Lonnie and Sue - Traveling North America

2007 - September 1 to September 16 Travels in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick


 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 - September 1 to September 16, 2007     
[Tab 2007 Nova Scotia]

09-01-2007      Sat     Day 153          Trip Meter:  34.5 

Driving Directions:   Took TC 1 west to the ferry.  Then took TC 105 to the campground. 

Days Activities:   It rained all night.  I got soaked breaking camp this morning.  Departed campground at 7:10 AM.  It was 18.7 miles to the ferry. 

Ferry cost $321.55.  We left the jeep hooked up and that cost an additional $17.50 but believe it was worth it.  There was a 2% fuel surcharge added to the posted fees that had been added since our first trip.   

Got to the ferry terminal, through the ticket booth, through the agricultural inspection station, and parked in the staging area at 7:55 AM.  We didn’t know about the agricultural inspection until we got there.  No potatoes, plants, or soil is allowed to leave Newfoundland.  We had one potato but Sue talked the inspector into letting us keep it.   

The ferry was late.  It was suppose to depart at 9:00 AM but didn’t arrive until 10:25 AM.  I took a picture of it as it docked.  Unloading started at 10:30 AM and loading started at 10:58 AM.  We were the next to last vehicle loaded and we got parked at 11:31 AM.  Got under way at 11:37 AM.  Docked in North Sidney at 4:55 PM.  We got off at 5:10 PM.  The crossing took 5 hrs and 18 mins.  Since we are back on Atlantic Time we actually got off at 4:40 PM. 

  • Campsite:   Seal Island/North Sidney KOA, New Harris, NS – 3 nights - site # D-12 - gravel pad - back in - 30 amp, water, sewer.  Cost $31.81 per night.  Rating 2/5.  Got setup at 5:35 PM. TL lists the name as North Sydney Cabot Trail KOA.  KOA Discount so saved $10.59. 

Additional info:  We were in this park on 6/29 and was on the upper level.  Because of extensive rain much of the park is under water and the upper level has been damaged by runoff.  We are on the level immediately below it and the view is still great.

Our campsite at Seal Island/North Sidney KOA, New Harris, NS,

09-02-2007     Sun     Day 154 

Fuel:   The jeep at Irving in Caledonia. NS.  $1.139 = $4.075 

Days Activities:   It was a beautiful day all day.  Departed home at 8:05 AM.  Need to be at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historical Site in Louisbourg by 9:30 AM.   

Cost to get in the site was $27.15.  I got an over 65 and AAA discount ($12.45) and Sue got a AAA discount ($14.70).  Got our tickets at 9:45 AM, toured the visitors center, then boarded the bus for the fort. 

A note about Louisbourg.  In 1713 the French sailed from Placentia, NL and settled in the cove that was to become the village of Louisbourg.   They established a fishery that was reported to be at least 3 times more valuable than all the fur business in North America.   

Construction of the fort was started in 1734.  After construction was completed 2½ miles of wall enclosed 55 acres of fort and town.  The fishing village remained outside the walls.  At the height of population figures were reported at 2,000 inside the walls and 1,000 outside the walls.  Of the number inside 35% were military and 65% were civilians.  

The Nova Scotia government took possession of the site about 1920 and it was declared a historical site in 1934 and a museum was built.  In 1960 the Canadian government took possession and declared it a National Historical Site.  Reconstruction of the fort and town was started in 1961 using the labor of coal miners that had become unemployed with the closing of the coal mines.   

Using over 350,000 document and 500 maps and building plans from the French archives, about 50 buildings and structures were reconstructed on the original foundations and restored to a 1744 appearance.  Using deeds and inventory lists they were able to determine who lived in each house and using inventory lists were able to furnish some of the houses in realistic period furnishings.  The powder magazine was the most complete building that was left standing with its floor and three quarters of the walls still in place.  In several areas exposed foundations were left intact for effect.  Sue took a lot of pictures. 

Only one fifth of the fort and town has been reconstructed.  Due to the ocean rising about one meter since its demise some of the area it had covered was under water.  The remainder has been covered over for future generations to explore.  The cost to reconstruct the existing portion was over 30 million dollars.  The buildings were constructed using joinery of that time.   

The largest reconstructed building is about 300 feet long and was the office of the governor, military headquarters, chapel, and barracks for officers.  The second largest building in the fort has not been reconstructed but plans indicate it was a 2-story hospital with 4 wards and 100 beds.   

In front of the headquarters building was a wooden horse.  It was made in a “V” shape so was pointed at the top.  It was used to punish soldiers.  They would have been sat on it, with their hands tied behind them, and weights tied to each leg.  Sue took pictures of the horse.  Looked like it would be very painful.   

We took a walking tour with a guide that took 1½ hours.  After the tour we went to lunch in a period restaurant and ate off of old style dishes.  It was a 3-course meal and I had a cup of hot buttered rum.  The rum was not very good.  We sat with a couple (not married), he from Newfoundland and she was from Cape Breton.  He is working on an oil rig off the coast of Ireland.  He used to be a fisherman and said that 6 years ago he was working on a shrimp boat.  They went out for 6 weeks at a time and returned when they had caught 600 metric ton of shrimp.  Her father raised horses that are entered in “horse pulls”.  The last one for the season is this Saturday in Pictou.  We will try to go if it fits our schedule.   

There were animals and gardens scattered throughout the town.  They were trying to make it as realistic as possible.  I took pictures of a sheep with 4 horns.  We saw 3 sheep that had 4 horns.  Don’t know what the breed is. 

Heard a quote I really liked.  “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift because it is the present”. 

Got back to the parking lot at 3:20 PM.  We spent 5 hours there and it was very interesting.  There are a lot of people in period costumes wandering around, i.e. soldiers and tradesmen.  The soldiers present live demonstrations through the day.  Highly recommend this as an attraction for everyone.   

Drove out to Kennington Cove.  It is about 4 miles from the fort and is where the British military landed in the winter of 1745.  The British knew a frontal attack would not work and they also knew the French had not protected their rear because it was just a bog.  Since the bog was frozen the British moved their artillery across the bog on sleds and attack and captured the fort.  It was returned to the French by a treaty in 1749.   

After regaining the fort the French built a small defensive outpost in Kennington Cove.  Then with the outbreak of war the British landed in Kennington Cove again in 1758, overran the outpost, and captured the fort.  This time the British destroyed the wall of the fort by blowing it up.  Then when they abandon the fort several years later they destroyed the buildings.   

Kennington Cove has a beautiful sandy beach and great view of the ocean.  We sat there for about 30 minutes and enjoyed the view. 

Went out to the Louisbourg Harbour Lighthouse.  The French constructed the original lighthouse in 1734.  It was the first lighthouse built in the area that is now Canada.  It was damaged by fire 2 years later, was repaired, and was used until the French were expelled in 1758.  The next lighthouse was built in 1842 and used until it burnt down in 1922.  The current lighthouse was built in 1923.  Sue took pictures of the lighthouse and scenic views of the point.  The foghorn was going off but there was no fog.  It was a clear beautiful day, for a change.  Got home at 6:35.  Drove 143 miles today.   

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historical Site in Louisbourg.
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historical Site in Louisbourg.
A reconstructed "punishment horse".
What they think it looked like.
Beach at Kennington Cove.
Louisbourg Harbour Lighthouse.

09-03-2007      Mon     Day 155 

Days Activities:   Departed home at 1:20 PM and drove to Baddeck to take a sailboat cruise.  The cruise was scheduled to leave at 2 PM.  We got there at 1:45 PM but the cruise was cancelled because of high wind.  They told us the next one would be at 4:30 PM if the wind let up some.   

Took a drive out an unnumbered road that went by the Crown Jewel Resort Ranch.  There were 9 golden colored horses in a corral.  The manes on all of them had been trimmed.  Suspect they are some type show horses, possibly teams.  We took pictures.  

Drove back into Baddeck and went to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.  It was a great exhibit.  I didn’t know he was so involved in early airplane development.  Also didn’t know he was the inventor of the hydrodrome boat.  He invented and developed the HD-4, which traveled at 114 km/p, for the military as submarine chasers.  The final testing wasn’t completed until 1919 and by then the war was over and the military never ordered any.  The boat was left to rot on the beach until it as donated to the Canadian government and they rescued and preserved it.  The remains of the boat are on display.  Extremely interesting.  Cost $11.70 – I got a SR and AAA discount ($5.30) and Sue got a AAA discount ($6.40).

In Baddeck we saw a yacht in the harbour that had a helicopter on deck.  The wind just got stronger as the day progressed.  On the way back to camp we took a road that turned into 4-wheel drive gravel and rock.  It was washed out and after 1.7 miles we had to turn around and backtrack.  Drove 98 miles today and got home at 6:55 PM.

Beautiful horses at the Crown Jewel Resort Ranch.
Beautiful horses at the Crown Jewel Resort Ranch.
 
 

09-04-2007      Tue     Day 156          Trip Meter:  90.2 

Fuel:   The coach at an Irving in Seas Cove, NS.  $1.093 = $3.91 

Driving Directions:  Took TC 105 south.  About 10 miles from the campground turned west on the Cabot Trail, highway indicator is CT.  Taking it counterclockwise around the peninsula.   

Days Activities:  Went into North Sidney early and picked up the mail.  Departed campground at 10:20 AM.  Drove the coach back 2 miles to an Irving at Seal Cove and fuelled.  Then back to the campground entrance and hooked up the jeep.  Got back on the road at 10:50 AM. 

We stopped at a lookout over MacKinnons Cove on the way today.  Tried to stop at another one but it was an in and out with a small parking area.  I noticed it in time to stop before we got all the way in and we were able to back out. 

  • Campsite:   Hideaway Campground and Oyster Market, South Harbour, NS – 2 nights - site # 1 - grass pad - back in - 30 amp, NO water WiFi ($2.00 for the stay).  Cost $24.00 per night.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 2:30 PM.  

Additional info:  Have a table and grill.  Trees on all three sides.  Showers, laundromat, and small café. 

They usually sell local oysters at the campground but because of a disease effecting shellfish they can’t sell any right now.  After we got set up we went sightseeing. 

Went back south to the entrance of the national park and started from there.  
Right inside the park is a really nice beach with no name.  Sue took pictures. 

Drove out Keltic Inn Road to the Keltic Lodge.  It is a really beautiful lodge situated on a finger of land with a fantastic looking golf course.  When we got home I checked the rates on the internet and found we could get a room for $369.00 a night senior rate.  Regular rate was $459.00.  Golf and food were extra. 

Stopped at North Bay Beach.  Sue took pictures. 

Drove out to Mary Ann Falls.  It was a 7 km drive on a gravel road then a .2 km walk to the falls.  There were 51 steps to the base of the falls.  Then we had to climb out on the rocks to get a good view.  The water had a real rusty look.  We took pictures of the falls and the water.  Hope the color comes through because it is the darkest we have seen.  I made mention of some we had seen in Newfoundland but this is much darker.  The French word for falls in chutes and the water looks like it is coming out of a chute.   

Drove out to Warren Lake.  It was a small lake with a nice beach. 

Stopped at Lakies Head lookout and set out on a rock and looked at the ocean.  There was a seal that poked it’s head up a couple of times but wouldn’t come to the surface and play.  Sue took pictures. 

Stopped at Green Cove Head lookout and took a wooden walkway out to a huge collection of rocks.  This is where we tried to pull out in the coach and had to back out.  Beautiful view.  Sue took pictures. 

Stopped at Black Brook Cove.  There is a great beach that is well maintained.  The parking lot will hold at least 100 vehicles, there is a terraced area between the parking lot and beach that is grassy and mowed, and there are picnic tables and grills.  Sue took pictures and I took a movie of the surf. 

Drove out to the Chowder House Restaurant next to the Neil Harbour Lighthouse and had lunch.  The lighthouse looks like a large replica of the 4-sided ones we see in front yards.  Did not take a picture.   

Drove around the New Haven Road and got back home at 6:55 PM.

An unusual rock formation at a pullout on MacKinnons Cove.
A shot of Keltic Lodge. 
 
Sue relaxing and looking at Mary Ann Falls.
Another unusual rock formation at the Green Cove Head lookout.
 
 

09-05-2007     Wed     Day 157 

Fuel:   The jeep at an independent station at Cape North.  $1.149 = $4.109 

Days Activities:   Departed home at 11:55 AM going sightseeing.  At Dingwall we drove around the area. 

We drove out to Bay St. Lawrence.  It is a beautiful bay and harbour that is well protected by a manmade inlet that is about 75’ across.  The wind was extremely strong and the waves were crashing the shore.   

From Bay St. Lawrence we drove out Money Point Road.  Ended up at a grassy plateau overlooking the ocean.  There was a structure there that appeared to be an old cantina but didn’t see anything that looked like this could have been a campground.   It was a 100-foot vertical drop to the ocean so there is no beach.  It would be a wonderful place for a house, maybe.  The wind was extremely strong. 

While in Bay St. Lawrence we drove out to the Jumpingmouse Campground.  It is located overlooking the ocean.  There are 10 sites – 3 for small RV’s and 7 for tents.  The grass needed to be cut.   Looked like it didn’t have much business the past several weeks.  A great view of the ocean.  The wind was so strong today I believe it would probably blow a tent to pieces. 

We drove out to Meat Cove Campground, the northern most campground on the island.  The pavement ends at Black Point but it was a good gravel road the 7 km to the campground.  We stopped at several overlooks and Sue took pictures.  The campground set overlooking the ocean, terraced levels, 25 unserviced sites, tents only.  It is a great campground.  Sue took pictures and I took a movie of the campground and village.   

The drive out to Meat Cove is one of the best drives we have made this trip.  The road was windy, up and down, overlooking the ocean at every turn, and just magnificent views.  I know the pictures will not do justice for what we saw.   

The Meat Cove Lodge is in the village.  Didn’t look like much but only cost $55.00 a night.  The views to get there is worth that even if the roads are bumpy.   

On the way back Sue took pictures of some houses setting in a green meadow in Capstick.   

When we got back to Bay St. Lawrence we drove around the west side of the bay and took pictures of houses in a green meadow and of some crab traps.  These were the first 4-cone crab pots we had seen.  Before they have all been 1-cone and the pot was much smaller.  These traps were huge compared to what we have seen in the past. 

We got back home about 3:00 PM.  I dropped Sue off and drove back to Neil Harbour to get some groceries and a water can.  We ran out of water in the fresh water tank this morning.  Got the groceries but had to go all the way back to Ingonish to get the water can.  It is a collapsible plastic 20-litre container.   

Got back to camp and discovered a water faucet on the shower across the road from us.  Hooked up the 50 foot water hose and filed the fresh water tank.  Still have a new unopened 20-litre collapsible water container.    

It rained all day and into the night.  Drove the jeep 185 miles in and around our last stop.

Boats docked at Bay St. Lawrence.
Meat Cove Campground, the northern most campground on the island.
Meat Cove General Store.
Meat Cove Lodge.
A scenic shot at Capstick.
A 4-cone crab pot at Bay St. Lawrence.  First 4-cone we have seen. 

09-06-2007      Thur     Day 158          Trip Meter:  56.5 

Driving Directions:   Took CT south. 

Days Activities:   It rained off and on all night, rather hard at times.   

Pulled out of campground at 10:05 AM.  The turn in to the campground was so sharp we had to unhook in order to back up coming in so didn’t hookup until I had maneuvered the turn going out.   

It was a gorgeous drive this morning.  Because of the steep roads and sharp turns we only made one stop.  Will go back tomorrow and do the Whale Interpretive Center in Pleasant Bay and stop at all the overlooks.   

We drove through the Cheticamp National Park Campground but the only serviced sites they had were right next to a large highway department facility.  We didn’t want to look at gravel piles and dump trucks so we left.   

  • Campsite:   Plage St. Pierre Beach & Campground, Cheticamp, NS – 2 nights - site # 42 - gravel pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer.  Cost $30.78 per night.  Good Sam Park.  Saved $6.84.  Rating 4/3.  Got setup at 12:35 PM.   

Additional info:  Have a table and grill.  The park has showers, laundromat, store, miniature golf, tennis court, beach, playground, and other amities.  There are about 80 sites and it appears about 30 of them are seasonal.  

We stayed in the day and rested.  We have been going all the time.  Will do our touring tomorrow.  Did go to the grocery store.   

Our campsite at Plage St. Pierre Beach & Campground, Cheticamp, NS.

09-07-2007     Fri     Day 159 

Days Activities:   Drove back north to Pleasant Bay.  It is about 25 miles north of Cheticamp.   

In Pleasant Bay we drove out Red River Road.  It is a lovely small village set in a valley with the houses built on the sides of the valley.  Many of the houses appear to be on 2 to 3 acre sites with beautifully manicured green lawns.  When the pavement ended we continued to the end of the gravel road, about 2½ miles.  Just before it ended we came to a Buddhist monument. 

Back in Pleasant Bay we went to the Whale Interpretive Center.  Cost $3.50 each SR.  I didn’t find it very impressive.  There were just a lot of panels with info about whales.  At we were leaving I took a picture of a boat named “Never Ready”. 

Pleasant Bay is about half way between South Harbour and Cheticamp.  From South Harbour, going south, we crossed a mountain that had an elevation of 1,550 feet and we climbed it in about 2½ miles, then across the top of the mountain and down into Pleasant Bay.  Pleasant Bay is at the foot of the mountain.  Then continuing south you start another immediate climb of 1,100 in about 2 miles, then across the top of the mountain.  The eventual elevation of this peak is 1,450 feet.  It is 21 miles from Pleasant Bay to Cheticamp National Park Campground.  I will describe our drive over that 21 miles. 

  • The first pullout over looks Pleasant Bay.  Sue took pictures.  We met a couple there from Minnesota that has friends in Lubbock.
  • Second pullout was about 300 yards away and still over looked the village but also had a view of the river that flowed into the bay.  Sue took pictures.
  • Within a quarter mile was the third pullout.  We stopped but no pictures.
  • The fourth pullout was where the immediate climb ended and started out across the top of the mountain.  We climbed another 350 feet over the next 6 to 8 miles. 
  • The fifth pullout was on top of the mountain.  We had a distant view of the ocean. 
  • A young moose ran across the road in front of us but we were to far away to get a good view.
  • The sixth pullout was just a view of the valley.
  • There was a parking area for a hiking trail to Benjies Lake.  We didn’t stop.
  • We stopped at the French Mountain Bog.  It is at 1,350 feet and has a .3 km boardwalk around it.  We took the walk and Sue took pictures of several plants that eat insects.  Wild orchards grow here.  There were not any in bloom today but it takes 14 years before they get their first bloom.
  • At the point where the road starts down there is a parking area for the Skyline hiking trail.  It is a 1½ mile trail along the top of the mountain adjacent to the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
  • On the first pullout on the downward side we got a great view of the ocean.  There is a river in the valley that feeds into the ocean.  We couldn’t see it for the trees but it drops sharply here and the roar of the rapids was quite load, and it was a long way down to it.  Sue took pictures.
  • Second pullout we could see back up the valley.  The slope of the river was severe and you could see the rapids.  We could see the dorsal fins of 2 whales from here.
  • The third pullout had a good view of the road down and the town in the distance.  There are at least 6 really sharp swish back turns on the way down.  Sue took pictures.
  • The fourth turnout is called “Cap Rouge” picnic area.  It is an in and out with a turnaround.  I believe we could have gotten our coach around it quietly easily.  We could see a campground further down.  A great view and Sue took pictures.  The gnats have been bad this whole trip today.
  • At the foot of the mountain is Corney Brook, the campground that Sue took the picture of.  It has 20 unserviced sites and a great view of the ocean. 
  • From this point on the road is slight up and down and follows the coast for about 3 miles before turning southeast. 
  • Stopped at Trout Brook picnic area.  It was an in and out with a circle turnaround.  I believe we could have gotten the coach through here if there were no cars in the way.  There was a small building there with 2 picnic tables inside and a wood burning stove for winter use.  Really nice.
  • Had another pullout but we didn’t stop.  Trees were grown up and the water was not visible.
  • Stopped at La Bloque picnic area.  It is a dirt road that runs about .4 miles along the beach with picnic tables.  There is a small turnaround at the end but not large enough for the coach.  We saw at least 8 whales just off the shore.  I would estimate the distance at less than 200 yards.  They were feeding and were swimming parallel to the beach.  The waves were breaking on them and at first we though it was rocks that were causing the water spray.  Sue took pictures.
  • Next was a picnic area called Grande.  We didn’t stop because it was on the side of the road opposite the beach.  There was sufficient room for the coach. 

Took the “Captain Zodiac Whale Cruise” in Cheticamp.  It is suppose to be a 2 hour tour but we didn’t depart until 5:15 PM and got back in at 6:55 PM.  Even though we got shorted a little on time we had plenty of time around the whales.  The Zodiac is an extremely fast boat.  We went out about 8 to 9 miles from the harbour but stayed in sight of the shore all of he time.  What we saw were “Pilot Whales”, 20 to 25 feet long.  We floated around the whales for over 30 minutes.  It was great.  We saw several pods within a half-mile of each other.  At one time I saw at least 25 whales at the same time.  They were very playful and dove around the boat and followed it.  At times they swim directly toward it then went underneath bumping the bottom.  They were more like porpoises that what I thought a whale would be like.  On numerous occasions they came to within 5 feet of the boat and swim along side it.  We got pictures and some movies.  Regular cost was $39.00 each plus tax but since this is the off season we got a 15% discount.  Cost $37.80 each. 

We went to dinner and got back home at 8:05 PM.  Drove the jeep about 105 miles while we were here.

We drove out Red River Road.  At the end of it was this Buddhist monument. 
Lot of twist and turns in the road today.  Great for scenic shots.
In Cheticamp we took “Captain Zodiac Whale Cruise”.  Had to dress in rubber suits in case we got dumped in the water.  This is Sue in hers. 
This is me in mine. 
This is the boat we cruised in.
At times the whales came right at the boat and bumped the bottom when they went under it.

09-08-2007     Sat     Day 160          Trip Meter:  38.9 

Driving Directions:   Got back on CT south.  At Margaree River bridge took 219 south.  At 19 took it south. 

Days Activities:   Before breaking camp we drove out to the Enragee Point Lightstation.  Sure looks like a lighthouse to me.  Sue took pictures on the way out and of the lighthouse.  We had to drive through a pasture to get there.  I estimate there were at least 300 head of cattle.  It looks like a cow/calf herd.   

Departed the campground 10:10 AM.   

  • Campsite:   MacLeod’s Inverness Beach Village, Inverness, NS – 2 nights - site # 1 - grassy pad - back in - 15 amp, water, WiFi (FREE).  Cost $31.35 per night.  Rating 2/5.  Got setup at 12:15 PM. 

Additional info:  Have a table and fire ring.  There is a playground and a 3 mile long beach.  Half of these sites are on the side of a hill.  There is not any way to park an RV on them so they must be for tents.  There are also 40 rental cabins.  We have a beautiful view of the ocean. 

Went to Glenville to the Glenora Inn & Distillery.  Cost $7.00 each for a tour.  The distillery started operations in 1990 and marketed their first 10-year single malt whiskey in 2000.  It is a small distillery that only produces about 100 to 120 barrels of whiskey per year and is the only single malt distillery in Canada.  Their 10-year whiskey is sold through Canada and the US but their 15-year whiskey is only sold at the distillery and is about $300.00 per bottle. 

Went to the Miner’s Museum in Inverness.  It is located in the old depot building.  There wasn’t much to see – left a $4.00 donation. 

Drove to the harness track and confirmed there will be racing at 1:30 PM tomorrow,

Our campsite at MacLeod’s Inverness Beach Village, Inverness, NS.
Glenora Inn & Distillery in Glenville.  We took a tour. 

09-09-2007     Sun     Day 161 

Days Activities:   Nice day but a little windy.  We left for the racetrack at 1:10 PM.  It got a little chilly so we put on jackets about 3 PM.  There were 10 races and we managed to lose about $20.00, but cheap for the 3 hours of great racing.  Stayed in the rest of the day.

09-10-2007      Mon     Day 162          Trip Meter:  63.9 

Fuel:   The jeep at Petro Canada in Aulds Cove at the west end of Canso Causeway.     $1.092 = $3.926 

Driving Directions:   Took 19 took it south.  At TC 104 took it west and got off at exit 38 to the campground. 

Days Activities:   Dumped the holding tanks.  Had to do a lot of backing to get in and out of the dump station then had to back out of the campground to turn around.  Departed campground at 10:30 AM.   

  • Campsite:   Linwood Harbour Campground, Linwood, NS – 2 nights - site # 11 - gravel pad - pull thru - 50 amp, water, sewer, WiFi (FREE).  Cost $31.64 per night.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 12:15 PM.   

Additional info:  Table and fire ring.  Nice trees around the campground.

Our campsite at Linwood Harbour Campground, Linwood, NS.

09-11-2007     Tue     Day 163 

Days Activities:   It started raining around 1 PM.  We had originally planned on one night here but I have a call in to Holiday Rambler to get some warranty work done on the coach in Elkhart, IN, so we stayed parked today to try and get a firm appointment.  Hard to do when travelling because of dead spots in the phone service. 

We went into Port Hawkesbury and got money, bought groceries, and had dinner.  It rained all of the time.

09-12-2007      Wed     Day 164     Trip Meter 53.3 

Driving Directions:   Took 4 west to jct 16 and took it south.  It ended at Casno and we went to the campground. 

Days Activities:   Finally got in touch with Holliday Rambler at 11:30 and made an appointment.  Departed campground at 12:35 PM.  It was 71 degrees when we pulled out of the campground and humidity was at least that high.   

In route today I took a picture of the Queensport Lighthouse from the highway from the coach.  It sat on an island just outside of Queensport. 

  • Campsite:   Cape Casno RV Park & Marina, Casno, NS - overnight - site # 15 - gravel pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water.  Cost $20.80 per night.  Rating 3/3.  Got setup at 2:25 PM. 

Additional info:  Have a table and fire ring.  This campground overlooks the bay but the campground itself is not very pretty.  Sewer service is available for an additional $2.00 plus tax.  

We went to the interpretive center for the Casno Island National Historical Site.  They have a boat ride over to the site on Grassy Island where a fishing village and fort used to be located.  It all disappeared shortly after the 1745 war with France.  The wind was blowing over 20 knots so the boat rides had been suspended.  We saw a 9 minute video about the island.  This is where the army came from that invaded Louisbourg in 1945.  There was no charge because we didn’t get the boat ride.  Sue took some pictures of the harbour while we were there. 

Then we drove out to Dover to the Black Duck Cove Provincial Park.  It is a day use park.  We walked out the boardwalk to the beach.  After we got off the boardwalk the trail to the beach was muddy so we didn’t make it to the sand.  

Our campsite at Cape Casno RV Park & Marina, Casno, NS.

We drove out to Durrells Island.  There is a bridge to it and about a mile of road.  Didn’t look like much. 

On the way back to camp we drove out past the campground on a gravel road.  It was about 2 miles out to what appeared to be a summer camp for children.  Sue took some pictures of the drive out that included a real long shot of Cranberry Islands Lighthouse.  

When we got back to the campground I took a walk out on a rock jetty that was in front of the coach.  On the walk out I took another picture of the Cranberry Islands Lighthouse and at the end of the jetty took a picture of what appeared to be an old lighthouse with the light removed. 

A note about the Cranberry Islands Lighthouse.  There is a huge 2-story house at the lighthouse.  I learned from the campground owner that the lighthouse has been automated and the house is vacant.

Dock next to the campground.
Cranberry Islands Lighthouse.

09-13-2007      Thur     Day 165          Trip Meter:   78.5     

Driving Directions:   Took 16 west to the jct of 316.  Took it north (we actually went due south but the road sign said north).  At Isaacs Harbour took 211 west.  Took the Isaacs Harbour Ferry across the Country Harbour River, was 1 km wide and cost $5.00.  Got off at the campground just before the jct of hwy 7.   

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:10 AM.   

  • Campsite:   Nimrod’s Campground, Stillwater, NS – 2 nights - site # 2 - gravel pad  - pull thru - 30 amp, water.  Cost $22.80 per night.  Rating 5/5.  Owned and operated by Saint Mary’s Fish and Game Association.  Got setup at 12:15 PM.  

Additional info:  Have a table and fire ring.  Campground is located on Sixth Lake, has about 40 sites, and electric varies from 20 to 30 to 50 amp.  We are parked parallel to the lake 10 feet away.  A beautiful spot.  Had only planned to stay one night but decided to stay over another day.  There is a nice playground and a small store in the office.  Showers cost $1.00 and there is a free dump station. 

After we got setup we went to Sherbrooke Village.  I got SR and we each got a dollar off for AAA.  The town was originally founded in 1655 by the French and was named Fort Sainte Marie.  In 1815 the name was changed to Sherbrooke in honor of Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, Lt, Governor of Nova Scotia.   

Our campsite at Nimrod’s Campground, Stillwater, NS.

Sherbrooke is located at the head of the St. Marys River, one of the longest rivers in Nova Scotia.  Its industry has included fishing, farming, timber, shipbuilding, and gold mining.  The Sherbrooke Village is a section of Sherbrooke that was in decay and was rescued by a committee in 1969 and restored to conserve the 19th century look of Nova Scotia.  There is a gate that separates the Village from the rest of the town.  Most, but not all, of the buildings in the Village have been restored.  Nearly all of them are on the original foundations.  There are 10 to 12 houses in the Village that are privately owned and are currently being lived in. 

Following are comments about the buildings we looked at:: 

  • Sherbrooke Hotel & What Cheer Tearoom – operated from 1860s until 1918.  Currently servers meals.
  • Blacksmith Shop – has been in operation since 1870s.  Currently used to make items for sale in the gift shop.
  • Post Office – dates from 1850s.  Can still buy stamps and postcards there.
  • St. Mary’s Printery – still in operation using hand set type and presses to print up cards and posters for the Village.
  • Sherbrooke Drug Store – loaded with old boxes of items used during late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Jail – built in 1862 and used until 1968.  The jailer and his family lived on the first and second floor on one side of the house.  On the other side the men’s cells were on the first floor and the women’s cells on the second floor.
  • Tailor Shop – operated from 1847 to 1943.
  • Sherbrooke Village Pottery – was moved into town.  It used to be on the outskirts of town because of the firing.  The pottery wheel had a large rock wheel on the bottom that looked like a wheel that is used to grind corn and is turned by pushing on it with the right foot.  The left foot is the brake.
  • Boat Building Shop – this building was either moved in or constructed here to represent shipbuilding.  There was a 21-foot boat under construction.  It sets on the original shipbuilding site.  The largest ship build here was the Regina, 143 feet long and 32.7 feet wide constructed in 1866.
  • Masonic Hall – on the first floor was the Rhuda Tool Collection, a fantastic collection of old tools.  On the second floor is the home of Queen’s Lodge #34.  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month and have been for decades.  The second floor was also open but we didn’t visit it.
  • Cumminger Brothers’ General Store – had a lot of items on the shelves that represented late 1800s and early 1900s.  Operated until mid 1940s.
  • Ambrotype Photography Studio – located on the second floor of the General Store.  You can have your photo taken using the Ambrotype method in period dress.  There was a photo shop located in the original store. 
  • Renova Cottage – build in 1850and later sold to a doctor that used it for his home and practice.
  • Woodturner and Chairmaker’s Shop – using all period tools makes chairs, spoons, toy tops, honey dippers, and assorted kitchen utensils.  The woodworker is employed by the Village year around.  During the summer he works using the period tools and in the winter has another shop with modern equipment.  Items made are sold in the gift shop.  Takes him 32 hours to make a chair. 
  • Greenwood Cottage – built in 1871 and was the largest house in Sherbrooke when it was built.
  • Telephone Exchange – did not get dial phones until 1975.  Switchboard located here was moved from the telephone office located in another building in town to this house in the Village.  Is the original equipment.
  • Court House – was built in 1858 and used until 2000.
  • Cumminger House – built before 1840 and is the oldest building in the Village.  Used for demonstrations on soap and candle making.  Were making candles when we were there.
  • Exhibit Centre – a new building that houses touring exhibits.  Lady was making a quilt by hand that will be sold when it is completed.  There were some beautiful quilts on display that were locally made and were for sale.
  • Coach Barn – built in 1901.  The builder had the mail contrast from 1892 to 1931 and this was here he kept his horses and equipment.
  • Temperance Hall – built in 1892 and used as an elementary school from 1905 to 1853.  Then it became the Legion Hall and is still used by the Canadian Legion for their meetings.  It is one of the few “dry” legions in Canada.
  • St. James Presbyterian Church – built in 1855 and still in use.
  • School House – built in 1867 using one of the plans provided by the provincial superintendent of education.
  • McMillan House – used to demonstrate weaving.  The lady was making a piece of material that had 1,034 strands in it and a beautiful pattern with blue cotton thread. 
  • Jordan Barn – one of the few buildings not on its original site.  It was moved to the Village to house livestock used in the Village.  We didn’t go look at it.
  • McDonald Brothers’ Sawmill – it is located outside the village and has been completely reconstructed on the site where the original sawmill was constructed in 1862.  It is water powered and uses the up-and-down sawing method. 
  • Lumber Camp – just a log building constructed in the woods across from the sawmill.
  • Royal Oak Gold Mine and Stamp Mill – is a five stamp mill that was discovered near Lake Charlotte and moved to this location.  Is across from the sawmill.   

Each building had a person in period dress except for:  Boat Building Shop - Court House - Coach Barn - Temperance Hall - St. James Presbyterian Church - School House - Lumber Camp - Royal Oak Gold Mine and Stamp Mill. 

It took us about 3 hours to go through all of this.  It was a tour that was very interesting.

Sherbrooke Village at Sherbrooke.  The blacksmith shop.
Sherbrooke Village at Sherbrooke.  The printing shop.
Sherbrooke Village at Sherbrooke.  The pottery shop.
Sherbrooke Village at Sherbrooke.  The sawmill.
Sherbrooke Village at Sherbrooke.  Inside the sawmill.
Morning reflections on the river where we were parked.

 

09-14-2007     Fri     Day 166 

Days Activities:   We had planned to go to Halifax tomorrow for 4 days then head for the states, but this morning decided to just head that way tomorrow.  Will catch Halifax when we have more time.  We will visit Cape Cod for a week then spend the rest of the time before our 11/5 appointment with Holiday Rambler touring Pennsylvania.   

Sue had a medical problem so she went and saw a doctor, had a lab text, and got a prescription.  Lab cost $40.00, doctor was free, and prescription cost $65.00. 

09-15-2007      Sat     Day 167          Trip Meter:  292.5 

Fuel:   The coach at TC 104 exit 12 at a Petro Canada.  $1.084 = $3.896 

Driving Directions:   Drove out to 7 and took it east.  At TC 104 got on at exit 25 and took it west.  In New Brunswick the hwy number changed to TC 2 west.  At exit 423 took TC 1 west.  

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 8:50 AM.  It started to sprinkle as we were hooking up the jeep.  Had to pay a toll on TC 104 just before the New Brunswick border.  Cost $5.25.  

Note – the New Brunswick exit numbers are mile markers, like in the US. 

  • Campsite:   Rockwood Park Campground, Saint John, NB - overnight - site # 18 - gravel pad - back in - 30 amp, water.  Cost $28.00 per night.  Rating 4/1.  Got setup at 3:40 PM. 

Additional info:  This is just a gravel parking lot with RV connections.    

It rained nearly all the way in today and was raining rather steadily when I setup.  I got soaked and had to hang my jumpsuit in the shower because it was so wet. 

09-16-2007     Sun     Day 168          Trip Meter:  125.1 

Fuel:   In the jeep in Lubec, ME.  $2.899 

Driving Directions:   Got back on TC 1 south.  At the border the hwy number changed to US 1 and we took it south.  At ME 189 took it north to the campground.    

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 10:15 AM.  Had to pay a $2.25 bridge toll to get out of Saint John.   

Got through customs at Calais, ME rather quickly.  There were about 10 cars ahead of us so we were backed up on the bridge.  This is really a small customs station. At soon as we cleared the bridge they diverted us to the commercial truck shed.  One agent checked our passports through the computer while another did a brief walk through of the coach.  We never had to open anything.  He let us keep our one pound of frozen hamburger meat.  Only had the normal entry questions.   

Cleared customs at 10:55 AM.  Back in Eastern time zone so gained one hour.

Completes our trip in Canada.



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