American Locations 30 – Campobello Island 2

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

The first thing we did after getting settled into our camp site was go see the whales. We had heard they were passing the north-eastern end of the island, so we drove to the very tip.

There is a little island at the very tip, to which you can walk at low tide. See the stairs? They mostly disappear at high tide.

At low tide you can cross over to the isle on dry rock.

The view from down there.

There is a lighthouse on the isle.

And a lot of birds.

There were plenty of boats out in the bay between US and Canada. Such as this fishing boat and tour boat.

There were also several kayaks in the middle of the bay. With a heavy fog bank rolling in. It became a race. The kayakers were trying to stay ahead of the fog, which was threatening to engulf them. They would have been totally lost, with several large boats moving around in the water unable to see them. That would have been scary. But they made it back to land before the fog had them.

We saw several dozen right whales. They surfaced so fast and unpredictably I couldn’t get any photos of them. We were lucky a whale scientist was there to view them, also. She pointed out the best places to look for them to surface. It seems birds follow them around, so when you spied a flock hovering just above the water there was a good chance of a whale coming up there.

We went there several times, so we got to see the tide coming in, too. The tide rushes in like waves and the land bridge to the isle the lighthouse is on is completely submerged.

The flow between the lighthouse isle and the bigger island was very turbulent.

As you can see by the water line on the rocks, this is still nowhere near high tide.

Of course, I had to pose at such a picturesque locale.

We made 2 trips to this end of the island while we were camping there. It was a beautiful place, and we saw plenty of whales.

Next Location – Campobello Island 3

American Locations 29 – Campobello Island

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

You can see the town of Lubec, across the bay from our campground just north of Eastport, with the naked eye (after the fog has lifted).

But to get there it is a 38 mile drive all the way around the bay. We drove north off Moose Island on 190 onto Carlow Island, then on north into Pleasant Point, on the southern tip of a peninsula. Coming off the peninsula, we turned south on Hwy. 1. We made this drive at low tide, and saw some impressive mud flats.

Hwy. 1 turned west around the northern reaches of Sipp Bay, then turned south around the headwaters of Denny’s River. We continued south along Whiting Bay all the way to the town of Whiting, where we turned east onto 189. This we took onto Lubec Neck, and on into the town of Lubec.

Lubec is situated on the tip of the Neck across from Campobello Island, which is part of Canada. We crossed the short International Bridge.

We showed our passports to a Canadian border guard, who asked only a single question – what was our business in Canada? We told him tourism, and he sent us on with a ‘have a nice day’. Getting back into the country was a different matter. The American border official asked a bunch of questions and searched our motor home.

We drove straight to Herring Cove Provincial Park and secured a camp site.

This was a beautiful park. Much of it could be accessed by unpaved roads which were in mint condition, wide and smooth.

One place we drove to was the waterfront on Herring Cove.

This beach faced the Atlantic Ocean and not the Bay of Fundy, so it was not subject to the enormous tides.

But much of the park could only be reached by hiking.

The forest was beautiful.

And the trails were well-maintained.

Many entrancing remote sights.

I hiked at every opportunity while there.

But there were other things to see on the island besides this park.

Next Location – Campobello Island 2

American Locations 28 – Eastport 2

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

            After leaving Seaview Campground, we drove into Eastport. It being a small town, we parked the motor home and walked around. The first thing to catch my eye was this attractive statue.

There were other statues.

This drawing in a storefront window also caught my eye.

Of course, we had to sample the local seafood for lunch. It couldn’t get any fresher than this place. They scooped it out of the water, cooked it, and served it, all within 24 hours.

Well-fed, we strolled around the waterfront. As you can see, it was low tide.

And the main street.

Later that afternoon we drove north out of Eastport.

Next Location – Campobello Island

American Locations 27 – Eastport

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

Finished hiking at Shackford State Park, we drove across Moose Island to the east shore, where we found a private campground (Seaview Campground) on the waterfront. It was beautiful.

There was a small island accessible only at low tide. This was part of the Bay of Fundy, which has those incredible tides that shoot up and down fifteen feet, for a full thirty-foot range, so you have to keep a close eye on them.

Across the bay was Canada.

Which was hard to see at times because of the fog.

This is looking back to the town of Eastport, on the American side.

At the campground there was a metal pier you could walk onto.

Which gave a good perspective of the campground. You can see our motor home peeking out above the black pickup pulling a large trailer, which is parked behind a red car. Our awning is out.

Both days we were there Canada was shrouded in fog.

A lot of birds (Canadian geese?) were in the water close to Canada.

Low tide at the campground.

See the end of the pier? It reaches the water at high tide.

What Canada looks like once the fog has lifted.

Another foggy morning.

Some people have to work in this. That is a shrimp boat going out.

While eating dinner in the campground’s restaurant I noticed a painting on the wall of a small boat caught in a whirlpool. I commented on it to our waitress, and she informed me there was an actual whirlpool in the Bay of Fundy. Intrigued, I Googled it and found this online article. The photo was downloaded from the Internet, as I have never actually seen the whirlpool (and hope I never do from this close vantage).

OLD SOW WHIRLPOOL

One of the most dramatic demonstrations of the power of the tides is found in the Western Passage of the Passamaquoddy Bay towards the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. “Old Sow” is the largest whirlpool in the western hemisphere, the second largest in the world – second only to the Maelstrom Whirlpool of Norway.

Old Sow Whirlpool can be seen from the shores just off the southwestern tip of Deer Island, New Brunswick, toward Eastport, Maine, on the incoming tide; however, on the outgoing tide it occurs (and is generally less pronounced) to the south of Deer Island, near Indian Island, NB.

This powerful whirlpool is formed when the rising tide passes both sides of Indian Island, takes a sharp right turn around the southern tip of Deer Island to flood the Western Passage. A current of over 6 knots (11 km/hr or 6.9 mi/hr) has been experienced off Deer Island Point. In addition to the waters pressing through the narrow straight, the waters are forced along the peaks and valleys of the ocean floor – a trench as deep as 122 meters (400 feet), followed by a reduction in water depth to 36 meters (119 feet) and again followed by a depth of over 107 meters (350 feet). The current of inflowing tributaries within the Passamaquoddy Bay add to the already busy waters.

Old Sow gets its name, not from the sound, but (although the origin of the name is unknown) most likely from the word “sough” (pronounced “suff”). The meaning of sough is: a type of drain or a sucking sound. It is plausible that, long ago, people referred in writing to the whirlpool as a sough, and those not familiar with the word, but familiar with “plough,” mispronounced it as “sow” rather than “suff,” and the name stuck.

Old Sow is reported to be most active about 3 hours before high tide. This activity continues for about two hours and takes the form of a collection of small gyres, troughs, spouts and holes and on the rare occasion will form one large funnel. This area, which has been reported to be as wide as 76 meters (250 feet) in diameter, can best be described as turbulent water. However, during spring tides (high water tide caused by a full or new moon) combined with high winds or a tidal surge will increase Old Sow’s activity causing more intense funnels and formations.

After 2 days here, we packed up and drove into the town of Eastport.

Next Location – Eastport 2

American Locations 26 – Shackford Head State Park

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

After returning from our morning hike to see what the bay looked like at low tide, we drove out of the park onto Hwy. 1 and headed north, then east. The route looped us around Denny’s Bay, then East Bay, then Cobstock Bay, which were all inlets off the Bay of Fundy. Yet another beautiful drive. We skirted the waterfront most of the drive. At Perry we turned south onto 190. At Pleasant Point we crossed over onto Moose Island. At the southern end of the island we entered Shackford Head State Park.

We walked down to see the waterfront.

Then set off on a hike through the woods.

Which passed through some wetlands, where there was a boardwalk.

The trail led to several vistas out over the bay.

See the circular constructs out in the water? Here’s a close-up.

We were told those were salmon farms. See the bridge in the distance in the next photo?

Here’s a close-up.

It crosses the bay into Canada. To the right of the bridge is the city of Eastport, in the U.S.

I hiked to other vistas.

I hiked down to the water.

Yet I was chicken to get into the water. Too cold.

So I just hiked along the edge.

Then back up. See the boat?

I’m glad some people are working and keeping the country going.

Then it was back through the woods.

Back through the wetlands.

And back to the parking lot to continue the trip.

Next Location – Eastport