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Autumn falls early in the St. John River Valley. The leaves turn brilliant hues of red and gold in mid to late September. The days are often quite warm, the nights cool.

For centuries the valley was the chief transportation corridor between what is now Nova Scotia and Quebec. Following the expulsion of the French-speaking Acadians in the 1760's, settlers in New England were offered large tracts of land gratis by King George III, as the British wished to build up a loyal following that would never prove hostile to British rule.

In the aftermath of the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalists (those Americans still loyal to the Crown) poured into the valley, settling on lands meted out to them as a reward for their loyalty. However, much of the land was poor and the farming life represented backbreaking toil, so many Loyalists either returned to England or fled to towns like Halifax or to Upper Canada.

Today the valley is a peaceful collection of farming communities. Some Acadians eventually returned to occupy the northern portions of the valley, together with French Canadian settlers from Quebec. Those of French and English descent today live largely in a spirit of harmony and mutual respect.

The blur on the river to the left is lingering mist.
Cleaned up for some sky noise.

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