Westboro Beach, Ottawa, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

We hit the road fairly early yesterday, about 9:00am. We took the long route that runs close to Halifax because it's a nicer road and it's actually about the same amount of time as the shorter route. I expected a bit more traffic, but the roads were actually fairly quiet.

Nice 4 lane highway most of the way. We decided to take the fast route because we want to spend as much of our time as possible on Cape Breton Island.

As we got close to Antigonish, we took a little detour to Beaver Mountain Provincial Park. This is just a day use area, however at this time of year you would have no problem dry camping overnight. There was nobody there when we got there, and only one other vehicle when we left. They have lots of nice hiking trails, and even a paved one for riding bikes, rollerblading, or wheelchairs. (GPS 45.567414,-62.154143) At the bottom of the hill is a speedway with a huge parking lot that would also be fine for an overnight boondocking spot.

Out for a hike at Beaver Mountain. Lots of trees down across the trails. My hood is up because there were a few mosquitoes. Not real bad, but enough to put the hood up.

More trees down across the trail.

Walking on the paved section. Things are sure green though!

Then we went to our couchsurfing friends just this side of Antigonish. We had met Charlie and Ronnie and their three kids when we were through here 3 years ago, so it was nice to catch up with them. Had a nice supper with them and went for a walk in the area. Charlie is a photographer and keeps a website here.

Parked up at Charlie and Ronnie's house near Antigonish

We did about 250 kms (155 miles), all of it on the main highway.

Today, we will make it onto Cape Breton Island. I bet we can find some little fishing harbour to overnight at tonight!


  1. Thank you for "friending" us! I would love to travel in Canada, I'm originally from Grand Portage MN, right on the Canadian border and have many friends and relatives "Way Nort", as we say....
    I look forward to reading your adventures and seeing your lovely pictures!
    Full Time Road Warriors

  2. Like the header picture, plenty of room to park, and that huge porch. Just a great looking country home.Looks like he has plenty of grass to cut. Enjoy your ride to the Island , Donna & I sure do. Se safe out there. Sam & Donna....

  3. What a beautiful place on your header picture.

  4. This is so much fun for me. To be able to see areas of Canada I've never seen before. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Have a great time.

  5. Canada looks great! Summer will come sometime. I would talk about the weather here in Southern California but it would be like bragging about being tall.

  6. Lovely home and I just love the huge porch! One day, if we ever build on the beach site I will have a porch of some sort. Enjoy your drive today!

  7. Love all the pictures today. Your friends sure have a nice place. Stay safe.

  8. You haven't mentioned lately how the air bags are holding up. Enquiring minds want to know. (man that's a stupid expression)
    Just curious of course.
    Safe travels.

  9. Always nice to meet up with people along the way that you have met before, maybe the bugs be gone soon.

  10. enjoy your time with your friends!..looks like a great parking space!!

  11. Please ask the Mozzies to leave by the end of July!!!! Les

  12. this is the only way I seem to be able to post a comment?? Les

  13. Doyle and Terri...Hope you enjoy our travels.

    Sam and Donna...He has lots of grass to cut!

    Karen and Al...Definitely a nice spot. Lots of room for the kids to play.

    Jim and Sandie...Hope you enjoy our visit around the Cabot trail.

    Dave...lol, we can just imagine the weather in California.

    Contessa...They only just built the deck at the end of last year, they haven't really got to enjoy it yet this year because of the weather.

    Fresh Garden...Welcome aboard.

    pidge...Thank you.

    Bob...The airbags are holding up great!

    George and Suzie...The bugs were pretty good today. Probably to cold for them!

    Sue and Doug...It was great to catch up with them.

    Les...We've been asking them to leave since they arrived. Hopefully they will disappear by then, but don't hold your breath. If I use Internet Explorer that is the only way I can comment too. Not having that problem with Chrome though.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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