We recently had a wonderful two day trip to Cape Chignecto Park, Advocate Harbour and along the Fundy Shore. This was to celebrate our 41st. anniversary. We planned to do the short hike from the Eatonville entrance to the park in order to see the Three Sisters. Then we had reservations to have dinner at our favorite restaurant, Wild Caraway, and to stay overnight there. We had a great time, but with a bit more of an adventure than what we had planned.
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Since it was closer for us to drive there via Joggins, and go to the Eatonville entrance without going to the information centre in Advocate Harbour, we did that. We knew that the building at Eatonville was closed but we assumed there would be maps posted there. Wrong! However we did find the pathway and in a couple minutes found a sign with a large map, showing the two loops you could take. From then on things were well marked. We took the first loop leading to the Three Sisters. There were several platforms with look-offs with excellent information posted about what we were seeing. The walking is very easy and the views, even on this very cloudy day, were outstanding. We finished this loop and decided to take the second which was similarly outstanding. That is a total of about 6 kilometers plus the walk in from the parking lot. This old gal with the bad knee was feeling pretty proud.
So we headed back down the road to go to Advocate Harbour. At Spicer's Cove we saw several vehicles with people unloading kayaks. It was the peak of high tide and they were setting out to explore around the Three Sisters. I remarked to my husband that I was glad we would be getting to Advocate Harbour at high tide as I wanted to take pictures of the fishing wharf at high tide. It was not to be.
A short way past Spicer's Cove, we came to the bridge across an inlet from another beach. Whoops, the high tide had over-flowed onto the roadway on both sides of the bridge. We were stranded! The water was rushing in so quickly there were rapids. My husband took off his footwear and waded into the water. It was well over a foot deep and looked even deeper on the other side of the bridge. There was no way we could drive our car through that.
We were in no danger. The tide at the beach had just turned and the water would be going out. It was just mid afternoon so there was lots of time before dark. We had seen two other groups of people during our hike. They soon arrived. So did a surveyor working for the government. He sent out a radio message that the road was flooded. Eventually he offered to lead us out of the park driving on an old road towards Advocate Harbour. We set out to do this, but met two vehicles coming the other way who said the road was not suitable for cars so we drove back down toward the bridge to wait for the tide.
We could walk to the bridge on a high bank or berm and we walked back and forth several times. It was rough walking with lots of bushes. (My knee paid for this for the next week!)
It was fascinating to watch the tidal waters rush in at first, eventually slow down to a trickle and then start to flow out. Soon there were rapids again as the tidal waters flowed back out to sea. After a wait of about two hours we were able to drive out.
Our adventure was just a couple days after a full moon and the tide was unusually high. It certainly is a lesson to respect the awesome power of nature.
So we arrived in Advocate Harbour in time to clean up for dinner but not to take high tide photos at the wharf!
We checked in at Wild Caraway where Sarah showed us our room. It, and our dinner were fantastic as usual and reviews are coming.
The next day, after a wonderful breakfast, we set out in pouring rain to drive towards Parrsboro and along the Minas Basin and back home. We stopped in Port Greville at the Age of Sail Museum, which is well worth a visit, although seeing the textbooks we had used in elementary school as part of a museum exhibit does make you feel old!
Further along in Five Islands, we had lunch at Mo's. It was disappointing, and nowhere near as good as Diane's which we had been to two weeks before. In Economy we stopped at that Dutchman's Cheese Factory for some wonderful Dragon's Breath cheese and continued on home.
Our brief, wonderful adventure was over. Next year we plan to take a guided kayak tour to see some of the places we viewed from up high on the walking trails.