After Cape Enrage Lighthouse, our Bay of Fundy scenic drive continued to Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park, which is located about mid-way between Fundy National Park and Moncton. But first, before we go hiking down to the beach we need lunch, as everywhere enroute was already closed, probably for the season.
Well we did find some lunch, and it was definitely the low point of the day, but the hike down to the beach and watching the tide come in was simply spectacular.
The Bay of Fundy is known for extreme tides, of up to 50 feet, but as per all tides throughout the world, they vary depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon and their resultant gravitational pull on the oceans. Our schedule on this tour of North America had a number of drivers that didn’t include the local tides, so unfortunately our few days at the Bay of Fundy did not coincide with the maximum tides. Regardless, we enjoyed the experience and it whetted our appetite for a return visit.
After just over a month in Atlantic Canada, it is time to move on, crossing back into the United States for a visit with friends in Plymouth MA. Having heard lots of stories of the spectacular Fall colours in the New England States, we are eager to compare with the sights we recently experienced in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
After 3 weeks of enjoying the sights in Nova Scotia, and at times living next to the Atlantic Ocean, it is time to continue our sojourn around North America. Today, we are headed to New Brunswick, staying at what we expect will be a rather primitive campsite in Fundy National Park, as we return to nature and hope to experience the thunderous tides of the mighty Bay of Fundy.
OMG what a day, due to a calamity of navigation errors, which weren’t helped by the fact Andy wasn’t in the “pink of condition” or “fine fettle”, since he was suffering from a touch of food poisoning from the lousy lunch yesterday. In fairness to Judi, she did suggest holding off for a day, but Andy with typical stiff upper lip, damn the torpedoes, onward into battle, “I can make it, it’s only a short hop”. His one concession being nor completing his usual hoovering and dusting before bringing the slides in.
Although we only spent 2 nights in the really pleasant town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, it was with regrets that we departed and set course for Prince Edward Island, crossing the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge. Dalhousie has lost all their industry over the last few years, but the people have kept their heads high, and are super friendly.
View out of bedroom window
We departed Quebec City and continued our journey East, and today will be a big day as we finally reach the ocean, after 6 weeks of crossing mountains and prairie. Regardless of the fact we are over 4,000 miles from Vancouver, on reaching the ocean it will feel great to be “home”. Today is another 300+ mile drive and a long weekend, so we wanted to be on the road fairly early to get out of Quebec City before the motorway got too busy.
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.
Inch Arran Lighthouse