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Aug 3, 2011 - Sydney, Nova Scotia

We left Brackley Beach PEI at 7:45 am on July 29. We decided to take the Wood Island Ferry to Nova Scotia rather than the Confederation Bridge. The cost of the ferry was $110. It would have cost $65 to take the bridge, plus more miles and fuel. We arrived in Little Bras D'Or (North Sydney) at 3:30 pm. We stopped for lunch and fuel ($1.29 per litre). The terrain is different again - more hilly and forested. We are again facing the water in a very nice grassed site at the Arm of Gold Campground in Little Bras D'Or, 30 km from Sydney and 3 km...

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Jul 4, 2011 - Sydney, Nova Scotia

No fireworks here but we had a good day anyway. We traveled 250 miles up to the north end of Nova Scotia today. We are in position to board a bus for a day trip around Cabot Trail tomorrow. Our campfire tonight was not lit due to high winds from a storm front that passed through. We are in a spacious campground with some nice features. Have been watching the news reports of William and Kate and see the same sites we visited on Prince Edward Island last week. Bill

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Trip Journal

Steele summer 2011

Jul 2, 2011 - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Even though we visited Cape Breton a couple of years ago, we still find it a great place to visit! This trip we visited the re constructed Fortress of Louisbourg, and spent a great day in the 1700's and enjoyed the fun and food, and even learned English townstory. We took the Englishtown Ferry, that has to be the shortest auto ferry route in the world! It can't be more than about 300 feet. The 14 hour ferry ride to Newfoundland will make up for this short ride. Tomorrow we head to Halifax to meet up with the others going on our great...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Louisbourg

We went to the devotions first thing this morning, then had breakfast in the Lido buffet. Christine had got over her mal de mer and was fine this morning. The Board members and their wives met and we went in rented mini-vans to Louisbourg. We ran through rain, but at least it was dry and we were able to walk around in the cold wind without getting wet. We assembled in the entry hall and then took a bus o the fortress where a guide explained its history and took us to some of the buildings and explained their significance. There was a...

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Aug 17, 2010 - Farewell to Nova Scotia

Another 2 days of travelling, taking in scenery and learning about the history of Canada. We left Cheticamp and headed for Sydney. We took the Cabot Trail which led us through Cape Breton National Park. The park is full of breath-taking scenery. The first trail we went on was the Skyline trail. It was a 9.2km hike through the Cape Breton Highlands. The trail was cut through heavily wooded forest and then took us out to the cliffs that border the water. The panoramic views were enough to make one want to sit watch relax all day. We took...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Now starts the drive back to USA

Yesterdays ferry ride from Newfoundland was a smooth, glassy one with wonderful blue skies. The only bad part was the 6+ hour wait to leave. The ferry was supposed to leave at noon and we finally pulled away from the dock at almost 4 pm Newfoundland time. The captain of the ferry used all he had and with the smooth water, we pulled into North Sydney just under 4 hours after departure. Since we had decided to stay around North Sydney, if it was after 7 pm; we remained in the area until morning. Walmart was a nice quiet campground after our...

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May 25, 2010 - Nova Scotia / Cape Breton

Linda checked for more birds around Harbour Light RV Park. Drove towards Sydney, NS to catch the ferry to Newfoundland tomorrow. Stopped at Antigonish, NS to look up the historical museum and repeat brother Dave’s pilgrimage to Ron’s 4th Great Grand Uncle Nathan Pushee (Revolutionary War at Bunker Hills, etc. and later after capture by British, served for Britian, but not against the Colonies). Found Pushie Street (three houses) and will look for Pushee Road if we go back that way after Newfoundland. Drove up south side of Bras D’or Lake...

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Sep 4, 2009 - Camping on Bras d'Ore Lake

Ben Eoin RV Park on the shores of Bras d'Ore Lake. A great spot to R&R for a few days before taking the Ferry to Port A Basque NFL from North Sydney NS. The weather has been beautiful since we left Quebec City Hope the "sun gods" are with us as we cross the strait and spend the next two weeks on the "rock".. Sandy and Erna spent a quiet day around the park.. They took a short jaunt to Rita McNiel's Tea room, only three k's from here. They had an enjoyable time and brought home with them some of Rita's special Tea. Wally and I thought we...

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Sep 3, 2009 - Fortress of Louisbourg

Fortress of Louisbourg.. Louisbourg NS This is a world-class history at North America's largest historic reconstruction of this 18th-century town.. A must-see if you are in this area. The re-enactment of this fortress dating back to 1744 using costumed interpreters to paint the picture of life as it happened in mid 1700's. Louisbourg is only a short distance from Sidney NS. Note.. Wally and I enjoyed the day at the this National historic site... we chatted with several of the interpreters and enjoyed the Military demonstrations.... the...

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Aug 19, 2009 - Sydney, Nova Scotia - Back in Sydney

(Ron Writing) We had a long day today. This morning we did laundry in Port aux Bausques. Elena went to the fish market on Main street in Port aux Basques and purchased Red Fish ($3.50/lb), Cod (3.75/lb), Snow Crab ($4.75/lb), and Mussels ($1/lb) - all Canadian $. Our freezer is full again! After our spaghetti and mussels lunch we went over to the ferry terminal to check-in. We arrived at 2:30 PM for our scheduled 4:30 PM voyage. When we arrived we found out the ship was delayed and the estimated departure was 6 PM. We got in the queue and...

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Aug 17, 2009 - Cabot Trail going South

The drive down The Cabot Trail is not only beautiful but filled with twist and turns and ups and downs. We crossed St Ann’s Bay on a short ferry and in Englishtown stopped at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant and had Fish Cakes and Beans, very tasty. In Sydney at the info center they have a large fiddle on display and I got info on the fortress at Louisbourg and the Alexander Graham Bell museum. We spent the night at the light house park after walking around the wharf so Guinness could check to see what the fishermen where catching. The people of...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Return from the Rock (Newfoundland)

We awakened to rain and fog with a ferry crossing scheduled for a departure of 10:30 AM. After a breakfast of left over Tim Horton pastries we departed Grand Codroy RVP for the ferry terminal. Automobile ferries are a lot like flying, there is a lot of hurry up and wait. For our scheduled 10:30 AM departure, we had to arrive no later than 9:00 AM to ensure our reservation. Upon arrival, we had to undergo an inspection for root crops as they are not allowed to leave Newfoundland Labrador for the rest of Canada. Not sure of the reason but...

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