We left NH and headed to the border. I was really excited to get into Canada for the first time ever. We crossed into Canada via Calais, Maine and it was a breeze. There were no cars ahead of us so we were able to pull right up. The only thing is that the guard didn't stamp our passports & we forgot to ask. I don't know if they do that when you're crossing in a vehicle; maybe someone can answer that question for me.
Shortly after crossing the border I got my first glance at the Bay of Fundy.
|The area behind the Information Center at somewhat low tide
|Our first Canadian Selfie!
|High tide...you can see the top of the sea cave
Our first B&B experience was incredible. Our hosts (Sue & Chris) were spectacular and we were given more than enough to eat at breakfast. Coffee, which Chris blended himself, was served in a French Press and was incredible.
The house was built by a sea captain in 1844. We actually rented an efficiency apartment and had our own private entrance in the back. New Brunswick was going through a heatwave when we were there (in the 70s) and there was no air conditioning. Chris brought a fan up and we were quite comfortable with it blowing on us at night. He offered to put the window air conditioner in for us but we really didn't need it.
|The front staircase
|The living room/kitchen area of our room
|The bedroom. No windows that open but the fan kept us comfortable.
CH & I love to learn about the history of where we visit. As we drove into St. Martins we saw this on the side of the road:
We were very intrigued so our first full day we drove back out of St. Martins to get a closer look. This is a Black Settlement Burial Ground. There was a sign explaining the artist's rendition:
One of the first things I noticed when climbed the bank was a statue of Mary:
As well as a stone with some background.
|Copy of the original church on a smaller scale.
|If you look closely you can see the stones on the ground...these mark the original foundation.
I wonder how many people drive by this Memorial and don't stop? Better yet, I wonder how many people from the area don't even know that it's there.
We kept seeing these signs. You would think it meant there was a lighthouse ahead. We found out after spending a good part of the day chasing lighthouses that it actually marks the Fundy Trail. Following the signs took us to this very disappointing lighthouse:
But the views from the bench in front of it made up for it.
We got in the car and chased another lighthouse, which took us to an amazing field with wildflowers.
And our first walk on the seafloor.
After that we switched to chasing covered bridges and found this one:
We made our way back to St. Martins, but first, we saw this lighthouse:
|Quaco Head: UNESCO Fundy Biosphere
The first lighthouse was manned in 1835. The original lighthouse was lost to a fire. The current lighthouse is a working one, complete with a foghorn. (Information courtesy of Lighthouse Friends.)
And we spotted this girl in the field:
We ended our first full day in Canada by grabbing dinner at a place recommended by Sue, then heading back to the B&B for some much-needed rest. I'm not done with New Brunswick yet! I originally planned on writing one post for this Province, but, in order to keep the post to a reasonable length, I'm going to have to split it up.