Tom and Kaye 
Tour The Canadian Maritime Provinces
(By Casita Camping Trailer 
NOT
Aboard Their Alberg37 Yawl SHEARWATER)

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Greetings from Kinsale, on Virginia's 'Northern Neck'!

We returned a few days ago (Friday, August 26) from our month long sojourn 'Up North' to the Canadian Maritime Provinces, where we have been going for the past several 'Augusts' to enjoy the cooler August temperatures - we weren't disappointed! We had hoped to visit cruising friends in Prince Edward Island, but time and weather conditions prevented our visiting (we had been to PEI several times in the past).

We departed Kinsale on Thursday morning, July 28, and returned last Friday evening, August 26 after driving 4386 miles in our 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup with our 13' Casita travel trailer in tow.

The 'Small' Next To The 'LARGE'!
All 'systems' (including Kaye and I) performed admiraly during the trip, with no 'breakdowns nor malfunctions'!
It takes us about 2 days of travel to reach the Province of New Brunswick. Our 'port of entry' to clear Customs is at Calais, Maine/ St. Stephens, NB. Unaware that the weekend of 30-31 July was a3 day Provincial weekend, we had a tough time finding a campground that wasn't full, but finally found a spot in St. Andrews, NB which was a great campgound (and on the shore). We were also fortunate in finding a spot at the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia campgound. We had reserfations at Lunenburg, but as we arrived a few days early, they found us a spot.
Our 'Final Spot' At Lunenburg.
While at Lunenburg, we made a side trip (Tacoma pickup only) to a 'Man O' War' sail cruisers 'reunion' at fellow sail cruisers (Eric and Ellen's) home at Deep Point, Nova Scotia. We had a most enjoyable visit 're-living' our mutual adventures in the Man O' War area of the Bahamas.
'Gals'
'Guys'
We attended several Lunenburg Folk Harbour events during the weekend of 6-7 August, and left Lunenburg on Monday, 8 August, for further adventures!

Dory Races In Lunenburg Harbour
Outside Venue At The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

On 10 August, we drove to our good friends (and former Alberg 37 owners) Sonny and Petra, who live in Mulgrave, NS, on the 'Straits of Canso', which separates Cape Breton Island from mainland Nova Scotia. We spent 2 nights with Sonny and Petra, who gave us a great tour of the North East coast of mainland Nova Scotia.
Schooner Sailing Through The Straits of Canso.
(Note the Windfarm on the Cape Breton side of the Strait!
Kaye and Sonny
We continued our 'adventures' by proceeding northward into Cape Breton, and stayed several days at one of our favorite campgrounds (The Baddeck/Cabot Trail Campgournd) just south of Baddeck, NS, a great town on the Bras' d Or lake, and the home of the Alexader Graham Bell Museum, where Bell was a pioneer in airfoil research, development and experimental flights - which was after he invented the telephone.

Bell Museum At Baddeck
Kaye and I made this trip 52 years ago immediately following our wedding on August 14, 1964 in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had completed Navy Flight Training, and we drove from Texas to Argentia, Newfoundland (my first duty station as a 'newly hatched' Navy Pilot). We spent several days in Baddeck on that trip.
A highlight of any trip to Cape Breton, is 'Doing The Cabot Trail'! We've done the trail many times during our visits to Cape Breton. The trail circumscribes the northern tip of Cape Breton, and offers spectacular views of this part of 'New Scotland'.
Will attempt to make the rest of this account of our trip a bit shorter. After touring a lot of Cape Breton we 'plowed a bit of new ground' by visiting a few places on Cape Breton where we had not been before, namely Inverness and Mabou, all very picturesque areas!! We even attended the 'Scottish Games' near Inverness. There is also a 'Scotch Distillery' near Inverness!

The Fish and Chips are Great on Cape Breton!!!!!
Our return trip South was basically a reversal of our trip North. We did however, spend 2 nites with our good cruising friends, Jim and Carol Anne Organ, of Port Hawksbury, NS, just across the Canso Strait. While here, we toured Port Hawksbury Harbour, met some 'cruisers' at the dock, and had lunch with friends Fred and Kathy Hussey, who 'winter over' in the Vero Beach, FL area.

Jim, Carol Anne, Kathy, Kaye, and Fred
We made a side trip to Deer Island, New Brunswick, one of our favorite places, and is located on the Bay of Fundy where 30' tiides are common. We've visited Deer Island numerous times, our first in 2004. Until about 2 years ago, one could tatke a short ferry ride from Easport, Maine to Deer Island, the ferry was discontinued (along with the US/Canadian Customs Stations both at Eastport and on Deer Island.

Lighthouse on South Side of Deer Island (Eastport, Maine in Background)
Currently one can only access Deer Island from New Brunswick by ferry from St; George, NB or from Campobello, NB (there is no bridge connecting Deer Island to the mainland.


Kaye On The Deer Island Ferry

 
The Easport Ferry is supposed to be back in service next year.
We again stayed in St..Andrew,NB at the same campground, and 'did' the town of St. Andres. A very picturesque town, with strong sailing/seafood harvesting background and traditions.
Harbour Scene at St. Andew, NB
We crossed back into Maine at Calais, and proceeded to a great campground off Rt. 9 in Maine called Great Pond Outdoor Recreation Area., near Great Pond, Maine. We spent 2 nites there and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
 


Great  Pond Campground Scene


Our 'Spot' at Great Pond

 
Following the 2 nites at Great Pond, we moved to the Bear Springs Camp, near Rome, ME where our son and his family (Matt, Lisa, and Eli) were spending a week at a cabin at the Camp.  We shared their cabin for 2 nites, and we did not use the Casita.....
Bear Springs Camp Office and Dining Hall
Matt, Lisa and Eli's Cabin (Quite nice and 'rustic')
From Bear Springs, we made our last 'mad dash' back to our home near Kinsale (VA), with a stop at the 'Promised Land State Park' campground about 20 miles east of Scranton, PA. A very nice park and campground (and inexpensive) where we've stayed on previous trips to the Maritimes.
It was a great trip to a great part of the world where folks are very friendly, the countryside is always beautiful, and there's always a 'far horizon' to discover. You will never find a more relaxing or picturesque place to spend a vacation that by visiting the Canadian Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland)
Have a great fall and winter!!
Keep Calm and Carry On!
Tom and Kaye (Assenmacher)
1006 Brook Ave.
Kinsale, VA 22488
804 472-3853
tjkassen@sylvaninfo.net
www.alberg37.org
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