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Sackville Waterfowl Center

Fun day today!  We only drove about 100 miles total, with fun stops along the way.

After restocking at Walmart, we drove 5 miles to Sackville where they are reknown for their Waterfowl Park.  The people, gift shop, boardwalks and views throughout the free park, and the weather were all delightful. 

We enjoyed the quaint, small, untouristy town of Sackville, sampling homemade fudge, pizza, and seafood along the way.  The seafood chowder and fish & chips were terrific.  We thought the haddock was really good- it's the first time I think we've eaten it.

Into Nova Scotia we went!  The border is just south of the Confederation Bridge to PEI.

Eating our way through Sackville
  We couldn't see the bridge though from the highway. 

Nova Scotia Visitor's Center was hopping like the high season that we are now in.  While nice, they were one of the least prepared centers we have found with lack of the Provincial Parks info, had given away their last handout on dump stations, etc.  However, they did try to help as best they could.  We later asked Ned lto swing by the airport NS info cente tomorrow to obtain the Prov. Parks booklet.  It is otherwise difficult to determine if the parks have camping.  We've been spoiled by highly effective  welcome centers like the one in Carolton as you head into New Brunswick from Quebec.

We had to pinch ourselves that we're finally in beautiful Nova Scotia - a real dream come true!

On the highway further south was a sign for the "Blueberry Capital of Canada"- Well!  We had to stop for that!  Sure enough, there was an enormous blueberry statue with which to take stupid pictures, which we did!

Oxford was an adorable one-road town with 2 wild blueberry factories.

Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of Canada!
  We visited "information" which was a small room at City Hall where they explained how they develop, encourage, and harvest the wild blueberries.  Very interesting!

Then we skipped on up to a classic old store and bought blueberry things:  tea cozy, soap, notepads, and the kind owner's Dad gave us an ornament of the blueberry statue in town!  We had a grand time talking with him and he just made our afternoon.

The Truro Walmart is quiet tonight- we've shopped, had showers, called Ned, eaten dinner.  Very mundane, but necessary life maintenance activities.  Still need to research our many options- there are Highland Festivals going on next weekend, the Lobster Festival in Shediac NB, a huge concert in PEI (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, etc).   So much fun, so little time!

Can't wait to get Ned tomorrow!  Yahoo!

alanhill says:
Loving the pictures and narrative! Glad you're having a great time. Hugs to all :)
Grandpa Hill
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
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Sackville Waterfowl Center
Sackville Waterfowl Center
Eating our way through Sackville
Eating our way through Sackville
Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of C…
Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of …
Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of C…
Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of …
Sackville Waterfowl Center
Sackville Waterfowl Center
Eating our way through Sackville- …
Eating our way through Sackville-…
Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of C…
Oxford, NS- Blueberry Capital of …
Yummy seafood chowder in NB!
Yummy seafood chowder in NB!
Sackville Waterfowl Center
Sackville Waterfowl Center
NS Info Center
NS Info Center
Wild blueberry info in Oxford, NS
Wild blueberry info in Oxford, NS
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