Bay of Fundy Exploration

Trip Start Sep 18, 2006
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Trip End Oct 02, 2006


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Friday, September 22, 2006

Greetings from the best B & B we've experienced yet. Since our last entry we checked out Moncton ( very quickly ) and then on to The Hopewell Rocks. What a cool place! It was raining pretty hard for some of the time there but we went at about 3:00 which was 3 hours before low tide so we were able to walk on the ocean floor for a couple km. Surprising, but it wasn't muddy at all. Very solid gravel embedded in sandstone rock floor. But we had to climb some boulders as well to get back to the stairway up the cliff at the other end. The tide rises and falls about 30 feet at that particular location. Awesome! Then we wound our way through the countryside through a couple fishing villages with boats hanging on the wharfs because the tide had gone out and there was no water underneath them. Very strange sight indeed. I took some photos of lighthouses and covered bridges just for the record, they actually do exist! Today we went through Saint John but stopped at the place where Samuel de Champlain came in to spend his first winter and named the river Saint John river because it was on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. Saint John has a huge harbor like Vancouver's ie. barges, rail access, huge loading cranes, massive warehouses etc. There is a place at the Saint John river mouth where the tide rises higher than the river flowing out and actually reverses the flow of the river so the river flows backwards during high tide then gushes outfor a few hours as the tide receeds causing lots of whirlpools and then flows normal during low tide. I guess that must happen at all the river mouths, I just never thought about it before. Then the 3 hr ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy to here was interesting. The ferry which is going to be permanently closed at the end of October is pretty elaborate. They have a little movie theatre area, a cafeteria, another lounge area with tables and chairs and a big screen TV like a bar, a tourist information desk (with the most helpful attendant we've seen so far) and all the regular stuff like 2 levels of seating, and outside standing area. This B & B is just like that show that used to be on TV with Darryl and my other brother Darryl. I don't remember the name of it. It's and old heritage inn with a view of the harbor and lots of rooms. I wrote a bit too much but I don't think I'll edit it as it really is bed time. Until next time. Good Night
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