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New Brunswick’s Colonial Past

By Linda Tancs

One of Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime is the scenic St. John River Valley in New Brunswick.  Eastern Canada’s longest river, it boasts the world’s longest covered bridge.  Chief among the area’s charms, though, is the entertaining outdoor living history museum known as Kings Landing.  Created in the 1960s above the high-water mark arising from the river dam project, the settlement commemorates the colonial life and times of the first settlers in this region, a regiment of loyalists in the American Revolution known as the King’s American Dragoons.  Sure, there’s plenty of the butter making, candle dipping and wool spinning that typifies villages of this sort, but Kings Landing is also a monument to the industrial and agricultural traditions of colonial America’s refugees.  A horse-powered drag saw is just one spectacle greeting you on your visit.  The settlement is also a back-breeding program for livestock, vegetables, fruit and flowers, sporting 19th century varieties less common or almost extinct today.  This year’s season begins on 14 June.


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