Back in Nova Scotia after 37 years; lobster for lunch
At 60 feet, the world’s largest fiddle is located at the Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia, celebrates the Celtic culture of Nova Scotia.
It’s not a real lighthouse but a small version on the grounds of Arm of Gold Campground, North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
It was 37-years ago when we last visited Nova Scotia. We were driving an automobile and ended up here, quite by accident, after visiting Maine and decided at the spur of the moment to extend the trip a few more days to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
We were blown away with the beauty of the coastline, the cold water shellfish and Cape Briton Island’s highlands area and promised to return. Nova Scotia was just becoming a tourist destination for adventurous travels in the late 70’s. There were small mom and pop motels, cozy little tourist cabin, family owned restaurants and attendants that filled our car with fuel at service stations. As I recall, only Halifax and maybe a couple large cities, boasted Holiday Inns type motels and shopping malls. In fact, Nova Scotia in the late 70’s reminded me of the states in the 50’s and 60’s. Unfortunately, we were in a big hurry back then and didn’t have the spare time to really absorb the province.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is a 106-year-old Parish church a few blocks from the Arm of Gold Campground.
Our transportation this time is a two-year old 32-foot Winnebago Aspect motorhome. We are retired, seasoned RV veterans with 47 states visited behind us and seeing Nova Scotia at a very leisure pace. Next up is Newfoundland which is why we are in North Sydney, Nova Scotia at Arm of Gold Campground and only about two miles from the ferry terminal where we will soon board an oceangoing boat to Newfoundland/Labrador. Our goal is to spend a month exploring Newfoundland and getting our fill of cold water lobster, scallops, clams, mussels and cod fish.
While waiting for the ferry we will drive the tow car and tour the northeastern portion of Nova Scotia which includes Cape Briton Island.
Enjoying fresh lobster at the campground in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Downtown Sydney from the second floor of the Cruise Pavilion building.
In the meantime, we found a fish market in North Sydney selling fresh off the boat lobsters. They cooked a couple live 1 1/2 pound “bugs” which made for a nice meal on a picnic table outside the RV at Arms of Gold campground.
NEXT: Getting up high in the Highlands.