September - October 2015
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  • Day2

    Sarnia, ON

    September 11, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We were expecting a 10 or 11 hour drive from Eau Claire to Sarnia. Because we took a non-interstate route to avoid rush hour traffic and construction in Chicago, it took us a very long, tiring 15 hours. Construction and way too many pit stops for JS also contributed to the delay. We didn't arrive in Sarnia until 1 a.m. and were exhausted.Read more

  • Day3

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    September 12, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    A mere 5 hour drive and we arrived in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. Our accommodation for the next 2 nights was at Graystone Bed & Breakfast. We enjoyed a beautiful home and gracious host who treated us like family. Dinner was at The Olde Angel Inn. The historic pub and Lake Erie pickerel dinner that I thoroughly enjoyed reminded us of Scotland :)Read more

  • Day4

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    September 13, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    It rained non-stop all day but that didn't dampen our spirits. We visited 7 wineries, mostly smaller operations that were unknown to us. We purchased 10 bottles of our favourites to take home and share with family and friends. A walk down Queen Street in Historic NOTL would have been more enjoyable on a sunny day but the flowers were still amazing. NOTL is definitely a very manicured tourist town.Read more

  • Day5

    Lévis, PQ

    September 14, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    It was another longer than expected drive today from NOTL to Levis, across the river from Quebec City. Google Maps predicted 9 hours but it took us 12 l/2 hours. To avoid the greater Toronto area, we took the recommended US route through northern New York. The Quebecois treated us well despite the fact that we were too tired to even attempt speaking any French.

    This photo was taken at the Quebec/New Brunswick border, an area thick with forests.
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  • Day6

    Fredericton, NB

    September 15, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Since we only had 600 km to drive today, we took our time and visited two touristy spots that the Visitor Centre recommended. The first was Grand Falls Gorge which took us too long to find and was disappointing in that it wasn't so grand. We enjoyed the next attraction located in Hartland....the longest covered bridge in North America. Although we left Quebec at 10 a.m., we didn't arrive in Fredericton until 7 p.m. There were many moose warning signs so I was happy to arrive before sunset.

    Our first impression of Nouveau-Brunswick.....trees and more trees! There is very little development in this area of the province so we drove through miles and miles of thick forest. The forest continued right to the outskirts of the city.
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  • Day7

    Fredericton, NB

    September 16, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Before leaving Fredericton we walked along the waterfront and historic downtown area....a nice city with a population of 85,000. There was a jazz and blues festival happening in the city so this explains why I had so much difficulty booking accommodation.Read more

  • Day7

    Cornwall (near Charlottetown)

    September 16, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our journey today took us to Moncton, population 69,000. Not a very impressive city so we didn't spend much time there. We were surprised how small these Maritime cities are. Next stop was the coastal town of Shediac, the "Lobster Capital of the World". JS wasn't up to the messy challenge of eating a whole lobster but he did enjoy a seafood casserole with lobster. The friendliness of the locals stood out here. We then drove over the 12.9 km Confederation Bridge connecting NB to PEI, the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water.Read more