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Canada: The Old Sow, Deer Island

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

The Old Sow is advertised as the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. It’s located at the southern end of Deer Island. One web site describes harrowing stories of boats being sucked into giant vortices. Clearly this is a “must see”, and hopefully a “must experience” for any red-blooded adventurer. So I made it a point to visit Deer Island and say hello to the Old Sow.
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Canada: Fundy Trail, St. Martins

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Cliffs. Waterfalls. Canyons carved by glaciers. Fishing. The coastline of the Bay of Fundy is studded with natural attractions and wonders of all kinds.

The Fundy Trail Park, less than an hour north of Saint John, provides plenty of outdoor adventures for hikers, bikers, and even drivers! One could easily spend several days exploring the park on foot and bike, but that is not necessary. A paved road follows the coastline and provides many sightseeing and photo opportunities in a morning or an afternoon. You can see some of them here.

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Canada: Tidal Bore

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

This is it.  This is why I came to the Bay of Fundy to begin with:  To see the tide roll in like a huge wave.  Everywhere else in the world such a phenomenon might be called a tidal wave, but around the Bay of Fundy it’s called a tidal bore.  But by no means is it boring – and not only can one watch the event, one can actually participate by riding the bore!  And what fun it is!  Definitely worth the trip.
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Canada: Magnetic Hill

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Billed as a “Must see” attraction, Moncton’s home page states,

Take your foot off the brake and be amazed as your vehicle rolls uphill. Magnetic Hill is Canada’s third most visited natural attraction and is adjacent to a family theme park. A fun time for everyone! Read more…

Canada: Wildlife, St. Stephen, St. Andrews

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

One crosses the border from Calais, ME (pronounced “kaelis”, not “kaelay”) to St. Stephen, NB. Though the two towns are separated by an international border defined by the St. Croix River, they live as one community in harmony.
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Canadian Adventures

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Canada.  That great, mysterious land north of the 49th parallel.  America’s neighbor and best friend.  We share the longest international border between two countries – peacefully at that!  Yet we know so little…

Whenever someone mentions Canada, I immediately think of cold, snow, ice, pristine forests, and eskimos.  Pictures of polar bears and seals on icebergs sometimes also pop into my head.  And I clearly remember first setting foot on the American continent decades ago in Newfoundland in the winter.  I remember being ushered off the airplane in the bitter cold into snow tunnels and walking forever through those tunnels – dimly lit with electric light bulbs and dug under 12 feet of snow – to get to the terminal.

Then there is the Bay of Fundy.  Many decades ago, as a young man, I heard about a mysterious place “up north” somewhere in Canada where tides run up to 50 feet, compared to a typical tide of only 3 feet here in the U.S.  This is a place where the tide comes roaring in so fast that you can surf it for miles.  A place so dangerous you might be drowned if the tidal wave – a true tidal wave occurring twice daily, not just a rare tsunami – finds you on the wrong beach.  A place where boats are left resting on the ocean floor at low tide.  Or at least thus I imagined and remembered. Read more…