June 2

Foreign Country

I left Calais, Me. on Saturday last, and crossed the border. It took a little while as the agents did a sweep of my trailer. One thing I forgot, when the gate agent asked, was the small pepper spray I had to ward dogs away from Geordie. I’d always forgotten it when we went for walks and I forgot it in the questioning. The other officers found it and didn’t think I was trying to hide it, but they confiscated it. After that, I was on my way.

I kept thinking as I drove off, Geordie was in a foreign country, his first.

Saint Martins, New Brunswick

I wondered about my Garmin GPS. I wasn’t sure it would work in Canada, but was pleased when I was able to command it to find the town I was headed to for a few nights. I’m always with maps but to have a navigation system gives a sense of comfort when navigating on the fly. Something else I discovered on the Garmin is the speed limit converts the kilometers per hour to MPH on the screen so I can keep a watch for the MPH of the road.

Low tide and local boat awaiting high tide to enter the small harbor

It was a wee bit cold in Saint Martins, N.B. when I got in. It was just 48º. I was camped right on the Fundy Bay at Century Farm Family Campground. I could see the famous caves to the north of camp when the tide water subsided. The caves can only be accessed in low tide.

High tide

St. Martins is a tiny little village with about five restaurants, two gas station, one harbor, one covered bridge, and a few B & B’s.

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day and I could see to Nova Scotia. Geordie and I walked at low tide and later took the road north on the Fundy Trail Parkway. It’s a car tour with overlook stops, hiking trails, and a small interpretive center/gift shop at the Big Salmon River. That’s the spot where a logging mill company sat at the side of the river. Eventually the plan is to build the parkway road all the way to Fundy National Park to the North.

Small harbor
Caves at high tide
And at low tide

If you aren’t familiar with the Bay of Fundy, it has the worlds largest tides. Depending on the area, it can rise 11 feet to over 50 feet, twice a day. Some areas have arches that can be walked under in low tide. In high tide its possible to kayak through just the tops of the arches.

Fundy Trail Parkway shots

From St. Martins, I made a stop over in Amherst, Nova Scotia for the night then a couple of nights in Windsor. Windsor is the birthplace of hockey.

I also went over to a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Grand Pré near Wolfville. It was here that the Acadians built a life for themselves in the late 1600’s by creating dykes to drain farmlands. It was also here that the English drove them out of Grand Pré called the Expulsion. Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about the Expulsion in his work of “Evangeline: A tail of Acadie.” She was a fictional character but is a remembrance to the Acadians of that terrible time.

Covered bridge in St. Martin, NB

Rain is due for the next few days, unfortunately. I’m near Digby, NS which is well known for the Digby scallops. At the harbor is the world’s largest scallop fleet. The scallops are supposed to be the best there is and I hope over the weekend, despite the rain, to eat more than a few and hit a local fish market to take a few with me for future dinners.

Thanks for following,

Rob