From Harbourville to PEI

It has been 15 days since we left Harbourville and we have not updated our blog. We have been busy!! Harbourville to Pictou overnight with a rush to the ferry in fear that the windy weather forecast would arrest the ferry crossing of Northumberland Strait. We spent a day walking about Charlottetown and prepping for cycling the Confederation Trail with the logistical assistance of George Larter (, who dropped us off at the trail head, picked us up at the trail’s end and allowed us to park our van on his property.

Four days and 250 kms on the Confederation Trail staying at B&Bs each night. We really enjoyed the opportunity for physical activity and surveying the terrain of PEI. We had absolutely perfect weather.

On the morning of our last day I noticed that a wheel bearing on our little trailer (Burley Travoy) was shot. Our host at Water’s Edge B&B in Mt.Stewart insisted that we proceed and he would try to get our trailer repaired. While we were enjoying our trailer less bike ride he had driven into Charlottetown and had the bearing replaced.

We then spent 4 days at a very nice campground in PEI National Park, Cavendish, on the North shore of PEI. Cavendish was the home of Lucy Maude Montgomery, the creator of Anne of Green Gables. Green Gables is drawn from the life of LMM and Cavendish.

The N. shore of PEI is lined with sand dunes interrupted with bays and inlets – very interesting and very pretty. We really enjoyed PEI.

[I have dated this post Sept.25, that’s when most of it was written but today is Oct.3 and we have spent time in Cape Breton and are now in Acadia National Park, Maine.]

Let’s try a video – Tidal Bore


Apparently this tidal bore travels up the Petitcodiac River at 20 kms/hour and on some high tides can have a 1 to 1.5 metre wave. California surfers have come to ride the bore. Matt Robertson might love it.

Hard to keep the blog up to date!

It is now August 22 and we are in Grand Falls, NB. We have spent the last number of days circumnavigating the Gaspe peninsula.,-67.0658877,7.68z?hl=en

Some quick notes on the Gaspesie;

Hilly forested terrain, every river valley has a small village along the coast. Mostly well kept houses on large lots with nicely groomed lawns,

Many campgrounds populated with large rv trailers, lots of Gites (B&Bs),

The history of the Gaspe was very interesting, from the strategic razing of the population by British general Wolf on his way to the Plains of Abraham, to the important and substantial commerce surrounding the cod fishery and whaling. In the early to mid 19th century fishermen from the British isles of Jersey and Guernsey settled in the Gaspe and founded the cod industry (catch, process and dry and salt the fish and then ship to Europe.) The town of Gaspe was a busy and thriving place.

During WWII the Germans sunk more than 20 ships leaving the St. Lawrence for Britain. Submarine nets and artillery batteries were installed to thwart a possible German invasion (a repeat of the General Wolf scenario).

It is 8:30 am and time for us to hit the road. Talk to you soon.

We have come to love and appreciate Walmart

It appears that fees at RV campgrounds run between $30 to $45 per nite. When you arrive somewhere after supper hours and expect to carry on first thing the next morning I find it really difficult to justify the cost. Walmart becomes a very enticing option. No hassles – just park at the unused end of their parking lot, listen to the radio or a podcast and then sleep peacefully. Some of the campgrounds we have driven by pack you in cheek to jowl making Walmart look all the better.

No posts over the last week – too busy making miles, but here is a quick summary:
Kindersley to Yorkton: moving eastward across the flat prairie we moved from grassland biome(mostly cultivated) to aspen parkland. We poached a visitor information centre parking space in the pouring rain.

Yorkton to Winnipeg: Turning southward from Dauphin we travelled through Riding Mountain National Park. A transition from relatively flat aspen parkland to large hills and boreal forest – tamarack, conifers, deciduous mixed forest and patches of muskeg. We exited this terrain to come upon land flat as far as the eye could see, all the way to Winnipeg. Stayed at Walmart.

Winnipeg to Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay): Wow!! What a change in scenery. South of Winnipeg seemed like boreal forest and then about the border with Ontario we encountered the Canadian shield with its granite road cuts of varying hues. Lake of the Woods was an amazing intricacy of islands and channels extending for many 10’s of miles, Kenora was a tourist town, something between Banff and Waterton.
Water chasm to L. Superior

Thunder Bay to Wawa: Along drive to Wawa, slept in visitor centre parking lot.

Wawa to Sault Saint Marie: Arrived in S.S. Marie early mid afternoon and toured the S.S. Marie Canal National Historic Site, a well maintained park along the canal between L. Superior and L. Huron. There is a working lock with a 30 foot rise used by tourist boats and recreational water craft. Very interesting history. Freighters and commercial ships now use the St. Lawrence Seaway whose locks between Superior and Huron are on the US side of the border. We tried to overnite in the park (no signs of prohibition)but were asked to leave, moved outside the park and were asked to move once more. Houses are older and many with brick exteriors.

S.S Marie to Pembroke: Toured Sudbury along the way. Pleasant forest along the way and glimpses of the Ottawa R. along the second half. The installation of a wifi antenna on the van roof was very worthwhile as I can generally get a good connection at Walmart and McDonald’s parking lots. Rarely get a wifi signal from same location by cell phone. We have a glitch getting alternate current to plugs in our van via shore power or generator. This needs to get resolved so that we can re-charge our ebike batteries. Stayed at Walmart.

Pembroke to St. Hyacinthe: Toured Gatineau Park along the way. Very nice park and obviously very popular. Lots of bicyclists. The geology of Gatineau Park, which encompasses these foothills, is related to the Eardley Escarpment, which is a fault line that lies along the southern edge of the hills. This escarpment makes the park an attractive location for rock climbers and hikers, offering a beautiful view of the relatively flat fields below, which extend to the Ottawa River. The Eardley Escarpment is part of the northern side of the Ottawa-Bonnechere Graben, which is an ancient rift valley.
Carried on through Ottawa, across the Ottawa R. Busy highway and area less pastoral than I had imagined – lots of light industrial and warehouses. Walmart again.
Gatineau Park

St. Hyacinthe to Riviere-du-Loup: Stayed at a campground to replenish our fresh water and empty our grey and black water tanks. Somewhat better than Walmart for $33.00.

Finally!! On our adventure

Five days later than we had projected, at 3pm yesterday we left the comfort and familiarity of our home. Robson was given last minute instructions to care for everything. Debbie and I sat in Prancer (our Sprinter campervan)idling in the driveway, apprehensive to leave and reviewing the list of not to be forgotten essentials. About 9:30 pm we found a pleasant but rustic campground in Kindersley, SK. After a good nights rest we took a surprisingly pleasant walk around the lagoon in Kindersley Regional Park.
Kindersley Regional Park