Happy and well rested couple smiling before they exhaust themselves over the next 16 days and 4400 miles. Also doing our best Clint Eastwood impressions.
Kalkaska, MI and apparently they are very proud of their trout
Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere
2.8 mile International Bridge from Sault Ste Marie, MI into Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada
The 4 locks that make up the Soo Locks that connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes.
The border between the USA and Canada can be seen while crossing the bridge
View from the rear of the Delta Hotel towards the locks
International Bridge as viewed from the hotel
We of course broke the rules and took our hockey equipment into the room anyway
Not the weather we wanted to start day 2
Breakfast at the Three Aces Cafe, last updated in 1960
Most of Canada seems last updated 30 years ago unless you hit the big cities. This does make the small villages rather quaint. The Three Aces was old but very clean.
The Churches in Canada are all very old and historic. You will see many more of these beautiful old churches that we took along the way.
We spent the second day in North Bay, ON. Not many photos were taken as it rained steadily from Sault Ste Marie to North Bay. The following are from North Bay to Ottawa.
My favorite type of bridge, grated. If you ride a motorcycle you don't look forward to these.
We could take a thousand of these photos and you will see a couple. Canadians love their fries. These stands are all over Canada and in the province of Quebec they add gravy and cheese curd to call it Poutine. Notice the menu on the left, we crossed into the province of Quebec on the way to Ottawa. French is spoken in all of the villages of Quebec as the primary language.
If I could read French I could tell you what that sign says.
Heading into Ottawa
The downside of Ottawa is that the spiders are rather large
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in downtown Ottawa
Canadian Supreme Court building
The Rideau Locks from the Rideau River into the Ottawa River. These are located between the complex at Parliament and the Fairmont Hotel
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier
We took a detour up to Mont Tremblant. We passed this river on the way
I saw this bridge and turned to cross it and snap a photo. We had no idea the view it had. Glad I turned down this road.
View from the bridge. You cannot see these falls from the main road.
This marker was next to the market we stopped at to fuel. If we could read it we probably could make use of the information.
Another fry/poutine stand
Our favorite pizza joint in Quebec City. We ate here last year. They have a great smoked meat pizza.
Old City of Quebec City
The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac looms over the old city. It is the centerpiece of the city.
Auditions for Real House Wife's of Quebec anyone?
Leaving Quebec City
Bridges leaving Quebec City
I have a fear of high bridges. This was the fourth I had to cross and yes I was counting. Little did I know this was nothing.
We followed 132 from Quebec on the southern side of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The following photos are all along this beautiful route.
High tide would only expose that cross
Notice the ships dry docked until high tide
I had a sensory overload when I saw this rock formation from a distance
These villages sometimes arise out of nowhere
Entering New Brunswick from Quebec for the long stretch to Saint John.
Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.
I mentioned earlier I had this thing for bridges. This one is 8 miles long and curved. The gusts this day were in the upper 40's. I aged 10 years crossing this thing.
Photo looking back from PEI towards New Brunswick
Wood Island Lighthouse
You can see the Ferry ramps in the background. This Ferry takes you from PEI to Nova Scotia in 75 minutes. Driving would be 3 hours.
Fishing Viilage shacks at the Ferry
Passengers off first
Notice the car leaving upper deck.Trucks and motorcycles lower deck.
This Ferry was big, lots of logging and gravel trucks use this between PEI and Nova Scotia
We had to stop and see this sign closer. We did not try one.
By the time we arrived in Baddeck the clouds were forming and the fog was setting in for the evening.
Baddeck is a nice town to stay in with several options for eating out and hotels.
Our second day in Nova Scotia we were fooled by this weather leaving Baddeck for the Cabot Trail. The weather changes quickly here and was very different on the other side of the Island.
From this view you can see clouds above and fog below.
There is an ocean under that somewhere
I know this weather may seem miserable but it seemed to be very Nova Scotia to us.
Can you say zoom, zoom, zoom?
Yes, snow. By this time we had seen highs in the 70's, lows in the 40's, rain, fog, mist and then this white stuff. All in one day!
Gingerbread cake in a warm sugar sauce!
Lighthouse on Brass d'Or lake in Baddeck.
We apparently terrified these small ducklings we turned around to see
Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS
Back for the evening
Caught these two beautiful Bald Eagles as we departed Baddeck
I can't explain it but it made us turn around to get a few snapshots. Now if he could only paint his house to match. It appears the shutters are in the works now.
Another scary bridge into Halifax, NS
Halifax waterfront is a happening place
View from the Citadel towards downtown Halifax
Like I said, Halifax is a happening place
On the way to Peggys Cove, NS. View from the deck at the restaurant in which we ate breakfast
Eggs, sausage, home fries, toast and fishcakes!
Peggys Cove, NS
Best warning sign I have ever seen.
The Ferry arriving to take us on the 3 hour crossing from Digby, NS to Saint John, NB
Lining up got the Ferry
Aboard the Ferry. It had a cafe, bar, wireless Internet, big screen tv to watch the NASCAR race and a Johnny Depp movie on downstairs for Beth.
The Ferry is large
The Ferry departing again for Digby
Bar Harbor, Maine
Riding through Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Inn
A dam you don't want to live down stream from
Check the state of the art equipment holding this guy 16 floors in the air.
I guess you have to be a little brave and stupid to do this job.
Smith Falls in Perth, ON
Kids swimming in Perth. Notice the back flip
Not to be out done the back flips from the bridge