On our early summer trip to Eastern Canada, we were treated to many beautiful sights. Some of the most awesome of these were found at Hopewell Park in New Brunswick. On the way there, we passed the Chocolate (Petitcodiac) River. The Tidal Bore, caused by the Bay of Fundy tides, occurs twice daily. The water in the River rolls back upstream in one wave that can go up to 60 cm (19.5 inches) in height.
Hopewell Park is part of the Fundy region, where the tides can reach up to 15 metres (50 ft), about the height of a four-storey building, twice daily. The tides can rise an amazing 12 vertical feet per hour, so the area has attendants on staff to guide visitors off the ocean floor, out of the coves, and rock caves, when it’s not safe.
The trails are bordered by lush ferns, flowering shrubs, and interesting tree forms.
On some trees is a type of algae that grows in conjunction with lichens.
One of the park’s visitors decided this smiley rock needed some eyes.
Benches are placed along the steep trails in case a little rest is in order.
And here’s just one of the many danger signs in the park.
Driftwood has been used for some interesting displays. Is this one supposed to represent a rake, an anchor, a pick, or what?
Unfortunately, it was too early in the season for these driftwood planters to display any colourful blooms.
The park also had an interpretive centre, some play spots for the kids, and picnic places.
But, the real stars of Hopewell Park are the Hopewell Rocks.
I will feature them in my next post!
We experienced varied weather conditions on our recent trip to Atlantic Canada. From day to day, we didn’t know if there would be rain, fog, cloudy skies, or sunshine.
This day was bright and sunny. The trees on either side of the highway displayed many colours of green and yellow.
The sky was heavy with cloud this day, and intermittent rains.
And on this day, it rained continuously, throughout the whole drive.
When the rain stopped, and the sun came out, we felt a little like this happy, sunny guy!
A deer made a brief appearance, eyed us curiously, then disappeared into the bush.
On the prairies, dandelions are a bane to lawn growers everywhere, but in the maritimes, it seems as though the residents let the dandelions take over.
Another common sight were the windmills generating electric energy.
The foliage was sometimes sparse, and sometimes thick.
Crossing the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge to Halifax after we took a wrong turn, and ended up in Dartmouth by mistake.
Sights like these, made our drives interesting, no matter the weather.
While travelling in Nova Scotia’s Lunenburg County on our recent trip to the Canadian maritime provinces, my husband and I came across some interesting and notable sights.
The area is scattered with vintage houses, some converted into bed and breakfasts, like the one above, for the comfort of visitors to the area.
Many residents displayed items more suited to the sea than the soil.
We saw sculptures depicting people and creatures.
A clever sign. (close-ups below)
And a rock, painted in a spirit of fun, or is it sarcasm?
The Lunenburg power poles were adorned with fish and ships.
This boardwalk provided a good vantage point for photographing the ocean.
Sadly, it was a dull, rainy morning, and the bad weather cut short our time in Lunenburg County. We must come back here someday to see more of the area.