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ATLANTIC TOURS 800-565-7173 WWW.ATLANTICTOURS.COM WEB EXCLUSIVES ATLANTIC CANADA PHOTOS WWW.BANKTRAVELMANAGEMENT.COM Lunenburg Lunenburg is a historic fishing village in Nova Scotia. b r historic shing village Nova Scotia. historic shing village s llag ova otia ti If you see the rocks and blue water, it has been photoshopped." We got another example of the power of the Bay of Fundy tides in St. John, our home for the next two nights. Te Reversing Falls is a 14-foot drop in the St. John River near downtown. We arrived at low tide, when the river was churning rapidly over the drop as it headed into the bay. When we stopped by two days later at high tide, the force of the bay was so strong that it was pushing the river in the opposite direction. LOYALISTS AND ACADIANS We spent the next day at St. Andrews, a charming fshing village near the Maine border that was settled by Loyalists after the Revolutionary War. "Tis is 2013, and they are still very Loyalist," said Lisa. We took a whale-watching cruise with Quoddy Link Marine and were treated to the sights of a minke whale, one of a dozen species of whales found in the bay; numerous gray seals; porpoises; and hundreds of seabirds nested in the pocked clifs of Lobster traps ready for the day's work. White Horse Island. At the Fundy Discovery Aquarium on our way out of town, we had fun in the touch tank and watching a seal feeding. We took a ferry across the bay back to Nova Scotia, and after a night in Digby and a meal of its famous scallops, we headed back to Halifax through the Annapolis Valley, "the richest farming area in Nova Scotia." Tis is the land of the Acadians, the French settlers who were forcibly evicted in the mid-1700s by the British. I was aware of the Acadians from my visits to Louisiana, where they were the forerunners of the fascinating Cajun culture, and Longfellow's poem "Evangeline." However, our stop at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site expanded my understanding of the human tragedy of their deportation. A well-produced 22-minute multimedia presentation at the site's visitors center gives a good background to the removal of the Acadians from the rich land they had wrestled from marshland and sea over generations. Families were often tragically separated B A N K T R A V E L M A N A G E M E N T. C O M 23

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