Where We Be
|I suggested Robin look up this fine fellow's skirts but she refused!
|New Brunswick -- Bay of Fundy
|Adirondack chairs offer a nice spot to sip some coffee while enjoying the morning views
|During our afternoon return near high tide, we took this picture of the sea caves partially filled with water
|Covered bridges, like this lovely one at St. Martins, are another good reason to come to New Brunswick
|In fact St. Martins has two covered bridges within view of one another
|Here's the same view as above but close to high tide. Quite a difference!
|We did some serendipitous driving around on Musquash Peninsula near St. John and happened upon several adorable
seaside hamlets (towns would be too big a word for them). This is Dipper Harbour with its floating lobster trap platforms.
|We had this craggy stretch of coastline all to ourselves. This small preserve doesn't get
many visitors, which is probably why we lucked out and saw a seal swimming here.
|At nearby Chance Harbour we literally chanced upon Beldings Reef
Nature Preserve and decided to hike out to this tiny lighthouse
|At Little Lepreau we came upon this wonderfully dilapidated covered bridge
|Dilapidated covered bridges offer good photo ops inside and out
|Serendipitous exploring is fun -- you never know what you're going to find!
|Jetboats speed up and down the river, driving through small whirlpools and doing 360-degree spins. It's best to visit Reversing Falls once at
low tide and again at high tide to get the full effect (assuming you have six hours to spare). Otherwise, low tide is probably the most interesting.
|Reversing Falls Bridge is a popular tourist stop in St. John. From here you can watch the St. John River change direction depending on whether
it's high or low tide. At low tide the river empties out into the Bay of Fundy; at high tide the Bay forces the flow of water to reverse and push upstream.
|Our favorite New Brunswick town was St. Martins with its two covered bridges,
sea caves, "world famous" seafood chowder, and dramatic tide changes
|We visited St. Martins once in the morning at low tide and again in the afternoon at high tide. Near low tide you can
visit St. Martins' sea caves on foot. We hurried across this stream to reach them before the water levels got too high.
|We have maybe half an hour before the water reaches up and into the caves
|The seafood chowder at The Caves Restaurant is not only tasty but World Famous (whaddya mean you haven't
heard of it?). The fish and chips made with flaky haddock was also probably the best we've ever tasted.
|Golden wetlands stretch for miles in front of a dramatic headland
|If you like lighthouses, Canada's Maritime Provinces are a must-see on your travel list. This one is in West Quaco near Gardner Creek.
|Looking out from the lighthouse, you can see (and hear) the water rushing out as the tides change on the Bay of Fundy
|May, the owner, is also an artist. We love these
wine glasses she decorated with blue flowers.
|Steepled churches are another common sight as you drive around the Maritime Provinces
|And that's not a bad view!
|We enjoyed visiting Reversing Falls but otherwise St. John is too big for our taste. We preferred Moore's Specialties
B&B in Gardner Creek, about a half hour outside of St. John. The hostess is welcoming and the breakfasts delightful.
|Near Gardner Creek, we came across this miniature
horse and donkey farm. The owner cradles a baby donkey.
|Gardner Creek & West Quaco
|Chance Harbour & Little Lepreau
It's hard to believe we've never made it up to
Canada's Maritime Provinces given how much
time we spend in Bar Harbor only a few hours
away. But you know how it is: sometimes you put
off seeing what's close at hand out of a desire
to explore more distant shores. Well, we finally
got around to visiting New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, and PEI, and we couldn't have picked a
more lovely time of year. The fall foliage was
spectacular this season, and we lucked out with
a string of sunny days that seemed almost too
good to be true given how rainy it can be here.
Our road trip began with a three-day visit along
the Bay of Fundy. You've probably heard about
the huge tidal changes that occur here: the Bay
of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal
range in the world. Between low and high tides
the range is about 50 feet (15 m). We got to see
some pretty dramatic inflows and outflows at
places like Reversing Falls Bridge in St. John,
the bayside town of St. Martins, and the popular
tourist attraction of Hopewell Rocks.
Equally fun was exploring all the little towns and
harbors along the bay. The Maritime Provinces
are chock-full of cute villages, covered bridges,
lighthouses, seafood shacks, and gorgeous
scenery. We nearly drove ourselves silly trying
to see it all. You don't quite realize how big
these provinces are until you start driving
around. I tell you, they look smaller on a map!