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Wednesday, August 1st 10 misty, afternoon 22C sunny

Today was a “driving day”. We drove 400 Km South, back to Gros Morne National Park. Along the way we picked up a few geocaches and stopped for scenic views. One of these was The Arches, a few natural bridges along the coast. Our accommodation was in Lomond close to the south entrance of the park.

Thursday, August 2nd 23C sunny

Trout River Pond is a “fjord” where we took the boat tour. unlike the Western Brook this trip seems less popular as there were only 5 people on the 10 o’clock 2.5 hour tour. We had no more plans afterwards but looking for geocaches brought us to nice lookouts and great views we would otherwise not have found.

Friday, August 3rd 14C drizzle (Lomond, NL)

We slept in today as we had nothing more to do than pack everything and get to the airport in Deer Lake. We returned our rental car at the Hertz counter and made our way through the check-in and security. With a short delay the Jazz airlines Dash 8 took off for a 2 hour flight to Halifax. Upon our arrival we were met by Bob, VE1REC and his wife who guided us, after picking up our car, through the Halifax area to Dartmouth where our B&B was located. Since Bob lives only 1 Km from our accommodation he made reservations in a local restaurant later that evening. He picked us up and we spend the evening together while having dinner. (Thanks Bob!)

Saturday, August 4th Cool morning 23C in the afternoon

After breakfast Bob picked us up again and guided us to Peggy’s Cove. Unfortunately it was very misty and we were not able to see much of the special lighthouse and the nearby monument for the victims of Swiss flight 111. Our ways parted a bit further as we moved further south via Mahone Bay and Lunenburg along the Lighthouse Route. By evening we arrived on Cape Sable Island where we had another B&B.

Sunday, August 5th Foggy morning, 23C later.

It was still foggy when we woke up so we could not see the lighthouse of Clark’s Harbor. Once we were back on the mainland the fog had cleared and the sun was out again. We took the smaller road along the coastline and visited a few more lighthouses and fishing villages. The first was Cape Forchu, a special shaped Lighthouse and museum. Further along the road we passed an area around Methegan. This is the “French Coast” with bilingual road signs and French language radio stations. It was early afternoon when we made it to Digby and after checking in our B&B and lunch we drove along Digby Neck to Long Island taking the 5 minute ferry. We visited another lighthouse on Long Island and hiked a trail to the Balancing Rocks. Upon our return we did a quick geocache to end the day.

Monday, August 6th 26C sunny

The sun was shining as we woke up. We drove to Kejimkujik National Park. Since the weather was excellent we made a canoe trip and did some hikes. We saw turtles and frogs along the water edges and came across a white tail deer on a short hike. It was amazing that the deer remained within 10 meter of us for about 5 minutes just looking at us every once in a while. On the way back to Digby I picked up 2 more geocaches before we returned to the B&B.

Tuesday, August 7th Misty morning, 23C sunny afternoon

It was misty in Digby and further north in Annapolis Royal where we visited Fort Anne and the historic center. .We stopped at the historic Burntcoat lighthouse. By evening we arrived in Truro where we went to a viewing area for the Tidal Bore. Because of the shape of the Bay of Fundy the water that flows in during high tide is partially blocked and the water from the hills flows downstream a “Tidal Bore” is formed. This looks like a mini tsunami and is unique in the world.

Wednesday, August 8th Cloudy, rain late afternoon 20C

Before leaving Truro we drove by the wooden statues depicting people that were important to the town and by the M’kMaq heritage center. We then followed the north shore of the Bay of Fundy to 5 Islands Provincial Park. In Parrsboro we visited the Geological museum. Unfortunately the weather was changing to rain when we drove north along the scenic route to Joggins so the sights were less spectacular than expected. By 18:30 we arrived near Springhill where we booked a B&B.

Thursday, August 9th Rain, wind, 11C, 21C sunny afternoon

Since last night it had been raining and wind was blowing hard. When we arrived at the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick an Prince Edward Island all the trucks and trailers had to wait until the high winds diminished. Cars were allowed to cross but only at 40 Km/h. We stopped at the visitor center at the PEI side of the bridge to pick up some extra info about the island and then continued towards North Cape. The rain stopped and we began to see blue patches in the sky. When we stopped at a little harbor one of the fisherman pointed us to a nearby beach where other fisherman were harvesting Irish Moss from the sea with horses. By the time we got to the northernmost point of the province we had sunshine and 21C. We visited the museum about wind energy and I found a nearby geocache. We followed the coastal drive south from here stopping for a few views and an extra geocache until we arrived at West Point Lighthouse where we had booked the lightkeeper’s room.

Friday, August 10th 23 sunny

The sun was out in full strength today. Near Cape Egmont we visited the Bottle Houses and the lighthouse. We then continued to Summerside”s Spinnaker’s Landing, a waterfront boardwalk with shops. We drove notyh to Butlington where Woodleigh Replicas is located. On the grounds here there are many scaled down replicas of British castes and monuments like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Dunvegan castle. Nearby in Kensington we strolled through the Haunted Mansion. Because of the storm when we entered P.E.I. we had not seen the Confederation Bridge in good conditions so we stopped there too. It was only a short drive to our hotel in Charlottetown where we dropped of our luggage and went to the historic area of the city.

Saturday, August 11nd 26C Sunny

Time to leave P.E.I. However, we still have all day before the ferry leaves. We Drove to Murray River where we booked a seaplane flight over the southeastern tip of the island. It was an exellent day for flying. An hour later we left the docks again, this time by boat to see the seals and birds. We then made our way to the ferry at Wood Island. 1 hour 15 minutes later we were back in Nova Scotia. We had dinner in Pictou and continued our way to Tatamagouch where we spend the night in the Trainstation Inn, a collection of old traincarriages converted to well equiped rooms.

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