Saturday, July 29, 2006

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Now in North Sydney waiting for the M.V. Caribou to take us to Newfoundland. Last night we stopped at the EconoLodge at Canso Causeway at the gateway to Cape Breton.
I'm thinking of producing a guide book to Tourist Information Centres, as we seem to spend a significant portion of each tour in them. There is a mighty centre as you cross from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia - more "joxploitation" as a girl in a kilt was playing the bagpipes. We meandered along checking out the old railway stations at Pugwash and Tatamagouche, and visiting the Industrial Museum at Stellarton [geared to a general audience rather than hard core history buffs].
This morning we checked out the Bras D'Or Lake in pouring rain, running off the tarmac in places and taking in the old Orangedale Station Museum, a stop on a previous tour. We were sad to confirm the demise of the Bras D'Or Train which used to run excursions between Halifax and Sydney - it was too good to last. Thank goodness we rode on it while we had the chance.
North Sydney has a neat local history museum near the ferry dock - ideal for when, like us, your ferry is delayed.

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