Neil and Lois 50th Anniversary Trip travel blog

Fisherman harvesting kelp

Neil and some campground friends watching the sun set

Lois in front of lake reflections at Minister's Island

Bath House on Minister's Island

The Van Horne home on Minister's Island

Windmill pump barn on Minister's Island

Dairy barn on Minister's Island

The road to Minister's Island at low tide

No road at Minister's Island at high tide

Covered Bridge at Dunbarton

Covered Bridge at Rollingdam

Reflections at Minister's Island Look close at chasm (optical illusion)

Another low tide picture at Minister's Island

It rained here much of the night, but the sky was clear and beautiful as we got up. I was up around 6:30 New Brunswick time (Lois got up about 7:30). The view from our motorhome is fantastic! Just sitting here, sipping coffee, watching the lobster boats go out, the sun coming up and the fog and mist burning off is a sight that is hard to beat. The tide here in the Bay of Fundy is the highest in the world. It raises 20-35 feet at every high tide. This morning we drove out to Minister's Island. This can only be accomplished during low tide as the gravel road is under water at high tide. The mansion on Minister's island was built by Sir William Van Horne, a visionary railroad builder. He had this home built over a 25 year period in the early 1900's and it was his summer home. He wintered in Quebec. After his death and later, the death of his heirs, the home was auctioned off and had not been taken care of for many years, until the Canadian Government made it a landmark home and has initiated some restoration. Even though it is still in need of considerable restoration, it was well worth the visit. Some pictures are included that show the road at low tide, then at high tide as well as a few outside pictures of the home and some of the outbuildings. This afternoon we went to the chocolate factory museum in St. Stephen. Very interesting museum and the chocolate samples were very good. We also located and drove to several covered bridges built in the early 1900's and are still in use. We'll probably take a day off tomorrow and rest up before driving to St. Johns on Wednesday for the Reversing Falls and the jet boat ride to the edge of the falls.

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