Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse
When we first decided to make a journey to Nova Scotia and began talking with people who had already traveled there, everybody mentioned two places we must see, Peggy’s Cove and the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. As can be seen from all my earlier photos we have already seen a lot of lighthouses and thought this would be similar. It is located in a particularly barren rocky environment and the winds are so fierce that the trees are stunted and scraggly, similar to the tundra. We rounded a curve and there was the lighthouse atop a huge granite outcrop with waves crashing onto the rocks. The colors were really amazing. Continue reading
Picturesque Lunenburg, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies nestled on the southern shore of Nova Scotia. Begun in 1752 it is the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in Canada. Originally settled by farmers who could not farm this rocky terrain they learned fishing and became excellent shipbuilders and over the years the town prospered. This is reflected in the fine architecture that has been completely preserved in the historic center of the town, albeit it is certainly much more colorful now than it had been originally. Crayola colors have been applied to some of the houses that give the town a jewel like appearance. Continue reading
Beautiful architecture in the historic old town of Annapolis Royal
Our travels took us around the Bay of Fundy from the New Brunswick side to the Nova Scotia side and to a beautiful campground overlooking the water just outside the historic town of Annapolis Royal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in this beautiful little town that has so much to offer, gorgeous Victorian houses which we now realize are everywhere in the Maritimes, fabulous seafood chowder and world-famous scallops for which the region is famous. The wild roses are in bloom everywhere and their scent fills the air, fog banks roll in unpredictably even during the middle of the day only to disappear a few hours later. We attended the largest outdoor farmer’s market in Nova Scotia, went to a botanical garden and even saw a tidal energy plant. Continue reading
Hopewell Rocks at high tide
We’re deep into Bay of Fundy territory and the tides here are dramatic and measured not just vertically with distances of up to 50 feet but also horizontally where the tides can go out up to 3 miles in some cases. These tides rule! The fishing boats are high and dry when the tide is out and they scurry out when the tide comes in and there is enough water to set them free. If you’re caught unprepared you may have to wait until the next tide change to get where you want to go. Continue reading
Picking your way through seaweed encrusted rocks to Head Harbour Lightstation built in 1829
Campobello Island, NB is accessed via mainland Maine and after crossing over a small bridge you encounter Canadian border control and suddenly you are in New Brunswick. There was no line when we went through, we were asked a couple of questions and before we knew it we were on our way and even had a dog biscuit for Laia. If only all border crossings could be this easy. Our exit turned out to be just as easy with an even bigger dog biscuit from the American border agent.
We knew the weather was supposed to turn bad so we decided to go and visit a nearby lighthouse during sunset. Little did we know it is situated on a rocky outcrop that is only accessible during low tide and even viewing it involves climbing down several sets of seaweed coated ladders and walking across seaweed encrusted boulders on the ocean floor. It turned out to be our lucky day because it was low tide when we got there and off we went, Laia in tow, not knowing what to expect. Laia had to be carried on the ladders because her paws were too small for the large grates and we picked our way across slippery rocks until finally we could see the lighthouse in the evening light. We were thrilled with the experience and felt very fortunate that we had been able to accomplish it on the first try. A couple we spoke to the next day had tried 3 times to get out to see it but had been denied by bad weather or the tides. Continue reading
Bayley’s Camping Resort
After spending a couple of days in the Adirondacks we made our way over to coastal Maine and the place we would call home for the next week. We didn’t want to be on the road during the busy July 4th/Canada Day long week-end so the only reservations we made prior to leaving home were for a week at Bayley’s Camping Resort just south of Portland, ME. It’s an amazing park with everything you could ever want, 4 pools, 6 hot tubs, shuttles to the nearby beach, mini-golf, tennis, etc, plus nice roomy sites. Continue reading