Truro to PEI to Fredericton :: Rices’ Radical Sabbatical


Last Wednesday night we spent some time in Truro in a hotel, and then took a drive along the Bay of Fundy through Parrsboro, Advocate Harbour, Cape D’Or, and up to Amherst, Nova Scotia. Along the way, we saw a huge two-faced strawberry and just had to stop to take a photo of Tim (below). The area is very rural, as is most of the province, and we saw several humorous road names, one of which was Five Houses Road. We didn’t take time to investigate whether it was true or not. The Baya of Fundy was gorgeous, of course, and it was fun to drive along it and see glimpses of bluffs, trees, and interesting Canadian homes. You can see pictures from our phones of a great Bay of Fundy shoreline RV park, the Cape D’Or lighthouse, and more. And don’t forget to hop over to our Facebook page to see new video from the rest of our trip!

Our destination for the night (Thursday) was a KOA Kabin in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (PEI). Other than a ferry, the only way to reach PEI is via the Confederation Bridge, a 12.9-kilometer bridge built in 1997 across the Northumberland Strait. This is the longest bridge in the world that spans ice-covered waters. What you want to know before crossing over to PEI is what it will cost you to leave the island via the bridge: currently $43.25 CAD. As one of our friends, Lenora, recently pointed out, it’s amusing that you only have to pay if you want the leave the island!

We drove some back roads to Cavendish, and despite our late arrival we enjoyed our stay in the Kabin. The KOA was extremely dark, which was awesome, and despite the drizzle we enjoyed our time there. The KOA was less than 1/2 mile away from the prime jewel of the tourism in Cavendish: the farm created to fit the description of Anne of Green Gables’ farm. We were also very close to the recreated village of Avonlea, which Anne Shirley fans will recognize as an important part of the Anne of Green Gables story. What we found most interesting about the area, which was very touristy, was the number of signs printed in English and French (of course) as well as in Japanese. The reason for this is that the story of Anne Shirley, written by Lucy Laud Montgomery, is a fixture in the Japanese education system. Apparently lots of Japanese couples travel to the recreated farm to have their weddings there, and lots of brides even show up with dyed red hair in pigtails!

On Friday we drove around PEI. It was gray and rainy, so we didn’t get out of the truck very much. We drove to North Rustico and saw the fishing village and harbour, where Tim snapped a photo of the lighthouse (below). We also stopped to take a quick photo of a replica of the space shuttle Columbia at an abandoned amusement park. Then, after a quick stop at one of the ubiquitous Tim Horton’s for lunch and a quick stop in Charlottetown, PEI’s capital, we paid the steep toll to leave the lush, beautiful island and made our way to Fredericton, New Brunswick.

We were fortunate to stay for free in the lovely Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Fredericton, and enjoyed being right on the river in what is a very pretty small Canadian city. We both were taken with the Maritime provinces, and really enjoyed our too-brief time there. Because the hotel room was so nice (and so much bigger than our RV!), we arranged for an extended checkout time, and then leisurely made our way back across the border into the United States at Saint Stephens, NB, and from there back to Trenton.

We hope you enjoy the mobile photos we both took, and don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to see the latest videos!

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