We hated to leave Acadia but we were ready for our next adventure (Canada, aaah!) after 7 days in Acadia. On our way to New Brunswick we decided to stop for the night at another Harvest Host, Shalom Orchards, a small organic farm in Franklin, Maine. It was not our favorite Harvest Host stop thus far (check out our ratings page for more details). The owners were fine but the place looked at bit run down and the parking was rough. Tim had to back Peg out down a small (and narrow) dirt road for well over 100 feet to get back to the hard road. Tim did an awesome job (BTW this is Tim writing this post….). We did buy some fresh eggs and baby kale and of course we cannot really complain because we had a free night stay as part of the Harvest Host program. Check out some pictures from our stop.
We made our way up the northern coast of Maine, very rural and somewhat desolate countryside. We were getting excited about the border crossing, we prepared for the crossing in advance of our trip – passports, pet vaccination records, information for Al and Peg…etc. We did not realize we needed to exchange US $$ for Canadian $$ but luckily there was a currency exchange open near the border – I say luckily because it was a Saturday. Apparently they anticipated a mad dash for the boarder due to the long Memorial Day weekend. There were only 3 or 4 cars in front of us as we waited with anticipation. Well the crossing was a non-event, I mean this is Canada not Somalia! Of course we were tourists and took some pictures at the crossing.
Our first stop in New Brunswick was Fundy Beach National Park. We stayed at a campground in the park, Chignecto Campground. The campground was very nice and we had it mostly to ourselves, again. Remember it is shoulder season; May is still pretty chilly up in Canada. As a matter of fact, it snowed the day we arrived. It was like 7 C, err I mean around 43 F. I forgot to mention that we have pretty much forgotten how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and the US Units system to the Metric system – oh the things we learned and then forgot from Middle School. The good thing is Al had options; we changed the settings in his GPS (kilometers, liters, Celsius) – good ole Al! Our stay at Fundy was highlighted by our trek to Hopewell Rocks, amazing. Fundy Beach and the small city of Alma are famous for its Tides. The largest tides in the world, the tide change is amazing up to 50 feet in one day. Check out some of the pictures and videos.
During our stay we met Jacques who works in the park system and was working at Fundy National Park. He was a wealth of information and very nice. On Monday, the temperature rose into the 70s and was sunny. We considered driving the coast that day but Jacques encouraged us not to waste the day in the car. Glad we listened to him! We did lots of hiking.
slideshow from our stay at Fundy Beach
We left Fundy and pointed Al North. We had decided to make a stop in between Fundy and Prince Edward Island. The weather was miserable the morning we left Fundy, cold and raining hard. Of course Tim does all the outside chores (setting up and breaking down) and Renee does the inside chores (prepare for towing). So Tim found himself breaking down our site and hitching up Peg in a torrential downpour – not fun, everything was soaked, including Tim! We found a small French coastal fisihing town called Bouctouche. We found Bouctouche Baie Campground, guess what, they took Passport America. Once again we got the campground for a deep discount. The girls were able to run on the beach off leash, much needed exercise. Check out some pics of the campground and the girls on the beach.
The people in Bouctouche were very nice. French is their first language but they also speak English, which was good because Renee’s French was not that good – she called the town Booco-tushie as opposed to Bok-Toosh – embarrassing, I am sure nobody could tell we were Americans. Speaking of which everyone wanted to know why we were so far away from home….each time we tell our story to someone new, they say “wow, I am jealous. Good for you guys, do it now while you can!”. We are very fortunate for sure. We enjoyed our stay and took care of some much needed maintenance and more travel planning (using their free WIFI). One day while Renee did Yoga, Tim went on a long run, the temperature soared to 85, it was actually a little warm. Renee took a few videos of the area where she did yoga.
Most of the people at the campground hailed from the area, there were not too many tourists. Bouctouche is not a place you have to visit but it is a good stop if you are on a long journey like us. On our last night in Bouctouche, we went to a local establishment to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 7, needing a win to advance to The Cup. We also wanted to check out this local band. The place was not great but we had fun.
slideshow of various pics from our stay in Bouctouche, NB
As we write this post, we are in Prince Edward Island (PEI). We found a gem of a campground in a beautiful setting. We look forward to sharing our PEI experience.
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