August 13, 2013
A side-trip away from the Cabot Trail with Red River as a northern most tip on the western side of the island. Red River, small isolated community, romantic as the name sounds, with sweeping green treed hills, ocean, narrow dirt roads to explore and more ocean.
After leaving Hideaway Campground and heading toward Cheticamp, we left the Cabot Trail and headed north to Pleasant Bay, Aptly named; a fishing village nestled between the greens hills and the ocean with the boats in the harbour, protected from the ocean by the breakwater of huge boulders.
Finally a warm weekend and we headed off on Friday, after work, to St. Peters, about an hour’s drive away. We had booked through the provincial “call center” which is located somewhere in Ontario. Provincial campsites are usually more expensive than private campsites. However, the sites are often situated around historical treasures, provide hiking trails and the sites are larger and more private. But what is annoying is the $9.00 fee they add on for the privilege of booking. Change your booking in any way and you get the dubious pleasure of paying another $7.00! We were told there were only electrical sites and a dump station, so we arrived with a tank of water and those gloves we all stash way in the bottom of the trailer.
When we pulled up the staff at the counter looked at our booking, eyed the length of the trailer and said you will never get into your designated site with that; “it is up a hill and a sharp turn”. Fortunately for us, there was still room in the campsite so he was able to change our booking without charging the $7.00 again. He also asked “would you like a 2 way hook-up? Yes Virginia, there are 2 way hook-ups in the campsite; I guess no one had told the call center.