Here are the official descriptions of the two Road Scholar programs. Grand Manan: A Whale and Birding Paradise and Coastal Communities of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton
Of the 32 RS trips we'e taken, seven have been in Canada (previously: Vancouver, Newfoundland, the Magdalens (two back-to-back: see here), Quebec (here).
We wanted flexibility in pre- and post-Road Scholar travel. We could have flown and rented a car, but we'd have had to get to and from airports, and the car was parked most of the second week (the group toured by bus). Though the physical drive was tiring (I did most of it), we were glad to have our own vehicle.
Wednesday, August 19: We crossed the border at Port Huron/Sarnia. Canada customs was a breeze. First night: Tillsonburg, Ontario. We stayed at a remodeled inn (originally a mill built in 1878). It had one of the town's three barn quilt blocks.
Thursday, August 20: We took the freeway around Toronto. At Kingston we turned south and drove along the St. Lawrence River. We want to go back to explore more of the Thousand Islands country. That night: Cornwall, Ontario.
|Just over the border|
Turned the right way, got to the border. (No rain.) I took a picture of the Coburn Gore border crossing. The border patrol guy said to delete it, photos are forbidden. So I did. Then a long roughly diagonal trip through the woods to route 95 and north to Bangor. (In the rain.) Like so many people coming from Canada, we had to go to the Bangor Mall (The sole of one of Stevens' good sneakers pulled off. He got sole glue and a new pair (on sale) at Dick's Sporting Goods.)
Saturday, August 22: We headed east from Bangor to the coast and headed north on Route 1. We had "chowdah for lunch at th' dinah" -- overhearing a table with local guys talkin' just like that. When I first moved to Winthrop Harbor Stevens kept calling it Winter Harbor. We drove through the real Winter Harbor and stopped so I could go inside the library. (The building was originally Channing Chapel, a Unitarian church.)
We crossed the border from Maine to New Brunswick at Calais about 4 p.m. Eastern/ 5 p.m. Atlantic. We spent the night in the little town of St. George.
|Boxes for blueberry pickers|
Sunday, August 23: We explored a few side roads on the way from St. George to Black's Harbour. Lots of wild blueberries!
We were the second in line for the 11:30 ferry from Black's Harbour to Grand Manan. In an hour we were on the island.
On to part two . . .