Maritimes Tour Journal, day twelve: New Brunswick!
Our last stop in Nova Scotia was at Grand-Pré National Historic Site where we learned about the Acadian settlers and their deportation. Most fascinating was discovering how Acadians diked and reclaimed the land from the sea to establish fertile farmland. A statue of Evangeline (the Heroine of a Longfellow poem) stood front of the chapel, at which the Choir took a few moments to sing.
We visited the memorial church where choristers sang Ave, Maris Stella and Lift Thine Eyes.
Several choristers tried on bonnets, hats and wooden shoes, and we took part in a bit of folk dancing before walking to an old cemetery marked with a large Celtic cross stone monument. Our guide then demonstrated how to play the spoons and the choristers sang several songs along with their spoon percussion!
Lunch was at Acadia University, Wolfville, in the beautiful KC Irving Centre.At historic Point Royale, we saw one of the oldest French settlements, of Samuel de Champlain, being reconstructed. The choristers popped their faces out of doors and windows surrounding the courtyard to sing in an enchanting place.
And then onto Saint John, New Brunswick about a fancy ferry (that used to be a Greek cruise ship). We sang Farewell to Nova Scotia, caught up on postcards, ate ice cream on the deck, and played games.
In Saint John we saw the “reversing falls” before a surprise party – celebrating our tour manager, Elaine’s, birthday and thanking our Saint John contact, Deb Garey.