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Local History Discovered at the Yarmouth County Museum

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Its origins go back to the 1800s when a farmer brought a few pine cones from the area to town and started to sell them. Several years later he was joined by a party of French settlers and soon enough the farmers were selling them to neighbouring towns. Today, the museum is one of the most visited heritage sites in the area and an attraction for locals and tourists alike.

A great way to spend an afternoon for me was exploring the fishery in the MacKinnon-Cann area. The Upper Palequarium contains a rich collection of stuffed, whole fish that predators would have normally wasn’t able to catch. Without a lot of luck, Ilershot and herring were the only ones weighing in on the weigh bridge. However, I did spy on a pair of macaques foraging off the shore and they were fascinating to watch.

From the Upper Palequarium onwards the journey changed into a woodland walk. The HMAS Melbourne, a heritage sailplane, was the vehicle on which I ventured into a through trail of rich Lookout pine and heather bush. I was hoping to capture some photographs of the sea stack candelabras that adorn the summit of the gully, but perhaps I should have taken a camera with me in the first place.

From the summit I descended via a series of gateways and roads to the forest below. The cool, wet weather of recent days had resulted in a rich environmental system. The forest was a mix of dark green and yellow pine forests, heather rich grasslands and dense forests of eucalypts. The mix of habitats created a fertile rich feeding ground for a wide range of wildlife.

A bit tired from my high altitude trek I headed back to the road and drove along the scenic Huckleberry Creek. The creek flows out into Christchurch Bay, an arm of the magnificent North Canterbury Dam. Several scenic islands border the bay and are worth the photo opportunity.

The road travelled was along the better route to the coast and I got a little time to explore some of the interesting shops and restaurants on the upper slopes of Mount Huckleberry. The area is a mix of fruit and wine production regions. At the base of the dam are the wineries, many of them small,Buckwheat Willow Winery, was my favourite. I had a glass of ice wine with some steaming 10 year old paddles. Many of the wines were excellent and I learned about the process of terroir screwing. The grape must be handpicked and then put through a special process of conditioning. Once the must is conditioner, put it aside and overnight it to a absorbent cloth. This absorbent cloth is then removed from the winery. The next day the must is inoculated against mud sickness. If all goes well a bottle is produced and added to the wine list.

I had a great day out and would recommend it to anybody. Hello from Nova Scotia


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