After leaving Digby, Laetitia and her group rented canoes in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and spent several hours canoeing on Kejimkujik Lake. The historic site designation comes from the presence of petroglyphs featuring the hieroglyphic writing of the Mi’kmaq people who populated the area before the coming of the Europeans. The park is unusual in that it is in two physically separate locations. The lake where the Mind’s Eye tour group canoed is in the central upland area of the park. When they finished canoeing, the group went beach walking in the seaside portion of the park.
Afterward they went back across the peninsula to Annapolis Royal, their destination for the evening. Like many towns in the Maritimes, the community began as a French colony in 1605. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of Europeans in North America north of St. Augustine in Florida. During its history, it was the frequent scene of struggles for supremacy between the French and English and later between the Americans and English. It was attacked 13 times, more than any other North American place.
In the evening, Laetitia arranged with a local guide for a candlelight graveyard tour of the Garrison Cemetery. It was a great way to learn a bit of history about the town. The cemetery candlelight revelers stopped at a pub for a nightcap. There Laetitia overheard a conversation that she turned into the limerick of the day. At one table, an ardent young man who was about to go away on a trip was reading a poem called Love’s Toil by Omar Jabak to his sweetheart. When he announced the title, some drunk patrons at the next table began talking loudly about “love’s toilet.” Needless to say it spoiled the romantic mood of the occasion.[/TAB][TAB NAME=’lIMERICK’]The suitor was ardent and loyal
When he read to his sweetheart Love’s Toil
But some fellows did spoil it
When they talked of “love’s toilet”
In a pub in Annapolis Royal.[/TAB][END_TABSET]