Judi having lived in Nova Scotia is very familiar with Halifax, but that was many years ago back in the 70’s, so it could have changed. Andy, however, never made it to Halifax during his deep sea days with his only experience being a couple of trips to play in the navy simulator in Victoria. Therefore, we were both interested to compare Canada’s premier East Coast port to Vancouver. How did it turn out?
Located in the NE corner of mainland Nova Scotia, Canso is of historic importance and is the location of a Parks Canada National Historic Site. We knew the National Park Site closed at the end of August, and our neighbours at the campground reported Canso to be little more than a run down fishing village, regardless, we decided to take the scenic drive. The drive was scenic, the roads were generally in fairly poor condition and our neighbour’s impression of Canso was accurate, but we had a great time, with the dogs enjoying their time at a beach.
Washed out yesterday, we wanted to see as much of the North Central Coast, as is possible in 1 day, so we were up early and on the road by 09:00. On departing the campground we turned left and headed along Hwy # 1 to Charlottetown, where we continued NE on Hwy # 2, turning onto Hwy # 6 for the North Coast. It may be a small island, but it still took well over an hour to reach the North Coast.
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.
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.
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.
This is Inch Arran Lighthouse, which is a functional lighthouse on Chaleur Bay. This is part of the scenery seen from the bedroom window.