our day on the avon

We took a day off a couple of weeks ago and decided to explore a part of our home province that we either hadn’t seen, or couldn’t remember seeing. I wrote an earlier post on Avondale Sky Winery, which was the first step on this little tour of the Avon River area of Hants County. Check that post out here.

​After our tour of the transformed church, we hit the road, arriving in Brooklyn, where we found The Bread Gallery. It was a great stopping place, serving fresh coffee, pie just out of the oven, and baked goods for us to take in the car for our picnic. In the back was a small art gallery, featuring a lot of what we call ‘cow art’ – cows, artistically presented in a variety of mediums, something we found was very popular during our travels in Ireland.

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To reach The Bread Gallery, take the 14 from Windsor, and follow the signs to Brooklyn, it’s quite hard to miss. There are some seriously iffy intersections on that road though, so don’t be distracted by the Bread Gallery’s signage and miss the turn – or those sneaky yield signs.

We also stopped on the Avon River to check out a lighthouse we happened to spot, and chat with a family who were fishing off a pier, despite the looming storm clouds. Truthfully, I have no idea where we were at that point. But the key was that we were going to stop wherever we saw anything interesting, and it worked out for us.

At this point, the rain poured down, and even though we were dry in the car, it wasn’t turning out to be a great day for a road trip. Fortunately for us, we drove right through the storm, and came out to clear skies on the other side.

Breaking away from the 14 to follow the 215 along the river, Summerville wharves drew us off the main road, as did the bright green of The Flying Apron, an inn and restaurant serving fresh, local food, curing their own meats, and selling a wide selection of jams and condiments. We stopped in for an appetizer and a coffee, and loved all the photography being featured. Their website has beautiful pictures of the rooms upstairs in the inn, and the staff even offer cooking classes in their lovely training kitchen.

Our final stop was Cheverie, where we came upon a salt marsh, and a large brick structure, kind of like a dome. It was finally concluded that it is some kind of periscope, and if you stand inside the dark inner room, theoretically you can see the ocean, and its tides, through the scope. We didn’t have much success, but that may not have had anything to do with the equipment. In any case, do let us know if you see anything!

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Just across the road from the periscope was a picnic table, and we watched the receding tides over a small picnic of mainly local foods – including some great white rolls from The Bread Gallery.

There are still huge sections of Nova Scotia we haven’t seen, but the distances between communities are so much smaller than they look on the map, these are very manageable trips, even for families coming from Halifax or the other shores. Every town has something new to offer, and many have playgrounds for restless little legs to get some energy out.

Here’s a map, let us know what you discover on your staycation!

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