A Canadian Walks Into A Bar In Boston, and…..

The perfect green shack.  Isle aux Morts

The perfect green shack. Isle aux Morts

Day 93                     September 10, 2014

J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park, Newfoundland  to  Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Canada

Today we’d be saying goodbye to Newfoundland, and catching the ferry from Port aux Basques, back to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. But before catching the ferry, we took a drive east on the road out of Port aux Basque.

East of Port aux Basques..

Heading east from Port aux Basques..

A glimpse of southwest Newfoundland

A glimpse of southwestern Newfoundland

This area was so stunning, that we’d wished we had just a couple more days to spend in Newfoundland. We walked around the small town of Isle aux Morts, population 600, before returning to the ferry terminal.

Another nice looking church. Isle aux Morts

Another nice looking church. Isle aux Morts

 Isle aux Morts

Isle aux Morts

The perfect green shack.  Isle aux Morts

The perfect green shack. Isle aux Morts

 Isle aux Morts

Isle aux Morts

 Isle aux Morts

Isle aux Morts

 Isle aux Morts

Isle aux Morts

One last photo op on the drive back to the ferry terminal

One last photo op on the drive back to the ferry

While waiting for the ferry (you have to arrive two hours prior to departure, and then que your vehicle up in the loading lot), we met a guy who’d grown up in Newfoundland, was back for a visit, and was now headed back to Ontario. We hung out with him on the ferry  and the time flew by as he told stories about where he grew up, how much snow they had in the winter, and about how he once visited Boston and partied so hard that he woke up the next day in Connecticut!

Port aux Basques, from the ferry.

Port aux Basques, from the ferry.

Final views of Newfoundland

Final views of Newfoundland

Final views of Newfoundland

Final views of Newfoundland

Crossing the Cabot Strait

Crossing the Cabot Strait

When we finally arrived back in Nova Scotia, we headed towards Glace Bay. We checked into the nearby Ryan River Campground just before dark, and just as a light mist was settling in. It felt weird to be back in Nova Scotia.

Grandpa Was An Iceberg Hunter… & Other Adventures in Labrador

Ferry boat @ St. Barbe

Ferry boat @ St. Barbe

Day 83        August 31, 2014         Part 1

St. Barbe, Newfoundland to Red Bay, Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Another day, another ferry boat ride. First thing in the morning, we got in line for the ferry over to Labrador. Technically, the ferry takes you to Quebec (the Province, not the city), and then you drive to Labrador. And technically, you could drive across Canada, through the province of Quebec, and across Labrador on the Trans-Labrador Highway, and never get on a ferry, but we like ferry boats, and we’re not so crazy about unpaved roads. We met a few people who’d done the drive, and word was that the long unpaved parts were pretty brutal.

Ferry boat @ St. Barbe

Ferry boat @ St. Barbe

Fiona, on the ferry

Fiona, on the ferry

Goodbye, Newfoundland

Goodbye, Newfoundland

Time to be creative on the ferry

Time to be creative on the ferry

Time to be creative on the ferry

Time to be creative on the ferry

Proof that we came from aliens!

Proof that we came from aliens!

So, here we were, on the ferry to Blanc Sablon, Quebec. The ride was less than an hour and a half, and smooth sailing all the way. There weren’t many people on the ferry, but we did manage to meet a nice young couple who were on their way to see her grandfather in Mary’s Harbour.

They told us that they would have about a 1.5 hour drive on an unpaved road once they reached Red Bay. Red Bay, the end of the paved road in eastern Labrador, was our destination.

The couple also told us that her grandfather would have drinks waiting for them that were made with iceberg ice. And technically, yes, ice from icebergs. And in case you’re wondering, yes, her grandfather does actually go out on a boat and chip off ice from icebergs! 

Apparently iceberg ice is super dense and lasts much longer than the ice cubes that we all are used to. I see a great benefit there…no longer having watered down drinks from melted ice. I wish I could grow an iceberg here in southern California.

Upon landing in Quebec, we took the road east and crossed into the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. We’d made it to Labrador!! And it was looking as if we were in the minority. Labrador was even more sparsely populated than Newfoundland. And the landscape was vast and beautiful!

Arriving in Blanc Sablon, Quebec

Arriving in Blanc Sablon, Quebec

Which way to go!

Which way to go! Labrador…go right!

Still in Quebec

Still in Quebec

Still in Quebec

Still in Quebec

Not in Quebec anymore!

Not in Quebec anymore!

Cats vs Dogs…Showdown At Sunrise

@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground. The view from our campsite.

The view from our campsite @ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground.

Day 69    August 17    Prince Edward Island, Canada

On this morning, we were greeted with a beautiful ocean view from our campsite. We were also greeted with the view of two cats on a leash at the campsite next to us. Pretty much a doggie nightmare situation, as far as Dax and Trixie were concerned, and we had to do a bit of coordinating with our neighbors, as far as when our dogs would be coming outside for their morning walk.

Breakfast. The dogs are still inside, 'cause the cats next door are still outside.

Breakfast. The dogs are still inside, ’cause the cats next door are still outside.

The cat vs dog situation was in control, and after our walk, we headed south.

On the road...

On the road…

Lovely countryside.

Lovely countryside.

Local maritime architecture near Georgetown....sea shacks.

Local maritime architecture near Georgetown….sea shacks.

Local maritime architecture near Georgetown.

Local maritime architecture near Georgetown.

Cool old abandoned church near Georgetown.

Cool old abandoned church near Georgetown.

Cool old abandoned church near Georgetown.

Cool old abandoned church near Georgetown.

Cool old abandoned church near Georgetown.

Cool old abandoned church near Georgetown.

Made it to Georgetown for lunch and to visit a couple of tiny art galleries. Had an amazing lunch, which included a curried soup made with fresh clams and mussels. The seafood on PEI continued to “wow” us.

Where we are...

Georgetown!

Lunch time views....

Lunch time views….

Lunch on the deck, complete with beautiful water view.

Lunch on the deck, complete with beautiful water view.

The soup, the soup, it's all about the curried soup!

The soup, the soup, it’s all about the curried soup!

The most awesome salad ever!

The most awesome salad ever!

Tiny art gallery in Georgetown.

Tiny art gallery in Georgetown.

Continuing south, we attempted to get on the ferry to Nova Scotia, however, the ferry was already booked. Instead, we backtracked a few miles and checked into the Northumberland Provincial Park Campground, where we, once again, had a nice ocean view campsite. We’d try the ferry again in the morning.

We enjoyed a nice  bike ride around the park, before it began to rain. Perfect timing!

@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground.

@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground.

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@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground. Mark pauses to take in the view.

@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground. Mark pauses to take in the view.

@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground. The view from our campsite.

@ Northumberland Provincial Park Campground. 

Real Time Update

Following another spectacular day in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, the Space Shuttle is currently docked for the night in a gravel parking lot/rv park, next to the ferry terminal in St Barbe, Newfoundland.

The wind is howling outside and even though we’re parked, it’s making us rock and roll. And, did I mention that it just started raining?

Amazingly, I’ve got a great internet connection here and have managed to upload  some of my backlogged posts.

Hoping to catch the ferry to Labrador in the morning. However, if it’s too rough and nasty out there, we’ll postpone it until later in the week.