Tom and Kaye
Tour The Canadian Maritime Provinces
(By Casita Camping Trailer
Aboard Their Alberg37 Yawl SHEARWATER)
Visits Since 8/29/2016
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
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.
'Small' Next To The 'LARGE'!
(including Kaye and I) performed admiraly during the trip, with no 'breakdowns
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
Our 'Final Spot'
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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')
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
Keep Calm and
Tom and Kaye
1006 Brook Ave.
Kinsale, VA 22488
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