Posted by: TheAuthor | 05/10/2011

Day 23 – Introduction to Nova Scotia

This was it, our last morning with Team Roxanne and her compadres Dave and Lucy. We sped for the ferry port of Wood Islands, PEI, to ensure we were able to board the 9:30 A.M landing at Caribou in Nova Scotia (which is Latin for new Scotland). Making the journey with time to spare, we pulled into our waiting lane and took the official provincial sign photography (after not finding a proper one, shown below is the previous make-do sign) while it began to rain – hard.

Pulling onto the ferry was amusing, an overloaded creaky 16-year-old Ford Escort in torrential rain, you can see the dockyard staff staring into the windows in amusement. The ride itself lasted 75 minutes and was not particularly eventful, aside from further heavy rain throughout the crossing and sports new on the satellite televisions.

We bade our farewells to team Roxanne after we had left the ferry and taken our last provincial photograph together. It was emotional, especially for Lucy and Shell who had been good friends since working together in Banff. Likewise I was sad to see Dave depart, I had shared a good bit of banter with him as well as co-founding Operation Cobra. In heavy rain we went our separate ways into Nova Scotia, a province that was immediately stunning even in the rain and fog. The problem with so much rain was that it also began to rain INSIDE Kevin, as we had our ‘roof boot’ held onto the roof with ratchet straps that came inside the car. Water seeped through these straps and poured into the car, not very pleasant at all!

We set off for Lunenburg, on the south-eastern seaboard and had intended to camp the night. However, with the rain being as hard as it was we opted to set up in a very friendly hostel in Mahone Bay. Fortunately, Mahone Bay was having a scarecrow festival whilst we were there so we had a good laugh at the various exhibits on display around the town. The town was beautiful, situated on a picturesque bay so even in the bad weather it didn’t fail to excite us. Shell, coming from a seaside town, was particularly thrilled to be back in a location next to the sea.

After sorting out our affairs in the hostel, we drove a little further to the historic town of Lunenburg – home of the Bluenose fishing and racing schooner. Originally settled by Germans, amongst others, the town had a very quaint old seaside feel to it. It was captivating even in the rain, to stroll around in a town grown from and thriving off of the sea. We even found a wonderful distillery, offering free samples, of its wide selection of in-house brandy, vodkas and wine.

The original Bluenose, built-in 1921, was long since been replaced by an upgrade (Bluenose II) in 1963 so we went off to see it – why not we thought. We had a look around the harbour and saw a few other tall ships but not what we were looking for. After a bit of assistance we found a museum and the dockyard where, sadly, the Bluenose II had been stripped and was in the process of restoration of its entire hull, electrical and mechanical facilities. Interestingly, the Bluenose is also shown on the Canadian 10 cent coin.

Driving back to the hostel for the evening we all knew we had enjoyed the day, however it was a big shame that we had so little time and so much rain had fallen.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 8

Kilometres driven – 400km

Total distance driven – 7594km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

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