On the Acadian Coast
Sep 6, 2016
|Monday, September 5, 2016
Happy Labor Day everyone. Today is Labour Day in Canada also. Gas stations and most restaurants are open. Most other businesses are closed – including Walmart!
We started the morning with a stop at Tim Hortons. Doing our part to help the Canadian economy. This was mainly a travel day. After visiting Tim we headed to the Confederation Bridge. We paid our $46.00 toll (covered round trip) and joined the caravan heading south to New Brunswick. After crossing we started northwest following the Acadian Coast Drive along Chaeur Bay.
Found two places that reminded us of home. The first was Chez Camille – they served her favorite chicken fingers. The second was Captain Dan’s – I’m sure they served something that is Dan’s favorite, too.
Stopped for information at the Shediac Visitors Center, home of the world’s largest lobster. Later we went out the Shediac Wharf. The harbor wasn’t very large but held several million dollars’ worth of sailboats and speed boats. The area was busy with people enjoying the last weekend/holiday of the summer. There was a constant line of cars, almost like they were cruising Broadway.
We decided it was too early to eat when we left Shediac – not a good decision. Restaurants in the small town were either nonexistent or closed for the holiday. We were introduced to the Dixie Lee chain of fried foods out of desperation. Their specialty is fried chicken and they were busy! The chicken was pretty good, the coleslaw really good and the fries were passable.
Stopped for the night in the Mirimichi Walmart. There were four units already here and no one came in after us. Some interesting observations about Walmart – they all close by 10-11PM and do not open until 8 AM. I have yet to see “People of Walmart”. The lunch meat section takes up about 8 feet of cooler space. There was 2% and whole milk available. The cereal section covered less than 20 feet – not an entire aisle. Everything was neat and orderly and the clerks very helpful. There are no self-checkouts but usually about 4-5 express lanes open. People wait in line until a voice tells them which register is available. Prices are 10-20% higher than home but we get back about .25 on the dollar in the exchange rate when we use our Visa – which we do for everything!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Made the obligatory shopping trip into Walmart to replenish supplies. Drove about 50 miles to Neguac, NB, completed four tasks in one stop. Helped the economy with a coffee break at “Tim’s”, gave the PW a much needed bath at the Carwash, gassed us at Shell, exchanged US money for Canadian. The first three made us smile. The third left us a little disgruntled, mainly because it had never happened before. We have exchange money several time at Scotia Bank or TD Canada during two different trips into Canada. The banks are always very gracious and happy to help. This time we used National Bank of Canada. They needed two kind of ID (charge cards excluded) and tacked on a $3 surcharge since we aren’t regular customers. I know I’m being petty but it’s the principle!
The Acadian Coast Drive up to Shippagan and the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Center. There we learned about the fishermen of the area and what species they fish for. Miscou Island on the northeastern tip of New Brunswick was our next stop. The rocky coastline in surrounded by peat bogs. There are boardwalks built to walk over and enjoy the sights of the bogs. There were hundreds of cairn built on the beach. The strong tide bring in many rocks from the Bay. The lighthouse was built in 1854 and has been moved twice to protect it from the eroding coast. We met a couple from Quebec who has the 2003 version of our PW. They gave us some destination suggestion. These were the second ones to insist we go to Gaspe’, Quebec. Both claimed the beauty is beyond belief.
Heading back south brought us to Acadian Village. It is a recreation of this area from 1740-1940 and the history of the Acadian French who settled here. The Acadians were deported from Nova Scotia when France ceded that area to Britain. Many also Settled in Louisianan, ancestors of the Cajuns. Our ticket is good for two days so we will go back tomorrow to finish the visit. After that it is on to Gaspe, Quebec. We will find out if the Quebec people know what they are talking about.
Boondocking tonight in Caraquet. We are definitely deep into Acadian Country. The only radio station in English is the national CBC, all local stations in French. Most service people are bi-lingual. The school curriculum is taught in French with English taught as a second language. We parked in a lot used by locals to access the bay. Two other cars here earlier but now we are alone. Another nice quiet night.