marsha. I hope PPAC continues to thrive. The Bay of Fundy is rich in history and natural resources. I had a wonderful time exploring the area. My post next week is full of public art 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marsha November 13, 2022 / 9:34 pm

        Awesome! I look forward to it. I think this is a great partnership of challenges!


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 8:13 am

      Thank you, Philo, for your visit and comment. I love that picture through the arch at Fort Anne, too. I hope you consider participating in the PPAC challenge.


  19. Rowena November 13, 2022 / 9:51 am

    Hi Natalie,
    Really enjoyed your post and really fancy visiting the farmer’s markets and Fort Ann also looking very interesting. We also honour Armistace Day here in Australia with a minute’s silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. However, ANZAC Day on the 25th April which marks the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops in Gallipoli and now has broader applications is our main day of commemoration.
    Best wishes,


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 11:02 am

      Rowena, Welcome back to Weekend Coffee Share! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Lots of history on and around the Bay of Fundy. I’ll be over to your blog shortly. Have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. csuhpat1 November 13, 2022 / 1:01 pm

    So very beautiful. Thanks for sharing these places and the stories behind them. Very cool.


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 2:13 pm

      Thank you, Patrick. I’m glad you liked my post and pictures.


  21. Janet Alcorn November 13, 2022 / 3:08 pm

    Lovely photos as always! That farmer’s market looks amazing.


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you, Janet. It was pretty special to visit a historic farmers’ market.


  22. Tessa November 13, 2022 / 4:19 pm

    The scenery in your area still amazes me.


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 5:57 pm

      The Bay of Fundy is scenic, especially in nice weather.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Amila November 13, 2022 / 7:02 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    This is another interesting post about the historical sites you visited. Great photos and I enjoyed looking at the pictures and learning about the new places. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!


    • Natalie November 13, 2022 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you, Amila. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and pictures. Have a great week!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. E.W. Bennefeld November 13, 2022 / 9:35 pm

    A lot of our (my) families had people in combat, WW2 to a call-up for my youngest sister for Desert Storm. Still unsettles me. Dad was the sexton for our village cemetery. I had a trumpet and sometimes played Taps for the Memorial Day ceremony. Never got easier.


    • Natalie November 14, 2022 / 8:34 am

      Lizl, There are too many conflicts and wars going on around the world. It must be hard and worrisome for your families who had people in combat. I can imagine the emotions to play and listen to Taps for the Memorial Day ceremony. Thank you for sharing your story.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. kirstin November 14, 2022 / 6:00 pm

    I love those Natalie. Such quaint towns. I would enjoy the farmers market. I love that poppy! I’ve enjoyed reading about your explorations.


    • Natalie November 14, 2022 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you, Kirstin. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It was fun to browse and buy at Saint John farmers’ market. Have a wonderful week!


  26. Ju-Lyn November 15, 2022 / 8:07 pm

    That is a lot of history to take in!
    I love the market (sooooo big!) and the vibrant poppy sculpture (fun fun!).


    • Natalie November 16, 2022 / 8:58 am

      Yes, lots of history on the Bay of Fundy. I’m glad you liked the market and the poppy sculpture. Have a great week!

      Liked by 1 person

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