Caribbean Adventures Part TWO!

Our visits to these Maritime Provinces were split into two between our Newfoundland adventures so it is hard getting our head around where we have been and what we have done!

Before heading south we have looked back in our log, scratched our heads and come up with our highlights…mostly a pictorial journey…

NEW BRUNSWICK

The coastal road and our first lobster stops – this is where we fell in love with Atlantic lobster – yum, yum and yum.  Caraquet for an interactive visit to learn of the Acadian history followed by  a remote drive out to the tip of Miscou Island was fascinating and stunning.

can't get enough of that....

can’t get enough of that….

Acadian Village, Caraquet

Acadian Village, Caraquet

pumping gas

pumping gas old style

Miscou Island lighthouse

Miscou Island lighthouse

The city of Moncton was very cool where we saw the infamous “tidal bore” and our first exposure to the amazing tides on the Bay of Fundy.  Of course we stopped at “Magnetic Hill”.  This optical illusion boggles your mind – it truly appears and feels as if you are coasting uphill!

watching the surfers ride the Tidal Bore, Moncton

watching the surfers ride the Tidal Bore, Moncton

Magnetic Hill - coasting uphill - this driver in front of us was having a hard time driving a straight line

Magnetic Hill – coasting uphill – this driver in front of us was having a hard time driving a straight line

Our tidal infatuation continued as we traveled to Cape Enrage and to the incredible “Hopewell Rocks”.  Truly beyond words – we spent the entire day there so we could experience it all – low to high – a 40’ difference!!!!! It is amazing to see and phenomenal to witness the power of the sea.

Hopewell Rocks - high tide

Hopewell Rocks – high tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

moonscape as the water and river beds empty

moonscape as the water and river beds empty

Back to the coast for the Shediac Lobster Festival – could not get enough of this tasty treat from the sea!  Cap Pele, just south, was a stunning, white sand, dune enclosed beach where we felt quite tropical and spent one of our 4 beach days this summer!

Shediac Lobster Festival

Shediac Lobster Festival

the beach on Cap Pele

the beach on Cap Pele

Our return to New Brunswick saw us exploring the capital city of Fredericton.

Fredericton Legislature

Fredericton Legislature

City Hall in the Garrison district, downtown Fredericton

City Hall in the Garrison district, downtown Fredericton

We finished our New Brunswick experience on the south coast  with stops at the delightful “St Andrews By the Sea” and St Stephens.

St Andrews By the Sea

St Andrews By the Sea

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with lots of history to the 1800's

with lots of history to the 1800’s

a lovely seaside town

a lovely seaside town

At St. Andrews we made a trip to Minister’s Island.  This island is so fascinating.  It is accessible for 6 hours at low tide otherwise the passage is 14’ under water.  Roo made the trip across and we spent a couple of hours exploring the buildings and hiking the island.

The island was purchased in 1790 by Reverend Andrews for 250 pounds sterling.  It wasn’t until 1891 that Sir William Van Horne (from Montreal) purchased a large parcel to build a summer residence.  Van Horne was a genius of a man – the Manager of the CPR – responsible for the completion of the railway, ahead of schedule and under budget.  He also built and owned the rail line in Cuba.  He was an accomplished painter, violin player and had numerous other talents.

crossing the sea floor to Minsiter's Island

crossing the sea floor to Minsiter’s Island

this timid little guy came to say hello on the island

this timid little guy came to say hello on the island

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the Bath house – this 2 storey structure provided a panorama view for Sir William to paint from and change rooms below for a dip in the sea. The sand dug to build this structure created an 8 x8′ tidal pool that filled every 6 hours, heated and then filter out again! Ingenious for the time.

Sir William (black beard next to Santa Clause) driving the last spike at Craigellache (near our home in BC)

Sir William (black beard next to Santa Clause) driving the last spike at Craigellachie (which is near our home in BC)

Hovencoven Manor - Sir William Van Horne's summer residence

Hovencoven Manor – Sir William Van Horne’s summer residence

St Stephens

St Stephens

NOVA SCOTIA

Loved this province and the best part was spending time with the locals, Dave & Alex.  We met them at another great Bay of Fundy park, Five Islands, and again as excellent tour guides in their stomping grounds, Halifax.

hooking up with our buds

hooking up with our buds

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at low tide…

Five Islands Provincial Park, Bay of Fundy

Five Islands Provincial Park, Bay of Fundy as seen from the hiking trails

Cape Breton was a hiking delight as we explored the Cabot Trail and the Highlands National Park.

downtown Sydney

downtown Sydney

Freshwater Lake

Freshwater Lake

morning hike past Ingonish beach

morning hike past Ingonish beach

Franey hike, Cape Breton Highlands

Franey hike, Cape Breton Highlands

Amazing history of the fortress at Louisburg

Amazing history at the fortress at Louisburg

Miner's Museum, Glace Bay

Miner’s Museum, Glace Bay

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Halifax Adventures

 

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FINALLY…..bagpipes in the Maritimes – downtown Halifax

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the iconic WAVE on the waterfront in Halifax

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Dave provides some “gunner” tips for Glen

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Alex and I practice our Eagle poses on the waterfront where group yoga classes are held – we were just early (or perhaps late)

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don’t you love the drunken light post?

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an awesome hike to Lawrencetown on the “Salt March Trail”

We continued on the coastal route with stops at the iconic “Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis Royal and then Truro where we bid farewell to this lovely province.

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the village of Peggy’s Cove

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the lighthouse with a few of the 3 bus loads at iconic Peggy’s Cove

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the Annapolis Valley

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the tide arrives at Cape Split – an amazing 14 km hike

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Fort Anne

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Downtown Digby – how did we know our visit coincided with 3000 bikers arriving for the Wharf Rat Rally?

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the lighthouse in Leif Erikson Park, Yarmouth

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iconic (check your dimes) Bluenose II

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Mahone Bay

 

And so, after 10 ½ weeks we are bidding farewell to these beautiful provinces!   We have decided we could easily become “Maritimers”!!!

18, 239 km since leaving home….we have seen so much of Canada and yet, like many of our travels afar, we have only touched the surface of this magnificent country.  We certainly have a list of places we want to return to and sites still to see.  However, for now…. we turn south for 10 days to visit coastal Maine down to Boston and then we return to Niagara Falls and Toronto.  We bypassed this area on the way knowing we wanted to visit when good friends, Gwen & Guillaume aboard Slow Waltz made it back from the Caribbean.

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Comments on: "New Brunswick & Nova Scotia – Parts One and Two" (1)

  1. Patrick Hudson said:

    WE LIVED OUT THERE FOR 27 YEARS RAISED OUR FAMILY AND TOOK VISITORS ON TOURS BUT NEVER GOT TO SEE ALOT OF WHAT YOU FOLKS HVE SEEN IN YOUR SHORT TIME OUT THERE.

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