Thursday, August 26, 2010

New River Beach, Black Harbor and Ministers Island NB

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We spent a few days at New River Provincial Park.  The beach was just across the road.  We spent time enjoying the sand and surf.

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Mike in his usual beach attire.  The only person on the beach in jeans.  Mike’s legs have never seen the sun, and never will according to him.

Our campsite at New River. 

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Low tide in the first picture and high tide in the second.  The tides here are unbelievable.

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From New River we took a few side trips, one of these trips took us to Black Harbor NB. 

Black Harbor village has approximately 1200 residents.  It is situated at the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay in the south west corner of Fundy.  It is known mainly for the home of the Connors Bros, the largest sardine packing plant in the world .  It is also the main departure/ arrival point for the island of Grand Manan.

When you first drive into to town the first thing you notice is the odor from the sardine factory, a very strong smell.

Our next adventure was the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island.  Ministers Island is a 500 acre tidal island and, national provincial historic site.

We drove across the ocean floor on “the bar” at low tide to the island.  The bar is a natural road that’s been in place for thousands of years.  If the tide is high you can take a 10 minute shuttle boat.  You do have to know your tide schedules before going.


Yep, that’s the road, I was a little apprehensive at first, then I just shut my eyes and hoped we didn't get stuck.  This is one of the things I could have passed on seeing.   

William Van Horne wealthy from building the Canadian coast-to-coast railway, built his summer cottage and model farm here in the mid 1890s.


We made it off the island before high tide. 


1 comment:

Bear and Butterfly said...

Sandy & Mike we are loving your beautiful Canada pictures, makes me really want to go!