Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 10.219: New Scotland

Nova Scotia may have a fancy name in English but the Francophones say it like it is Nouvelle Écosse - "New Scotland". Today we learned a slice of Scottish history in Pictou where there is a replica of the Hector - a ship that brought 179 Scottish immigrants to the area in 1783. The ship is astonishingly small and the story - which includes children dying of smallpox en route and a journey that took 10 weeks - after a storm caused a two week delay when they had nearly arrived - is fascinating and well told.

We enjoyed a couple of short walks - one in Pictou along the waterfront and another in Tatamagouche where we stopped for dinner on our way back to camp.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 10.218: Prince Edward Island

We took in our third Canadian province of the trip with the drive over the impressive Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. We visited Charlottetown where we largely avoided everything Anne of Green Gables related (though we thought of friends who are big fans). We spent some time at an art gallery where E5N1 waved to and pulled faces at people in Edmonton thanks to an interesting exhibit including video screens and a camera which exists in three identical installations - those two and one in Newfoundland.

We ended the day with pizza and s'mores cooked on the campfire.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 10.217: Beach day

After a couple of days involving significant trips in the car we decided to spend the day that looked to be the warmest and sunniest at the park. We spent the morning at the beach where the water was almost weirdly warm - we had heard that it is the warmest sea water north of the Carolinas - and amazingly clear. We saw hermit crabs and shrimp and flat fish and schools of small fish and a couple of sea stars as we paddled and waded. Exile #4 and I swam and watched terns fishing out to sea and we all had a great view of a bald eagle as it gave us a fly-by.

The afternoon wa spent lazily at camp reading and playing games and then we ventured out for dinner 20 minutes along the coast but over the border in New Brunswick.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 10.216: Fundy tides

After another good night's sleep, we went to satisfy my main ambition for this trip - to witness the largest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy. We also managed a visit to a geological museum and a tidal power research center and still had time to cook dinner on the campfire. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day 10.215: Truro and a gathering

After a surprisingly long and sound night's sleep, we headed down to Truro where we ate lunch at Tim Hortons, walked and played and listened to live country music  at Victoria Park and then had dinner with some friends. Yes there are pictures. No I can't post them!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Day 10.214: The 3R's: Wrong, rain and red

Today we discovered that, like New Brunswick, Nova Scotia is also on ADT at the moment so forget that part of yesterday's post - the part about hoping for AST all year round stands.

We drove to our campsite in almost continuous rain, and - with no sign of a break to come - pitched camp (in record time) also in the rain.

 By the time we were done with a late lunch/early dinner, the rain had mostly stopped and we walked down the beach at the other end of the provincial park we are camping in. It's extremely beautiful with red sand and red rocks and very green pine trees. Sadly phone-blogging does not allow for photo uploads - so you'll have to imagine until I get home.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day 10.213: Atlantic Daylight Time

There is a movement in Maine to have our time zone changed to match our across-the-water neighbors in Nova Scotia who are on Atlantic Standard Time year-round which is the same as Eastern Daylight Time. This would mean that Maine would stick with our summer time offset for the whole year and avoid the twice-a-year torture of the hour shift.

This afternoon, we set out on our vacation road trip journey to Nova Scotia. We had thought we would make the trip as far as our overnight in Fredericton New Brunswick after my normal work day was over but we were a bit concerned that the border crossing and rush hour traffic would threaten our ability to make it to the University of New Brunswick before their office closed at 11 pm so I took the afternoon off so we could have a more relaxed journey. In the end we got away around 2 pm and it took us about five and a half hours. However, we did not arrive at 7:30 pm but at 8:30 pm because New Brunswick spends the summer on Atlantic Daylight Time. Just as well we allowed some extra time!

We are now settling down to spend the night in a three bedroom student apartment - which is rather a good arrangement and fairly inexpensive compared with even a single hotel room. E5N1 is the most significant beneficiary - in a hotel room he usually has an air mattress on the floor. Here he has a large bed to himself in his own room!