September - October 2015
  • Day9

    Central Coastal Drive, PEI

    September 18, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    One drive....two coasts. We had a full day to explore both the north and south coast as well as the lush inland areas. We were blessed with a gorgeous day....the temperature was 29; the sun was shining; and there was a slight breeze by the ocean. We did a circular route and ended our tour with a beautiful sunset. We saw one red fox and hordes of mosquitoes at dusk. Just can't escape those nasty insects!

    This is PEI National Park near Cavendish and the town of North Rustico, one of our favourites.
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  • Day9

    New Glasgow

    September 18, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Lunch time! Although this restaurant was a tourist attraction and catered to tour buses, the setting was beautiful and the food delicious. I had a bacon wrapped potato pie, one of their signature dishes.....and yes, I did eat all of the bacon! JS had a lobster croissant. I had a nice chat with the owner about birding and gardening and ended up buying two birdhouses that were on sale for 50% off (not the one in the photo).Read more

  • Day9

    The Red Sands Shore

    September 18, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The southern coast has red sand beaches, views of the Confederation Bridge, fishing villages (Victoria-by-the-Sea was my favourite with its pastel coloured buildings), and beautiful sunsets. It was a very long day but one of the best so far.Read more

  • Day10

    Iona, NS

    September 19, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today we said goodbye to lovely PEI and pointed the Highlander in the direction of Nova Scotia. Our initial reaction on entering NS was "Not more forests!", thinking of our long, forest-rich drive through NB. But as we veered off the TransCanada Highway towards Cape Breton Island, the scenery became more dramatic.

    We spent the night in a small village called Iona, located on Bras D'Or Lake, Canada's largest in-land sea with a blend of both sea and lake water. Our guest house was situated on a hill overlooking the lake/sea. When we arrived there was a ceilidh happening in the adjacent bar. Although there were only two musicians, an elderly lady beside us began playing the spoons!
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  • Day11

    Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island

    September 20, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Awoke to a cloudy, drizzly day. Our first stop was at a Farmer's Market in Mabou, home of the Rankin Family. The Market had the usual wares but in Cape Breton fashion there was also music by two guitarists. Next was a whisky tasting at Glenora Distillery, North America's first single malt whisky. An l/2 ounce tasting of a 10 and 15 year old cost JS $15. It was more expensive than Scotland! For those who care, JS reports that it tasted like a Speyside scotch.

    Our home tonight is a beautiful, waterfront inn on the Cabot Trail.
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