Published: Saturday, 04 July 2015
I headed out yesterday morning – a sunny, warm Nova Scotian day - and wandered off exit 28 of Highway 101 toward Meteghan.
The pride of the Acadian people was impressed upon me immediately from the finely manicured lawns and gardens to the multitude of Acadian flags flying at residences and businesses alike.
Just before Church Point I made a stop to see David at the Roadside Grill and Cabins – a long-time Wharf Rat Rally supporter. It’s great to see he’s helping us out again, and breakfast smelled delicious!
Being on Wharf Rat Rally business, I didn’t make as many stops as I’d like, but I’ve already been to Rendezvous de la Baie and the historic churches so I drove on by.
My first stop was Elevina’s in Little Brook and even though breakfast had been only an hour before, the smell of roasting chicken turned into a container of fricot in my car for my lunch. It’s a great establishment with a well-known restaurant, a fully-equipped bar and an open deck looking out over the ocean. Fam
ous for rappie pie, the owners have rounded out the menu with a wide range of Acadian and traditional food.
Behind Elevina’s is a large grassy area with a huge canopied BBQ pit and loads of picnic tables. If you eat a meal or two in the restaurant, you’ll get a discount on ruff camping out back – free! But be forewarned: you won’t be able to avoid the temptation of that chicken for long as you walk through the restaurant!
My next stop for the morning was at A.F. Theriault and Son Boatyard. Here I was thrilled to be given a guided tour by the General Manager, Gilles Theriault. The business was started by his grandparents and the Propeller Shop is now located in what was his grandfather’s schoolhouse. I saw a lobster boat being built and had a lesson in the evolution of boat-building materials. In another building I saw the newest Halifax Transit ferry, the Craig Blake, in its final stages, as well as steel girders which are the very beginning of a third ferry being built by A.F. Theriault and Son Boatyard for Halifax Harbour.
My final destination was the Tim Horton’s in Meteghan which sells dream puff Timbits. These little morsels are like one-bite Boston Cream donuts and my very favourites! And it helps that Tim Horton’s is a huge supporter of the Wharf Rat Rally.
The scenery is breathtaking at times. The wharf in Saulnierville is worth stopping to photograph. The assortment of restaurants and their offerings is extensive from small cafés to award-winning properties. The history and culture are wonderful, even if I couldn’t read a lot of the signs to know what the. shops were selling! But the roads, in places, are such that I’d be smacking my husband in the back if I were on the back of his bike, with potholes and divots everywhere. Ride with care and caution and you’ll have a wonderful trip.
Laura Simmons, Wharf Rat Rally