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.

havre boucher rural
Content cows near an ocean cove.

cow signA cow crossing sign?

little harbour
The ever-present boats, fishing shacks…
havre boucher traps
… 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.
Havre Boucher B n B
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!
Havre Boucher view

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part X: Magnificent Hopewell Rocks

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part X: Magnificent Hopewell Rocks

Our recent trip to Eastern Canada included a visit to the popular Hopewell Park. The stars of the show there are the Hopewell Rocks.
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Our visit took place sometime between high and low tides, so the rock bases weren’t visible. At low tide, the thin columns hardly look strong enough to hold the weight of the giant monoliths, and there have been collapses in the past.
This formation is the Diamond Rock.
diamond rock
The park trails take hikers to various vantage points where there is a new point of interest to experience and photograph.
flowerpot rocks 2The Flowerpot Rocks also have slim columns that are visible at low tide. You can just see the top of the columns beginning to appear.

rock 1
half hidden rock 2
And some rocks come into view only if the visitor remains alert, and observant.

looking down at the caves
At low tide visitors are allowed to walk the seabed. We were about halfway down the stairs to the caves, but were stopped by a warning sign, on a chain, that blocked our way. Some pigeons were feasting on the small delicacies left on the seabed as the tide receded.


The brown water is a result of mud and silt mixing with sea water in the constant churning brought about by the world’s fastest and highest tides in this, the Fundy Region of New Brunswick.

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 theĀ 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.