Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part IX: Hopewell Park

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part IX: Hopewell Park

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.
chocolate river tide outChocolate River
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.
fernsThe trails are bordered by lush ferns, flowering shrubs, and interesting tree forms.
tree bark
mossy treeOn some trees is a type of algae that grows in conjunction with lichens.
mossy trees

smiley rockOne of the park’s visitors decided this smiley rock needed some eyes.

blue benchBenches are placed along the steep trails in case a little rest is in order.

danger sign
And here’s just one of the many danger signs in the park.

deadwood anchor
Driftwood has been used for some interesting displays. Is this one supposed to represent a rake, an anchor, a pick, or what?

deadwood planter
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Unfortunately, it was too early in the season for these driftwood planters to display any colourful blooms.
play ship
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!

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VIII: On the Way to…

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VIII: On the Way to…

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.
NS highway - trees
This day was bright and sunny. The trees on either side of the highway displayed many colours of green and yellow.

countrycountry red soil
The sky was heavy with cloud this day, and intermittent rains.
rainy drive
And on this day, it rained continuously, throughout the whole drive.

happy sun
When the rain stopped, and the sun came out, we felt a little like this happy, sunny guy!

curious deer
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.

NS windmills
Another common sight were the windmills generating electric energy.

through a misty window
The foliage was sometimes sparse, and sometimes thick.

crossing Angus L. Macdonald Bridge
Crossing the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge to Halifax after we took a wrong turn, and ended up in Dartmouth by mistake.

wayside farm
Sights like these, made our drives interesting, no matter the weather.

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VII: Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VII: Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

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.
old boat

We saw sculptures depicting people and creatures.
whole sign
A clever sign. (close-ups below)

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atlantic rock
And a rock, painted in a spirit of fun, or is it sarcasm?
fish sign
The Lunenburg power poles were adorned with fish and ships.

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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.

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VI: Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VI: Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Our trip to Eastern Canada in June took us to three provinces. Nova Scotia was so interesting and beautiful, but we were only able to scratch the surface of this amazing place. Our bed and breakfast, the Sailor’s Rest, was located in the village of Blue Rocks, and we arrived fairly late in the day, after taking a wrong turn and finding ourselves in Halifax and Dartmouth.
Our walk on the evening of our arrival took us to the nearby coast, where we saw quaint fishing shacks, and fascinating, rugged vistas.
blue rocks 2
You can see how Blue Rocks got its name.
blue rocks 3
blue rocks 4
little stone pile
The Breakwater Encasement
blue rocksand boat
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The fishing shacks were so interesting. Each had its own special character.
blue rocks 6
It would soon be dark. Time to head to the Sailor’s Rest.
sailors rest