Day 64 August 12
We were excited to be heading to Canada today, but first, we had to make sure we touched ground on the most easterly point in the contiguous United States, and that would be at West Quoddy Head, in Lubec, Maine.
We crossed into Canada at the very low key border checkpoint between Lubec, Maine, and Campobello Island, Canada, and made our first stop at the very beautiful Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The park is jointly owned by the USA and Canada.
From Campobello Island, our plan was to take the tiny little local ferry boat over to Deer Island (1/2 hour crossing, cost $40 one way), and from there, take the bigger public ferry boat to mainland New Brunswick (about a 1 hour crossing, free) . Seemed like a good plan at the time, and it was quite fun and scenic, except for one little problem…extreme low and high tides for which this area is famous.
We’d been warned not to go on the ferry to Deer Island at low tide, so we went at high tide. The concern was the angle of the boat ramp, and the possibility of completely bottoming out in the RV. Surprise! There were extremely high tides that day, which caused the same dang problem.
We did hit bottom, but fortunately, it looked and sounded worse than it was. We bent a metal piece under the rig, which Mark had to then remove. It would probably be expensive to fix…but not critical to our journey, so we tossed the metal piece into a drawer, and pretended it never happened.
The next ferry ride was less eventful, with just a minor scraping bottom while loading. Piece of cake!
And so, we had made it pretty safely over to the mainland. From there, we zipped up Rt. 114, and to Headquarters Campground in Fundy National Park. If you don’t already know this, the Bay of Fundy has some of the highest tides in the world. At this time, tides were at about 40′. So, when the tide goes out, it really goes out, leaving you and your dogs with a gigantic beach to explore!
Canada was already proving to be fun, exciting, challenging, and beautiful. And we’d only done a couple dumb things today, so, chalk it up as another great day