Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Glenora Distillery

After spending the night near Halifax and a memorable lunch next day at the Costco (yes, the $1.50 (Canadian) Polish dog deal; also weirdly crispy fries, served with brown gravy; we passed on that; the Costco was otherwise pretty much like in the States), we drove on in the direction of Cape Breton Island, stopping at the Glenora Distillery. The folks there have been making whiskey since the 1990s and have even been sued by the Scotch Whiskey Association for use of the name "Glenora," which, the Scots thought, suggested it might be Scotch that Glenora distilling. Duh. Evidently they did not prevail. And Glenora is careful not to call it scotch.
But first, a word about Nova Scotia wines: yes,
there are Nova Scotia wines, plenty of them; above
is one side of an aisle of them at a liquor store in

And a giant line-up of other Canadian wines; I
surmise this is global warming in action, again

The Glenora Distillery; I passed on the tour and
tasting, partly because the stuff is ridiculously
pricey and partly because of my loyalty to the
Scottish version

Instead we opted for lunch, with music; the local
bitter I had with my fish and chips was credible

More of Glenora; a beautiful setting, with a hotel
and restaurant part of the resort complex; did I
mention that this is all in the heavily Scottish
region of Nova Scotia?

Through which runs a creek

Thus; no sign of autumn here

Peggy's Cove

We drove on up the coast toward Halifax, stopping at one of Canada's more-photographed sites, Peggy's Cove, named for a young woman who washed up there after a ship-wreck; see below. It's one of those places best viewed in light wind and rain and fog, we thought.
The story...

Glacial erratics everywhere; we're not accustomed
to seeing them on shorelines

Mahon Bay, Nova Scotia

I'm sure there are many things of interest and note in Mahon Bay, which is around the bend from Lunenburg. It is a pretty place, despite the rain. But we drove through during the annual town-wide scarecrow festival, in full swing, and had to take pix. They need no description...

Best in show, we thought

Many of these pix taken for grand-daughter P

Gotta like Mahon Bay!

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The day after Grand Pre we drove from Nova Scotia's Bay side to its Atlantic side to see another World Heritage site, the town of Lunenburg. Lunenburg was chosen as an exemplar of British colonial towns and for its well-preserved buildings. I'll let the pix speak mostly for themselves.
The thing that caught our eyes was this beautiful
old Anglican church, St. John's

Many old houses and buildings of note

A little reminiscent of Dublin...

Dollar Store (Loonie=$CA1, Toonie=$CA2)

In a collectible store; we stimulated the local
economy modestly

Art Nouveau bank, early 1900s; not part of the
World Heritage thing, presumably

Nearby city bench

Not sure whether the paint colors match the 18th
century originals...

Harbor view

Interesting place; better without the rain!