Around Digby

26 07 2011

The main industries at Digby are fishing and tourism.

Here you can see the fishing boats moored at lowish tide.  The tides at the Annapolis Basin average an amazing 26 feet!

The fishing boats are moored so that they can move up and down the green pillar with the tides.

Likewise these yachts and the board walk will rise up the brown tubes with the tide.

There were some beautiful yachts berthed at the marina.

This one would suit me fine.

I did a Blog about a windmill here near Lunenburg, that we passed on our way to Broad Cove.

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/old-buildings-of-nova-scotia-windmills/

It was then dismantled and moved to Beaver River, south of Digby. The new owner said it was to become an information centre for a wind farm.

We took a trip down to see it and found it in the fog. It does not have its sails yet and I could see no sign of any wind farm. It sits on a bleak windswept moor. I hope it is completed soon.

We took the coastal road back to Digby and were surprised to come upon this large church at the Acadian fishing village of Saulnierville.

It is l’Eglise Sacre Couer.

Further along the same road we came to this even larger wooden church.

Eglise Sainte-Marie  is the largest and tallest wooden building  in North america. The church spire is 185 feet from floor to steeple, with its cross adding another 15.6 feet. Originally 15 feet taller, the church steeple was struck by lightning in 1914, requiring part of the spire to be rebuilt.

You can see that the design of the church was influenced by the architecture of the chateaux of the Loire Valley.

But the one that really amazed us was l’Eglise Saint-Bernard, a massive stone built church. This looks all the more immense because it is so out of scale with everything else in the area. It would look OK in a city setting, but here among tiny wooden houses and farms it is really out of place.

32 years to build, the board says,

and built by the local French farmers, fishermen and lumbermen.

We took a road off to Gilbert Cove Point to visit the lighthouse,

and climbed up to the light.

It had been a very interesting 3 days at Digby Pines and this is another area we have explored and know a bit better.

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4 responses

5 08 2011
lynnekovan

Hi, Just found your blog via my friend Sybil from crittersrus. My husband and I are planning to retire in the Lunenberg/Mahone bay area from England. The move is planned for next year, if we can sell our house here in Surrey. I’m flying into Halifax tomorrow with my daughter and granddaughter for my second research visit, although I was born in Halifax and lived there until I was 9. Luckily I still have Canadian Nationality. I love your pictures and shall revisit your site for inspiration!

5 08 2011
jackiequeen

Good Luck with selling your house, Lynne. Email me if you have any questions about this area. I love it here.

5 08 2011
sartenada

Lovely post with excellent photos.

Photos of marina with white boats are really beautiful, but what was a happy surprise to me, where those church photos. The Church Sainte-Marie is awesome. I hope someday that You present inside photos from it.

Also tide amazed me, 26 feet, oh dear.

Thank You presenting this post.

5 08 2011
jackiequeen

I cannot find any photos anywhere of the inside of these churches. Only that tree trunks were used as the columns inside of Sainte-Marie and covered in plaster. I am sure that they will not be elaborate or highly decorated, like the ones you have photographed. The people in this area were poor and so I think the inside would be simple. Thank you for visiting my post.

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