Atlantic Canada - Sept 28 - Oct 18, 2017

Boston/Halifax     Gros Morne Park
    St. John's
    Cape Breton Is.
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island


Our trip started in Boston with a narrated tour of the city on the Hop-On Hop-Off trolley.   Later from the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Tower, we got a good look at Back Bay, the Charles River and the Longfellow Bridge.

The Boston Public Library, established in 1848, houses 23 million items including a wealth of rare books and the personal library of John Adams.   It's a focal point of Copley Square.

This is an interior courtyard...

The grand staircase with the exquisite Pierre Puvis de Chavannes murals.

Al, Annamarie, and our niece Amy, enjoying dinner at Legal Seafoods.

A two day visit with Joe and Lynne at their Harwich Port home included a tour of Cape Cod.     Al and Joe boarded the Coast Guard's 36 foot long rescue boat CG-36500.     The Coast Guardsmen used CG-36500 to rescue 32 seamen in a severe February storm in 1952.     The film "The Finest Hours" was based on the event.

Boston from the air on our flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Our shuttle driver provided us with a historic perspective of Halifax.   One key event;   in 1917 the French ship "Mont Blanc" carrying TNT and benzol collided with another ship.   The Halifax Explosion resulted in the death of 1,900 people and 9,000 injuries and it was the world's biggest non-nuclear explosion.     Nearly the entire northern end of Halifax had to be rebuilt.

Our Hop-On Hop-Off trolley guide provided an excellent narration throughout the two hour circuit.   Our first stop was at the Halifax Public Gardens, one of the oldest formal Victorian gardens in North America it began as a private garden in 1753.

Summer concerts are offered here at this gazebo which graces the entrance to the gardens.   It was built in 1887 for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

The Citadel Hill National Historic Site on Halifax's highest hill was erected between 1826 and 1856.   The Old Town Clock, has been keeping time for 200 years.

Walking along the waterfront we watched the the Halifax - Dartmouth Ferry, the oldest continuously operating salt water ferry in North America.

...and this comical working harbour tug boat.

Dinner at McKelvies, in a handsome 1906 firehouse.


We took a small plane from Halifax to Deer Lake, NL, and drove to the small town of Rocky Harbour.   Neddies Inn, would be our B&B for the next 3 nights and our base for touring Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This was our typical hearty breakfast.

While the roads in Newfoundland are well graded and maintained we were often reminded to watch out for moose.   These warning signs got our attention and indicated where car/moose collisions had occurred in recent years.   More than 110,000 moose live in this province and most highways run throughout their habitats.

From Lomond, a camping and picnic site, looking west towards the East Arm of Bonne Bay in Gros Morne National Park, and our first view of the fall color.

We walked the Tablelands trail. (4 km return)   This was the view looking down stream from the top of the trail.   The Tablelands are a unique rock massif that was raised from the earth's mantle through tectonic upheaval.   The lack of vegetation on the upper parts is due to the high manganese content of the soil, a unique geological feature in this area.

This monument pays tribute to Mattie Mitchell, a renowned Mi'Kmaq guide who contributed much to the Anglo-Newfoundland development, including mine locations and rail routes.

We had dinner at the General Store, a small plate menu with seafoods, all very fresh and very good.   The other diners were all local residents and they greeted us warmly.

The fishing exhibit at Broom Point describing the life of an inshore fishing family in the 1960's.

Colorful Park buildings nearby.

A window in the living quarters of the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse.   This facility tells the rich cultural story of Gros Morne, the people, the history and Lighthouse that served as a beacon to those returning from sea.

Annamarie holding a traditional hand made musical instrument used in Newfoundland "kitchen parties".   Bonnie, from the Park Service, encouraged us to try it out.

At Martins Point, site of the shipwreck of the SS Ethie.   We were told a story of the daring rescue made here.

View looking towards the East Arm of Bonne Bay taken on our way back to the Deer Lake Airport.   The park service positions these colorful chairs at strategic places.   The blue sky was a welcomed site this morning.

St. John's

Our trip from Deer Lake to Newfoundland's capital city of St. John's, was in a small Air Canada prop plane which meant we didn't have to drive the 500 miles from one coast to the other.   We had a good view of the landscape on the 40 minute flight.

St. John's working harbour and Water Street as seen from our room at Marriott's Courtyard.   This is a major deep water port and the city dates back to 1627.

Cabot Tower, built in 1897, commemorates the 400th anniversary of explorer John Cabot's landing in Newfoundland.   It's part of the Signal Hill National Historic Site, the city's most prominent landmark.

Stairs inside the Tower lead to the Marconi exhibit.   The first transatlantic-wire transmission was received near here in 1901.

Looking down from Ladies Lookout, the highest point on Signal Hill.   Legend has it that the women of St. John's came here to watch for ships carrying their sons, husbands and lovers.

Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America.   This lighthouse has been restored to its original form and furnishings.

We enjoyed seeing blue skies looking south on the Irish Loop at Bear Cove.

Petty Harbour, one of many small coves on the loop drive.

Looking through The Rooms Museum from an upper balcony.

Looking downward in the museum.   Some exibits could be viewed from different floors.

View of the harbour from The Rooms Museum.

Bushes with these Rowan Berries (Mountain Ash) were seen all over the Avalon Peninsula.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

We picked up a rental car at the Sydney airport after flying there via Halifax.   Lunch at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou.

A hooked rug above the piano at the pub.

Here we are by the Corner Stone Motel sign in Cheticamp.   This was our first look at the trees in prime color here and around The Cabot Trail.

The view from just outside our room.

More colors.

One of many paths along the Cabot Trail.

After checking out of the Silver Dart Motel in Baddeck, we visited the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.

One of the exhibits in the museum was this 2006 replica of the plane used on the first flight in Nova Scotia 100 years prior.

Charlottetown,   Prince Edward Island

We taxied to the Delta Hotel on Queen Street.   We had wanted to stay at the Great George but they were all booked.

We found this 8 foot long hooked rug at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.   They were having a special show in honor of 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation.

This is a close up photo of the butterfly in the rug which shows how intricate the rug is.

Also within walking distance was St. Peter's Cathedral where we attended the Sung Eucharist Service on Sunday.

We were treated to a tour of the adjacent All Souls Chapel by Donalda, one of the guild ladies.

We drove our rental car north to PEI National Park and saw Lucy M. Montgomery's birth place,

...and the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge which connects PEI to New Brunswick.

Returning home via Montreal.   We were surprised to find that the population of Montreal and it's metropolitan area is over 4 million people.

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