A peaceful scene on Bush Island – fishing boats…
A peaceful scene on Bush Island – fishing boats…
Schafner Point Lighthouse
Built in 1885, Schafner Point Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the Annapolis Basin. It continues to warn mariners of the turbulent tidal waters of the narrow navigation channel along the Digby Gut–Annapolis Basin. It is located 11 km downstream from Annapolis Royal on the north side of the Annapolis Basin.
Schafner Point Lighthouse was designated as a Heritage Lighthouse on 12 February 2015.
Battery Harbour is one of those places that I am drawn to for the fading history that is indicative of the downturn in coastal fisheries across Canada. The way that harbours and fish processing plants allowed to fall into disrepair echoes the way that fish stocks have been overfished, mismanaged, and not protected.
There are some relatively new buildings here – a stark contrast to the old buildings that have long sat empty and are decaying as the wind and the tide batters them.
A lot of history is being forgotten, leaving a legacy that will become an expensive environmental mess to be dealt with.
Another small piece of Canada…
According to the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act listing for the Victoria Beach Lighthouse, it overlooks the buildings at Battery Harbour. To the west below the Victoria Beach lighthouse, Battery Point juts out into the ocean from the land, which in turn is slightly to the north of Victoria Beach Road, which in turn passes right past Battery Harbour.
Confusing? It gets better as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans calls the harbour Battery Point Harbour (Victoria Beach) and the harbour and wharf are managed by the Harbour Authority of Battery Point (Victoria Beach). The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act lists the lighthouse as the Victoria Beach Lighthouse, located at Battery Point, and wouldn’t you know that there is a Battery Point Lighthouse, located on the Battery Point breakwater, at Battery Point at the entrance to Lunenburg Harbour.
Interesting for a history-loving geek with an eye for detail…
The fishing boat Basin Bruin II in Battery Harbour
Victoria Beach Lighthouse
The 9.4 meters tall Victoria Beach Lighthouse is located on a parcel of land that thirty meters back from the water and nine meters above the high water mark on a rise overlooking the Digby Gut and Battery Harbour.
Constructed in 1901, it is the first lighthouse on the site but the fourth navigational aid erected on the Digby Gut–Annapolis Basin water corridor. The light was put in operation on 08 July 1901.
On 12 February 2015 the lighthouse was designated as a Heritage Lighthouse under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
Fort Anne National Historic Site – Canada’s first administered National Historic Site
Although Fort Anne was neither the first National Historic Park (Fort Howe was designated three years earlier), nor is it the first site designated under the replacement National Historic Site program, it is nonetheless sometimes referred to as Canada’s “first national historic site” or the “first administered national historic site”, because it was the first site acquired by the federal government for national historic purposes that has subsequently remained under Parks Canada administration.
The site has been fortified since 1629, when the Scots came to colonize Nova Scotia (New Scotland) and built Charles Fort. The region was reverted to French control in the 1630s and Charles de Menou d’Aulnay began work on the first of four forts on the same site, then known as Port Royal. In 1702, the French began construction of the current Vauban earthwork that is found there today
The battery overlooking the Annapolis Basin and the banks of the Annapolis River
Lequille Hydro Plant
I took a little side trip to see if I could find the hydro generating plant that was downhill of a surge tower that I spotted while heading home from a trip to Annapolis Royal. Sure enough, I wound up at the Lequille Hydro Plant.
The Lequille Hydro System consists of three storage reservoirs and a three-mile canal that diverts water flow to a concrete intake structure. A wood stave penstock attached to the intake structure conveys water to the hydroelectric generating facility, which contains a water wheel connected to a 13 megawatt generator.
The Lequille powerhouse was widely celebrated when it first opened in 1968 as it was constructed close to the site of the first water-powered flour mill north of Mexico.
I saw a plaque and had to check it…
Sieur de Poutrincourt had a water-mill erected on the Lequille River near here early in 1607 to make flour for the settlers at Port Royal.
The building that houses the power plant is a recreation of what is thought to look like Poutrincourt’s Mill.
The ebbing tide – Cornwallis River in Port Williams
A 360° look at Port Royal National Historic Site