Category: boats

July at the Park

July at the Park

I spent some time in the park during July. There was a lot of activity to grab my attention. The picture above shows a goose with, count them, twelve goslings! The family parade was making its way up from the lake.

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Some park employees were busy arranging the venue for the Dragon Boat Festival and Races. The race lanes, for the 48 foot long boats, were marked with white buoys. This event has been part of Regina’s summer activities for 28 years, attracting 200 teams, consisting of over 2000 racers, and 20,000 spectators.

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Much of the bird population was cooling off in the water. These twin ducks paddled happily along the shore. A lone pelican was too far away to get a good shot as it swam in circles mid-lake.

Apparently the “love locks” tradition is alive and well in this park. You can read about what love locks are,¬†here. Every so often the park maintenance crew removes the locks, but eventually the fence is visited by more couples, and more locks are displayed there.

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part XI: Havre Boucher

Our recent trip to Eastern Canada enabled us to sample the provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. After our visit to the Lunenburg area, we traveled to Havre Boucher, a village at the northern end of Nova Scotia’s mainland, located in the County of Antigonish. It was raining upon our arrival, but the skies cleared long enough for us to tour a bit of the area around this location.

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The beach above is part of a clean-up project by the residents. Most of the debris has been cleared away, but workdays are scheduled regularly to complete the task. The sign on the concrete slab was a notification of an upcoming workday.
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A view of the beach from another angle.

havre boucher mailboxSome sights caught my fancy, like this combination flowerpot, mailbox, and weather vane.

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Content cows near an ocean cove.

cow signA cow crossing sign?

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The ever-present boats, fishing shacks…
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… and lobster traps.
The rain was threatening to start again, so it was off to our bed and breakfast reservation in Havre Boucher, Rest Ashored.
We were lulled to sleep by the constant patter of the falling rain.
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The following morning we were treated to a lovely breakfast, and an awesome view, that was pretty much obscured by fog. Our plan for this day, was to explore Cape Breton Island, but we almost decided to cancel. Our hostess informed us that the weather forecast predicted that the fog would soon lift, so we set off for Cape Breton!
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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.
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You can see how Blue Rocks got its name.
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The Breakwater Encasement
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The fishing shacks were so interesting. Each had its own special character.
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It would soon be dark. Time to head to the Sailor’s Rest.
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Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part IV: Lobster Tales

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part IV: Lobster Tales

One of the highlights of our recent trip to the Canadian Maritimes was a bay cruise out of Shediac. Our host was a retired lobster fisherman, who kept us thoroughly entertained with his humourous stories. We were treated to either a lobster, or barbecued chicken meal as we toured the bay. Along with the fun and food, we were given a lesson on how to eat a lobster the “Acadian way”, and also everything you could ever want to know about lobsters.
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This island is actually called Skull Island!
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The harbour from the bay. The lighthouse is on the right, and two police boats were anchored there.
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The harbour from the other side.

An old style lobster trap, and a new style trap with the catch of the day.

Some of the decor on our boat.

Back at the dock, we toured the area a little, and saw other boats tied up for the night.

One of the harbour buildings was built to look like a ship, complete with a crow’s nest above, and a pirate in front.

Before we left, we of course had to visit the gift shop, where we signed the guest book. I liked the friendliness, and the sense of humour here, evident even on the shop’s counter. My next posts will take you along to other stops on our holiday, as we bid farewell to Shediac, New Brunswick.