Larrys River in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
Samuel de Champlain Meets Captain Savalette On Shores of Tor Bay
Champlain rencontre le Capitaine Savalette sur les Côtes de Tor Baie
French cartographer and geographer, Samuel de Champlain met Basque fisherman and fishery entrepreneur, Captain Savalette, on the north shores of Tor Bay in 1607. According to authenticated records, Champlain and a group of explorers, including writer, Marc Lescarbot, met Captain Savalette of St. Jean de Luz, France, in this bay in 1607 on their way to Port Royal. They were treated with great hospitality as guests of Savalette who so impressed Champlain with his knowledge of the dangerous waters of the bay and surrounding area, that Champlain named the north shores Port Savalette. The area is believed to be somewhere between present day Charlos Cove and Port Felix. Savalette informed them that he was on his 42nd visit to this bay. The Basque captain used the shores of the bay and the islands (later known as the Sugar Islands) situated at the mouth of it, to dry and cure his fish before transporting it back to France. A plaque was mounted on a rock in 1949 by the Government of Canada at the urging of local historian, Dr. J.C. Jost, and is situated approximately where Savalette and Champlain met. The plaque is still present on this
(Marker Number 3.)
Location. 45° 13.3′ N, 61° 22.644′ W. Marker is in Larrys River, Nova Scotia, in Guysborough County. Marker is at the intersection of Marine Drive (Nova Scotia Route 316) and Ballfield Loop, on the right when traveling west on Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Larrys River, Nova Scotia B0H 1T0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Acadian Dyke Building Along the Bay of Fundy (here, next to this marker); Settlement of l’Acadie 1604/1605 (here, next to this marker); French Expeditions Aimed At Settling North America (here, next to this marker); Grand-Pré (here, next to this marker); The Great Upheaval 1755-1763 (a few steps from this marker); The Scattering of a People (a few steps from this marker); The Resettlement (a few steps from this marker); Chezzetcook, Tracadie and Havre Boucher (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Larrys River.
Also see . . . Point Savalette Marker. A newly installed exhibit at Port Felix has details about the meeting between Champlain and Savalette. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
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