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Aug 17, 2014 - Liverpool

It was cloudy as we headed to Liverpool. Our first stop was the Fort Point Lighthouse (1855). It was used not only for lighting the harbor, but for weather observation, monitoring of privateers, and for defense during WWII. Liverpool’s history is of shipbuilding, having produced more craft than Halifax, which is significantly bigger. It was interesting to learn that privateers (unlike pirates) were licensed and regulated. Our visit to the Rossignol Cultural Center was not to be; the guidebook was wrong about the hours of business. I had...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Kejimkujik and Summerville Beach

Just across the road from the campground is Hunts Point Beach. I walked over for some white sand views and wading. The water was warmer than expected; it’s a bay or harbor and not wide-open ocean at that point. In Port Mouton, there is a building which has been in the Campbell family since it was built in 1783. It now houses the tiny Seascape Restaurant, where we shared “the best haddock and chips on the south shore.” Review: casual diner setting, good, friendly service and fresh, hot food. (That said, haddock is BORING.) (Port Mouton was...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Driving in the Driving Rain

We headed west on TCH 1. Cornwall has hills, forests, excavated red rock, and huge cairns of those rocks; someone with a crane must have a sense of humor. It began to rain. Tolls for the Confederation Bridge are paid once, when you leave the island/province; it was $45 for the truck and $7.50 for each axle of the fifth wheel. There were gusty winds as we crossed over whitecaps on the Northumberland Strait. We re-entered New Brunswick and almost immediately left again, reaching Nova Scotia. “Honey Bee Importation Prohibited” – there must be...

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Aug 14, 2014 - Necessities

We had a slow start, queuing for the laundry machines. After a simple lunch of scrambled eggs and bacon, we headed out for groceries, diesel exhaust fluid, the liquor store, and the post office. ($1.20 for a postcard to Illinois and $2.50 for one to the Philippines. It didn’t work out to be a sightseeing day (tomorrow will be a “road day” and didn’t want to spend too much time in the truck today), so we read, I did a little sewing, and Joe emptied and flushed the holding tanks. Supper was brats, corn on the cob and salad.

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Aug 13, 2014 - A Day on PEI

When on PEI, it's almost required to go to Green Gables Heritage Place, which is part of PEI National Park. The house on which L.M.Montgomery (who lived nearby with her grandparents) based Anne's house is furnished for the period. Excerpts from her books and journals are on display, giving insight to the author. We explored the Haunted Wood and Lover's Lane, both of which are featured in the books. We lunched at Razzy's Beach House on a fish sandwich and a burger. Diesel was $1.37 a liter today. We visited three shops. The Master's Pieces...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Prince Edward Island

We rolled south on 11 through farms, rivers, estates, harvested peat bogs, and First Nations lands. We crossed Centennial Bridge; someone flipped the switch to English. We had lunch (smoked meat sandwiches, something between corned beef and pastrami) at the Portage Restaurant in Miramichi. Away from the coast, we cruised through woods, bogs, and marshes, encountering construction twice. We reached Cape Jouramin and crossed Confederation Bridge, which is eight miles long. The island is full of rolling hills and farms, especially potatoes,...

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Aug 26, 2008 - That's some bridge!

Once we got ourselves straightened out again, we got back on the road to Charlottetown. By far the most impressive thing on this route was the Confederation Bridge. I still haven't worked up the nerve (let alone the funds) to take the RV on a ferry. We seriously considered taking the ferry back from PEI to Nova Scotia, but in the end, it was a wash as far as costs were concerned. But that would be looking into the future from this day and we can't do that. Can we? Anyway, other than getting lost, the drive to Charlottetown was fairly...

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Roaming through 2008

Jul 25, 2008 - "Set my compass north . .

Set my compass north, I got winter in my blood” Acadian Driftwood, by Robbie Robertson Friday, July 25 Today was my best day in Canada so far, and the first half took place in a most unlikely setting, the fictional village of Avonlea. Avonlea, for those of you who don’t know it, was home to one of Prince Edward Island’s most famous characters, Anne of Green Gables. Anne is the creation of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and 2008 is her 100th anniversary. Anne was a little orphan girl who came from Nova Scotia, to be adopted by an older couple...

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2008 Keys 2 Canada

Aug 7, 2007 - Charlottetown to Brackley Beach, PEI

Today we left Charlottetown and headed into the countryside. It was actually a little chilly and heavily overcast. Rain had been predicted so we started the day with the rain gear installed in our jackets. By the end of the day our liners were out and the vents open; it turned out to be beautiful day after all Janine has bought many seeds and garden supplies from Veseys Seeds over the years. Their trial gardens are located just outside of Charlottetown so it was a must see for her and our first stop of the day. I thought the physical...

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Jul 15, 2007 - Green Gables and Mussels

July 14 Our first full day in PEI called for the mandatory visit to Green Gables Cottage for the L. M. Montgomery legacy. We had fun strolling the grounds with folks dressed in period costume and demonstrations of weaving, butter churning and musicians playing. Interestingly, the house itself is a reconstruction of a reconstruction, as when we were here last with Katie, the house was all but destroyed by fire just weeks earlier. The house as it stands now is a neat little tour unto itself, with room dimensions, decorations and furniture...

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Jul 14, 2006 - Prince Edward Island - The Gentle Island

Today, we bid good-bye to New Brunswick; but, first we have a stop in Shediac, the Lobster Capital of the World. There is a lobster festival in July each year and Shediac has some nice beaches too. We all joined in for a group photo atop the giant lobster in the town park. Now, we're off to Prince Edward Island and we approach via the Confederation Bridge. This is truly an engineering marvel as well as a quick, convenient, and dramatic way to arrive on or depart the Island. The bridge is 13 km long, the longest marine span in the world over...

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Jul 7, 2006 - Anne of Green Gables area

Well, the four of us weren't really Anne of Green Gables enthusiats, so we opted for a bike ride along the coastline by Cavendish. The red soil was amazing against the blue skies. Breathtaking. Andrea was recovering from a cold/flu so a stop for poutine* was the best medicine for her depleted energy levels. * Poutine is chips/fries with gravy and melted cheese curds. Yummy! After that big day out, we took in a ceildih - PEI style and ran for cover from the mosquitos! From PEI, we crossed the 13 km Confederation Bridge to Moncton, New...

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