Land and Sea As it Used to Be.As we travel the rugged coast line of western Nova Scotia, we’ll learn firsthand just how difficult it was to earn a living from the sea and raise a family in Nova Scotia pre-WWII. This scenic and delightful tour offers something for everyone. Let’s take a trip down memory lane…
We'll tour historic Halifax before heading to Dartmouth via the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge, which opened in 1955 and is the older of the two harbour bridges. We’ll have a quick drive through the city of Dartmouth, founded in 1750, before we head out along the rugged coastline.
The “Marine Drive” is ‘a road less traveled’, one which meanders past great ocean views, white-sand beaches, extensive salt marshes and tiny Acadian fishing villages. We’ll stop for a brief photo opportunity at one of the great surfing beaches in Nova Scotia. Along the way, we’ll hear stories of the people who have made their living on the wild Atlantic and along this shoreline since the 1700's. We’ll stop on the dock at a working fishing village for photos and perhaps a chance to chat with local fishermen.
FISHERMAN'S LIFE MUSEUM
We’ll visit a typical fishing family’s homestead circa 1900 where we’ll learn firsthand just how difficult it was to earn a living from the sea and raise a family, in this case, a family of 13 daughters! Life wasn’t easy.
MEMORY LANE HERITAGE VILLAGE
Our final destination will be Memory Lane Heritage Village. This is a unique pre-WWII community where we’ll get the chance to see (and maybe for some of us, remember) how life was lived more than 70 years ago. Adding to the nostalgia and giving us a brief and wistful glimpse into days gone by, we’ll see some very familiar household and garden products that, while once common domestic items, are no longer part of family living today. While here, you will have the opportunity to choose one of four heritage experiences:
1. Seafood Sampler
Take a culinary trip back in time and explore the unique flavours of fresh and preserved seafood prepared in traditional methods. This tasty experience includes five seafood samples, fishcakes and beans.
2. Journey through the 1940’s
See, hear and experience how people lived in a time gone by. Your personal guide will take you on a ‘hand’s on’ exploration of life in the 1940’s through a reconstructed heritage village, while regaling stories of life in this coastal community. Lunch will be a traditional meal served in the cookhouse.
3. Clam Digging
Grab your boots and fork, then join a fourth generation clam digger on the mud flats of Clam Harbour to learn how to dig for clams! Following your muddy adventure, return to the cookhouse for a “feed” of clams and some traditional “chow”.
4. 1940’s Family Adventure
Embrace your creativity with a series of hands-on activities! From learning to prospect to making a buoy for the fish store, this series of activities is sure to be fun and help you discover time old talents. With each activity, you will create your own take-home memory. Lunch will be a traditional lumberjack meal served in the cookhouse.
Our return to dockside will be via a different route and include a trip across the MacKay Bridge which opened in 1971 and is the second harbour bridge.