Back on schedule after our delay for repairs, however our time in New Brunswick is reduced to only 2 nights. After 3 days of driving 300+ miles we decided to have a quiet day and not head out for the planned 400 miles drive around the Gaspe Peninsula.
We are staying in the small town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, in a campground that backs directly onto Chaleur Bay, which is salt water and tidal. Finally we have reached the ocean. The view out the bedroom window is a pleasant change from the miles of Prairie we have seen for the previous few weeks.
View out of bedroom window
After breakfast and when the Liverpool v’s Spurs game was finished we took the dogs for a walk on the beach. Duke was happy to get back in the water and we almost had to take his toy away, as he kept bringing it back to throw it back into the water. You guessed it, other than eating he has slept for the remainder of the day.
Duke getting out of the water
Duke bringing his toy back to Andy
Even Kona, once she had chased the ball across the beach many times decided that wading along the edge of the water wasn’t too bad. Swimming, not her, she just stands and watches Duke swimming.
Kona bringing her ball to throw
This is Inch Arran Lighthouse, which is a functional lighthouse on Chaleur Bay. This is part of the scenery seen from the bedroom window.
After a very early departure from Delhi, Ontario we pulled into The Willows Campground on Lake Ontario by late afternoon. Just prior to sunset we joined the procession heading down to the lake shore and grabbed a bench to enjoy the sunset. The Great Lakes may not be the ocean, but after 3,000 miles across the country it is just a pleasant experience seeing the water again. The sunset may not compare to those on Maui, but it was definitely picturesque.
Sunset on Lake Ontario
Judi and the dogs sitting on the bench enjoying sunset.
Finally the day had come that we planned to walk the Falls by day and night; while we enjoyed the previous drive past, we just couldn’t wait to stand by the river bank and actually feel the spray and be deafened by the thunderous roar. We had a beautiful warm and sunny day, but this presented a challenge, as we aren’t comfortable leaving the dogs in the car, even with windows open. Therefore, our plan called for a number of trips down to the Falls and back to the campground at least every four hours to let the dogs out.
Our plan for today is to drive the Niagara Parkway, which follows along the entire river from Fort Erie north to the small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We were pleasantly surprised, as it is one of the rare water front roads that predominantly runs along the banks of the river affording spectacular views. Today’s agenda includes a tour of Fort Erie, drive along the river to the Falls, followed by stops at the whirlpool, Queenston Heights Park, Brock Monument, McFarlane House, Fort George and a walk around Niagara-on-the-Lake. A rather busy day of sightseeing; read on to find out if we achieved all our goals.
Today’s agenda included a couple of quick tasks in Niagara followed by a drive to Queenston to check out a couple of Niagara Parks – The Laura Secord Homestead and MacKenzie Printery. To answer the title question, Laura Secord is both a Canadian Heroine and a Canadian manufacturer of fine chocolates, with the chocolate company being named after the heroine, and starting the business in 1913, commemorating the centenary of her accomplishment.
Now that repairs are completed we are trying to get back on schedule quickly, so today was another fairly long day, departing upstate New York and heading to Quebec City. Fortunately Judi understands some French, but Andy doesn’t know any, so should be an interesting couple of days.
Thanks to the great people at Hitch n Go RV in Delhi, Ontario we are resuming our voyage towards Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Ocean. To resume our trip, in New Brunswick on schedule, requires 2 days of about 500 miles each day. Therefore, we will be a day late arriving in New Brunswick.
Unable to use the shower, kitchen sink or dishwasher it is time to head for repairs. The factory service centre didn’t have any available appointments, but fortunately Hitch n Go RV Inc in Delhi, Ontario could help us on Wednesday. Parked next to the service building, we are comfortably boondocking with 30 Amps and water hookups.
As it is only a short hop from Cookstown down to Niagara Falls, we were set up by 14:00 and sitting down enjoying a quick cuppa, while we planned the rest of the day. Even Judi doesn’t recall being in this area before, so being a nice day we elected to take a drive to scout the area and plan our activities for the next 4 days.
The park’s internet has a good signal, but zero bandwidth, so we couldn’t get online to research the area or check out Google maps, therefore we set off, armed only with the free maps received at check-in and off course the trusty GPS. Our intended route is along the edge of Marineland, Canada’s equivalent to Sealand, then onto Niagara Parkway at the Welland River for the drive along the Niagara River and the Falls.
Ottawa and Quebec City got cancelled yesterday, so now we wait for the appointment at the dealer on Wednesday, but on the bright side, today we head down to spend a few days at the spectacular Niagara Falls. Ottawa and Quebec City or Niagara Falls, which one would you pick?