There are so many little harbors and coves and beaches to explore. We're doing the Yarmouth and the South Shore route in only 3 days with a rental car, but if we had the motorhome with us we could easily spend two weeks exploring this area.
We started the day yesterday morning walking around Yarmouth. This fishing town with a population of 6,500 or so is the largest community in the southern part of Nova Scotia. It's been a kind of a boom or bust town and the population hasn't changed much in the last hundred years. The current situation there is a bit of a bust.
Old ferry routes between Yarmouth and Bar Harbor or Portland, Maine.
There used to be a tourist ferry between Yarmouth and points in Maine. In fact, prior to the 1950's you could regularly take a boat of some kind to Boston or even New York City. The last ferry service was between Yarmouth and Bar Harbor, Maine, but it ended in December 2009 when the provincial government decided to end subsidies to the service. This of course put a huge economic drain on the area. There is a current movement to reinstate a ferry service in May of 2014, but we'll believe it when we see it.
The entrance to the unused ferry terminal.
We had seen a fall pumpkin/Halloween display at Blaine's Produce and Pumpkin Patch with a lot of fresh produce for sale. We went down there with grandson Cameron and he sure did enjoy it!
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That's a big pumpkin Grandpa!
All the fresh apples you could want, for $0.79 a pound!
Across the shore, there's an old shipwreck!
Not much left of this old boat.
We finished in Yarmouth and decided to drive to the very southern tip of Nova Scotia at Cape Sable Island. This is where Nova Scotia's tallest lighthouse is located, a 101 foot tall structure built in 1924. Cameron was sleeping at the time, so we didn't get out and go for a walk. It would have been to far to get to the lighthouse anyhow, but the beach looked interesting.
You can just see the lighthouse in the distance.
And if you look far enough south, you might be able to see...Bermuda!
Due south of the southern tip of Nova Scotia is Bermuda!
The Hawk Beach.
Continuing around the island, we came across the beautiful white sand beach. Too bad the temperature wasn't quite warm enough to spend more time there!
Ruth and Cameron exploring the beach.
We could spend a couple of days just on this island!
But, we don't have time for that this trip. We'll come back here with the motorhome someday.
Yesterday's drive, 156 kms (97 miles).