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Jul 30, 2017 - Sydney, NS.

Our plan was to drive into Sidney and check out the harbor. We woke up to rain. Forecast said it would clear up around noon. We decided to head into town. It was about 75 miles. The road winds and climbs with lots of lake and views of the Bay. It was still raining and a cool 64 degrees. We got to the harbor and the rain had let up. We took a stroll down the boardwalk hoping the rain wouldn't return. The harbor is beautiful with homes lined along the shore. Looking north you see big freight liners and commercial ships. There were no cruise...

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Jun 26, 2017 - Marine Atlantic Ferry to Newfoundland

On June 25th we boarded the Marine Atlantic Ferry from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Argentia, Newfoundland. The ferry is absolutely huge. It carries cars, motorhomes and tractor trailer trucks. I guess that is how most of the things they need get across to Newfoundland. It took maybe 20 minutes for us to get onboard once the boarding started. We were put first in the line we were given. This particular ferry ride is 16 hours so we got a cabin for the night. Our cabin was on the 8th floor and it looked out onto the water. We got settled in and...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Cape Breton/The Cabot Trail

Click on thumbnails to enlarge/run slideshow Made the drive to Sydney, NS for the purpose of driving the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Most of Thursday was spent driving from Lunenburg to Sydney - a long day's drive for me - about 300 miles. I stayed at a very nice RV park named Arm of Gold RV Park located on Bras D'Or Lake (translated is Arm of Gold). Bras D'Or is referred to as an inland sea and it bisects Cape Breton Island, NS. There are several inlets and channels to the Atlantic Ocean. The campground sits right...

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Jun 15, 2017 - A day in 1750 Louisbourg

LOCATION: Sydney, Nova Scotia MILES DRIVEN 80 WEATHER two days ago it was 87, today it is 47 and blowing at 25 m/h, COLD. The rain has missed us. WHERE WE STAYED Arm of Gold STORY; Louisboug is a fortress, a walled city or a city inside of a fort. The British tore down the original fortress and used the stones from the fort as far away as Boston. The location on the north east tip of Cape Breton is perfect for controlling the north Atlantic. The French hired privateers to harass British shipping and then used the harbor below the fort to...

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Maritime's 2017

Jun 14, 2017 - pickleball & backroads

Finally we have found pickleball at a time and place that works into our free time. The Sydney YMCA kindly offered us a “first time free” session and, as a side note Moncton YMCA, they did not need photo ID (although we came prepared this time!). At the 11am start there are only 3 of us and the other sole player informs us she this will be her second try at the game. However before long people start to filter in and soon we are up to 12 players, some of whom are pretty good. There are 2 courts at our disposal so it turns out to be great and...

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May 28, 2017 - Cabot Trail 2

We went over to the motel restaurant for breakfast the packed the car and set off on our second part of the Cabot Trail. I must confess this half made up for yesterday’s disappointment. The weather, though cool, was perfect with blue skies and the sun beginning to warm up. The map indicated the road drew away from the water, but did not apprise one of the elevation to which one rose and the bird’s eye view it afforded. We stopped at several pullouts (they call the lookoffs here) and admired the changing view. For quite a way we leapfrogged...

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May 27, 2017 - Cabot Trail 1

We were all packed up and ready to go after breakfast. Unfortunately the weather was not co-operating and it was a damp and misty morning. We set of on the now familiar road southwest of Sydney, climbing through fog and drizzle which seemed to get heavier as we journeyed on. We decided to take a short cut and cross over to the Cabot Trail by ferry, cutting off about 35 kms of the route. I confess my first impression of the Cabot Trail has been somewhat underwhelming. The early part is through trees with only a hint that there is water...

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May 26, 2017 - A Wet Day with an Exciting End

We got ready this morning and set off after breakfast. We were scarcely on our way when the rain started and it only seemed to increase in volume as the day progressed. We drove round to the other side of the inlet as Christine had wanted to do the other day and got a view of the hotel. We continued on that road round a peninsula and on to the next one where North Sydney is situated. There we saw the ferry from Newfoundland arrive. There were two other ferries docked there, all three of them serve Newfoundland so far as we know. We...

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May 25, 2017 - Telephones, Planes & Hydrofoils

We again had breakfast in the hotel and set off for Baddeck, a small, little known town in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Its claim to fame is a Scots born inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. When you hear his name, you probably immediately think, "Telephones!" You would, of course be correct, but Bell was much more than telephones as the museum at Baddeck makes clear. Baddeck is about an hours drive south of Sydney. We got there mid morning and spent several hours there till hunger drove us out in mid afternoon. It is a fascinating place with...

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May 24, 2017 - Louisbourg

We went down for breakfast this morning and a gentleman came into the elevator who was obviously known to the other two ladies in the elevator. He seemed ebullient and we wondered who he was. We had breakfast and got ready and set off towards Louisbourg. As we passed a parking lot we saw the Liberal campaign bus (Nova Scotia is in the middle of an election), and there in the midst of the crowd was the gentleman from the elevator; obviously a candidate, not sure if he is the leader. We drove on to Louisbourg and stopped within sight of the...

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May 23, 2017 - A Lazy, Wet Sydney

We have had a different day today. As usual we got ready and went down for breakfast. As it was dull, we decided to do laundry with the hope that the weather would improve as the progressed. After the work was done - mainly by the ladies, I hasten to add - we decided to go to a shopping centre and have lunch then collect some groceries. When we arrived at the shopping centre, we realized it was glorified strip mall, not an enclosed mall as we had expected, and the only eating establishment was not one we fancied. Rather than do our shopping...

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May 22, 2017 - Sydney - not Crosbie

We were up early this morning and had breakfast, did the last of the packing, packed the car and checked out. It was the first time we had all the luggage in the car and it fitted well. We got three large and two small suitcases in the trunk and some smaller items too. The food we had in a cooler bag and some other items with jackets and items we needed for the journey on the back seat beside Christine who sat on the other rear seat. We reflected that this would not have worked at all with the vehicles Hertz had originally offered us as a...

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