I'm back from my RV Maritimes Canada road trip to New Brunswick (NB) and Prince Edward Island (PEI). Here are some of my pictures from Cavendish, Moncton, Dieppe, Hopewell Rocks, Saint John, St George and St Andrews. (Note -- see comments at bottom for 2010 BC Winter Olympics RV park Vancouver)
Loved my room at the HIE at Dieppe. Close to the airport, free shuttle, friendly people! But best of all, I booked the reservations via Twitter.com @Airport_Dieppe. Twitter-booking was a first for both of us! If you follow me on Twitter (@karenzabawa) then you already know I got a good hot breakfast, free fast internet and enjoyed my night. (Hi April!)
Friends with the RV and big honking Ford truck left Truro NS early the next day and drove through pouring rain to Dieppe NB to fetch me at the HIE hotel before heading into west Moncton to Camper's City to park the RV. Still raining. Friends and Maggie the super dog helped set up RV. I watched and learned :-)
By mid afternoon, the torrents of rain had abated to a steady drizzle, so we decided to drive to Hopewell Rocks, to walk on the ocean floor of the Bay of Fundy before high tide. Was it ever windy! And chilly! Gotta love NB weather - fabulous or foul. Great seafood chowder at the on-site restaurant, though, to warm us up. Recall the entry fee was about $8.50 CAD.
Sunny the next day, so we left the RV in Moncton and headed to PEI for the day. Follow the signs to the Confederation Bridge that links NB to PEI or look at this googlemap. It's about an hour's drive from Moncton to the bridge. You can take the bridge to PEI then return by ferry, if you like.
The toll / fare is paid upon leaving PEI, and is the same for either. We bridged it both directions. Driving in the big Ford truck was a treat -- it's high enough so you can see over the sides of the bridge. NB and PEI have a lot of very good tourism info offices, so grab some brochures and maps.
By the time we got to Cavendish (had to see Anne of Green Gables setting), it was about 3 p.m. It had been so long since my last visit to Cavendish (googlemap), I hardly recognized it! The enormous sand dunes are covered in sea grasses and shrubs, and the red sandstone that is the hallmark of PEI has been eroded and is still losing large chunks of itself to the Atlantic Gulf of St Lawrence.
Couldn't resist - we still had a long drive ahead of us south an hour to Charlottetown, then west an hour to the Confederation Bridge and an hours' drive back to Moncton and the RV. Keith is a fabulous driver - highly recommend his services :-)
I'm kidding -- that's not really the city of Saint John motto. On the plus side, though, the foggy dampness styled my hair into curls and waves. The two-hour drive as we moved the RV from Moncton to Rockwood Park in Saint John left enough time to go see my old house in Rothesay.
Interesting to see the years have been kind to our old home in Rothesay, NB, though wow! have the trees ever grown! They totally shade the area where I had an enormous vegetable garden.
A St Andrew's Remax agent has a sense of humour (click on the image to enlarge then click Back button to return to this page). We'd left the RV in Saint John and taken a day trip to St Andrews, about an hour's drive south of Saint John (googlemap).
St George is close to St Andrews on the Saint John (northeast) side. Great place to pull off the highway and pick up some lobster cooked to order. Many attractions and services in the Maritimes are open seasonally. Rockwood Park in Saint John was planning to close the third week of October as was the Four Cs Market (seafood) in St George.
I'll scan and post more pictures of my Maritime road trip on my website. Many thanks to my Rving friends for hospitality and a great road trip!
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