Saint John and the Bay of Fundy

August 31, 2012 – We got to Bangor, Maine Friday night around 10ish, and then left the next morning for the Bay of Fundy.  There was lots of adventuring to be had.

Tim Hortons
This was the first of many Tim Hortons stops on the trip.

September 1, 2012 – The border crossing went well, and we drove through New Brunswick and down to Saint John. We got there around 12:30, which was a good time to see the reversing falls (where the tides from the Bay of Fundy reverse the course of the St. John river, and it flows from the Bay inland). We watched the water for a bit then walked over the bridge towards Saint John.  That side of the river has a few interpretive signs, including one describing how there are a variety of different rocks in that area, including some from the supercontinent.

Saint John Tides
The tides are actually strong enough to reverse the flow of the river.

We didn’t linger for long since there was a lot of driving to do to get to Hopewell Provincial Park, where the Flower Pot rocks (Hopewell Rocks) are. Before we reached the rocks we saw a sign for a covered bridge, so we drove down a dirt rode and walked over to find the bridge and Stonehammer Geopark.  The bit of the park we saw was very pretty, as was the bridge.

Covered Bridge
Why yes, we did take a highway detour to view a covered bridge.

Once we reached Hopewell Provincial Park we paused for an early dinner (fried clams, french fries, and seafood chowder – all fresh and wonderfully prepared) and then walked down to the rocks. It was around 4:30 by this time, and low tide was a bit after 7 (though the park does close at 7), but the tide was definitely out enough for us to walk around the now-dry islands, which was just wild.

Bay Of Fundy Tides
The tide changes on the Bay of Fundy make these rock formations islands at high tide.

Eventually it was time to continue our drive to our hotel in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  We crossed the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia around sunset.  The scenery in Canada seems to change more quickly than that in the United States, we passed rolling hills and plains, forest (both deciduous and evergreen), large bodies of water, rivers, industrial areas (more in Nova Scotia than New Brunswick) and rural countryside.

Nova Scotia Wind Farm
We passed a large wind farm around sunset. Our hippie side approves.

New Brunswick also seems to have most signs in both English and French, while Nova Scotia tends to be in English only (except for the Acadian areas… more on that in tomorrow’s entry).  Nova Scotia also helpfully tells you something interesting about each town, such as “blueberry capital of Canada” or “home of the world’s largest axe.”  We made good time and arrived at the hotel around 10pm.


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