Peggy’s Cove, NS

One of the prettiest places we went was Peggy’s Cove.  It was also one of the most crowded places we visited in Canada.  The drive down from Halifax was thru very small villages along the bay thru a densely wooded landscape when all of a sudden the tree growth seemed to become stunted with dwarf trees and lots of glacial erratic boulders (boulders moved in place by glaciers during various ice ages).

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Then arriving in Peggy’s Cove the entire area was large naked rocks.  What an interesting landscape with a lighthouse perched on the top.

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The day we were there, there were high winds and large splashing waves.  Could have watched the splashes and waves all day!!!

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The rocks and waves can also be dangerous and people can be dumb.  The news had just been running reports of visitors having just been washed off the rocks, and there were warning signs around.  But just common sense should tell you not to behave as these guys were.  They were venturing closer and closer trying to get splashed.  Makes you wonder some times.

The small harbor town was pretty as well.

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Another perfect blue-sky day!!!  Peace and Love

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Truro Tidal Bore

Another phenomenon that occurs in the Bay of Fundy is a tidal bore.  The definition of a “tidal bore” is = a large wave caused by the funneling of a flood tide as it enters a long, narrow, shallow inlet.   Or per Wikipedia – “A phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave of water that travels up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay’s current.”

This we really wanted to see.  Truro has a tidal bore twice a day and we gathered with many others to experience this.  This is what we saw, notice the little ripple on the middle of the shore, look hard.

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Needless to say we were underwhelmed.  But it is a real thing I have seen video of people surfing and they have outfitters that offer rafting or tubing on the bores, just not the day we went…

This picture also shows a ripple, but not a wave.

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Peace and Love

Cape Breton Island – Cabot Trail

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Cape Breton Island is a very large island in north eastern Nova Scotia.  I keep thinking of NS as running north and south, but it actually runs more east to west, check out the map, but Cape Breton does point a little north so I consider it northern NS.

The main reason for our visit was to explore the Cabot Trail, a world-famous drive on Cape Breton.  We just really didn’t realize the length of the trail.  It is 298 kilometers or about 200 miles long.  Being in the bus, we had a home camp at the southern end of the trail, but if ever doing it again, I would recommend taking a couple of days with overnight stays along the trail.  Driving it all in one day really limited our want/ability to explore more of the hiking trails and side roads.

In my opinion the northern section thru Cape Breton Highlands National Park is the prettiest part of the trail, but other sections have their charm as well.  Day one we ventured out for the trail going clockwise and about 3+ hours in when we were reaching the National Park and the highlands, fog and rain swept in limiting our views to a few feet.  But at that point there was no choice but to continue on.  There is not a short cut back, you either backtrack or continue the loop!!!

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Fortunately, or not, we were having a little car trouble so we extended our stay and waited the rain out for the next day or so while getting the car repaired.  This is not a very populated area and getting parts was the main hold up.  But it also allowed us the opportunity to try the trail again on a better day.  This time we went counter clockwise just to mix it up a little.

Wonderful rocky coasts,

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Beautiful highland mountains,

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Views of where we had been and where we were going.

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And a lighthouse and fishing village just for fun.

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We did enjoy one walk at a bog, and it was full of picture plants like we have in NC.  Although in NC I have never seen them bloom!!!  These blooming picture plants were all over quite amazing really.

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Bras d’or Lake is a large salt/fresh water lake on Cape Brenton Island.  It has very large habitable islands or peninsulas in it, which are considered islands in a lake on an island.

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Prince Edward Island

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P.E.I. is the smallest of Canada’s Provinces.  It is an island north of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Bay of St. Lawrence.  The bay where the St. Lawrence River and all of the great lakes empty into the Atlantic Ocean.

Until 1997 the island was only accessible via a ferry or private boat (I guess), but in May of 1997 the Confederation Bridge opened.  It is 8 miles long – longer than the 7 Mile Bridge in the FL Keys.

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You can get to the Island via the bridge or ferry for free, but leaving you must pay a toll.  The bridge toll for us (wanderlodge and towed) was $71.00.  I believe the ferry was around $150, we tried to make reservations for the ferry (thinking it would be interesting having the bus on a ferry) but it was full.  It would have saved about 1.5 hours of driving so with fuel savings, costs would have been about the same.

PEI is best known for its red sandy beaches and red coastal cliffs.  The beaches are popular due to the warmth of the water, warmest north of Virginia Beach is what I heard.   Not sure if this is due to the St. Lawrence river flow or the Gulfstream or a combination of both???

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Interesting that most of the island is farm land.  Farms reaching all the way to the coast in every direction.  They even farm the waters with aquaculture.  Many honor system farm stands on the road sides – green and white beans and potatoes while we were there.

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The seafood is also not to be missed.  We had oysters and mussels and truly enjoyed seeing all the little fishing villages although they were far between.

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My favorite of course were the lighthouses.  Still short, but beautiful in their own right.  We saw the East Point Lighthouse

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The Northpoint Lightstation

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And the West Point Lighthouse.

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PEI is also home to Anne of Green Gables and her adventures, but not having read the book this meant little to us.  But you can tour some notable places from the book, Green Gables was closed for renovation so not luck there.

Thought that this church was quite pretty, not sure if I have ever seen a yellow church???

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And some of the power poles looked like trees that had just been stripped of their limbs.

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Peace and Love – Oh yea forgot to mention the wonderful Blue Skies that continue to follow us!!!

Fundy Trail

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The Fundy Trail opened in 1998 to give access to a previously unspoiled area of beauty on the Bay of Fundy.  It was a short drive from the campground.  The main feature is the scenic drive along the coast with numerous overlooks, hiking trails and beaches.

They have an interesting way of getting to some of the more scenic outlooks, a combination of stairs and a ladder???  Notice Randy carrying Nellie, she did not understand the concept.

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We enjoyed a nice hike to Walton Glen Gorge and Walton Falls.  Odd to think of a gorge of this size being a little over a mile from the bay.

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Although Canada has a lot of wilderness areas, we have not seen a lot of wild life.  Would love to see a Moose!!!  Lots of warning signs, but no Moose, but did see this nice deer.

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They also have a flowerpot rock, you can see it as an island at a higher tide if you look closely at this photo from a distance and the low tide version.

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Another beautiful area, Wow just Wow!!!

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Peace and Love

Hopewell Rocks, NB

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As many know we rarely pay for entertainment, but in Canada it is a little different.  Of course, our national park pass is no good and their National Parks require entrance fees.  The Hopewell Rocks are government owned yet privately ran, and cost $10 per person to visit.  For me the Hopewell Rocks are what I think of when I hear “Bay of Fundy” so there was no choice but to visit!!!

They are also known as the Flowerpot Rocks and are located in the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy near Moncton, NB.  After the last ice age glaciers retreated surface water began filtering thru cracks in the remaining cliffs, with erosion from water flow, freezing and thawing and large tidal influences large sections of rock were separated from the mainland cliffs creating these odd islands.

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The extreme tides and waves of the bay and their large volumes of water flow modifies the landscape daily.  The rocks are from 40 – 70 feet tall and at low tide are large sculptures protruding from the sea floor and at high tide are tree covered islands.  The continual tidal flow and softness of the sedimentary and sandstone rock makes the base of the islands erode faster than the tops leaving some looking pretty unbalanced.

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This one called “elephant” rock, partially collapsed in 2016, approximately 200 tons of rock fell closing off the passage on the back side of this rock.  But the elephant is still visible from this side – trunk on the left.

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You can see how fragile they are notice the crack above Randy’s head and the light you can see thru it at with a closer look.

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Fascinating and beautiful place.

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Peace and Love

 

St Martin, New Brunswick, Canada

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So, we made our first international jump in the Wanderlodge from Maine, USA to New Brunswick, Canada.  We crossed in Calais, ME and after all our preparation and worry about crossing it was really very easy.  Hope going back will be just as easy???

We settled in the small village of St. Martin, and I mean small village.  It is about an hour east of Saint John and two hours west of Moncton, right on the Bay of Fundy.  Our campground Century Farms is on the bay with a large beach.  The sloping shore is very rocky, but at low tide a large flat sandy/muddy area is exposed.  You can walk out at least a hundred yards in less than knee deep water.

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The Bay of Fundy lies between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and has the highest recorded tides in the world with averages ranging up to 47 feet on the inner shores of the bay.  They are smaller the closer you get to the mouth of the bay, but still over 20 feet.  I believe they are around 35 feet in St. Martin.

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When the tide begins to come in these small waves/ripples continually roll in, no out wash just incoming, guess they don’t have riptide issues on this beach…

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This large tidal swing brings around 115 billion tons of water into the bay twice a day, they say it is equal to all of the water pumped into all of the oceans by all of the rivers of the earth!!  It is quite obvious the strength of the currents as the tides rush around the rocky shore.  This turbulence is just tide created at the point west of our beach at the Quaco Head lighthouse. High and low tides.

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St Martin is best known for their sea caves.   At low tide you can walk out on the ocean floor to the caves and caverns.  High tide washes your foot prints away and gives the opportunity to kayak in the same caves you just walked in.  They are not really deep caves, but caves none the less and we had to explore both low and high tides there.  Especially since we could see them from the bus windshield, what a wonderful place to be.  These are high and low tides at the same places.

Another phenomenon of the tides that we discussed in Maine is the reversing waterfall, or in this case the reversing river.  The Saint John river actually reverses flow as the tide rises.  The river flows into the bay during low tide, but as the tide rises the bay becomes higher than the river and it begins to flow back up river.

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Enjoying exploring the Bay of Fundy, Peace and Love.

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