(These Hilyards were not our direct relatives, but they got the right spelling!)
We drove south from St. John along the picturesque Fundy Trail, and arrived at our hotel in downtown Moncton late in the afternoon.
Moncton is on the Petitcodiac River which has a tidal bore. As Wikipedia says, that is "a regularly occurring wave that travels up the river on the leading edge of the incoming tide. The bore is a result of the extreme tides Bay of Fundy." Our hotel was on the river, adjacent to a viewing site. The bore schedule was posted in the lobby. I went out about 10;15. I was among a half-dozen other tourists watching. At 10:22, right on schedule, we heard a low roar -- saw a glimmer (lit by the street lights) -- and there it was: a wave the width of the river.. [Too dark for pictures and clouds obscured the moon.]
Sunday morning we drove south to Hopewell Rocks, aka the Flowerpot Rocks. The sandstone has been worn away by the oceans into fantastic shapes. It's a big tourist attraction. There is a very good interpretive exhibit at the visitor center.
We returned to Moncton to visit Resurgo , the municipal museum. It combines the local history collection with a transportation / industrical heritage museum with great interactive kids' activities.
We said goodbye to New Brunswick (we want to return!) and drove across the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. Time for the next Road Scholar adventure! Read on for part four . . .
|image from Wikipedia|