Starting in 1793, York Redoubt was an important defensive piece of the British during its various conflicts with France. With straight line of sight to both the Halifax Citadel and Fort McNab, York Redoubt was the first line of defense as you approached the Halifax Harbour.
Samuel de Champlain visited the Bay of Fundy in 1604 and legend has it that he named this area Cape d'Or because the copper minerals reflecting from the cliffs reminded him of gold. However, the copper was known to the local Mi'kmaq far before that time. Champlain found copper on the west side of the point.
The Cape to Cape footpath is approximately 400 kilometres of trail starting at Cape Chignecto and crosses mainland Nova Scotia to Cape George. Being a community based project, trail segments were established throughout four counties. Trail systems such as Rogart Mountain Trail, Kenomee Trail System and the Gully Lake Wilderness Area are part of this footpath.
The period between 1850 - 1940 was an interesting time around Kejimkujik Lake. The area was populated with logging mills, gold mines, hunting lodges and cabins. Today when we enter the park, we don't see this part of history right away, especially since some of these locations are in less traveled sections of the park.
Annapolis Royal and surrounding areas are an important part of my family history. When I open up a book about our branch of the "Cyr" family, it all started with Pierre Sire who landed in Port-Royal in 1668. I decided to pass by the area and check out three important sites during the time of Acadian settlement..
Who built this house? When? How did they furnish it? What were their lives like? Who was the first person to own this piece of land? What were its original measurements and boundaries? How did it change shape and ownership over the years? When was a house first built on it? What did the neighbourhood look like then?
In 1783, more than 10,000 settlers came to Shelburne, Nova Scotia from New York and the middle Colonies of the Thirteen Colonies. The Loyalists, who opposed the Revolution and remained loyal to Britain, were promised free land, tools and provisions in Nova Scotia (among other places).