We arrived at Hartt Island near Fredericton on September 15. It's in a beautiful location right on the St. John River. The trees are just starting to turn with the reds coming out first. The second day it was quite windy and rained all night.
On the 16th we took a drive into town to see what was there. The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival was on this week. There's quite a good line-up of talent with lots of free venues where you can listen to music. We scoped out a good parking spot for the next night.
On the 17th we went into town around 5:00 - free parking for the weekend starts then. We went to the parking area we had found the day before and there were lots of spaces. We walked along the closed off streets and listened to some music. We went to The Garrison Ale House for dinner (as recommended by Richard at the RV Park) and then went and listened to some more music. It was a nice evening, a little cool, but much better than the day before. Larry washed the motorhome today which takes about 3 1/2 hours.
On the 18th we went to a Midget hockey game in North Fredericton to see the nephew of a friend of ours play.
The RV Park is gearing down for the winter so some things are not operational, such as the pool. However they were able to get the pontoon boat out for a little trip on the river on the 19th. We went out for an hour and a half and were treated to a beautiful sunset. The water was like glass. We were told this is because twice a day the river coming down meets the tide from the Bay of Fundy (60 miles away) coming up and causes it to be very calm. The man who owns the park (Mike), and captained the boat, has lived here all his life and his family owns a lot of property along the river. His father built this campground 51 years ago and Mike has owned it for the past 28 years. In the spring, the surrounding land is flooded. The RV Park is going through a major upgrade by converting the current sites into RV Resort type sites.
There's a wonderful walking trail in Fredericton that Maureen walked every day. It is the old railway bed that was removed when they built a dam upstream years ago that flooded the rail line. The trail forms part of the cross-Canada walking trail that we have seen several parts of on our trip. It's well-maintained and well-used with benches and garbage cans along the way.
On the 20th we took a drive up to the Mactaquac Dam, 15 km upriver from Fredericton. While we were there we saw doe and her two fawns in the field. They were startled by a ginger cat coming out of the bushes. Mother snorted and stamped her feet until the cat went away.
The 21st was a beautiful relaxing day. We are having fog every morning but it burns off by about 10 am. Off to Saint John tomorrow!