Saturday, June 11, 2011

Digby to Saint John

After we left Lunenberg, we took some of the smaller roads west across Nova Scotia to Digby, through the woods, basically, with the occasional farm. Suddenly, the coast was visible.

Digby horses
Digby horsesDigby horses

It was beautiful and sunny for our ferry crossing to New Brunswick.

Maritimes- view from Digby ferryMaritimes- view from Digby ferryDigby from the ferry
Digby from the ferryDigby from the ferry
Digby to Saint JohnFerry lifeboatBay of Fundyfreighter near Saint John
IRVING near Saint John

I joked that the Irvings want people to know who owns the province as soon as they arrive in Saint John.

tidal bore near Saint John

See the tidal bore? This is the Bay of Fundy, after all, with some of the most extreme tides in the world.

Partridge Island near Saint John

This is Patridge Island in Saint John harbour. It served as North America's first medical quarantine for immigrants arriving by boat from Europe, from 1785 to 1942.

Saint John

This is Saint John.

Saint John ferry nose retracts

The prow of the ferry retracts.

Saint John Reversing Falls

After we came ashore, we drove to the more-or-less hidden attraction of Reversing Falls. Though this natural resonance phenomenon is really amazing, you sort of have to drive through an unmarked, rather rundown industrial part of town and the view is marred by an (Irving, of course) paper mill. Due to the immense tide in the Bay of Fundy, there is a point were in-rushing tidally forced waters collide with the downward flowing low-tide waters exiting the Saint John river creating these waves.

Saint John Reversing FallsSaint John Reversing FallsSaint John Reversing FallsSaint John Reversing Falls

I liked the wooden sculptures -I want to say downtown, but it's specifically called Uptown.

Saint John sculpture
Saint John sculpture

We found a hotel by the Devonian age cliffs with the Saint John sign. I liked the naive murals painted by the local high school students, but as RJH said, if the cliffs are Devonian, somewhere a geologist is crying.

Saint John sign at night

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