Wednesday, 6 July 2005

East Coast Vacation - Day 6

Truro, NS to Digby, NS.

No real plans today - a 300 km drive today. The weather forecast for today is rain during the afternoon. After filling up at the continental breakfast, we got Corbin ready for one last water slide session while Adam loaded up the van. We checked out around 10 am or so and headed out to Digby, NS. We decided on the scenic route - Highway 215 aka the Glooscap Trail (which takes you from Truro to Windsor). Along the way we saw the vast tidal bore at
Shubenacadie River at low tide - an amazing site - an huge flat area of red. We could only imagine what high tide looks like.

Near Walton we stopped at the side of the road to watch the tide come in. It was neat to watch the small creek reverse flow and the water slowly rise. At Walton, we took a small detour to visit the Walton Lighthouse. One has to climb very steep staircases (almost ladders) to reach the top for a great view of Walton Harbour and the Bay of Fundy. By the time we left the lighthouse, a steady drizzle was coming down. We arrived in Windsor - the one in Nova Scotia. Corbin was initially confused but quickly caught on that it was not his Windsor.
Heading towards Digby, it started to rain more. The big problem was the spray from the vehicles. It was not raining hard enough to clear off the mist. Adam eventually pulled off Highway 101 and took the more scenic Highway 1. We passed the Annapolis Tidal Generating Station where the power of the tide is used to generate electricity.

Arriving on the "outskirts" of Digby, we were greeted by a Wal-Mart, Sobey's, Atlantic Superstore and a Canadian Tire. Who knew Digby was such a commercial centre? We arrived at the Admiral Digby Inn tired but safe. The Admiral Digby Inn is located a mere 1/4 mile from the ferry dock and about 2 miles from downtown Digby. It is a two-storey motel where one drives up to their room. The rooms were clean and well-appointed. After unpacking, we headed into Digby to have a nice supper at the Fundy Restaurant. Adam ordered grilled scallops (a first for him), Tina had haddock and Corbin had the usual hamburger and french fries. The scallops were to die for. Sauteed in a garlic sauce they were firm but flaky. The baked potato was perfect. A great dinner at a reasonable price - you cannot go wrong with fresh seafood. We strolled the main drag and headed back to hotel.

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