Halifax, NS, Canada

After several days we finally arrived in Halifax. Typically when we arrive in big cities there is no place to spend the night in Lucky 8 that is close to the main attractions. Halifax was different. Thanks to that wonderful app iOverlander, we were able to find a parking lot downtown Halifax that is right next to downtown Halifax. We are not alone when we park in these places that iOverlander finds for us. On any typical night there is always another traveler close by. This was no exception. Our neighbors were from Montreal and a few others we didn’t get to speak with.

We walked around an had coffee at Espresso 46. This is not ordinary coffee shop. The ratings on this place are all 5s, and we are talking thousands of ratings. So we walked over there to experience this coffee. It is almost a food truck attached to a small neighborhood market. But getting there from downtown one must a sketchy neighborhood. How was the coffee you might ask? it lived up to the reviews

Our next stop was a memorial. As it turns out, Halifax had an explosion in the early 1900s. Two tankers collided in the harbor and one was carrying something very explosive. The found the 2 ton anchor a few miles away. The town suffered badly. Many died and buildings were destroyed. They erected a memorial that is on the opposite side of downtown so we walked.

Passing through the local neighborhoods and experiencing the local foods and parks is always fun. Finding restrooms when you need them, not so much fun.

Tidal Bore in Truro, NS on the Salmon River

Today we went to the town of Truro, Nova Scotia. This is the upper part of the Bay of Fundy where the tides can reach 50 feet. The water on the shore changes rapidly around here as the tides change.

At the Discover Site Fundy you can learn about the tidal bores that happen. This one in particular is at Truro, NS. We watched as a small wave of water pushed it’s way up river and changed the direction of the flow of the river. This new direction happens until the tide changes and pulls the water back out.

Interesting to watch the process.

Depositing Our Covid Test Results

We were randomly selected to take another Covid Test at the border crossing. We think the radomness was influenced by the Florida Plates. We were instructed to do a self administered covid test via zoom call with a covid test specialist. Our test kit was given to us by the border control and we had a short amount of time to do the call and drop the test into the Purolator box before the timer expired. Otherwise they would track us down and bad things would happen.

Here is our video of doing the drop

Cottage Life in Canada

Happy 2nd Birthday Sasha

We made it to the Jeff and Anna’s Cottage in Canada near Rideau Ferry for our grand child’s 2nd birthday. I am not sure he will remember the details of this event, but we will have a life time to remind him of them. We were there about 5 days and boy did we eat. Patty and Doug sure do have plenty of food to go around.

During the day we swam, well I didn’t swim, but the rest of us did. We drove to town and had lunch with Anna and Sasha. It’s always interesting how meals are going to turn out with Sasha around. Sometimes things go flying across the table, other times it’s crying and sometimes he enjoys it. The rest of us just laugh, which only encourages his behavior. Nevertheless, we all ate well.

I spent most of the days trying to install a heater for the bus so we can have our heated floors and hot water. Between Doug and I we managed to get the heater installed, parts fabricated, diesel line installed in tank and the heater mounted. That only took about 2 or 3 days. Doug also fabricated me 2 more solar panel mounts because one broke. I really like the new term I learned when I explained that I purchased those mounts off of ebay, Jeff explained to me I purchased Chineseium. This is a special metal that life expectancy is near the bottom for a metal product.

The neighbors supplied us with the largest tomatoes we have witnessed in a long time, as well as garlic and cucumbers. We ate some of them, and then the US Border control took the rest of them.

We went a plumbing store to get some pieces for the heater install and across the street was Canada’s largest Canabis grow facility. It was closed, for we tried to go for a tour, but Covid has it shut down. Nevertheless, you could smell the product from across the street in the plumbing parking lot.

It is always a special treat to visit the cottage Thank you Doug and Patty

I am not sure anyone really enjoys playing Mexican Train Dominoes, but we do it every time and I hope we continue to play.

We made it to Canada.

We were lucky to get our Covid test and results within an hour. And oddly enough we did not have to pay for the tests. Not quite sure how that worked out. Nevertheless, we did the nose swab and then walked across the street to do laundry while we wait. The results were going to be at the front desk in about an hour. So while laundry was in the works, we walked back and anxiously opened the envelope to find out we passed.

Off we go to Canada, we crossed the border at Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. Lucky for us there was no wait and we zipped right across. Then we had to spend the day before we met up with Anna and Jeff the next day.

Not quite sure which way we were headed we decided to stay in Brocville at the city park. It was not the best night. We parked in the middle of the parking lot and that seemed like a great place for people to come and park next to us throughout the early evening. Mainly it was kids hiding from the traffic on the main road on other side of us.

We walked around the park a bit, Marina swam, not me..too cold. We walked to town twice. Down the healthy trail into downtown. There was the first canada railroad bridge which we saw last time we were here a few years back. Covid has this town shutdown and getting a place in a restaurant was difficult. We ended up eating at a bar and walked the 2 miles back to the bus in the st lawrence park.