I asked in the preceding topic whether it is doable to travel from Baddeck to Charlottetown, Green Gables to Moncton. in one day? The answer is:Yes, provided you have the patience of Job in driving from morning to sundown.
We started our 5th day in Nova Scotia as we left our hotel in Baddeck at 8:30am. It was a sunny nice day compared to the previous four wet days. The southbound 105 was also scenic because Bra d'Orr Lake. We have to omit Iona and Highland Village, I heard it is a beautiful island within the lake. As we continue driving south, we noticed that everybody stops at Canso Causeway, it is a tiny strip of land that crosses the sea connecting two main islands Cape Breton and Northumberland Shores and/or rest of Nova Scotia. This is a very busy spot, saw some boats ferrying commercial goods in barges and small ships. What I have observed Cape Breton is preserved place for tourist, there are less inhabitants and manufacturing activities in the area. Once you get to Antigonish, it is more populated, more industrialized than their northern neighbors. I heard there used to be a Paper Manufacturing plant in Cape Breton which closed permanently because it could not compete with cheaper papers from Asia, people also left the islands and tourist industry became the main source of income of Cape Breton.
Going back to our driving tour, we stopped in Antigonish at the favorite coffee shop of Nova Scotians - Tim Horton. After few sips of coffee and bite of donuts we continue our journey to Caribou Ferry transferring from main road to another highway. it is a leisure driving in Canada without much stress compared to our impatient zigzagging motorists back home. Well, comparatively there is less traffic even though roads are much narrower than California freeways.
As soon as we arrived the Ferry point, every vehicle are lined up in rows for buses, commercial trucks, motor homes then cars. There is a kiosk nearby, (as Ken described in his reply) some drivers leave their cars on the row since there is no sight of the Ferry. At the kiosk, there is wash rooms, phone booths, tables where they served light lunch and vending machines everywhere. People congregate there and get acquainted with one another. One thing I loved in Canada, you can also use their wash rooms without paying. In Europe's WC, pay first before entering. In USA, rest rooms are for customers use only except for chain restaurants.
After 45 minutes wait, the Ferry arrived, you'd know if it was coming nearer because there would be surged from crowd to get back to their cars. It is like the Indianapolis race, rev up all engines and ready to go board the ferry. At the ferry, we had time to chat with fellow passengers for more one and half hour ride exchanged notes on our experiences on places visited. Foods were also being sold at the boat. TV's everywhere and chairs to slouch, kids busy with their electronic gadgets while older group start conversations . When we got to PEI, everyone was eager to get off the boat. Prince Edward Island is an idyllic place with green fields, rich vegetation and nice homes and mansion along the way. I guess, these are homes of opulent Canadians who have their vacation homes in this place because it is very costly to cross the island if you are just an ordinary employee working in the mainland in Nova Scotia. There are some businesses within the island, manufacturing activities plus a university in Charlottetown. It is also interesting to know the Prince Edward Island was where Canada was first discovered.
In our case, our main interest is to see the house of Matthew and his sister, Marilla Cuthbert at Green Gables. They all became famous when they adopted Anne. Everyone wants to see Anne's Green Gables house near Cavendish Beach. All of these characters were created by the author, Lucy Montgomery in her famous novel, Anne's Green Gable which is a HS book in the states. Unfortunately, the address cannot be pinpointed by GPS. The street signs are small so it is hard to follow the numbers indicated on the map. I stopped at the corner of Hunter River and 2 and asked some locals how to get to Green Gable? People are nice to give you directions.
Well, finally we found Anne's house and her favorite place the lake of shinning water. I didn't see a lake but a huge parking lot in front of a museum and a gift shop. (Just kidding) Of course, it has been transformed and the novel itself was based on the life of the author, Lucy describing her life in the 20th Century. This is a nice place to visit but I advised future travelers to read the novel first, it will be doubly interesting because you would recognize the characters mentioned in the book, Matthew's barn, carriage, Anne's reddish long hair, her majestic home and their kitchen where so many plots happened in that book. If you did not read the book, you'll still enjoy the beautiful country home in Prince Edward Island with endless romantic landscape. I just wonder whether how it is during Winter? It could also be a lonely place. Anne's place is not too far from Cavendish Beach, but I didn't see any beach goers, well Summer is over.
By 3pm, we're done with our visit with Anne's Green Gables and headed to Confederation Bridge. Again, our GPS led us the shortest route but it leads you to circle in the neighborhood and did not recognize unpaved and isolated roads, no choice but to follow the lady voice or else we get lost entirely. This could be tricky and scarry at night when you depend on moonlight. We got to Confederation Bridge, a great marvels of engineering worth paying C$44.00 Canadian to cross the bridge. It was a long one, then it crosses swampy places reminds me of the Everglades in Florida. We took Highway 15 on the way to New Brunswick the roads are fair, nothing really interesting because it is a diversion road that omits the town, they could have constructed this diversion on seaside to attract more businesses and motorists. Just my two cents. Well, by 4:30 pm we reached our Rodd Moncton Hotel. We noticed a pathway near the river at the back of the hotel. Later, we found out that this river comes from the waters of the Bay of Fundy. We learned from hotel staff the hours of low and high tides, a great natural phenomenon that is unheard of, where there are two tides displacement that happens everyday. A tidal bore or strong current coming in happens twice a day and recedes again after few hours. I have a ridiculous analogy that these tides work for the City of Moncton for free, they come and go at specific hours, tourists comes to this town just to witness the wonders of Bay of Fundy. Despite of its frequent occurrence, the tides don't destroy the river bed nor erode the nearby land. No sink holes nor tsunami, just tides that come and go at this corner of the earth. isn't that great?