Thursday, September 13, 2012
Departed Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island, Visited the lovely town of Cheticamp then took Route #105 to Antigonish, Truro and then on to New Brunswick. Stayed overnight in Moncton at the MONCTON SCENIC MOTEL. Our room had just been refurbished, so the bathroom was real nice and new with all new fixtures. The room had cable TV and high-speed internet service. No continental breakfast was offered, but we had our own stuff.
Friday, September 7, 2012
As Saint John was just too busy for us, we kept going even tho it was getting towards dinner time. We decided to take the 100 North to Rothesay, where we spotted the ROTHESAY MOTEL. We had a choice of a bigger motel room or a smaller little cabin. I opted for the cabin as it was so cute and cozy. It had one double bed and bathroom with shower. Also TV and Wi-Fi.
This will be a very short tip. But if you are planning on a visit to Canada and you like bed and breakfasts, it will be the best tip you'll find.
Go check out www.bbcanada.com
We used this site extensively in choosing accomodations for our Atlantic Canada visit. We were completely satisfied. The website offers a good look at what is available, and provides easy access for followup contact and booking.
Go get 'em.
Wow doesn't describe the incredible views from the "Hole in the Wall" campground on Grand Manan island, New Brunswick Canada. We stayed two nights on a "cliffside" campsite - very private with views of the ocean that stretched as far as you could see! They don't call it "cliffside" for nothing! We had a tent, but even a small camper could be pulled into sites. Equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and the most beautiful vistas imaginable. Bathrooms were campground quality, but at least they were close. If you needed to, flush toilets were available at the camp group check-in, complete with showers, washer/dryer and fire wood (for sale). We planned our morning "stop" out of the campground at the "amenities"!! The http://www.grandmanancamping.com/index.php website describes the campground and the wonderful hiking trails that run through them. You absolutely must stay here if you are on the island - SO worth it! Cheap, too - campsites were only $25 a night! Call iBasil in advance and make sure to ask for the cliff side sites (not meant for small children or pets - you'll see why!)
The view - nothing else to say.
This was such a nice place to stay . The service was the best and it is so conveniet you can park in fron and walk to the shopping and restaurants. There is a wonderful restaurant and pool. The breakfast buffet is great . We had the cold buffet for $7.95 and it had a nice variety and lots of tea!!\\\\We would stay here again!!
Following our August, 2002 hiking trip to the to top of Mount Carleton (the highest peak in the province), Sue and I headed south again on the 80 km (50 mile) paved highway drive to Plaster Rock, N.B. We had already booked a room there at the Tobique View Motel and, in our best old African tradition, it was not long before we were sitting on 'our' verandah having a "sundowner" before dinner. It was very relaxing as the Tobique flowed by, on its way to joining the mighty Saint John River. As we sat there, a group of outdoor adventurers paddled by in their canoe and we also watched both an Osprey and a Kingfisher dive into the river in front of us - without success!
Our room was quite satisfactory, with the usual amenities you would expect. After all our hiking and driving that day, we were quite contented to have our evening meal at their air-conditioned restaurant and lounge area, encased by picture windows framing the natural setting of the area. We quite enjoyed our stay here before making our leisurely drive back to Fredericton the next day along the scenic old secondary highways on both sides of the Saint John River.
Room rates start from C$50 and we paid C$125 for the room and our evening meal & drinks.
On my canoeing trips to Magaguadavic Lake in southwestern NB, I have spent a night or two on a small island located in the adjoining Little Magaguadavic Lake. The island has a small spot along its granite strewn shoreline where it is safe to bring a canoe in and there is a cleared area under the tall pine trees that makes life easy for you, as shown here after my paddling buddy and I managed to get our basic accommodations set-up.
Of course, there are many free Provincial Park camping sites similar to this that are open on a first-come first-served basis throughout the province. Back in the late 1970s and early 80s we covered a lot of them with our young children when they used to listen to what we told them to do!
The ground in this open area of the island is covered with pine needles from the huge Eastern White Pines that grow here and used to cover the entire province before the Royal Navy needed them for masts in the Napoleonic Wars! The tree limbs in this spot have been trimmed enough that you can enjoy a pleasant breeze off the lake as well as the view that it affords! There has never been anyone else camping there at the same time on any of my trips - so you have your own personal island for a night!
In the summer evenings, the Loons put on an amazing display with their eerie cries echoing across the Lake. On one of the occasions when I stayed there, I saw twelve Loons calling back and forth to each other! With the sun slowly setting, it was the essence of the Canadian wilderness - all there just for the taking! Camping on an island also has the advantage that you do not have to worry about bears and raccoons raiding your camp at night!
On our 1995 trip to Grand Manan with Sue's sister Pauline, we stayed at the Compass Rose B&B, about a 5 minute walk from where the 'Grand Manan V' ferry docks. This is a very friendly 6-room bed & breakfast establishment, open from May-October and it also has a restaurant that serves full course evening meals in the best Maritimes Provinces home-cooking tradition! When my biking buddy Russell and I returned in 2005, I was happy to see that it still seemed to be going strong, but we were into more 'rustic' stuff on that trip!
The Compass Rose has a very friendly atmosphere and provided a large comfortable room for the three of us. It was located at the rear on the ground floor and had sliding glass doors leading our onto a deck where we could sit in the sunshine and watch the harbour activities! The two beds were very comfortable (2nd photo) and the room had an attached bathroom as well as a large sitting area and outside deck. Their resident cat felt quite at home with us and wandered in off the deck to go to sleep on our knees as we sat around talking!
We have always enjoyed our B&B experiences no matter where in the world we have used them and the Compass Rose well upheld the tradition!
Sea-Land Adventures owns a secluded part of the coastline bordering on the Castalia Marsh, about half-way between North Head (where the ferry docks) and Grand Harbour. This company also owns and runs the whale-watching schooner D'Sonoqua which is available for groups, with a maximum of about 20 people, to head out for a close-up look at these magnificent creatures. Russ and I decided to book ourselves in here for our 2005 bike trip to the island - their website sounded interesting!
The facility is made up of a small number of cabins of different sizes and shapes, scattered about a treed landscape located between the main highway and the Castalia Marsh. The shacks have names like the Birch Yurt, Birdhouse, Frog Hollow, the Barn and Larch Grove. Because of the number of whale-watchers who were booked in, my buddy and I were given the bottom half of the two-story Larch Grove building, sharing a common shower with three construction workers (building a new house across the highway) who had the upper levels. The cost was US$60 per night for the two of us.
The 2nd photo of the living area of our part of Larch Grove shows Russell sitting by the wood stove in the corner. We had arrived on Grand Manan at 11 AM in light rain for our 20-minute bike ride to the accommodations. We had our yellow rain jackets on so did not get too soaked, except for our sneakers! Even though the rain stopped for good that afternoon, it remained foggy and we ended up not doing too much that first day. During the evening, I started the wood stove to dry out our sneakers overnight. When I checked the indoor/outdoor thermometer later it read 13 C outside and 29 C inside!! The sneakers were dry in the morning!
Larch Grove was very well outfitted. It had a TV and video player (no access to outside signals) as well as a whole bunch of videos on educational subjects, movies and home movies of whale-watching, etc. It also had a bookcase covering one wall that contained books covering every possible subject, fiction, National Geographic and Scientific American magazines and so on. We had one bedroom with a double bed, our own bathroom, a nice gas-stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, all the pots, pans, plates, glasses and utensils you would need. It was very comfortable indeed and we even had a view of the marsh (3rd photo)!
For our 2006 bicycle trip to Campobello Island, I had booked ahead for accommodations at the Friar's Bay Motor Lodge because it was beside the sea instead of the golf course, where the other main establishment was. This motel has a row of small adjoining units running down the hillside from it's main Office, but I elected to go for the more expensive Cottage located directly on the beach (C$102 or US$88, including taxes). I figured that, after a day of biking, it would be nicer to be able to relax by the water with a few cold beers in hand - and I was right! This is just another typical motel arrangement that you could find anywhere in the Province.
The Cottage is actually the former motel Restaurant, which has been retired and divided in half to provide two rooms for accommodations. Our half consisted of a single large room with a full kitchen, dining room and beds, as well a separate toilet/shower room. The large front window overlooked a very healthy looking stand of wild roses with a view out over the water to Lubec, Maine. Although we could not check-in until about 2-3 PM, the motel office kept our backpacks for us while we spent the day biking out and back from the very picturesque lighthouse at Head Harbour. No complaints about either the beds or the shower!
Located in the northeast corner of NB, Auberge Janine du Havre is is a high quality location located just as you drive across the bridge from Shippagan and arrive on Lameque Island. It is rated as a Canada Select 4-Star (5 maximum) and it certainly deserves it! Because the weather forecast was so changeable for our Miscou Island expedition, we decided to forego the camping and at least have a nice bed to return to after our planned 80-km (50-mile) bike trip through who knew what weather!
The quality of the rooms was very good and the beds were fantastic. Because it was outside of Shippagan itself, there was no noise to keep you awake either! The Inn has a nice outdoor swimming pool enclosed by a clear wind-break. The room price also included a continental breakfast of cereal, juice, fruit, toast and coffee/tea. Located along the channel that separates Lameque Island from the mainland, there were numerous birds available for viewing in the shallow waters along the shore. We paid about US$75/night including taxes.
There did not seem to be a great abundance of motels on Deer Island, so I had phoned the 45th Parallel (we are half way between the Equator and the North Pole here!) several weeks before our 2006 bike trip to make a reservation. We were later forced to cancel it as we had to post-pone our trip for one week, but there was still no problem in getting a room - even though it was the New Brunswick Day long-weekend.
I liked the place as soon as I saw this small motel, typical of the type of accommodation you might come across in many small NB communities. The 45th Parallel is located in the small village of Fairhaven on the west coast of the island and the interior of the restaurant/office had a warm decor with friendly staff.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and soon settled in. We had not done much homework at all and were a bit shocked to find that there were no liquor outlets on the island (things can be a bit conservative down in the southwest corner of NB!). However, we survived, downing a few beers with our evening meal on their outside deck and later listened to some other guests, from Newfoundland & Labrador, playing away on their instruments as they had a 'kitchen party' in (and out of) their room. They were even considerate enough to drop the noise level way down once it reached 10 PM! Because of the sorry state of the fisheries in N&L, there are many from that musical province now working in the fishery industry of southern New Brunswick.
We paid C$74 (US$65) including taxes for our room.
The Habitant is located along the French Acadian dominated east coast, beside Northumberland Strait. It had been quite some time since I had been in this part of New Brunswick, so ended up here in the town of Richibucto for the two visits I made to Kouchibouguac National Park in 2005. It is a fairly major establishment for such a small town and I get the impression that it was once one of the main places to stay in this neck of the woods. Now that the small towns along this part of the coast have been bypassed by a newer highway, their business has probably been somewhat affected, but it makes things less hectic.
The staff were very friendly, although the rooms themselves are pretty standard motel stuff - quite spacious with two very comfortable beds, A/C, a good TV and a nice bathroom. We took a look at their indoor swimming pool area and I was quite impressed with the interior decor - I think the kids would enjoy it if you brought them along! The rear of the motel included a vast green space of open lawns and ornamental trees. It was set up with various camping spots for either tents or RVs. There was also a nice covered wooden swinging-chair contraption that Russ and I sat out on after our first day of biking. It was great to relax in the summer air as we watched a dark mass of clouds and lightning strokes approaching. We beat a retreat to our room when the rain arrived and really started to pelt down!! We paid C$103 (US$82) per night including taxes.
Located near the Kouchibouguac National Park, Camping Daigle seemed like the perfect place to stop over on our way to Halifax but it turned out to be a big mistake. This campground is pretty big (over 200 campsites) and there is no enforced curfew (despite what they say) so let's just say we did not get much sleep that night. The campsites are not very well isolated and if you happen to be near the end of a row, it'll be quite a hike to make it to the restrooms, which is not very convenient with young kids at night.
There is a heated swimming pool
Located about 15 minutes away from Parlee Beach, Camping Beausejour is another great campground for people traveling with kids. There is a swimming pool, a nice playground, a recreation room, and there even is a golf driving range right next door. The washrooms are nice and clean, and you have access to a small convenience store and a snack bar. It's also very easy to get to Moncton and Dieppe from Camping Beausejour, which means you can spend one day at the beach and the next day at Magnetic Hill without having to switch campgrounds!
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