Day 19 & Day 20 - Annapolis Royal, NS

Today was a travel day and our main stop was at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada. The history of Acadia is an interesting but sad story. At the beginning of the 17th century there was already a large settlement of Acadians in the area where Grand-Pré was located.

Alternately, under the rule of Britain or France, Acadia grew to develop its own identity. Acadians, anxious to maintain their peaceable lifestyle, remained neutral between the two nations. Ceded to Great Britain in 1713, Acadie became Nova Scotia. In 1755, the British authorities in Nova Scotia ordered that the Acadians be deported to Anglo-American colonies along the Atlantic seaboard. Approximately 6,500 Acadians were victims of this great deportation. 

This Memorial Church was built on the ground where the original church was thought to stand in 1755 when the Acadians were banished from Acadie.

The Epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, became a rally point for the Acadian people following its publication in 1847. This is a statue of Evangeline.

The installation of the stained-glass window in 1985 fulfilled the Acadian community's dream of having a window grace the front of the Memorial Church to commemorate the deportation of their ancestors in 1755.

This is a reproduction of a blacksmith shop as it may have been in 1755.

The bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The grounds in the park are filled with gardens and ponds. This lilly pad caught my attention.

We are staying just outside of Annapolis Royal, a quaint little town we will visit tomorrow.

After we settled in at our campground, we took a short ride over to the Annapolis Tidal Generation Station. This is the first and only tidal power plant in North America.

Annapolis Royal is an ideal location with average tides over 22 feet. It uses the world's largest straflo turbine to generate up to 30 million kilowatt-hours per year, enough electricity to power 4,500 homes.

We had our travel briefing for Saturday. It was raining when we started.  We were scheduled to go on an evening graveyard tour, but with the rain we all decided not to go.

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