Canada 2018 travel blog

St Croix Island, site of a French settlement in 1604

Here he is. Maybe the first of many.

I’m still staying at St Andrews but today I took a trip to the neighbouring town of St Stephens which is about 20 minutes away.

There were 2 excellent reasons for visiting St Stephens:

(a) I was told that the Atlantic Superstore there had fresh lobster, and

(b) There’s a Chocolate Museum there.

I chose my live lobster from the tank ($13.99 per lb) & they steamed him for me while I did the rest of my shopping.

Then I went to the Chocolate Museum but it’s closed Mondays & Tuesdays at this time of year so I’ll have to go back later in the week – maybe I’ll need to get another lobster while I’m there.

On my way home I stopped at the International Historical Site of St Croix Island. The island, which is uninhabited, is in the middle of the St Croix river which is the border between the US & Canada so it’s shared between Parks Canada & the US National Parks Service.

In 1604, a French nobleman called Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons established a settlement on the island which was the first attempt by the French at year-round colonization of the territory they called l’Acadie (Acadia).

The settlement didn’t last long because of the bitter winter & then a shortage of fresh food caused nearly ½ the group to die from scurvy. The next year they moved across the Bay of Fundy to Annapolis Royal on the north shore of Nova Scotia. Samuel de Champlain was part of the group & kept a detailed diary of his time at Annapolis Royal where there is now a full reconstruction of the settlement, which I saw last year.

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