Robert McGill


Robert McGill


Former TravelPod Member: bobstacytrips

Joined: May 13th, 2008
From: lives in Carmichael,United States

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax October 1st 2019

We did a short tour of Sydney. We found 2 old houses to tour. One was built in 1786 and the other a year later. They are both decorated with furniture from that era and we had docents in costume show us around. We went by 2 old churches in the neighborhood, but they were closed. A lot of the town stays closed this time of year until a cruise ship comes in. We found a small museum about Sydney and looked at that. It turns out that Sydney had a steel mill that was the largest in North America for a while. It slowed down after the war and closed in the 60's. We still had a lot of time left in the day so we found a miner's museum about a 30 minute drive ... read more
Inside the mine
Inside the Governor's apt. at Louisbourgh

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Sidney September 26th 2019

While in Cavendish we visited the Ann of Green Gables Site. It is the house that L.M. Montgomery used in the book. It was her cousin's house. The next morning we drove to Charlottetown. We walked thru the Victorian Park and saw the Lieutenant Governor's house and gardens. You can walk thru the gardens but can't go in the house. We then toured the Beaconsfield House. It was the grandest house in Charlottetown in the 1870's until it went into bankruptcy. The owner and builder was a ship builder and refused to use modern ideas. He was still building sailing ships when steamships were becoming popular. We left Charlottetown the next morning and had a long drive to Auld's Cove. It is at the western edge of the bridge that crosses onto Cape Breton Island. Cape ... read more
Lower falls
This one falls straight into the ocean
Coastline on a sunny day!

North America » Canada » New Brunswick September 21st 2019

Up and out the door. We drove to Prince Edward Island. About a 3 hour drive. The bridge over to the island is 13k long. We hit the tourist info building then headed towards our first nights stay. We stopped at the College of Piping. As you can guess they teach you how to play the bagpipes. Not much was going on because it is a summer school. College students study there during the summer and then head back to university. We wanted to visit the Wyatt House, but our tourbook said it would be closed. When we talked to the info people, they told us to go to the archives across the street and see if we could get them to give us a tour. We told them we came all the way from California ... read more
The lighthouse
Me at the College of Piping
The sign

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Fredericton September 20th 2019

We left Truro and headed toward New Brunswick. Our first stop was a place called Hopewell Rocks. This area has the highest tides in the world. The tide change the day we were there was 39 feet. At low tide you could walk out 200 yards from the beach onto the sea bottom. At high tide the beach was under 6 feet of water. We happened to get there as the tide was coming in. The guide said it raised about a foot every 10 minutes. So we didn't get to sea the sea bottom. After that we drove into Fundy National Park. We found a nice trail to a waterfall and I hiked it. Stacy stayed at the car. We then drove to Sussex and spent the night in a classic 1950's motel. Very simple, ... read more
Stacy by the upper falls
Hopewell Rocks
From the beach

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Annapolis Valley September 17th 2019

So, I know its been a while, but we had lousy internet for 3 days and I couldn't get anything out. We are still in Nova Scotia. Tomorrow we drive into New Brunswick. When we flew from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia I got a good view of the country. It is heavily wooded and has hundreds of lakes. On the ground there is no way you could go for a walk in the woods because it is so thick. Also there are hundreds of coves along the coast. Some are a hundred yards deep and others go on for up to a mile. We left Lunenburg on Thursday and stopped off at Blue Rock Cove. Its another small fishing village. It has a lot of slate by the water, hence the name. We then drove to ... read more
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Rocks by the lighthouse

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Lunenburg September 11th 2019

Our day in Halifax turned out pretty good. The weather cooperated, as it was mostly sunny and about 70 degrees. We drove over and toured the Citadel, which sits on a large hill overlooking the city and the harbor. The present configuration is the fourth one built. There has been a building there since the 16th century. After that we drove over to Fishermans Cove Village. It was supposed to be a cute village, but was mainly a bunch of shops. We then stopped at Fairview Lawn Cemetery. It contains the graves of about 250 of the Titanic victims. Many of them just have a number on them. The numbers represent the order in which they were pulled out of the water. Today, we drove from Halifax to Shelley's Cove. It is a very picturesque village ... read more
Newer boat at Shelley's Cove
The Lighthouse
Scottish Pipers at the Citadel.

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia September 9th 2019

So we left Newfoundland and flew back to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia took a big hit from Dorian. We saw downed trees and the big crane that fell across a new building is just across the street from our hotel. We spent the last day in Newfoundland driving around the north tip of Avalon. There are a few pics of that. We will try to get a few pics of the crane collapse tomorrow. We will be checking out Halifax tomorrow. On Wednesday we leave for Lunenburg, which is supposed to be a quaint village along the ocean.... read more
Cargo ship
More coastline

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 7th 2019

First of all I made a mistake on the last blog. I said we were going to Avalon where Ann of Green Gables was written. That was wrong. The Green Gables house is on Prince Edward Island, which we will be going to later. What is in Avalon is the Colony of Avalon. It is an archeological dig of the village of Avalon from the 1700's. We are awaiting Dorian. It has already hit Halifax and Nova Scotia and is producing a lot of damage. We were supposed to fly tomorrow from Gander to Halifax in the afternoon. We called the airlines and our flight has been cancelled. We suggested that they rebook us from St. John's instead. They said sure, but we couldn't fly until Monday afternoon. So we had to add an extra night ... read more
Gun barrel
Cape Spear Lighthouse
Colony of Avalon remains of a storehouse

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 5th 2019

So we had 2 travel days. From Deer Lake to Gander, and from Gander to St. John's. That's about 400 miles. So guess who is coming to dinner? That's right, its Dorian. That damn hurricane is supposed to hit Halifax on Saturday and Newfoundland on Sunday. Guess who is supposed to fly from Newfoundland to Halifax on Sunday afternoon? We are waiting for Air Canada to tell us that we can rearrange our flight. If not, we have to drive back to Gander Sunday morning in the hurricane. They say 75 mile an hour winds and up to 4 inches of rain. We are trying to delay our flight by one day and fly from St. John's. That would be a lot easier. We got to St. John's this afternoon. After checking in to our hotel, ... read more
The Citadel on Signal Hill
Lunch on the road
Giant lobster and I

We drove to Deer Lake. Nothing eventful to talk about. Didn't see any moose. We spent the night in a delightful B&B in Deer Lake. The next morning, we drove through Gros Morne National Park. Beautiful mountains, lots of small fishing villages and lovely coastal roads. We ended up at the Wildberry B&B and lodge. Pretty rustic. Mostly no internet and no cellphone service. We got up the next morning and headed over to L'Anse Meadows. This is a Nordic village built nearly 1 thousand years ago. It is the first landing of Europeans on the North American continent. When they came into contact with the natives, it is believed to be the first meeting of homo sapiens who travelled from Africa and headed east and west through Europe and Asia and over the Bering Straits ... read more
On the way
Arches Provincial Park

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