Subject: Canada's Maritime Provinces
Dear Pat &Bill, Wow! Sounds fantastic. We visited the area (except Newfoundland) about three years ago and would love to go back. As far as viewing the tidal action in the Bay of Fundy I recommend a visit to Hopewell Rocks. After an all-day drive from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia we pulled into Hillsborough, New Brunswick in the early evening. This little town, about 15 miles southeast of Moncton, was just a few miles from the Hopewell Rocks, a provincial park which showcases the incredible power of these tides. The next day we visited the park at low tide and were able to descend the cliffs and stroll along the sea floor. The flowerpots, 50 ft. eroded columns topped with pine trees are great photo subjects. At high tide these columns appear as islands.

Afterwards we drove out to Cape Enrage for a beautiful view of Chignecto Bay. We were fortunate to have sunny calm skies and nobody else at the end of the cape. We watched for close to an hour as a pod of porpoises slowly worked there way north through the mocha-colored waters. With our binoculars raised we scanned the waters between the cape and the not-to-distant shores of Nova Scotia hoping to sight some whales but were not as fortunate as the previous day when we saw a couple of fin whales and many minke whales off the coast of Cheticamp.

>From there we headed to Fundy National Park where we spent the afternoon taking several hikes. A beautiful park which is not to be missed.

As far as accommodations in Hillsborough we rented a room in a private residence for the evening and went out for pizza that evening. Its not really much of a town for travelers, best suited as an access point to the Hopewell Rocks.

In Nova Scotia if you haven't already been I highly recommend a visit to Lunenburg on the South Shore. Its a picturesque seaside town in the style of Peggy's Cove but with its own unique architectural style. Lunenburg's also home to the Bluenose II Canada's most treasured ship. Look on the Canadian dime and you'll see this graceful schooner in relief. We stayed at the Boscawen Inn a wonderful Victorian mansion on the hill with a great view of the harbor. Our room was $80 Canadian. For dinner we dined at the Lion Inn where my wife had one of those unforgettable meals. Ever since then every time she dines on mussels she compares to that night's fare.

One final note, outside Lunenburg, to the south, is a park called the Ovens. Sea caves which were the site of gold extraction in the 19th century are an interesting diversion for an hour or so.

If you need help accessing more detailed information about my suggestions let me know and I'll dig through my as yet still disorganized paraphernalia from this trip.

Whenever I think of Newfoundland I think of Annie Proulx' The Shipping News. Have you read it?

John Rule San Diego, CA