Back on the mainland… after sleeping (if you can call it that) on the side of the road near the ferry in Port Aux Basques. We arrived to the terminal at 4:45 AM, line 17 they said… With our reserved ticket in hand we waited patiently until Ray, a nice fellow from New Brunswick we were chatting with said our line wasn’t going until tonight or tomorrow. Panic set in a bit but the dock worker assured us we were good to go! We even got the couple behind us nervous when we checked on their reservation status only to find out their ferry was cancelled the night before and they were also anxious to get on… Well we were basically the last vehicle on the ship… Whew… Once on board we were delayed yet another hour and a half for reasons unknown… Finally the ferry was on the move. We had a great trip spending most of it chatting with the Rogers family, Trina and John and her parents Yvonne and Fred. If we ever visit Newfoundland again we will be sure to look them up! A free breakfast and breakneck speeds getting us to Nova Scotia on time made the story ending even better!
Last one on we have learned is generally one of the first off or maybe we have just gotten lucky. After saying our goodbyes we were off the ferry and on the road by 1:00 as planned.
We made a beeline for the Fortress of Louisbourg. During our travels we have bumped into at least 7-8 people who highly recommended visiting Louisbourg. Generally we aren’t history buffs and don’t frequent many historic monuments but we had to see what this one was all about.
Louisbourg was one of North Americas busiest seaports founded by the French in 1713. The fortress, not to be confused with a fort, was home to a bustling town. The fortress was destroyed in 1758. One fourth of the fortress walls and one fifth of the town have been reconstructed. It is the largest reconstruction in North America. The national historic site includes period actors and docents in every building telling the rich history.
This was the perfect way to spend the afternoon after the ferry and to start our next chapter in Nova Scotia and Price Edward Island (PEI). We had three hours there which was just enough. We took a bunch of pictures and managed to see everything albeit briefly. Wish it was a bit sunnier but thankfully no rain!
The next day we were off again. Another “must see” from several people was Prince Edward Island and we originally planned to check it out on our way to Newfoundland. Having a few days to spare we decided we would see what the hubbub was all about… Yet another ferry ride. We got there in the nick of time to catch the 2:45 or so we thought. We were the last RV and didn’t get on… Only a two hour wait. Hard to believe but this was the girls first time on a boat. They did great!
We managed to find a Passport America park that was only $13 US a night, nice! Well, not the nicest park but we had crazy real estate… We really didn’t know what we would find to do but since the price was right we decided to stay for 4 nights and use it as base to explore the island from.
The first day we actually got the bicycles out and headed for PEI National Park. We are not quite sure why it has national park status as it was mainly lots of beach, bike paths, and birds… Not really our thing but we did manage to do about 12 miles on the bikes with 6 on a very easy mountain bike trail.
We worked up a little appetite and decided to stop at a little roadside/seaside joint for a snack. PEI is another locale known for their local oysters so we had to give them a try! Very yummy but very small and expensive. Paired with a few fish tacos, hungry no more!
A big thing is apparently the homestead of the Anne of Green Gables author and where the story was born. We stopped for about 2 minutes as that was all Chris could tolerate (notice the face). Much of the area is very touristy and we saw LOTS of buses with what we have coined “Tourons”…
Well, the next day we decided to check out Charlottetown, the capital of the province. We started our day at the farmers market where we grabbed some nice produce, sausages, breads, and some polish food to try for dinner.
From there we toured around the city a bit then found the two local breweries. First stop was PEI Brewery (Gahan). We sampled all their beers and even stayed for a pint! After that we headed just a few miles down the road to Upstreet Brewing. We liked the atmosphere much better but there really wasn’t a single beer Chris was excited to drink. Both of the breweries/beer proved to be a bit disappointing but a good day regardless!
After doing some more research it seemed that much of the draw for PEI are the beautiful beaches and resort settings. We explored lots of pictures on google and decided that we didn’t need to see more beaches or lighthouses. We opted to stick around camp and do some cleaning and maintenance until heading out for some fishing on an evening tour… Got the call that the water was a rollin’… Given the chance to hop on a trip the next day, we decided to stay one more day.
Not only was the next day 70 and sunny with calm waters, but another lucky happenstance, the 1:00 had a total of 4 people on a boat that takes out 18. We loved our private charter! The captain and deck hand were both friendly and amusing. We caught quite a few fish and everybody caught something making it even better. Best part was the first cod catch was by me and it was a double with two good sized keepers! It was a great day and a good end to our short visit to PEI. Not thinking we will be back but would definitely recommend it to our beach lovin’ friends!
Shortly after dinner Chris started to feel sick… A sore throat… He started pounding the vitamin C but it would still get him…
The next day we were off to New Brunswick and the Fundy National Park area where the claim to fame are the crazy tides which can reach heights of 46 feet! We managed a drive through to see what it was all about… Chris was feeling pretty poopy… We will have to make it a point to visit again when we can really enjoy it. We made one last stop at Hopewell Rocks which was along our loop for the day. This is an attraction where you can walk the ocean floor and explore several sea stacks when the tide is out or kayak around them when the tide is in. Well… It was interesting but sooooo crowded? Way too touristy for us. We prefer our nature more private…We took a few quick pictures and headed out.
Chris must have really been sick because on the way home he let me drive the camper for the first time. I was a little nervous at first but caught on fast. Chris was very nervous but was pleasantly surprised by my mad skills!
It has been a great trip but it is time to call it. Heading back into the states tomorrow. Ahhhh no more metrics and funny money!