Eastern Canada By Road
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Diane Gadd takes us on a camping road trip across eastern Canada. Traveling from Ontario through Quebec, into New Brunswick, over the Confederation Bridge to PEI and by ferry across to Nova Scotia.
“I just got off a night shift. Our 16 ft travel trailer was hooked up to the van, and my husband and 2 daughters were ready to go on a 10 day road trip to the east coast of Canada from Ontario. We stayed in Quebec City overnight then proceeded to New Brunswick.
In New Brunswick, we stopped in Hartland where we saw the longest covered bridge in the world. Did you know that there are 58 covered bridges in New Brunswick?
At the Bay of Fundy, in Nova Scotia we saw the Hopewell Rocks, which are also called the Flowerpot Islands. They were amazing to see at low tide where we were able to walk thru the huge openings that the tides had made over time.
In Moncton we went to Magnetic Hill, which actually pulled up our van and trailer to a speed of 30 km per hour, according to our speedometer. It looked like we were being pulled up a hill due to the optical illusion caused by the surrounding landscapes, which make a slight downhill slope appear to be uphill.
That night we stayed at TNT, a quaint campground where the people were so friendly that they invited us to join them to listen to a live band play. The girls had a wonderful time dancing around with the other children.
The next day we drove over the confederation bridge to PEI, known for being Canada’s longest bridge and the WORLD’S LARGEST BRIDGE over ice-covered water at 12.9km. Unfortunately at the time it was raining and foggy, so we were unable to take in the full length of the bridge or the views of the water. The first thing we noticed as we drove thru PEI was how red the soil is and the fields full of potatoes.
Our first stop was Anne of Green Gables home. The place that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery, a Canadian author’s, story of an orphan girl coming of age.
After that, we drove to the northern west tip of the island and saw a lighthouse. On our way back we spotted a glass house, made completely of bottles. In PEI is where we first tried seaweed pie, let's just say, it is an acquired taste. To save time, we took the ferry from PEI to Nova Scotia, which you do have to book ahead. In Nova Scotia we took a tour thru Sydney coal mine. Our tour guide was an old miner who had given us the true feeling of how it was to mine underground including how they grow vegetable gardens down there, who knew.
In the capital of the Province, Halifax, we ate in a quaint restaurant where we had surf and turf. I ate the surf since no one else in the family will eat seafood. The turf was so good that even our 6 year daughter ate an entire steak to herself, which even surprised the staff. We camped at KOA near the Cabot Trail and Alexander Graham Bell National Historical Site. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Alexander Graham Bell, I can guarantee you that you’ve used his most known invention on a regular basic. We learned so much about Alexander Graham Bell's life and saw many of his inventions, including the first telephone. He was truly an intelligent man and had the insight beyond his time.
We did make two stops that we found not so noteworthy. One of them was Peggy's Cove, whose rocky scenery was not so dramatic as other coastal areas we had already encountered, but does have historical significance and a lighthouse. The other was the Balancing Rock, which was a long drive and walk to just see one rock standing on top of another.
One fantastic stop was the Cabot trail, a full day drive with fantastic views of the lakes and forests and some of the wildlife. When we were driving we were fortunate enough to see a moose close up as he was walking in the ditch by the roadside. My husband tells me to grab the video camera (which I seldom use) to take a video, so I turn it on, focus and push the button. The moose starts to run beside us for perhaps 30 seconds then veers quickly into the forest. I look at the viewfinder and notice a red light flashing. I asked my husband what that means and he informed me that the camera is ready to record. I was so upset that I didn't get a video of the moose after all. When we got back to the campground my husband and girls went for a walk, and when they returned they presented me with a stuffed moose which they said it is the elusive moose. I still have that moose to this day, and we still talk about what a wonderful trip we had going to the east coast of Canada.
We are truly lucky live in Canada where there is such a vast variety of things to see and do and to be able to meet so many wonderful people during our travels.
To achieve these similar rugged coastline scenes, be sure to check out Tours of Exploration's Broken Islands sea kayaking tour.