Lonnie and Sue - Traveling North America

2007 - June 7 to July 1 Travels to Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia

 My campground rating system is on a scale of 5/5 with the first number being the levelness of the site and the second being the appearance.  A 3/3 would be an average site.

 I have left the prices in for comparison and to give a general idea of what to expect.  Depending on when you read this, factor in inflation.

You can read it through or select specific locations below.
Travel Log - June 6 to July 1, 2007     [Tab 2007 Canada 2]

06-07-2007     Thur     Day 67     Trip meter:  130.5

Fuel:   The jeep at a Ultramar station in Gaspe, QB   $1.189 = $4.198

Driving Directions:   Got back on QC 132 east.  At QC 197 took it south to Gaspe. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:50 AM.  Stopped at the lighthouse at Madeleine.  Following is excerpt from our 2004 visit:

Stopped in Madeline-Centre and saw a lighthouse.  It is constructed of concrete – painted white – a red walkway just below the light – top painted red.  We walked to the top – 43 circular steps in the body of the tower and a metal ladder with 10 steps to the light – self guided tour.  The big light was not on but there was a smaller one outside the tower that was.  Believe the big light just works at night.  No one there spoke English so we couldn’t get any information about it.  Cost $2.00 each.

We went up in the lighthouse again.  Had planned to go outside at the top but the wind was blowing so hard I was afraid it might blow us over the railing.  The lighthouse was built in 1871 as a result to 2 shipwrecks just off the shore.  Entrance fee was $2.50 each.  There was also a museum but we didn’t go in this time.  It is not mentioned in the 2004 log but we saw it then.  Today’s entrance fee to the museum is $6.00.  We had to circle the information center to get out of the parking lot. 

Stopped at the overlook at Grande Vallee and took pictures of the town.  A review of the 2004 pictures revealed the same shots – we are consistent.

  • Campsite:   Motel & Camping Fort Ramsay, Gaspe, QC – 2 nights - site # 30 - gravel pad - pull in overlooking the bay - 30 amp, water, sewer, WiFi (FREE).  Cost $28.49 per night.  Commercial.  Rating 5/5.  Got setup at 2:15 PM.

Additional info:  Each site has a table and fire pit.  The campground is on 2 levels.  The site services are situated so that they alternate with one pull in and one back in.  There is a nice shower house and playground.  We are pulled in right up to a cliff overlooking the bay.  We were in site #32 in 2004.  At the office there is a cantina where they cook breakfast and then hot and cold sandwiches the rest of the day.  Have satellite.

We drove into town.  There is a large hospital located on the hill overlooking the town.  We drove up to it.  It is constructed of quarried stone and there is only 1 narrow street providing access to it.  I estimate the grade of the street to be between 12 to 15% in places.  Don’t appear to be a very good place for a hospital.

Lighthouse at Madeline-Centre on Gaspe Peninsula.
View of the village of Grande Vallee on Gaspe Peninsula.
Our campsite at Motel & Camping Fort Ramsay, Gaspe, QC 
Motel & Camping Fort Ramsay, Gaspe, QC
06-08-2007     Fri     Day 68

Days Activities:   We are doing a tour of Forillon National Park.  We did one in 2004 but it was in September so thought a June tour would look a bit different.

  • Stopped at Fort Ramsey.  Don’t know why we didn’t stop here in 2004 except it is not very well marked and may not have been then.  It is a gun emplacement that was constructed in 1942 to protect the shipping in the harbour.  Submarines had sunk many ships in the early part of the war in this area.  There are two 4 ½ inch guns that are connected by deep trenches with shell storage between them.  The storage rooms are constructed of thick concrete walls.  The fort supported 220 soldiers and the guns were never used.  There was another fort across the bay but we didn’t get to see it.
  • There are 3 campgrounds in the park.  We toured the south campground.  It has 5 sections with a total of 136 sites with electric and 35 sites without.  Water is available through out the park.  The sites were large and well sheltered from each other for privacy.  Tall trees through the campground but didn’t appear to be much accessibility to the water. 

  • Drove through the section called “Grande Grove”.  It is a historical section of old homes but they were not open.  There is a really nice dock in the area.

  • Stopped at the falls again.  Walked to the viewing platform but did not hike to the bottom of the falls this time.  Still a magnificent sight.

  • Drove through the north section campgrounds.  The first one has 113 sites with electric and 42 without.  Not as pretty as the south section but much more accessible to the water and beaches.  The third one is just for tent camping and has 41 sites without.

  • Stopped in Riviere-au-Renard for lunch.  Have seen a “Hot Hamburger” on the menu at several places around the Gaspe.  It is always priced at twice the price of a hamburger.  Decided to get one.  It is a plain hamburger topped with a generous helping of brown gravy, french fries, and cold slaw.  Believe it is just a Gaspe thing.  Don’t plan on having it again.

  • Stopped at the north area and walked around the boardwalk at the information center.  It is a 20 minute walk with information about the wildlife the area supports.

Gun emplacement at Fort Ramsey protecting the harbour.
The boardwalk at the information center.  Lovely walk.
Great place for a picnic .
Great view during our drive.
06-09-2007     Sat     Day 69     Trip meter:  203.1

Driving Directions:   Got back on QC 132 east.  At Perce QC 132 east changed to QC 132 west.  Got off at the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:15 AM.

  • Campsite:   La Maison Verte de Parc Gaspesien, Pointe-a-la-Croix, QC - overnight - site # 10 - grass pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer.  Cost $29.00 per night.  Commercial.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 3:05 PM.  Have satellite.

Additional info:  No table but has a fire ring, 2 playgrounds, large grassy area.  Seasonal units are parked on 2 sides of the campground.  The transit sites are out in the middle – very large sites.  The campground is surrounded by trees.  We would have stayed another night so I could have done some maintenance on the coach if there had been a table. 

Our campsite at La Maison Verte de Parc Gaspesien, Pointe-a-la-Croix, QC .
Notice the wide open space at this campground.

06-10-2007     Sun     Day 70     Trip meter:  112.2

Fuel:   The coach at Caraquet, NB.  $1.044 = $3.725

Driving Directions:   Took the bridge across to Campbellton, NB.  Then took NB 11 east to Caraquet and the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:35 AM.  We were headed for Shediac but decided to go and tour the Acadian Village again at Caraquet.  There is a large RV parking lot.

Cost $15.00 each for admission.  Saw a 25-minute video about the development of the Acadian culture starting in the late 1600’s to present.  This was a different video from the one we saw in 2004 because this video was not produced until 2005.  It was in both English and French.

The tour was just as good as the one in 2004.  We were provided a brochure and we took the tour in order of the map.  All buildings had an occupant dressed in period dress except the chapel and lobster hatchery. 

That completed the tour.  It took a little over 3½ hours and we probably walked over 3 miles considering how far away we had to park the coach. Decided it was too late to go to Shediac so drove into Caraquet for the night.

  • Campsite:  Camping Caraquet, Caraquet, NB - overnight - site # 36 - grass pad - back in - 15 amp, water.  Cost $20.00 per night.  Provincial Park.  Rating 3/5.  Got setup at 6:00 PM.

Additional info:  Each site has a table and grill (for fire wood).  There is a playground right on the beach.  The campground set on the bay.  We have a wonderful view from our window.  The campground is all grass with asphalt roads – no gravel showing.  Shower and washroom set in the middle of the sites.  Group shelter next to the beach.

Warehouse where fish (cod) was packed in barrels for shipment.  This is just  few of the photos we took of the tour.  See the PHOTO Tab for more.
Baking bread in an outdoor oven.
Spinning and weaving flax.
Printing up bookmarkers on an old press.  They are sold in the gift shop.
Tinsmith’s Shop – this is an exact replica of the original shop that is located in Shippagen and currently used as a gift ship.  The equipment is all period and is currently being used to make tin products that are used in the village and sold in the gift shop.  Examples are water buckets, lanterns, pans, cheese grates, cups, dippers, etc 
Our campsite at Camping Caraquet, Caraquet, NB.

06-11-2007     Mon     Day 71     Trip meter:  162.1

Driving Directions:   Took NB 11 west back to Bathurst.  At NB 8 took it south.  At Miramichi took NB 11 south.  At exit 2A got off and drove into Shediac to the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 12:15 PM.

  • Campsite:   Wishing Star Camping, Shediac, NB – 3 nights - site # 35 - grass pad – pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, cable TV, WiFi (FREE).  Cost $17.00 per night.  Passport America Park - saved $51.00.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 3:45 PM.  Have satellite.

Additional info:  Each site has a table but no fire ring.  Campground is setting on the bay.  Nice large sites.

We went into town for lunch.  I had a lobster roll and clam roll and Sue had the clam roll plate.  I purchased a lobster at the fish market and took it home for dinner.  It was great.

06-12-2007     Tue     Day 72

Days Activities:   Had planned to work on miscellaneous items on the coach but it is cold and overcast.  Decided to take a ride along the water.  Discovered we had lost an hour when we entered New Brunswick so went back and added an hour to all times.  It started raining on our way back to the campground.

WiFi does not work during the daytime but works fine after about 8 PM.

We bought more lobster for dinner.

06-13-2007     Wed     Day 73 

Days Activities:   Overcast all day.  Never did warm up.  Spent the day in and read.  Went out for lunch – Sue had shrimp and I had clams .

06-14-2007     Thur     Day 74     Trip meter:  58.3

Fuel:   The jeep at the Esso in Shediac.  $1.056 = $3.768

Driving Directions:   East through town on Main Street to jct of NB 15 east.  At jct of NB 16 took it east.  Drove across the Confederation Bridge and the road became TC 1.  Got off at the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 11:15 AM.  Stopped at the Esso in Shediac and got propane.  Heard on the radio that New Brunswick had set the maximum price that could be charged for gasoline at $1.079 per litre.  Didn’t know it was government controlled in NB – however know it is in NS.  Stopped at the visitors center in PEI.

Got some history about the bridge.  A private firm constructed it with an agreement with the Canadian government that the firm would own and operate it for 35 years then give it to Canada.  It was started in 1994 and completed in 1997.

  • Campsite:   Sun-N-Shade Campground, Borden-Carleton, PEI – 4 nights - site # 7 - grass pad - back in - 30 amp, water, sewer, cable TV.  Cost $24.98 per night.  Commercial.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 2:30 PM.  Have satellite. 

Additional info:  Each site has a table, no fire ring.  This campground is advertised as a Passport America park but not any more.  The campground has a good stand of trees on one side and in the rear where there are smaller sites.  We are backed up to a potato field.  The Confederation hiking trail runs next to the campground.  It is a beautiful campground but the sites are really packed in tight. 

There is a recreation hall where the campground provides live music on the weekends. 

06-15-2007     Fri     Day 75

Days Activities:   Left at 12:25 PM for Charlottetown.  Went to the ticket office and purchased tickets for “Anne of Green Gables”.  The first performance is the 18th.  Since it is the premier we got seats for half price - $30.00 each. 

Drove out to Fort Amherst at Rocky Point.  On the way in we saw a red fox.  There are 2 lighthouses at the fort site and we had to hike to them - the hike was over 1½ miles.   

A short distance away, at Holland Cove, is another lighthouse called Blockhouse Point Light Station – we drove to it.  While there we saw another red fox.  It captures and ate a small animal while we watched.  This is a working lighthouse.

Heard on the radio that several of the lumber companies are cutting back on production and laying off as many as 1,200 employees.  Reason being the reduction in housing cost in the US and the strong CN dollar, currently at around 95 cents to the US dollar.  The majority of the lay offs will be in the plywood manufacturing mills.

Our tour today was 112 miles.  Returned home at 5:30 PM.  We both had lobster for dinner.  That’s 5 lobsters and counting.

Went to the recreation center for live entertainment.  Very good.

06-16-2007     Sat     Day 76

Days Activities:   Sue wanted to get her hair permed this morning but could not get an appointment.  Left home at 12:35 PM to tour.

Drove to the foot of Confederation Bridge.  There is a lighthouse right at the base of the bridge approach.  There is another lighthouse a short distance away out on the point but we could not drive to it so drove around the little cove and took pictures from the opposite shore.  Found another lighthouse there for a total of 3 in this immediate area.

Stopped at the Seacow Head lighthouse at Fernwood.  It is a working lighthouse.  The lighthouse home was occupied.  From the cliff’s we had a view of the entire length of the bridge.  The view from here is gorgeous.  

Drove to the lighthouse at MacCallums Point.  It appears to be a working lighthouse.  It is located about ½ mile out in the bay and is accessible over a rock jetty that has been erected as a water break.  Summerside is located across the bay and appears to be about 2 miles away.  

We had to drive over 14 miles to get to Summerside from the lighthouse.  Stopped at Spinnaker’s Landing.  It is a small shopping mall built on a wharf.  I wandered around the dock area while Sue shopped.  It is setting right in the marina - very scenic and peaceful.  There were jellyfish in the water and Sue took pictures.  I purchased some salt-water taffy and Sue purchased a T-Shirt.  There is a lighthouse here but it is in town and the top is closed up so it does not appear to be working.  

Returned home at 4:30 PM.  The trip today was 65 miles.  Purchased a lobster for me.  Total of 6 now.

Sue has an upset stomach so didn’t go to tonight’s entertainment.  I went to the first set then returned home.  I purchased 2 CD’s for $15.00 each.

06-17-2007     Sun     Day 77

Days Activities:   Stayed in today.  I did some work on/around the coach. 

We went to the entertainment tonight.  It was not scheduled but we were told that if at least 2 people showed up they would play.  There were about 15 in attendance.  It was an abbreviated session of one hour and was still good.  We donated $6.00 to Make A Wish, another of the charity the campground supports.  The entertainment is free but they take donations for the charity.  Bought another CD for $10.00.

It started raining around midnight .

06-18-2007     Mon     Day 78     Trip meter:  38.2

Driving Directions:   Took TC 1 east.  At jct of PE 1A took it west.  At Middleton took PE 225 east.  At jct of PE 3 took it north.  Had planned on taking PE 251 north at Hunter River but missed the turn so continued on to New Glasgow and then took PE 224 east.  At Wheatley River took PE 251 north.  At Oyster Bed River 251 became PE 6. Continued on it for a couple of miles to the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 11:00 AM.  Drove back to the visitors center to check email.  It was just 1.2 miles back west on TC 1 to the foot of the bridge.

  • Campsite:   Bayside RV Campground, Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI – 10 nights - site # A-29 - grass pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer.  Passport America Park - saved $153.70.   Cost $15.37 per night.  Rating 4/5.  Got setup at 1:05 PM.

Additional info:  Has a table and fire ring.  Nice playground and a laundromat.  Huge open grass areas in the campground.  There is a stock car track on the back side of the campground. 

Drove into Charlottetown and attended the year’s first performance of “Anne of Green Gables”.  The cast did a really good job.  However, some of the microphones were set too low. 

It was really windy tonight.

06-19-2007     Tue     Day 79

Days Activities:   It is still windy and cold so we are staying during the morning.  Took a short drive in the evening and I bought a lobster for dinner – 1¾  lb.  We had a fire, cooked hotdogs, and then I had my lobster.  That makes 7 so far – 5 for me and 2 for Sue .

06-20-2007     Wed     Day 80

Fuel:  The jeep at an Irving in Kensington.  $1.078 = $3.823

Days Activities:   Departed home at 11:35 AM.  Going to drive around some of the west section today.  Nice day today.

Stopped at the PEI Shellfish Museum in Ellerslie.  It is located at the Ellerslie Shellfish Station operated by the PEI Shellfish Association.  The association is involved in the survival, relocation, and research of shellfish, primarily oysters.  We saw a video where they were moving oysters from the riverbed out to the ocean where the bottom is sandy.  The mud in the riverbed retards and distorts the growth of the oyster.  They redistribute the oyster to association members’ oyster beds and also along beaches for public gathering.  It was a great small museum and was free.  We spent a lot of time talking to one of the attendants.

Our campsite at Sun-N-Shade Campground, Borden-Carleton, PEI
Red fox on the side of the road. 
Confederation Bridge,  A little over 8 miles long and connects Prince Edward Island with Nova Scotia.
The entertainment is Blue Grass and it is free.  However, donations are accepted for a local children's hospital.  This is the house band.  The two on the right own the RV park.  Local musicians stop in and play and name bands touring the Island also stop over and play.  After the first set it is "open mic" and anyone that wants can play and sing.  When we were there in 2004 the Good Sam PEI Blue Grass RV Club had their rally there and we had 14 musicians all playing at once.  IT'S GREAT MUSIC.
Our campsite at Bayside RV Campground, Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI

Went to the Potato Museum located in Centennial Park in O’Leary.  We did not go there in 2004 and was informed by other travelers that we should have – so made it this trip.  It was very interesting.  Cost $6.36 each.  Saw a great video about potato development and farming on PEI.  There were also 4 buildings in the park open for visitors. 

  • Little Red Schoolhouse – It was called “Alaska School #179”.  It was built in the district of Alaska around 1900 and was in continual use until 1972.  It was used for grades 1 to 10.  It appears in later years it may have only been used for one grade at a time because there was a picture of the last 8th grade graduating class and there were about 20 students in the class.  Had 11 desks for 2 to 3 students per seat.  The inside measured 18’ x 23’.  It was moved to this site in 1975.
  • Heritage Chapel – Constructed in 1879/1880 and has been used by 3 faiths – Bible Christians, Methodists, and Roman Catholics.  There were 22 pews – 6 would seat 6 adults and the other 16 would seat 7 adults each.  It was used for services until 1990 and was moved to this site in 1993.
  • Log Barn – was constructed on site in 1972 to display agricultural machinery and farm implements.  Was full of old farming junk.
  • Telephone Switchboard Office – built in 1928 and was used until 1968.  The introduction of the dial system put it out of business.

 We stopped for ice cream in O’Leary and got 2 huge double dip cones for a total of $2.48.  One of the best buys we have had on this trip so far.  While there we met a couple that live in Kangaroo Valley, Australia – about 200 miles from Sidney.  He was born in Canada and she in New Zealand.  They are on a one-month vacation.  They knew where Lubbock is because he has been there 6 times.  He has taught some classes at Tech on horticulture.  We had a nice visit and compared travel notes.  

Drove over to Northport.  Sue took a picture of the lighthouse.  We drove out to the vineyard we had seen in 2004.   It looked good and there has been another acre planted across the road.  Sue also took pictures of the lighthouse on an island in Alberton Harbour.  It was a distant shot.  Looked like it has very large living quarters. 

Drove out on the dock at Northport and watched unloading of crabs.  They were huge crabs. 

Then we went to Richmond to see the “MacKinnon Family” Scottish concert.  It was held in a small room with maximum seating of around 40 – if you really pack them in.  In attendance tonight were 10 adults and 2 teenagers.  There were 3 performers – brother, sister, and mother.  The brother looked to be around 67/70, played the fiddle, and had arthritis in his left hand really bad.  The arthritis affected his fiddle playing.  The sister appeared to be around 50 and sang really well.  Her piano playing and bagpipe playing was marginal.  The mother appeared to be late 80’s.  She played at the piano, fiddle, guitar, and sing.  All of her performance left much to be desired.  She should have retired years ago.  They should have been ashamed of charging for their performance.  Cost $10.00 each.

Our trip today was 179 miles.  Got back home at 11:00 PM.

06-21-2007     Thur     Day 81

Days Activities:   It rained all night and into the early afternoon so we stayed in. 

06-22-2007     Fri     Day 82

Days Activities:   Departed home at 1:15 PM for a drive. 

Drove through PEI National Park at the Brackley Beach entrance.  Immediately inside the park are the facilities for Brackley Beach.  We walked over the sand dunes to the beach.  The facilities, consisting of changing rooms, showers, and a canteen, but does not open until the 29th.  The sand dunes run for many many miles along the shoreline.

Then we took Gulfshore Parkway west.  At the end of the peninsula is a campground that is closed.  The sign lists 148 sites.  Note – later we checked with a park employee and the campground has been closed for several years became it was deteriorating and they didn’t want to spend the money to renovate it.  

Headed back east.  Stopped at Covehead Harbour and Sue took a picture of a lighthouse and we walked out on the beach.  Covehead is where I took a fishing boat in 2004.  We drove around the wharf but the fishing boat tourist season does not start until July 1st.  The lobster season ends on June 30th then the lobster boats will be used for fishing excursions.  

Stopped at Stanhope Campground National Park Campground and drove through.  It is a nice campground but we did not see any sites we could get our home in.  There are 125 sites and full hookups are $32.65 per night this year.  It is located directly across from the beach – very convenient.  

Stopped at Dalvay Pond again.  Dalvay Pond is actually a large fresh water pond.  The area we stopped at is on the west end of the pond that is primarily wetland and is called a varachois pond.  It is very shallow and full of aquatic plant life. The park service has constructed a .5 km boardwalk through the wetlands.  We had walked the boardwalk in 2004 and did it again today. 

Right after we left the park we drove out Queens Point Road and Sue took a picture of a lighthouse.  The lighthouse was not indicated on the map.  The road is the one out to the point in Baie Tracadie Bay.  On the way we saw 2 cranes with the second floor of a house suspended above the first floor.  Could not tell if they were taking the floor off or putting it on.  The first floor was on moving dollies so don’t know if it was coming or going. 

We drove down many dirt roads to the water today.  The trip today was 80 miles.  Got back home at 6 PM.

It sprinkled again tonight.  The satellite signal is so weak here that we have been losing it every night shortly after midnight from the rain or overcast.

06-23-2007     Sat     Day 83

Days Activities:   We stayed in today.  At 5:30 PM we went to Charlottetown to the races.  Watched the first 9 of 12 races.  We both made a little money – a total of $9.00 winnings.  Got back home at 9:45 PM .

06-24-2007     Sun     Day 84

Fuel:   The jeep at Petro Canada in Cavendish, PEI.  $1.089 = $3.863

Days Activities:   Departed home at 1:10 PM.  Will be touring the area around Anne’s Land today.  

It is overcast, cold, and rainy.  Heard on the news the other day that they are having an unusually cold start of the season.  It is not a record but close.  Talked to one of the locals in the campground and he said that it is extremely unusually for it to be cold and rainy this time of the year.  Are we lucky or what?  Started to sprinkle before we got out of the campground.

The first area we toured was the Rustico area.  There are 6 villages in a small area with “Rustico” in their name. North Rustico is a village of several thousand.  There is a real nice boardwalk of about one mile that runs from the marina, in town, to the wharf at the harbour.  It is at least 4 feet wide.

The Cavendish area is just a tourist attraction.  There are several golf courses, a water park, an amusement park with numerous rides, a wax museum, Green Gables, and other attractions.  It is in a great setting and looks like a wonderful destination for children.  

We drove through the Cavendish Campground in the National Park.  There are 304 sites with at least 60 with full services, pull thoughts, and at least 100 feet long.  They are in a section of tall pines.  There are some beautiful unserviced sites right next to the beach.  It is a great family campground. 

Sue took a lot of pictures of wild lupids.  They are scattered all over the island.

Stopped at Carr’s Oyster Bar at Stanley Bridge for lunch – had fried oysters.  Great meal.  We set out on the patio and enjoyed the view of New London Bay.  Sue took pictures of the wharf and hillside across the bay and of the patio we sit on.  

We drove out to Cape Tryon and Sue took a picture of a lighthouse.  This is the one where Sue took pictures of a huge pumpkin in 2004.  Looks like there were more pumpkins planted this year.  On the way back to the main road we saw a fox run across in front of us.  When we got to the point where it had crossed I stopped.  It was standing in a driveway about 100 feet away.  When I stopped it started back towards the car.  We sit there until it got to the car then took several pictures.  It was just a pup and appeared to be very friendly – but we didn’t get out to pet it.  

Drove out to Profitts Point and Sue took a picture of a lighthouse.  She had to take the shot from a distance because it was out on a private road.  We could see another lighthouse further out but it was too far for a picture.  

There are 2 campgrounds on Profitts Point.  One of them, Twin Shores Camping Area, is huge.  We believe it has been put in since 2004 because we don’t remember it and it also has a new look about it and is fenced.  I checked TL and found that it is a Good Sam Park with 382 sites.

Just a block down the road is another campground that is located out on the point and is just a large grassy area with services.  There is a great view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There appears to be about 40 sites with at least 75% occupied and all looked to be seasonal.  There was no park name visible. 

Northport lighthouse.
Walking on Brackley Beach in PEI National Park.
Sue on the boardwalk at Dalvay Pond.
View of a small section of North Rustico.  The building with the square tower is a church and the red brick building in front of it is an old bank building that has been converted into a museum.  Notice the overcast.
Cape Tryon lighthouse.

Drove through Cabot Beach Provincial Park Campground.  There are at least 100 sites, some with full hookups.  The prettiest sites were the unserviced ones located on the cliffs overlooking the Gulf.  

Our tour today was 117 miles and got back home at 7:10 PM.  The last 45 minutes we drove in the rain and it rained off and on all night . 

06-25-2007     Mon     Day 85

Days Activities:   The sun is shining this morning.  The camp host told us that the weekend before we got here he only had 3 empty transit sites.  There appears to be 30 transit sites and only 3 of them were occupied this weekend – believe it is because of the lousy weather. 

Left home at 10:00 AM to drive out to East Point.  Stopped at the Cheese Lady’s Gouda Cheese factory.  They were making cheese today.  In 2004 they only made cheese on Wednesdays.  Now they make it on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Watch for a bit and saw a video.  Will go back another day and buy some cheese.   

About one mile from the cheese factory we saw a pasture with sheep and llama’s.  There were several brown sheep.  We have never seen brown sheep before.   

Sue left the camera home today so there will not be any pictures.   Her comment was “shit a brick”.   

There are 3 large beaches along this section of the drive.  We had visited them in 2004 and I wrote a comment about each.  We visited and walked them again today.  They are located at the end of McDonald Road, Savage Harbour Road, and I failed to get the name of the third road. 

We drove out to the beach at the end of McLean road to eat sandwiches we had purchased at the Coop Grocery.  Mosquitoes were so bad we didn’t even get our chairs set up.  This is the first time we have seen mosquitoes on any beach.   

A little further we found a beach without mosquitoes and had our lunch.  It was at the end of a dirt road with no name.  Some people arrived with a 4 wheeler and wagon and started loading it with rocks.  Guess they were doing some landscaping because the rocks were all different sizes – small to large. 

Stopped at Naufrage Harbour wharf located at Shipwreck Point.  I got out and watched them unloading lobster.  Saw them unload 5 baskets with about 100 lobsters per basket.  The top layer of each basket contained lobsters appeared to be around ¾ lb apiece.  Not the large lobster we have been eating but the stores carry this smaller one for a cheaper price. 

Stopped at Campbell Coves Campground for an ice cream, double dip, $2.00 per cone.  We had driven through this campground in 2004 – it was called Campbell Cove Provincial Campground then and only had a few sites with electric.  Learned the current owners purchased it from the government in 2005.  More sites have been added, electric has been added to some of the existing, and water, electric, and sewer to about 10 sites.  The campground sets on a cliff overlooking the gulf with a nice beach.  We sit on Adirondack chairs and watched the waves as we ate our ice cream.  This is a place we will want to stay when we return to PEI. 

Took North Lake Harbour Road that goes past a lighthouse and the North Lake Wharf.  I counted 75 lobster boats in dock, and couldn’t tell how many were on the other side of the bridge, so know there were more than 75.  That is the most lobster boats we have ever seen docked in one place.  We thought they were waiting for the lobster season because they were stacked 3 deep at the wharf but found out that they had all gone out around 5 AM and returned around noon.  They stack then in this way every day.   

North Lake Harbour Road also circles 10 wind generators that were not here in 2004.  Found out later that these generators provide about 7% of PEI’s power.  The wind farm on the west point also provides about 7%.  There are plans to install more at the east point in the near future. 

Stopped at the East Point Lighthouse and did a guided tour.  Cost $2.00 each senior rate.  It was constructed in 1867 about a half-mile from where it was suppose to have been constructed.  It is 64 feet tall, an octagonal wooden tower, and the 8-corner post are each a solid one piece beam.  In 1885 a ship wrecked because the lighthouse was in the wrong location so it was moved within 200 feet of the point.  Due to erosion it was moved back a ways in 1908.  Because of the 8 solid corner beams the lighthouse was moved, both times, intact.  The only damage was a small crack in the inside wall plaster.  The old fog alarm building that is still close to the point will have to be moved in the near future because it is about 18 inches from the edge (gift shop now).  The erosion is really bad here.  Had a lighthouse keeper until 1980. 

Cape Breton is visible from east point.   

Stopped at the Basin Head Fisheries Museum but didn’t tour it – we did it in 2004.  Walked out to the beach.  The beach is divided in two parts by an inlet to a small body of water.  There is a small bridge connecting the wharves.  In Dec 27, 2004 there was a storm surge that destroyed part of the wharf area.  Repairs were completed in 2006.  The beach has beautiful white clean sand, no rocks.   

In Souris drove out to the lighthouse and ferry landing.  This is the ferry to Iles de la Madelene.  Will take the ferry next trip.  

Total mileage was 205.  We drove 23 miles to the start of the tour and 55 miles back home after the tour.  Total touring mileage was 127 miles.   Arrived back home at 6:30 PM. 

06-26-2007     Tue     Day 86

Fuel:   The jeep at the Esso in Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI.  $1.089 = $3.862 

Days Activities:   Stayed in this morning because it rained. 

Went out this afternoon and purchased gas for the jeep and went back to the cheese factory.  Purchased $33.72 worth of cheese.  Grilled steaks for dinner .

06-27-2007     Wed     Day 87

Days Activities:   Departed home at 9:00 AM.  Going to complete the southeast shore today.  It rained again last night.  The ground is really porous here.  The water does not stand and the ground dries really fast after a rain.  

Drove through Charlottetown.  On the east side of the bridge on TC 1 there is a RV campground located at a motel.  It looks new – we don’t remember it from 2004.  It is called Southport RV Park.  It sets right on the Hillsborough River.  It looks like they are hosting a Monaco rally because there were about a dozen large coaches in the campground. 

We came upon a really tall patch of plants that were being harvested.  We stopped and got out to look and were invited to come into the field.  It is a patch of rhubarb.  There were 16 people doing the harvesting.  The plants are about 4 feet tall with leaves that are about 16” by 24” long.  Four people were working each row.  Two would top the plants and two would cut the remaining stalks off at the ground.  All of the harvesting is done by hand with really sharp knives.  The cut stalks are piled on the ground and when 4 rows are cut then a tractor goes down the cut area, the stalks are loaded onto a conveyor belt, and the stalks are loaded into wooden crates.   

We had an opportunity to talk to both the owners – a husband/wife partnership.  They have 2 acres of rhubarb.  Once planted, the plant will produce for about 25 years.  This is the second year of production for this patch.  It was started 5 years ago.  The farmer planted one row.  After a couple of years the plants was separated and yielded plants for 7 more rows.  Then it was split again.  The couple also grows cauliflower, sugars beets, broccoli, and other crops that we did not discuss.  In past years they grew tobacco but lost their contract.  He currently farms 1,000 acres.  He told us that on PEI individual farmers are limited to 1,000 acres while corporations can farm up to 3,000 acres.     

Drove through the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park.  There are about 60 sites with water and electric.  Six of the unserviced sites are backed right up to the edge of a high cliff.  Also at the park is the Belfast Highland Greens golf course.  It is a 9-hole course and appears to run right along the cliff.  Found out later that green fee is $12.95. 

Drove out to Prim Point to the Prim Point Lighthouse.  This is the oldest lighthouse on PEI, constructed in 1846, is the only round lighthouse in Canada, and was automated in 1969.  The lighthouse is constructed of brick but is covered with shingles.  Guided tours are available in July and August.

About 400 yards from the lighthouse is a restaurant called Chowder House.  We had some real good chowder there in 2004 but it is boarded up now.  This building was probably the light keeper’s house.

Stopped at the Wood Island Provincial Park, a day use park.  Toured the Wood Island Lighthouse.  The lighthouse had 4 rooms on the bottom floor and 4 rooms on the second floor, was constructed in 1876, and was automated in 1990.  It houses a small museum.  The lighthouse is original except for the attached woodshed.  The woodshed was enlarged and is now a gift shop.  Cost $4.00 each.

Drove to North Umberland Provincial Park.  There are about 30 sites, with 6 to 8 sites along the beach with W/E/S.  The other sites were in the trees with limited to no services.  It’s not one of the better campgrounds we have been in.  In fact, unless you could get one of the water front views this park would be a bust.  The beach has a lifeguard.   

Went to the Cape Bear Lighthouse.  It was constructed in 1881 and was automated in 1983.  In 1947 the lighthouse was moved back from the eroding cliffs.  In 1960 the attached living quarters were removed and sold - it was moved about a half mile away and has been converted to two rental apartments.  A Marconi Station operated there from 1905 to 1922.  It was the first wireless station to hear the SOS from the Titanic.  We toured the lighthouse – cost $3.50 each.  Sue purchased a CD with 130 PEI pictures.  She determined later that the pictures were not very good.

Went to the Panmure Head Lighthouse.  It was constructed in 1853 and was automated in 1985.  Toured the lighthouse – cost $3.00 each.  The risers on the stairs were about 11 to 12 inches apart.  I don’t believe we have seen any stairs with treads this far apart, in anything we have been in.  Normal risers are 7 to 8 inches.

The water at the three lighthouses we toured was so clear we could see the bottom for many yards out.

Sue said climbing three lighthouses a day are enough so we headed home.  

On the way we stopped at St. Andrews Point and Sue took a picture of a lighthouse and the range station that works with the lighthouse.

Got home at 7:20 PM.  Trip today was 221 miles.  Twenty miles out to the start of the tour and 46 back after we finished for a total of 155 touring miles .

Harvesting rhubarb.
Cut rhubard waiting to be picked up by the tractor.
Cape Bear Lighthouse.

06-28-2007     Thur     Day 88          Trip Meter:  170.1  

Driving Directions:   Took PE 6 east back to Oyster Bed Bridge, then PE 251 south to Hunter River.  Then PE 13 south to jct of PE 225.  Took 225 west to jct of PE 1A.  Took 1A south to TC 1 south and across the bridge.  On the south end of Confederation Bridge the hwy became TC 16 west.  At jct of TC 2 took it to Nova Scotia.  In Nova Scotia the hwy became NS 104 east.  Took it to Amherst.  In Amherst took NS 6 east to Pictou then followed signs to the campground. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 10:55 AM. Toll at the bridge was $40.75 for each 2-axle vehicle regardless of size and $6.75 for each additional axle.  Motorcycles are $16.75 each.  Bicycles are not allowed on the bridge.  It was cheaper for us to tow the jeep than it would have been to drive it. 

It rained again last night.  There was fog all the way to the bridge and heavy fog on the bridge.  It continued light fog and overcast all the way to Pictou.  

In Amherst, NS we stopped in the parking lot of Amherst Stadium, unhooked the jeep, and went to the post office and got our mail. 

  • Campsite:   Harbour Light Campground, Pictou, NS - overnight - site # 84 – grass & gravel pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, WiFi (FREE).  Passport America Park – Cost $14.00 per night.  Saved $14.00.  Rating 2/3.  Got setup at 5:25 PM.  Have Satellite but very weak signal – fading bad.

Additional info:  200 sites.  Some sites with table and fire ring.  At least 75% of the sites are seasonal.  Sets on a cove off Northumberland Strait.

I called and made reservations for the ferry to Newfoundland.  Tried for Saturday the 30th at 9:00 AM but the only departure left for that day was at 4:00 PM so scheduled it for Sunday, July 1st.  

06 -29-2007     Fri     Day 89          Trip Meter: 170.2 

Fuel:   The coach at an Irving station in Aulds Cove at the west end of Canso Causeway.     $1.053 = $3.731

Driving Directions:   Drove back to town to the rotary and took NS 106 south.  At exit 1E took TC 104 east.   When we entered Cape Breton we took NS 105 east.  Stopped at the campground just west of the Bras D’Or Bridge.

The highway was great today.  Speed limit was 100 km/h over most of it and never had to reduce speed below limit.

Days Activities:   It rained again early this morning.  Departed campground at 10:55 A.M.

A note about the exit sign so far.  For the most part they are in numerical sequence without regard to the distance between exits.  It appears that occasionally they may put in another exit after the exits had already been numbered.  For example, we got off at exit 1E, the E for east.  There was also an exit 1, an exit 1A, and exit 1W for west hwy TC 104.  All of the exit 1’s were over a stretch of about 5 miles.  

On the way out of PEI we purchased 2 lobsters and had them for lunch where we fueled the coach.  That makes 9 so far – 6 for me and 3 for Sue.

We took exit 12 off the NS 105 and went to a campground.  We need 2 nights and they only had a site for one night.  Started out to another campground but would have had to take a ferry to it so decided to turn around.  Had to unhook the jeep.  Returned to NS 105 east.  

The trip today was through wooded areas.  We saw very little water today for the trees.  It was a very green drive but nothing to write home about. 

  • Campsite:   Seal Island/North Sidney KOA, New Harris, NS – 2 nights - site # E-11 - gravel pad - back in - 30 amp, water, sewer.  Cost $35.65 per night.  Rating 3/5.  Got setup at 4:00 PM.  Have lost the satellite signal until we go back to the south.  We are just too far north here.  TL lists the name as North Sydney Cabot Trail KOA. 

Additional info:  122 sites.  Each site has a table.  Tubs are available for fires.  50 amp service is available for a fee.  There are 5 different areas in the campground on 3 different levels.  The areas are spread out but the sites are close together in each area.  We are on the upper level that looks out over the bridge and channel.  The view is just magnificent.  The amenities are too numerous to list – a typical KOA campground.  

We are backed up to a cliff that is about 100 feet tall.  The campground is located in an old quarry that has been landscaped.  You have to drive by the exposed rock cliff that has been blasted out.  It is a really good park. 

Camp host recommended a restaurant that gives a 2 for 1 dinner to KOA campers.  We went and had Haddock.   

06-30-2007     Sat     Day 90 

Fuel:   The jeep at Petro Canada in North Sydney, NS.  $1.145 = $4.057  

Driving Directions:   Departed home at 11:55 AM.  Drove to North Sydney and located the ferry terminal.  

Drove out to Englishtown to the 3rd Annual Mussel Festival.  Sue took a picture of Bubbles the Clown.  I had the “all you could eat” mussels – at least 60 of them and they were tender and very good.  We each had a beer for $3.00 each.  The cheapest beer we have seen in Canada.  An old Hudson pulled in behind us.  It looks to be late 40 early 50, black and red, and Sue took a picture.  There is going to be a dance tonight from 10 PM to 2 AM.  Music is to be provided by Mr. Completely – we didn’t stay for the music.

I bought a KOA camping card at the campground.  It is for one year, gives a 10% discount, and cost $18.40.  If I had had it when we checked in could have saved $7.20.  Could have saved $11.35 at Thunder Bay. 

07-01-2007     Sun     Day 91          Trip Meter:  23.7  

Driving Directions:   Got back on NS 105 and drove to the ferry. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 7:30 AM.  When we got to the ferry they had only given me one reservation for the coach and jeep.  After the attendant measured the coach as 40’ we unhooked at the gate because it is cheaper to take the vehicles separately.  If the coach had measured over 40’ then it would have been cheaper to take them connected.  I had already removed the tote tank from the jeep.  Since we only had one reservation they had to make a second reservation for the jeep before we could load.  They seem to think it was my fault I had not made two reservations.  I had told the reservation clerk that we had a motorhome and a jeep.  In fact I told her that at least 4 times.  We got boarded about 8:15 AM and departed at 9:00 AM. 


Our campsite at Seal Island/North Sidney KOA, New Harris, NS
All you could eat mussels at Englishtown, NS.  Unless the mussels are really cheap they lost money on me.
There were some great old cars at the festival.
There were some great old cars at the festival.
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