Off to Canada....

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Thursday, August 2, 2012

We had no intention of heading into Canada while we were in Maine.  That is until I had a chat with a local and discovered that right across the border in New Brunswick was the chocolate capital of Canada.  Given that Ken loves chocolate a trip over was a no brainer! 

Before crossing over we made a quick visit to the St Croix Island National Historic Site.  This park is a joint effort between the US and Canada.  It preserves the island where Pierre Dugua of France attempted to set up a trading post and settlement in the winter of 1604-1605.  He chose the island, rather then the mainland for defensibility.   He also, mistakenly, assumed that the winter months would be mild!   Needless to say that those who survived the winter months moved to the mainland as soon as the spring thaw arrived and shortly thereafter they all returned to France.  An interesting bit of history!

After an easy border crossing we made a visit to the Museum of Chocolate which is housed in the old Ganong chocolate factory.  It's an interesting museum which chronicles the history of this family of chocolate makers. A definite highlight is the trays of chocolates located throughout the museum - you are encouraged to eat your fill! 

From the museum we made a stop at the local visitor center and were urged to make the short drive over to St Stephens, New Brunswick.  According to the staff this is 'where they go'!  It didn't take much more prompting than that to get us to make the short drive over for some shopping and a late lunch.  We also made a stop at the Canadian side of the St Croix Island Historic Site prior to heading back across the border and home.
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