Situated on the western coast of Nova Scotia is the quaint village of Annapolis Royal. The world-renowned tides off the Bay of Fundy fluctuate as much as 15-20 feet per day leaving large tidal flats and marshes glistening in the sun. North of town is the only tidal power generation facility in North America producing 20MW annually. Originally known as Port Royal, the location served at various times under the French and English flag. For 150 years before the founding of Halifax, this site was the capitol of Arcadia, later known as Nova Scotia. The English town faced a total of 13 French attacks over the course of it's existence, making it the most attacked location in Canada.
Nestled at the southwestern end of the fertile Annapolis Valley and the head of the Annapolis Basin, the location is rich for both seafood as well as agricultural production and industry. The Saturday farmer's market offers a rich display of the produce, baking and folk art evident in this heavily European influenced valley. Fresh wood-fired oven breads, ripe tomatoes, pungent mushrooms, artisan cheeses and hand carved kitchenware are just a few of the items for sale. The intoxicating scent of sizzling griddle waffles, potato pancakes and strong coffee carries on the ever present winds. The live music of maritime accented sea shantys and the metallic thumbing of acoustic guitars solidifies the aural completeness of the busy market. It remains one of my favorite markets to attend in all my travels. Stop in, have a browned pretzel and buy some fresh savoy cabbage for homemade coleslaw...I know I did.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 55'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.