7.10.10 Ferry to NS & Antigonish Festival

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7.10.10 Ferry to NS & Antigonish Festival

We left our Charlottetown campground and drove 30 miles south to Wood Island.

The ferry between PEI and Nova Scotia runs.  Until 1999, the ferry or by air were the only ways to get to PEI.  Now that the Confederation Bridge is there, that's another option.  But we wanted to take the ferry to keep from backtracking.

Can you believe we made the 11:15 am ferry?  We couldn't believe it! 

Within an hour and a half, we were driving off that nice, big cruise boat into Nova Scotia, near Pictou. 

The Highland Festival in Antigonish was our goal.

Ferry from PEI to NS
  It has been running since the 1800's and is the largest outside of Scotland.  When we arrived in about an hour, we had a predicament solved by the nice ticket lady.

Basically, Saturday tickets would run $65 for our family, but we had less than 2 hours to experience the games.  That just seemed too pricey for our short visit.  So the ticketeer recommended we just pay $30 (just the 2 parents) and enjoy it.  Wasn't that nice?  So we did!

The games included essentially 3 areas:  young Scottish dancers in plaid skirts, big strong men in kilts throwing logs and participating in tug-a-war and similar competitions, and bagpipe and percussion bands competing. Then there were Scottish crafts, kilts, festival food, and local foods around the perimeter.  It was a whole lot of fun!  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and thanked the ticketeer on our way out.

Leaving Wood Island (see the Roadtreck in the picture?)

We headed then back toward Halifax.  Ned's flight is around noon tomorrow.  Blah!  But he found a great campground about a half hour north that is FULL of families and kids, the pool swamped with them, and a whole schedule of activities.  In fact, Ned and the kids are currently at the "Kid Idol" program, with a kid dance after that, and an adult dance after that! 

Whispering Pines Campground is right here in Schubiachadie where the Tidal Bores are for the Fundy Bay.  There are boat tours you can take.  I must need to do so, because I cannot figure out what the lure is for watching the tides come in and out.  Obviously need to read up on it.

Today's driving was like driving in a tornado, it was SO windy.  I though Ciao's transmission was going out at one point, but it turned out to be a gusty headwind.  Ciao just crossed 149,000 miles today and we're over 4000 miles on our trip so far.

We're really sad about Ned heading home tomorrow, but we had a terrific week and recounted all our fun.  I'm glad he got to see all three of the Maritimes provinces (NB, NS & PEI), experience the Lobster Festival, the Highland Festival, and some nice people and local foods.  The terrific weather has been a treat too.

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Loading onto the Ferry from PEI to…
Loading onto the Ferry from PEI t…
Ferry from PEI to NS
Ferry from PEI to NS
Leaving Wood Island (see the Roadt…
Leaving Wood Island (see the Road…
Lovely and hilly Nova Scotia
Lovely and hilly Nova Scotia
Dancers stage at Highland Festival
Dancer's stage at Highland Festival
Games at Highland Festival
Games at Highland Festival
Bagpipe bands at Highland Festival
Bagpipe bands at Highland Festival
Bagpipe bands at Highland Festival
Bagpipe bands at Highland Festival
Venders at Highland Festival
Venders at Highland Festival
Ice cream at Highland Festival
Ice cream at Highland Festival
Activity schedule at Whispering Wa…
Activity schedule at Whispering W…
Ned and Lia play at campground
Ned and Lia play at campground
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