Our RV Park run by the Kiwanis’s for the benefit of the town is at the very eastern end of the peninsula. Just across the road on a lush green lawn is a large Celtic Cross commentating the Irish immigrants who arrived, more especially during the potato famine. On arrival they were quarantined on Hospital Island to recover from their many illnesses; typhoid, whooping cough, diphtheria, cholera, coughing blood disease (TB) and of course starvation. Two other Irish people from Cork were at the Cross at the same time. One afternoon we went to the Town archives where they had an amazing volume of research data to see if there were any Horgan or Cheevers listed - there were none. We were shown the Town 1851 census listing 8,000 people from Ireland, 700 from England, 350 from Scotland, for some reason there was no record of people from Wales. For years afterwards (all documented) the Irish came in their thousands; one member of a family would emigrate, make enough money to send back for the passage of a family member so as such the new immigrants were not a burden on the town and were welcome. We discovered great empathy for the Irish in St Andrews-by-the-Sea.
St Andrews-by-the-Sea was one of the first seaside resort towns developed in Canada with the spectacular Algonquin Hotel built in the Tudor style on the highest point of the town and opened in 1889; it has 234 rooms, offered salt water baths and clean fresh air. The hotel is currently being refurbished as a Conference Center and is due to re-open in September. One day Adele went to a Knitting Club in the RV Park and met a lady who remembers the "rich" people coming to their summer cottages in town and being chauffeur driven about ¼ of a mile to the town shops. They never mixed with the locals, developed their own private beach, indoor pool, outdoor pool and gymnasium. She knew that was how the rich meant it to stay; the 1929 crash and following depression in which the rich lost their money changed that.We just loved this little town and its friendly people. A great welcome to Canada!