Heritage Boat Launch - Louisbourg Nova Scotia, Canada Day 2017
We went to the visitor center to see what was going on at Fortress Louisbourg for Canada Day and the person at the tourist bureau said that there was a Heritage Boat Launch in the morning at the Louisbourg Pier. With no idea, what to expect we showed up and there at the end of a slimy boat launch was a small boat proudly flying a Canadian Flag from the stern.
Talked to a woman who knew exactly what was going on as it was her nephew who had built the boat, Darcy Harte. We walked the dogs along the Guy Hiltz Pier where the flag pole flying the flags of 100 years of confederation flew in the wind. When we saw people gathering at the building we joined them. Darcy cut the ribbon on his new boat building space with a second boat already inside waiting to be restored.
But today was about his first boat and the ceremony was simple and elegant. First, we gathered in the courtyard of the building with people in costume, including Darcy himself. After a few speeches, a procession led by a drummer who escorted everyone to the boat. Lindsay Marshall blessed first Darcy and then the boat performing the Mi’kmaq Smudging Ceremony.
Arrived at Plantation Campsite (just outside Berwick, NS) Settled into a pull through site and got out the BBQ for the first camp meal of the year. When we arrived about 3:15 the seasonal people were organized and enjoying the afternoon, but around us it was fairly empty. By about 5:00 the campsite looked full with a few stragglers arriving later in the evening. Took a stroll after dark and many folks gathered around campfires catching up for the start of the season. This morning, sunny and the kids were about playing in the campground, biking and lots of people walking their dogs.
Headed to the shore, just over the North Mountain and viewed those Bay of Fundy tides. If you have never seen those, it is well worth a visit to see the tide go in and out. Took some shots of the boats at the Harbourville wharf at low tide, they aren’t going anywhere right now!
The views of the Blomidon Peninsula are specular here and we managed to catch 2 horses in a field against the backdrop.
And as any traveller knows, it is always the unexpected that you are looking for…as we were driving a gentleman stopped us to warn us to be careful as a pair of Canada Geese and their goslings were walking up the road. We managed to spot them as they were walking from the creek to (we assume) the farm they were from.
We enjoyed the Planation Campsite, well run and certainly active with lots of events. It seems to be a family orientated campsite with lots of kids playing in the playground and riding on bikes and trikes. Drove past a washer toss game Saturday afternoon.
Also, visited the ForeverGreen Campground, just off Mountain Brow Rd. The owner told us she started the campsite with only 7 campers 15 years ago and now there are 143 campsites and they have plans to develop more sites. Driving through the campsite, busy with sites full. A kid’s playground with a large pirate boat and a pool.
Enjoyed our first camp weekend and planning the next trip.
Karen & Gary
August 11, 2013
Headed from home in pouring rain, with the hood of the truck headed toward Hideaway Campground, just outside of Dingwall, 2 K off the Cabot Trail. Enjoyed some great views that the Cabot Trail is known for on the way up. Missed the wonderful views going up Cape Smokey due to fog.
Hideaway Campground has excellent signage and is somewhat a gem, hidden back in the woods overlooking Aspy Bay. There is an easy short trail which leads from the campground to the Aspry River, a peaceful rocky beach area. Signs clearly show a longer way back if you want more of a hike. We stayed in a site with electric only, with the water supply very close to the trailer if we needed it. The sites are very large for a private campground and we were well surrounded by trees which made the site quite private. There was sun with our morning coffee but the sun left by the afternoon and one night the site was cool enough that we ate supper indoors.
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.