Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

July 25, 2017, 164.4 miles
Dunromin Campsite and RV Trailer, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia


Our journey took us on the Evangeline Trail through the Annapolis Valley, known for its apple growing. We passed by the bustling town of Windsor, which is considered the birthplace of ice hockey. The game was first played around 1800 by the students of King’s Edgehill School.


We stopped at The Grand Pre National Historic Site which is a memorial to the Acadians who were forcefully exiled from their homes and farms during the Expulsion in 1755. We watched a movie that explained what the Acadians went thru during this time. This Site was once the largest Acadian community that exisited in Canada in the 1700’s. The British exiled the Acadians due to they not taking an oath of allegiance to Britain and to take up arms to fight the French. It seemed to have many similarities to what happened to the Indians in the US.

There was a line of motorhomes from our group waiting to park in campsites when we arrived in Annapolis Royal.  Will (our fearless leader) was trying to park the big rigs and small rigs into the proper size sites.

Will talking to Guy while Pat is under the coach with lots of suggestions for the onlookers
yup, the Rover is stuck in the mud
attaching a tow strap, can a pick up pull out 51,000 lbs from the mud??

Unknown to us there had been a water leak on the back row, and it had also rained all night, the grassy area was very wet and muddy. Will was helping Guy park the coach as I was driving the truck, and this time, was I glad it wasn’t me directing. Guy had to back into the site behind ours, into the grass to make the sharp turn.

digging and putting boards under the wheels
Poor Pat, he had no idea how muddy he would get!!

When he was trying to go forward all 6 back tires just slid on the grass and dug down!! It took about 2 hours and 20 people trying to put wood under the tires, putting the jacks down on wood trying to raise the tires, but every time he would try to drive forward the wood just flew out behind the coach.

tires are up, jack are down trying to get rocks and boards under for traction

Finally, the campground host brought about 10 buckets of gravel, Pat put down layers of wood blocks, and lowered both back jacks, poured in the gravel and more wood, attached a tow strap to Wills truck, and pulled the coach out!! Wahoo, no one got hurt, the truck and coach made it with little damage!! Our jack now leaks and needs to be repaired.

plenty of entertainment
getting ready to tow us out
what a mess of the campsite

That evening we went to Forte Anne, a national historic site for a candle light tour of the old cemetery. Each couple were given lanterns to carry as the walk started at 9:30pm and was getting pretty dark. The tour was conducted by an 11th generation descendant of an Acadian family, who to this day still owns land that his for-farthers owned. It was fun watching the lanterns bob around not really able to see who was carrying them, walking under the trees, over tree stumps, up the stairs and hills, thru the grave sites.

our story teller

The night couldn’t have been any better, so many brightly lite stars were shinning, no wind, it was so fall like, a little crispy, and fresh smelling. Our guide told the history of some of the people buried there as well as the Acadians. There were over 2000 Acadians buried in the area, there were no head stones, wooden crosses were used in the 1700’s which are long gone. What is there now is one granite cross commemorating the Acadians.



getting ready for the gravesite tour
daytime picture of the cemetery

Another Acadien settlement site was nearby, so the group headed there the next day. The site was the settlement of the Acadians in1605.



The French in 1603, arrived in Port-Royal to establish the fur trade in North America and start French colonies. The Mi’Kmaq indians lived in the area at the same time and shared their knowledge, and customs and became military allies.

some nice furs

The reconstructions of Port-Royal Habitation opened in 1941. The recreation had captains quarters, kitchen, dining hall, trading post, Governors home, a bunkhouse for the single men.


We were to tour the Annapolis Royal Gardens before lunch, but some where I had misplaced my new glasses…I have a habit of taking them off, as they drive me nuts…and then it drives Guy nuts when I do that..I really wasn’t sure I had even brought them…Guy and I went back to the coach to see if by chance they were there…I looked….and at the same time checked the dryer and removed the dry sheets, added sheets from washer…took LaciLou out for a potty break…and got my phone. But no glasses…back to the settlement…we stated looking….then Guy went and asked if they had been turned in…no….we were just getting ready to call it quits…when someone turned then in!!! Wahoo…



Off to lunch we went to the German Bakery in town where we met up with the group. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team and their daughter from Germany. We had preordered, sandwiches and chicken soup, with rhubarb custard crumble for dessert.



We then walked the town, along the boardwalk looking at the river, and down to a farmers market at the end of the streetSPA_8020.jpgSPA_8020.jpg. Heading back to the car we stopped at Fort Anne and the cemetery so I could get a few pictures in the daylight. It was getting hot and we were tired so we decided not to take the tour of the forte and headed home.


awesome houses in Annapolis Royal

On the way back we could see that the tide had changed and the water was now running thru the Tidal Power Plant. The plant uses the tide to fill a holding basin then lets the water back out as the tide recedes which drives a generator that produces 1-20 megawatts of power.


sail boats that use the current from the plant

The facility is not bidirectional so it only produces electricity twice a day for 12 hours a day. We did not take the tour but watched the water flow in the opposite direction, also to watch the sail boats that were using the water flow to sail. We did watch a few of the sail boats get towed away from the current as it was taking them in the wrong direction.


Our next day we would be traveling to Lunenburg, NS, since it was only 89 miles away we could take our time. So off to Nautical Seafoods we all went. Wow!! This was a great tour, learned so much about lobster.

male/female crates full of lobsters with more crates under these
male lobsters ready for market

There are 2 seasons to trap lobster, Spring and Fall. The only restriction to catching lobster is, how many traps the lobster fisherman has a license for, (no more than 250 traps), and a female that has egss, she will be marked on the tail, put back in, and will not be kept again until she sheds her shell. This company is the only one in NS that buys and sells lobsters.

explaining how to tell the difference between male and female

They do blood testing, grade them, and sorted by their weight. The ones that don’t measure up are sold to be canned or used in other ways. They will then store the best and heartiest in tanks for up to 6 months. They are stored in salt water that is extremely cold, 37 degrees, with water circulating thru the tanks from the river at all times.There can be up to 500lbs of lobster in each crate, once they are in the crate they hibernate and don’t eat or continue to grown any larger.


different color lobsters


In the ocean lobsters will shed their shell, but once in captivity they no longer shed. Bejing, China is one of the largest buyers of large lobsters, the 8-10lb ones. The males are kept separate from the females in the crates. We also found out that to cook lobster you don’t boil them, but steam them in about 2”s of water with salt, for about 15 mins, to check if done pull on the long whiskers and if it comes out then they are done.


16 lb lobsta

Leaving the campground today was tricky, the front row needed to leave first as the back row did not want to back out and get stuck in the mud. It worked just fine, Guy and I were almost the last to leave, which we hoped by the time we made it to the next campsite everyone would be settled!!

tides out at the lobster plant
That’s a big lobsta!!

Until next time y’all have a very Blessed Week. Come on back as we make our way to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

11 thoughts on “Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

  1. You’ve seen some breathtaking scenery & had some incredible experiences but I truly wonder how you managed the pace. However did you find the time to grocery shop, do laundry, give your pet(s) the attention they need, cook, or even keep up with RV care? It’s left me wondering as to whether or not I’m caravan material.

    1. You hit the nail on the head…it was a fast moving trip …but there were some down days where we could get things done..I only went grocery shopping twice in the 2 months!! We ate out a lot, plus the caravan company fed us many meals…there were also
      Many socials with food!! thank goodness our coach performed beautifully… no issues!! We have decided after this trip we are not caravan people either!! You move way to fast…I would have liked to stay longer in a few places…we missed so many places!! But we did see so
      Much and did have a wonderful time!!

  2. Thank you again for sharing your journey, I feel honored to be on your mailing list, not kidding! This is priceless.

  3. What a great trip you’ve had, but I agree – it seemed a very fast pace!
    Hope the damage to the jack isn’t very serious!
    And yes – best way to cook lobster is steaming! Although I hate cooking them at all and prefer the tails. Lots of people like to eat the females with the eggs (roe) but not me!

    1. Hi Kelly, it was a fast trip, 4,000 miles in 2 months!! Not counting the miles with the truck driving around!! But it was well worth it!! A once in a life time trip!!
      We are trying to find someone to look at the jack…hope it’s not to expensive either!!

    1. Thanks for reading…that was actually our 2nd time getting stuck…we were in Sth Carolina, the site was sand under the grass, when we tried to move we just sank!! We carry lots of wood, shovel and tow ropes!!

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