We made our way down to Lunenburg making very cool stops along the way. We drove to Guysborough, stopping at the information centre which was also a museum. The building was the court house until 1974 so we saw how it looked. There was a witness stand, a judge’s table, the spectators’ seats… it was all super cool. We saw a bunch of artifacts and also saw the tools they use to use for cutting wood. It was a pretty cool museum.
After Guysborough we drove up to Antigonish where we spent the night at Whidden Park Campground, next to St. FX University. The next morning, we stopped in Sherbrooke where we went to the old Sherbrooke village. We got to see what a late 1800s town looked like. First stop was the blacksmith’s shop where we saw a man making a tool. We also got to see all of the tools that would’ve been made and used by a blacksmith. Then we went to the post office and saw how the mail is placed in people’s boxes. Next door was the printing shop where I learned that newspapers used to be made by someone putting one letter in at a time – what a long time! They would use a machine that would secure the letters in place and then put it on a paper. That was pretty cool! We went into every building in the town and saw how that company did its job. In the drug store, we were told that the bottles were colour coordinated because not everyone could read back then. For example blue meant poisonous. We also went into the richest man in the town’s house. It was huge! There were three bedrooms (not counting the gardener’s or the maids’) and only two people lived there! The town was so cool and all of the people were so helpful!
Our last stop was at Hope For Wildlife. (Yes the place where they film the TV Show). Hope Swinimer is the founder of the organization. In the 90s she found a hurt pigeon. She called the SPCA but they said they couldn’t do anything so she decided to take care of it herself. Someone heard about that so they brought their animal to her. Then another, then another. She decided to open up the Eastern Shore Rehabilitation Centre for wild animals where she would tend to the hurt animals and then release them into the wild. Of course that name was too long to stick so she changed to it Hope For Wildlife – which is a cool play on word. We soon found out that HFW is a TV show! Maybe some of you know it… We were given a tour by Jamie, one of the people who run it.
While we were waiting, Crimson, a bunny came up to us. He was so soft and so cute! There was also a chinchilla but it didn’t like people. We went all around their property and saw every animal except for the deer because they didn’t want them getting use to seeing people. We met Ellie the porcupine, George the bird and Oliver the owl with one wing and one eye.
It was so cool to see how Hope helps all the animals and how so many people want to help Hope.