I spent a wonderful night at a B&B in Shediac and learned a neat cooking recipe from the owners over breakfast. I can hardly wait to try it out on my friends. It is easy and impressive.
My goals for today were: (1) explore the Irving Eco Centre; (2) visit the Historic Acadian Village; and (3) find my hotel in Campbelltown.
Irving Eco Centre
Located near the town of Saint-Édourd-de-Kent, is a protected area consisting on a beautiful beach and boardwalk that sits atop a long sand bar peninsula. I started off on the boardwalk, as most people were doing, and then I remembered the last lines of the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
So instead of walking along the boardwalk, as most people were doing, I went down to the sandy beach, removed my sandals, strapped them to my belt, and then walked along the shoreline. My jeans quickly became wet above my ankles from the small waves, but I didn’t care. I decided to explore and as I did the years of my age flew away. It reminded me of the line, “We are losing sight of the retreating shoreline of early childhood.” from the book The Way the Crow Flies by Anne-Marie Macdonald.
My photos from the wonderful moments spent there …
Historic Acadian Village
Very similar to Upper Canada Village in Eastern Ontario, this Acadian village is a reconstruction of two periods of Acadian history, each period separated by a covered bridge. Between the time I spent at the Irving centre and the driving, I was only able to spend a few hours at the village before it closed. I would have liked to see more and talk to some of the people who played the role of the Acadians, but alas, no time. I was, however, able to walk through the entire village and get some photos.
Last, but not least, I found my hotel in Campbeltown. I was hungry when I arrived and there was no restaurant in the hotel. I asked the desk person for a name of a local restaurant and she told me that there were only four good restaurants in town and they were closed on Mondays. So I had my first MacDonald’s burger since starting this journey.