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Venturetour 2006 – The Last Post

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All great things must come to an end, and our excellent east coast tour was no exception. After leaving Nova Scotia on Oct 19th, crossing the Bay of Fundy by ferry to Saint John, NB we spent a few days in the beautiful resort town of St. Andrews by the Sea. The image above is from that town which is stratigically located across a narrow straight from the US.

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Nova Scotia ~ Forges, Folkart and Fall Foilage

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All our plans came together in an explosion of fall colour throughout Nova Scotia. But nowhere was it as stunning as Cape Breton Island. The weather cooperated precisely and our timing was right on.

Besides following the obligatory Cabot Trail route we made our way to a few remote spots such as Meat Cove in the far north, Sherbrooke Pioneer Village and lessor visited areas such as Kejimkujik National Park.
Although we would spend nearly a full month exploring this province one thing became quite clear, you would need far more time to see it proper – a lifetime perhaps. Nova Scotia certainly does have much to offer and I would highly recommend the experience.

This also marks the most easternly point of Venturetour 2006. Once we rounded the southwestern “French Shore” at Shag Harbour, we began our long journey back toward the prairies and our beloved Rocky Mountains.

We decided to return to Ontario through the U.S. via Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and even a little bit of New York state. (That will be on the next posting). Hope you enjoy this small sample of images from the nearly 3500 kilometers we covered in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton and as always I welcome your comments.

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Blown Away in Halifax

While battling our way through 90KPH winds on the Halifax waterfront yesterday, a photographer from the Daily News caught a few images. You could imagine our surprise this morning to find the 3 of us on the front page of the paper!

It will certainly be a highlight of the trip. Here’s what it looked like:

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Not bad for Friday the 13th…..

No White Dogs ~ PEI

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Leaving New Brunswick on September 21st, we crossed the Confederation bridge to PEI, the longest bridge over ice filled water in the world. An engineering marvel with a Calgary connection – Straight Crossing Inc., the company who built the bridge was a Calgary company. Odd that such an incredible Maritime icon was built by a landlocked company from the prairies.

The bridge took us not only to a new province (Canada’s smallest), but also into new and welcomed weather. After nearly a week of rain in Quebec and New Brunswick, we finally had a picnic lunch in the sun of fresh caught Atlantic Hallibut and french fries cut from potatoes harvested that very morning only a kilometer away. This was in Victoria By The Sea, a picturesque little village only 20 minutes from the bridge.

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Snowbirds to Wood Sculptures

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Wooden sculpture at St.Jean Port Joli, Quebec

Our trip continues rolling east through the Capital Region, rural Quebec and Quebec City, and on into the Maritimes through northern New Brunswick. We’ve had no breakdowns and our van home has been cozy and comfortable. Willow has settled right into the travelling routine like a veteran – adventure and exploration during the day and once the curtains are drawn each night, into her evening routine like we never moved. Travelling in a van is a little (very little) like travelling on a cruise ship. You visit different places during the day but stay in the same bed every night. The best way to see the country in my opinion.

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Venturetour 2006 – Week 2

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We covered a lot of distance this week, basically from Manitoba clear across Northern Ontario to our families in the Southwestern part of the province, about 1500 kilometers altogether.

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Venturetour 2006 – Week One

So we just about have our first week behind us and have pretty well ironed out all the wrinkles.

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Posters on the wall of the old schoolhouse (circa 1940) in Hudson’s Bay, SK.

Of course the first few days were somewhat dishevelled. It took us a while to get things just right in the van and figure out the best routines for Willow and ourselves. Most of the van upgrades have worked out excellent, making the tight living quarters much more bearable and actually quite comfortable. (The only hiccup has been our BBQ, seems the regulator has clogged somehow so it’s been unavailable, we’ll just have to wait until Ontario for those strip loins).

Here’s some images from the week along with maps showing each day’s progress:
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Venturetour 2006 – Maritimes

Many of you will recall our 2 year around the world odyssey back in 1990 and 1991 in our 1973 VW Camper Van. In fact a lot of you supported our trip through purchasing a lapel pin and subscribing to our newsletter “The Venturetour News”.

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~At Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin 1990
in the original Venturetour Van.

It’s been 15 years since Venturetour 9091 and Penny and I are finally on the road again.

And of course, a lot has changed….

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Creed/Salisbury Wedding June 3, 2006

Welcome to the image gallery of the June 3rd Creed/Salisbury wedding.

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