Friday, September 17, 2010

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The town of Lunenburg is about halfway up the east coast of mainland Nova Scotia and we convoyed up for the trip along the coast. We stopped at several beaches and points of interest along the way.
Wherever we went in Nova Scotia we found absolutely marvelous places to stop, walk about. and take photos.

We visited the Fort Point museum before taking the ferry into Lunenburg.  Notice the solar panels on many of the campers. Solar panels, upgraded batteries, efficient LED lighting and sophisticated electronics have enabled many of us to travel to areas without typical RV hookups. Our next campground was not one of those, but soon we would be traveling to areas of Cape Breton that were much more primitive.

Lunenburg is a postcard picture town if ever there was one. Lunenburg is a UN World Heritage Site and because of that

 there are many regulations concerning the architecture. Seems though that they forgot to put in any concerning color, and the folks of Lunenburg show their creativity with paint.

Note the “Lunenburg Bump”, an architectural feature on many of the houses in Lunenburg. We never did get a good answer as to the “Bump”s function, but it's an interesting architectural feature that seems to be quite common in Lunenburg.

Lunch at the Knot happened more than once, for many of us.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heading East

2010 Canadian Maritimes - Heading east across Nova Scotia
After touring Brier & Long Islands we stayed the night at Whale Cove Campground, one of the most unusual and delightful campgrounds we have visited.  The next day we caravanned across Nova Scotia to start the East Coast segment of the tour.  Along the way we stopped at several coves and beaches and late in the day arrived at Risser's Beach Provincial Park for some beach camping.
 Here's the link to the full post →    Heading East

Monday, September 13, 2010

Long & Brier Islands

2010 Canadian Maritimes - Long and Brier Islands, NS
Our first real travel day took us to a pair of beautiful little islands on the southwest coast of Nova Scotia.  We spent all day exploring, including several ferry rides.
Link →   Islands

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Port Royal

2010 Canadian Maritimes - Port Royal
Port Royal is one of the coolest places we have visited.  The National Historic Site is a reproduction of the "Habitation", essentially a very small fortified village, established by Samuel de Champlain early in the seventeenth century.

Here's the link - Port Royal

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Tour Begins

2010 Canadian Maritimes - The Tour Begins
Annapolis Royal, one of North America's oldest towns, was the starting point for our 14 day tour of Nova Scotia.  On the tour we would explore the southwestern part of Nova Scotia, then cross the province to explore the northeastern area and Cape Breton National Park.  12 other couples with truck campers accompanied us.
Link → The Tour Begins

Monday, September 6, 2010

Into Nova Scotia

2010 Canadian Maritimes - Parlee Beach, NB and Bear River, NS
We stayed on night at Parlee Beach Provincial Park, the last night of the season, then drove into Nova Scotia to meet our hosts and do a little pre-tour exploring on our own.

Link → Parlee Beach - Bear River

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kouchibouguac NP

2010 Canadian Maritimes, Kouchibouguac National Park, NB

Kouchibouguac, in the northern reaches of New Brunswick, is culturally much different from the rest of the province with a decidedly French flavor.  Away from the tidal rages of the Bay of Fundy it has warm coastal waters, barrier islands, and for us...Hurricane Earl.

Fortunately the hurricane veered east and we caught only the fringes with rain and wind, and a spectacular sunrise the day after.  Kouchibouguac NP

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fundy National Park

2010 Canadian Maritimes, Fundy National Park, NB
Fundy National Park, located on the eastern shore of New Brunswick is famous for it's 40 foot tide range.  The park also has gorgeous beaches, very nice campgrounds, and miles of hiking trails.

John Muir (click on the image to enlarge).

Full post → Fundy NP