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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
Our return to New Brunswick saw us exploring the capital city of Fredericton.
We finished our New Brunswick experience on the south coast with stops at the delightful “St Andrews By the Sea” and St Stephens.
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.
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.
Cape Breton was a hiking delight as we explored the Cabot Trail and the Highlands National Park.
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.
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.