6.29.10 UNESCO Miguasha and Into New Brunswick!

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UNESCO plaque at Miguasha

6.29.10 UNESCO Miguasha and Into New Brunswick

 

Our private campground in Nouvelle was perfectly situated near the cutoff road to the UNESCO site.  In 5 miles we were there!

 

Parc de Miguasha is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it is the world’s largest collection of fossils from a certain prehistoric time.  http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/686

 

A museum with hands on exhibits and a personal 15-minute introduction by a Ranger provided excellent information on the fossils.  Then a self-guided walk along the beach allowed us to view an excavation work-in-progress site.

 

We also enjoyed the hike back to the Visitor’s Center via the forest on top of the cliffs.  Lovely walk, even in the rain. We love our foul-weather gear!

 

A leisurely drive through lovely countryside filled our second rainy day.

Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
 

 

As we crossed the bridge into New Brunswick, we breathed relief to return to English-speaking territory.  Actually, NB is the ONLY bilingual province in Canada.  Everything is in both English and French.  About a third of the residents speak French, but most know some English too.  Generally, if you’re in a touristy area, they know both. 

 

However, the reality we’ve found is that if you are talking to regular service-providers like gas station attendants, grocery clerks, etc, they are not necessarily bilingual.  Someone nearby usually is though.  I think embarrassment in poor language skills is universal, just like public speaking.

 

We parked overnight with other RV’s at the Bathurst Walmart, where I spied a European RV from Switzerland.  The nice couple shipped their rig into Halifax, Nova Scotia had recently collected it there.

Bridge from Quebec Province in Gaspe' Penninsula to New Brunswick
  They plan to now visit with their daughter, who married a Quebecois (and now lives in Quebec).  They plan to ship their coach back to Switzerland in September.  It was fun talking with them.

 

The Bathurst Walmart closed about 10pm, as it was not a Super-Walmart, so all was quiet early. 

 

Driving into NB means we are now on Atlantic time (an hour ahead of Eastern). 

 

We’re now in the Canadian Maritimes!  Excited about that!

 

We slept soundly as a gentle rain lulled us to a cozy sleep. 

 

 

 

 

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UNESCO plaque at Miguasha
UNESCO plaque at Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Bridge from Quebec Province in Gas…
Bridge from Quebec Province in Ga…
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Archeologist working at Miguasha
Archeologist working at Miguasha
Lots of rain
Lots of rain
UNESCO site of Miguasha
UNESCO site of Miguasha
UNESCO site of Miguasha
UNESCO site of Miguasha
UNESCO site of Miguasha
UNESCO site of Miguasha
UNESCO site of Miguasha- nice rang…
UNESCO site of Miguasha- nice ran…
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Does Lia spy a fossil at UNESCO si…
Does Lia spy a fossil at UNESCO s…
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
Hike at UNESCO site of Miguasha
New Brunswick
New Brunswick
Visitors Center help- excellent!
Visitor's Center help- excellent!
Our neighbors from Switzerland
Our neighbors from Switzerland
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photo by: TessaHill