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Old 06-22-2015, 05:35 AM   #183
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After departing Whale Cove on Digby Neck, we travelled along the coast to Yarmouth, picked up the lighthouse trail to Clark's Harbour and Sable Island. Roads were good, scenery was great. Spent a couple days at Kejimkujik NP and had a great time kayaking.
We arrived in Lunenburg along with lots of rain. We spent the day walking around town and seeing the sights. Went aboard the Blue Nose II, beautiful ship. We visited the Ironworks Distillery and sampled some of their delicious product, even brought home some Blue Nose Rum, absolutely delicious. We are camped at Little Lake Campground, with PA discount of 50% off, it was to good to pass up. Mostly long term folks but all were friendly and th place was comfortable...$40 with tax CA for full hookups for two nights. Will get out and about and explore more of the area today.

Our travel plans are still fluid....Mahone Bay is our next stop.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:12 PM   #184
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Still in Lunenburg NS. We drove out to The Ovens Natural Park hoping to hike the area. We were discouraged by the staff there with regards to taking our dog...too many steps on the trails. The campground was empty except for two RV's.

Our disappointment soon vanished as we discovered Hirtles Beach and The Gaff Point Trail in nearby Kingsburg. The trail is nearly 7 km, and you have to know the tides as you can get cut off, having to get pretty wet to get back. Nice cliffs, grat views, and today the surf was up about 4-5 feet and pounding the rocks. If you get up this way, don't pass this up. We then drove up to Blue Rocks, a small community just outside of Lunenburg, named for the blue rocks along the shore. We then headed back into Lunenburg and visited some more shops and a double scoop of homemade maple walnut ice cream. This has been a great stop...and I will continue to enjoy the Blue Nose Rum.

Note: Diesel continues to drop, now at $1.07 CA per liter. Using our credit card it's about $3.40 US per gallon. Wit.h our credit card and the favorable exchange rate, we are experiencing about a 20% discount off our purchases.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:38 PM   #185
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You are getting to the best places. Blue Rocks is really peaceful and quietly captures the essence of Lunenburg County. We normally stay at the Blockhouse Campground in Lunenburg since it is so close to the centre of town. Lots of nice stuff coming up as you make your way towards Halifax along the coast. This photo is now 3 summers old but we will get there again in August. Incidentally, Shubie Park Campground in Dartmouth is the campground with the easiest access to all things Halifax and there is even an old Overlander there. JimClick image for larger version

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Old 06-25-2015, 04:38 PM   #186
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Drove a couple miles up the Lighthouse Route (rt3) to Martins River and the RayPort Campground. Once again we are using PA and with cable, great wifi, elec, water, and tax, cost is about $21 US. Showers and laundry are excellent. They provide a free pump out of grey/black tanks at departure. Our site is right next to a swift trout stream...great campground and super family/owners.

We explored, Chester, a small Oak Island Museum at Atlantica Hotel, the town of Mahone Bay and hiked along the river at our campground. We travelled up the coast roads to Hubbards, Blanford, and Queensland. This is a superb coastal drive. We stopped and kayaked in the bay near Blanford and had lunch on the beach near Fox Point. At the Head of St Margaret's Bay we turned around and headed back to our campsite. Even with one day of rain, it has been a terrific several days along Mahone Bay.
Note...the coastal road has been mainly good, there have been a few spots with bad potholes.
A few pics to follow.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:21 PM   #187
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:24 PM   #188
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When you get a chance would you explain what PA discount is? We are planning a trip for next year and you are providing much needed information. Thanks
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Passport America....we have used it a lot....really only available in off season. for example, we can't. Use it on this trip in July and Aug, or in some cases not on weekends. Each campground is different. Note...peak season changes geographically.
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Thanks that really helps
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:35 PM   #194
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We have spent the last couple days on St Margarets Bay at the Wayside Campground. Once again, with the PA discount, full hookups, great wifi, we are around $16 US a night. It's about 3 miles north of Peggy's Cove...as someone pointed out in an earlier post, quite touristy. Today we drove back to Oak Island, which is between Martins River and Chester. We were able to catch a spot on the first tour of the year of Oak Island by one of the cast members. If you are a fan of the show, you will like the tour.

Note....we have AT&T and my wife bought a 60 minute per month cell phone plan, each minute of the 60 minutes is $.50. We get unlimited text msg and with the great wifi we have had at the campgrounds, we feel well connected back home with our kids/family. We'll see how it goes in Newfoundland. That plan cost $60 plus the per minute cost.

Note.... Because of the favorable exchange rate we use our credit cards as much as possible. We do not have a chip on two of our three cards. We learned that if you tell the cashier that up front, they can make an input that accepts the cards, if not it will decline.

Note....Grocery stores. Walmarts are quite common, some without the groceries. We have found Sobeys and Super Store to have a great assortment of gluten free food, good for me as I have celiac disease.
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In keeping with our philosophy of a fluid itinerary, we reshuffled and have decided to move up our departure to Newfoundland. We leave in two days, July 2, giving us about 60 days up there.

So, many have posted some great places to see, to do, and where to camp, and we thank you. We are always open for more ideas, so send them.

Note...we made our ferry reservations about two weeks out from our target date. We changed them with no problem, if you change outside of 48 hrs of your original date, no fee, if less than 48 hrs it is $25 surcharge.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:36 PM   #196
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We just returned from the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and it was fantastic. Thank you Florida55 for letting us know about the event. If you are ever in Halifax about this time of year, it is well worth the effort to attend. It is truly a special event.

Halifax is a fun town and we have had a blast doing almost all of the things you all have mentioned. I was disappointed in not being able to make time for the Harbour Hopper tour.

We stayed at Shubie Campground, great staff, great facilities, some of the sights are a challenge to get level. Bottom line we were happy with our stay here.
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