Day 11-13 Caraquet, New Brunswick   Leave a comment

We followed along the water as we drove around the Gaspe Peninsula over to New Brunswick. You can’t find a more beautiful drive than that. Below right, you can see how the “lupins” grow wild.

 
     
 

Pictured above left is a campground with water on both sides! Can’t get any more scenic.

You never know what you’ll see on the road. As we arrived in New Brunswick, we had to fight a scooter for our lane.

Thank goodness it was not one of our guests!

We spent our only full day in Caraquet visiting an Acadian Village. Between 1755 and 1763 an important part of the Acadian population was deported to the English Colonies because they refused to take an unconditional oath of allegiance to the British King.

For those who didn’t want to walk the grounds, there was a horse drawn carriage ride. One of our guests decided to hike up her pants to get the attention of the driver so that he would stop and pick them up.

While over at the barn, we have guests trying to be in the cereal commercial.

WHAT A GROUP WE HAVE!

As we walked through the town, the animals seemed to come right up to Bill.

 

I thought the sheep was going to climb right over the fence to get to Bill.

The Acadians fished in order to make ends meet. Most of the big companies did not pay their
workers in cash. Instead they gave them tokens that could be used only in the company’s stores. The Acadians were at the mercy of these monopolies.

The General Store seemed pretty small from the outside, but they sure had quite an assortment of things to sell inside.

Shore fishing produced clams, mussels, algae, and smelt. Coastal fishing (in vessels for less than 24 hours) produced lobster, scallops, oysters, mackerel, herring, and certain species of groundfish such as cod. Mid-shore fishing (slightly larger vessels out for 3 to 4 days) produced lobster, crab, shrimp, herring and mackerel. Offshore fishing done mainly off the Gulf of St. Lawrence with a base port in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia produced groundfish, shrimp, and scallops.

It took some time for the Acadians to learn that all of these species were edible. For a long time lobster, spring herring, and crab were used only to fertilize gardens! Then it was only the poor who ate them.

Different species of fish required various methods of dressing, but the most widely used were salting, drying, and freezing.

Cod was the most popular fish and could be stored up to one year after salting. Lobster was canned by the pound, half pound, or quarter pound. Fresh fish included salmon and herring was most often salted. Mackerel, haddock, halibut and eel were also caught.

They made all of their clothes from cotton, and needed to waterproof hats and aprons for the fisherman. They boiled them in linseed oil which made the clothes waterproof. The yellow “slickers” that were so popular when I was a kid probably came from the Acadians because the coloring is very similar.

The broom maker makes his brooms out of wood, not straw, but wood.

Most of them led a very simple life. We visited a few of the homes.

 
     
 

It seemed to be lunch time and as we visited each house, we could smell the aroma of food before we entered and inside families were eating food prepared the same way they would have done it in the 1700s.

The house pictured below has much of the original furniture as well as the dishes.

The nicest home we visited was owned by the magistrate, who had 7 children. Seven children was actually a small family back then. Many of the families had 10 or more.

While we were there, we saw a group of “day camp” children dressed in 1700 clothing on their way to town to get their picture taken.

The blacksmith was busy making square nails.

We watched as he made one nail. We should have timed him. He can’t make too many of those in one day.

The town of course had a one-room school house and a print shop.

 

It took the printshop a whole week to typeset 4 pages!

I personally liked the old gas station. I don’t know why, but I’ve always thought the old gas pumps were so cool looking.

Covered bridges are also one of my favorites. This one had an interesting sign. “$20 fine for driving on the bridge faster than a walk.

As we walked through the bridge, we passed into the 1930s, where we saw a sawmill, a tin shop, a shoemaker, and a barrel maker.

 
     
 

Every town has to have a liquor store. We thought it was a bar, but the clerk explained that a bar would have a railing on the counter edge so that if you drink too much, you could grab it. HAHA Don’t know if that is true or not, but it sounds possible.

Bill is trying to order, but the clerk is explaining that the liquor he sells is for ailments. This is so the patrons aren’t scorned upon by the preacher. I’m sure Bill will come up with an ailment.

The grandest of all was the hotel, which is currently in business and you can actually stay the night.

Inside, we found a barber shop, sitting room, and bar.

 

At the 1930’s general store, we found the cutest little 10 year old boy. He spoke very good English and French. He reminded me so much of my grandson, same personality and mannerisms. He loved to pose for us. While he thought we were busy with something else, we found him making faces in the mirror. I couldn’t resist snapping a few quick pictures. I wish I got his expression when he found out we were taking his picture.

 
     
 
     
 

He insisted on taking us over to the train depot to show us the caboose.

 

He enjoyed posing for us and showing us how they used to hook the caboose onto the train. He was so cute, I would have taken him home if I could.

We think he was the most photographed person on location and he enjoyed every minute of it.

The drive “to” PEI is not quite as beautiful as the Gaspe, but we love it because we love PEI. As we passed through Shediac, New Brunswick, we decided to check it out as it is the lobster capital of the world and they were having their annual lobster fest.

We were actually hoping to find lobster at a good price, but that didn’t happen. Still can’t understand why the lobster capital of the world doesn’t have the best prices on lobster.

But they do have the best campground right on the water!

So on to Prince Edward Island crossing the Confederation Bridge

 
     
 

The bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. It is 8 miles long and is the longest bridge in the world crossing ice-covered water. You only pay a bridge toll when you leave the Island and it will cost us about $56.60.

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