Dartmouth to Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia
Sep 16, 2007
|It was cold and overcast when we left Dartmouth this morning but the forecast was for warming in the afternoon.
When we tried to travel through Halifax we found our planned route blocked off. We suspect it was for the Terry Fox run. The guy at the barricade gave us directions to head to Peggy's Cove, which we planned on stopping at. It is touted as the most picturesque spot on the Nova Scotia coast.
He said he did not know why we would want to go to Peggy's Cove; it was just a rock and there were a lot of other nice places to go. He also warned us not to eat in the resturant there as it was very expensive.
When we reached Peggy's Cove we immediately understood what he was talking about. It is a village of well under 100 residents however there were literally hundreds of tourists roaming the two or three streets in packs of 25 to 50 people.
There were guys directing traffic and there had to be 6 or 8 tour buses trying to manouver through the crowds. It was a zoo! We took a couple of quick photos an headed out of town a quickly as we had arrived.
Not far from town is a memorial to the passengers of Swiss Air flight 111 which crashed just off shore here. It was a somber place but a very tastefull and appropriate reminder of this tragic event.
We continued along the coast towards Luninberg, another very famous tourist spot along this coast and home to the Bluenose.
Almost every little town along the way was holding a Terry Fox run. I could not help but think back to the memorial to Terry near Thunder Bay we stopped at on our way across Ontario. I don't know of another cause that is so universally subscribed to across Canada. The selfless act of this young man has inspired millions and will continue to do so forever.
At Lunenberg the tourist crush was a little more subdued than Peggy's Cove but this perception was likely due to it being a bigger area rather than less people. It was still realy, really busy.
Thankfully it warmed up a lttle by mid afternoon. We decided to carry on towards Yarmouth since the weather was getting better for riding and Lunenburg so busy.
We ended our day in a little place called Barrington Passage, about a hundred KM south of Yarmouth where we will be boarding the ferry for Maine tomorrow.