"Step Back in Time" Greenwood by Bwana_Brown

Greenwood Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 43 photos

Harbourville, Nova Scotia

On a recent family outing to the Annapolis River valley along Nova Scotia's north coast, I took a short car trip out from Greenwood to explore the local area. In just a few minutes, I had climbed up out of the valley and was driving the network of back country roads over and along North Mountain and looking down into the Bay of Fundy. This is an area with a strange air to it - the old weather-beaten and mis-shaped buildings combined with the various tractors, cars and wrecks spread around the yards reminded me of a drive in West Virginia many years ago! I ended up in Harbourville, a tiny village of a few hundred people sheltering on the south shore of the Bay of Fundy - a village that has seen better times but is now trying to right itself again. Their daily existance depends on six small fishing boats that nestle in the harbour shown in the photo, but this area is also quite scenic and is becoming more of a tourist draw in the summer months. It was very quiet on this cold and windy last day of November!

Entering the Heart of the Village

As I came down off North Mountain, I entered Harbourville directly along this rather narrow road. Just around the bend, it emerges directly at the main harbour and the road then swings either way to wind back up along the edge of sheer cliffs which provide a great view out over the Bay of Fundy. I was quite taken by the appearance of this house (and its closeness to the road), just one of many unusual sights that you will see along any of these roads!

All Hope is Gone

As I was driving toward the village, I came across this abandoned farm on the side of the mountain. Harbourville got its name in 1860 and, judging from the size of the row of trees along the road in front of this farm, it must have been there a long time as well. All was quiet as I walked around the now deserted scene. See my Off-the-Beaten path tips for a closer look.

  • Last visit to Greenwood: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 2, 2003
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2007 at 12:05 AM

    Excellent page with good storyabout the settlers on Isle au Haut. Deserted houses are very spooky! Well, in some countries people used to live in harsher climates than in Nova Scotia.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2006 at 1:23 AM

    This does look a beautiful, if slightly desolate, part of the world. Those tides must be really impressive to watch - pity VT is confined to still photos.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 8:26 PM

    Even if the climate is harsh, it is difficult to understand why this area is so completely deserted, back to wilderness !

  • Mar 30, 2005 at 12:18 AM

    a great page here glenn! the minas basin really is an amazing place, i was in walton in july last year. a quiet tiny village on the backroads... looks similar to this place. simply gorgeous area of the world! nice work mate.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2004 at 8:43 AM

    I would not want to fall asleep on these beaches at low tide!!! hahaha

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2004 at 5:19 PM

    Pages like this is why I love your pages Glenn, such a pleasure to read. Wonderful story about the settlers on Isle au Haut. Those deserted & old ramshackle houses are very spooky! Excellent page (~_~)

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2004 at 4:08 PM

    Oh amazing stuff! Brilliant. That apple tree pic. Must go back and see if the old persimmon tree is bearing this year. It looked so stunning with all it's golden fruit in past years. But I have a feeling the drought killed it.

  • Dec 5, 2003 at 7:23 AM

    Incredible!! Would be a great to spend a couple of days in one of these farms. It got such a eerie feel over it.


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