With Canada Day coming up on Monday, I have been thinking about one of my favourite spots in Canada. Everybody thinks the water is cold in Nova Scotia and, for the most part, that might be true. But we often spend summer vacations visiting a spot where the water is relatively warm and the beach is as beautiful as you would expect.
My parents were born and raised in Nova Scotia and it's where my grandparents and most of my aunts, uncles and cousins lived when I was growing up. We didn't visit often, but I enjoyed the hospitality, the natural beauty and, of course, my grandmother's baking, when we did.
|My little guy enjoying an unspoiled Nova Scotia beach on one of our summer trips.|
Little did I know then that one of the best spots for family vacations in Nova Scotia is the very beach my dad walked on as a child. Dad was born and raised in Judique, Nova Scotia. His ancestors, the "Bogainn MacDonalds," came to Canada from Scotland in the closing years of the 18th century.
The Gaelic word "bogainn" means marsh and the Gaelic "bog an lochain" is a type of water bird. According to oral tradition, this family of MacDonalds had a reputation for going out fishing on the ocean in all kinds of weather. On one particular stormy day, they were sighted out on the water by some neighbours, who commented, "Tha gu leoir dha fhein a'bhi a bhogainn amuigh an diugh!" It's enough for the "bogainn" himself to be out today!
|One of the cottages (with a picturesque view) we rented over the years.|
|Dad on the beach at Mabou.|
If you throw a stone on the beach in Port Hood, you are likely to hit a MacDonald (probably one of my relatives). If you do, tell them I say "hi!"
Happy Canada Day friends!