As we approach the wrap up to Expedition Education #23/Canada’s Maritimes/June, 2019… we have experienced many wonderful adventures together on the road.
A couple of days ago we were exploring the spectacular Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands where we enjoyed one of the world’s loveliest coastal drives. While visiting Baddeck on the shores of beautiful Bas d’Or Lake, we toured the fascinating Alexander Graham Bell Museum, commemorating the life of the brilliant inventor, his supportive family and remarkable band of friends and colleagues. Bell loved Cape Breton as it reminded him of his Scottish roots and the great inventor is buried nearby on his estate at Bhein Breagh. During his remarkable lifetime, he also became familiar with the career of Dr. Maria Montessori and was so impressed with her work that he in fact sponsored a series of lectures… helping bring Montessori education to North America! At the museum we also viewed the full scale replica of the Silver Dart, Bell’s aircraft that ushered in the era of flight in Canada, lifting off the frozen lake in February 1909… the first manned flight in the British Empire.
Back on the mainland of Nova Scotia, we visited Pictou and the landing site of pioneering Scottish immigrants who made landfall there on their ship the Hector in 1773. A re-creation of this 85’ ship is alongside the wharf there. From Pictou we took the ferry to beautiful Prince Edward Island. Here we have been enjoying the red earth, beautiful beaches, pastoral farmland and bountiful history of our smallest island province. Our Fathers of Confederation first met here in Charlottetown in 1864, paving the way for the creation of Canada three years later on July 1st, 1867. As we approach yet another Canada Day celebration… visiting beautiful places like these jewels of the Maritimes, has reminded us all of just how incredible the country we call home truly is! ❤️ 🇨🇦”