Saturday, September 4, 2010

Two hours to be a tourist

On September 3rd - my second day in the Digby area I finally had the opportunity to get out and about for a bit.

I had an interview with Jim - one of my tour guides from the 2nd...Jim is a DJ for the local station in Yarmouth - CJSL the Wave 95.5 and I decided that I would visit a few things in Yarmouth and get to know the city better and then I wanted to retrace the route the guys had taken me so I could take some photos...

I rode around town a bit and went to the water front....
Yarmouth Waterfront
The Yarmouth Waterfront is very attractive
Water Front
Water Front
Retrofitted old Building
The old buildings in town - many are very well preserved and retrofitted - being used as shops and offices.

Frost park
The beautiful Frost park ...

Frost park
The beautiful Frost park ...
At Frost park

I had the pleasure of visiting the Firefighters Museum. The amount of history in this small building is stunning and the quality of the displays - impeccable...
The Military Stature on the main street
Firefighters Museum
Firefighters Museum
Old Office Equipments
The office equipment of the day - notice on the left top corner the fire bell

Oldest steam pumper
The oldest steam pumper - 1863 Amoskeag

I enjoyed the time in the museum - there is so much to see in there and they span over 100 years of fire fighter history. You Fire Fighters who ride really need to make this museum a must do - get it on your bucket list boys and girls!

For more information on the Museum visit:

Church Point

No visit to the Yarmouth - Digby area is complete until you have
visited Church Point
visited Church Point

St Mary's Church is the largest Wooden Structure
St Mary's Church is the largest Wooden Structure
It took two years to build - 1903 to 1905 and took 1500 volunteers to erect
The wooden walls are covered in canvas and white washed.
The church boasts 41 stained glass windows that were shipped from France in crates of molasses to protect them.

French Canadian artist Louis
French Canadian artist Louis St Hilaire painted 9 religious symbols on the ceiling - one of them reportedly represents a motorcyclist

Organ boasts 999 pipes
The organ boasts 999 pipes and is one of 6 models in Canada - it was built by the Casavant Brothers of Quebec

Artifacts of previous priests
The church is a registered museum and has two rooms that hold the artifacts of previous priests and other religious artifacts of the time.
The Alter which was built by Father Jean-Mande
The alter was originally in the old church that had been built in 1820 - the alter was built by Father Jean-Mande - the original priest who founded the parish in 1799

Great Collections
The collection is stunning and in very good shape

St Bernard
I don't have much information on the next church - St Bernard - it was the architecture and the extreme contrast to St Mary's that caused me to want to stop in
The Church constructed with 3' thick granite walls
This church is constructed with 3' thick granite walls

The Church

That was the extent of the tourism stuff I was able to do in the two hours I had to be a tourist - the Yarmouth region is SOOOO pretty and the ride along the coast line is nothing short of stunning.

Until next time - ride safe..

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