Almost Free Family Fun in Halifax DIY Cruise Ship Excursion to the Annapolis Valley
Friday, February 27, 2009
In early February we took a short holiday to the Annapolis Valley (see Shore Excursion G) The weather was cold but with lots of sunshine during the day. One spot we visited was the Look-Off near Canning, N.S. and as you can see from the pictures, it looks very different in the winter.
Situated on the banks of the Cornwallis River at Port Williams is the nearly new Port Pub, where we had breakfast and, later in the evening, returned for dinner. As it is a Brew Pub, Ann tried their India Pale Ale but said that, truth be told, she still prefers Keiths. The food, service and the views of the countryside were great, and in summer there is a large outdoor deck with meal and beverage service.
After dinner we tried some night snapshots but they were less than perfect. The following day we returned to Port Williams and a park on the Cornwallis River. The world famous Bay of Fundy tide was rising in the river, and ever so slowly moving inland carrying large chunks of ice in it’s flow (photos try to show just how slow – about three minutes between each snap-shot)
For a day trip (and much of what we did can be incorporated into your (Almost Free Family Fun in Halifax, Nova Scotia / Cruise Ship Excursions), we drove along the old Route One from Wolfville to Middleton, returning to Wolfville on the same road. It is an interesting drive, made more so by all the changes we saw, especially the very extensive residential housing developments, replacing farmland.
In Middleton, we drove around the town and discovered a unique looking residence for sale . Ann noticed that the flower boxes would always be in bloom no matter the season or weather as they are actually an artist’s painting under each window of the sun-porch. Very colourful and eye-catching especially in winter.
In Berwick (the Apple Capital of the World) we shopped at Bargain Harleys. Sadly, we found no bargains but Ann did buy a scarf and mitten outfit for granddaughter Ann. No visit to “The Valley” would be complete without a visit to Grand Pré National Historic Park near Wolfville (closed during the winter) where we found lots of snow there and also on the Great Meadow.
As our brief holiday was ending and we were headed for home, we stopped to take our last snap-shop of Cape Blomidon, taken from the grounds - no pun intended - of Just-Us-Coffee-Roasters.
With your own cruise ship excursion (seeShore Excursion G), you will be able to see and experience what we did (and more!) during our mini February holiday.
Until next time,
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