2010 New England and Atlantic Canada travel blog

St. Martins, NB - Century Farm Campground - Site 8A

Scenes from the campground 1 - the caves are in the background

Scenes from the campground 2 - the beach

Scenes from the campground 3 - the fog is starting to roll...

Scenes from the campground 4 - and it's thick

Scenes from the campground 5 - flowerbox at the office

The Caves at St. Martins 1 - at low tide

The Caves at St. Martins 2

The Caves at St. Martins 3

The Caves at St. Martins 4

The Caves at St. Martins 5

The Caves at St. Martins 6 - view of campground from the...

The Caves at St. Martins 7 - this is about as low...

The Caves at St. Martins 8 - Doris is earning her hiking...

The Caves at St. Martins 9 - the covered bridge on the...

The Caves at St. Martins 10 - another covered bridge over the...

The Caves at St. Martins 11 - Doris sent Libby to check...

The Caves at St. Martins 12 - the docks don't float up...

The Caves at St. Martins 13 - close up of a lobster...

The Caves at St. Martins 14 - a view of the grounded...

The Caves at St. Martins 15 - the lighthouse at West Quaco...

The Caves at St. Martins 16 - the foghorn just outside the...

The Caves at St. Martins 17 - Fireweed, just like Alaska

The Caves at St. Martins 18 - Miniature horses, the adults only...

The Caves at St. Martins 19 - the first white fireweed we...

The Caves at St. Martins 20 - Anvil Rock

High Tide 1 - the boats are now at dock level

High Tide 2 - Low tide and high tide at the caves

High Tide 3 - the cave is about half full

Fundy Trail Pkwy 1 - The fog is still thick this morning

Fundy Trail Pkwy 2 - Fuller Falls

Fundy Trail Pkwy 3 - a cable staircase down to a falls...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 4 - view of the falls from the platform

Fundy Trail Pkwy 5 - the view is much better without the...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 6

Fundy Trail Pkwy 7 - the Flower Pot in the foreground -...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 8 - this is a shot of the same...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 9

Fundy Trail Pkwy 10 - a masked bandito in the parking lot

Fundy Trail Pkwy 11 - where the Salmon River flows into the...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 12 - lots of fragrant clover next to the...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 13 - the Interpretive Center above the banks of...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 14 - an example of the amenities at each...

Fundy Trail Pkwy 15 - now that's what I call a grade!!

Fundy Trail Pkwy 16 - reckon what the grade would have been...

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West Quaco Lighthouse and Foghorn (listen for it)


Our trip from St. John to St. Martins took us about an hour to traverse the 29 miles. The Mothership also got her first opportunity to handle a 13% grade and handled it beautifully. It was only about a mile and a half but she came down it in second without breaking a sweat. We are staying in Century Farms Campground and have a nice, large, full hookup site with a great view of Fundy Bay and we can see the caves from the campground. The satellite setup was quick and easy. The campground has WiFi but it is too far to our site to connect so I will have to get closer to the office to post this blog.

Soon after setting up we headed for the caves since it was low tide as we arrived. It is a hike of about a quarter-mile from the parking lot to reach the caves area over what would be a beach in Florida but is massive amounts of different sized rocks here. The rocks range from small pebbles to basketball size and everything in between. Needless to say it is an adventure just trying to keep your feet under you while crossing this stretch. It is unbelievable to believe these huge caves (diameter, not deep) are almost completely covered with water when the tide comes in. The tide also has to rise up several feet just to cover the “beach” and reach the caves. You can tell from my pictures that have the people exploring the caves just how large they are in relation to the size of a person.

After hiking back to the parking lot we went on in the Caves Restaurant (who own the parking lot) to have lunch. I had my usual fish and chips and Doris had, yep, you guessed it, lobster. Not a whole lobster this time but a lobster roll. Since she doesn’t like mayonnaise, it was just a toasted sub roll with nothing but lobster in it – just like she likes it. All of this while sitting on the deck watching the bay and the caves. My haddock was the best I have had so we were both very happy. It just doesn’t get much better than this.

We then took a short drive from St. Martins to West Quaco and hiked another quarter-mile to the West Quaco Lighthouse there on the point. I hadn’t noticed us changing elevation that much but we were on a point a few hundred feet higher than the bay below us. It is a simple, but functional, lighthouse and has a foghorn just outside it. We could hear the foghorn as we were hiking down to it but were not prepared for the loudness of the horn when it went off just as we stepped past the lighthouse, about 10 feet from the foghorn. Needless to say we were somewhat startled but luckily we didn’t damage our eardrums!!!

We also passed a miniature horse farm on the way to the lighthouse. You can’t really tell from the photos how small these guys are since there is nothing to gauge their height with. Their shoulders only come up to about my waist. There were also a couple of colts there that were very cute. We also passed a lot of Fireweed. We have noticed more and more of this pretty purple plant as we travel further North and East. We saw fireweed for the first time last year in Alaska. For the first time we saw what looked to be white fireweed. It was too far away to be sure but that is what it looked like.

Friday we awoke to heavy fog and since we wanted to see the caves at high tide and drive the Fundy Trail Parkway today, we hoped that it would burn off by the 10:30 a.m. high tide. Well the tide rolled in and the fog had faded quite a bit so we went over to the caves and I took a couple of pics there and try to do a panorama of a high and low tide picture so you could see the difference. It's really a lot more dramatic than it appears.

The we headed up the Fundy Trail Parkway which is a relatively new 13 km (8 mile) drive along the coast. New Brunswick has really done a fantastic job on this parkway. There are numerous turnoffs along the road and each has many picnic tables, a restroom and many trash containers - all in great repair and kept very clean. It was still fairly foggy at sea level when we left but as we climbed along the parkway we were way up in the clouds and we didn't get a whole lot out of the trip.

The fog finally burned off about 4:00 p.m. and we decided to try the parkway again and it was much more enjoyable this time. We could actually see the beautiful shoreline and even the scenery alongside the road. We did a little hiking down to different viewpoints and had a good time.

We head for Alma, NB tomorrow for a few days at Fundy National Park. We are not sure yet how long we will be there but will play it by ear and the weather.

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