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Trip along the NE and N coast of NB
« on: September 02, 2006, 08:57:41 PM »
On friday afternoon we packed our overnight bags in the car and off we went. Me and the folks. Headed to Fredericton first, then we swung for route 8 through the Kilarney Lake Road on the north side of Fredericton. From Penniac, we headed toward Miramachi City for dinner. But before we got there we had to pay homage to the Lumberman's Museum in Boisetown. I had limited picture space on my old 16 meg CF card, so I couldn't take as many pictures as I'd liked. But, here is a wazzit. I'm particularly interested in the rear section with the belt drive. ;D



More pics of the 'horse power' treadmill ;D



Dragsaw driven by the 'horsepower'



We stopped by the Forestry Hall of Fame at the Museum to see a relative of ours who was added to the hall of fame in 1983.





He was my grandmother's 1st cousin who grew up 3 miles from my home. He was a RPF in NB and helped instigate a fire suppression program in NB if you can read the writing in the plaque.

So, it follows that some water pumps should be displayed. ;)



Also, saw some wagons,sleds, snow plows and graders all drawn by horse as well as horse drawn farm implements. Even had an old hearse, although it was in pretty bad shape, also a horse drawn fire engine as I recall. There were some old engines, didn't look like they were functional although they were cleaned up. I imagine anything of value along that line has been gobbled up by travelling antique dealers. I remember alot of them seeing what they could get for nothing in the 70's. There are stuffed animals and bunk houses full of trinkets that have not yet been identified. There is a nice display of hand carved wooden replicas of sleighs with all the hitches and reins etc hooked to toy horses. I beleive they were donated by one gent in 1977. There is also a miniature train to take a ride on around the museum grounds. There were display cased with carvings and such done by loggers at the camps in their spare time at nights. They have a small mineral collection. There is also a suspension bridge display and I think there is a replica that still exists at McNamee across the southwest Miramachi R. I remember one other at Smith Forks on the Little Southwest Miramachi R, which was taken by spring ice.

So today we had breakfast and continued to make our way toward route 11, which is the coastal highway. Beautiful road up there, nice homes, but isolated. Never could figure out what people worked at, the woods are quite shrubby and wet along the coast. [continued]
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Re: Trip along the NE and N coast of NB
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2006, 09:09:29 PM »
Very interesting.I've never seen that type of pump before,we had old terry pumps and MarkIII but nothing like that.

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Re: Trip along the NE and N coast of NB
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2006, 09:19:16 PM »
Well as I was looking at my GIS mapbook while approaching the Burnt Church Indian Reserve, I noticed an island with a cossaway and it was indicated in yellow, which means it's public lands in my GIS mapbook. So, off route 11 we went to this island. Come to find out it's Hay Island Provincial Park. It's an Island where Acadians collected salt grass for hay. The island is near Neguac village with a sign marking the entrance of the road.





There is a boardwalk around some of the marsh and a few info plaques,a couple picnic areas and a couple of short trails into the woods up to 600 feet long. There is also a little shrine as you leave the causaway.



Marin Point on the Burnt Church Reserve. Notice the blue herons in the foreground stalking fish. ;D

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Re: Trip along the NE and N coast of NB
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2006, 09:36:44 PM »
George passed away in 1985 before I graduated high school, but I had never met him. Dad  knew him well of course and I lost my grandparents on dad's side in '72 and '80 so I wasn't old enough to take alot of interest. Grandfather was always ill with diabeties then TB and such and I used to stay in the winter with grandmother so she could be as independent as she could. Later, we had to move her home with us because of cancer she had been fighting for years. They were alot older than mom's parents. George was 5 years older than my grandmother even. Well I had interests, but grandparents on my mom's side always had me during summers and falls and we always fished and hunted in those years, even if I had to carry the shells and partridge and clean the fish.  :D
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2006, 09:48:30 PM »
Man, you don't see many nice beaches like this with absolutely not a soul around except a couple locals out for a morning strole. I even tested the water and it was 60 ish, not bad for Gulf of Saint Lawrence. ;D Well, to be honest the sign at the gate  ::) said closed but we walked right past it with no resistance.  ;D There are change rooms and outhouse facilities at the beach. It again is public lands and there is a trailor park just up the road.





Nice rip tides coming in. I'm not sure about tide lingo, but I'm guessing you get rip tides as the tide comes in right? I thought I was hearing things as you can here the water, but you can't see the beech until your right on top of it. There is a litle bit of a sandy ridge, I suppose a kind of dune, with grasses growing up through it to hold it from eroding. There was not a bit of wind and the day was 23 C or 75 F. I did notice what I think were sand fleas hoping around.  ::)

Wished now we would have went to Shippegan to see the dunes and venture out to Miscou Island. I couldn't remember exactly where I saw them a few years ago. But, that must have been the area. I'll have to return another day. ;D A lot of places are private, so you have to respect people's privacy. That's why it's handy to have a decent GIS mapbook to navigate by. ;)

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2006, 10:17:47 PM »
Well we continued along to the north coast to Caraquet. Once you reach the village you are driving along the Bay of Chaleur. Across the bay you can see the cliffs and distance hills of the Gaspe Penninsula of Quebec. Tried to get pictures of the Gaspe from the Dalhalsie side of the bay but they don't seem to cut the brush enough along the highway to get a good vantage point. Then most drives are marked private, as in don't come near me.  ::) I've always heard about this little town, but never stopped there. In fact I've always heard about their college. It's a nice little spot, but is it ever hilly.  I ain't goin there in an ice storm or winter fog :o Nope Nope Nope.

Here's a shot of the oil fired Electric plant in Dalhousie.



There is a pulpmill in town operated by Bowater. It looked to me that their wood chips are shipped in by boat. I'm not that familiar with the operation and no pics because of my small capacity CF card. Later remedied that in Campbelton when the trip was over.  ::)

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Re: Trip along the NE and N coast of NB
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2006, 10:36:14 PM »
Sugarloaf mountain in Campbelton.



Approaching Campbelton on Route 11



In the Walmart parking lot in Campbelton. Just to the right of the frame is Sugarloaf Ski Resort. I've never been up it, nor do I downhill ski. When you leave Campbelton and head down a long Appalachian valley,hills rise straight up. You'll soon cross a famous salmon fishing river (a tributary of an even bigger one that flows into Campbelton) called the Upsulquitch. I have some photos in the older section of the gallery, but I need to some day revisit the area with camera at the ready for some more exploring and interesting stops. There have been alot of camps built along the river since 1990. Oh, that river that flows into Campbelton is called the Restigouche. ;) You can travel across Restigouche Bay to the Gaspe Penninsula, Quebec. Anyway, route 11 soon turns into route 17 as you leave Cambelton on your way to Keswick and St Quentin. St Quentin is a farming area with dairy, grains and spuds, also a number of sawmills. Then it's a long stretch for 60 miles into forests and tree plantations and back to the mighty St John River Valley at St Leonard where you reach the heart of the farmland where most of the spuds are grown in NB (Victoria and Carleton counties). ;)

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2006, 11:09:41 PM »
That was very interesting. Great pictures. I hope to reach the east coast someday.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2006, 07:21:09 AM »
Forgot to mention the drive above the beach to an area called Pokemouche on route 11 along the Little Tracedie River. Here are some folks harvesting peat. They have a machine that looks like a disc that goes ahead and loosens the peat and it looks like this machine is a big vacuum that comes along and scoops it up.


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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2006, 08:30:29 AM »
Looks like you had a real nice trip Donkey. I would love to see the east coast someday, it is really beautiful.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2006, 09:50:26 AM »
Very Nice SwampDonkey. Is that a 2 day Trip?
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2006, 10:05:59 AM »
From home it's 2 days, but you should do it in 3 or 4 really to see more stuff and relax more. I think it was 700 km around, but that ain't around the entire coast. Not even half way. You could even take off from Campbelton and journey up around the Gaspe and come back down route 185 from Rivier de Loup to Route 2 near Edmundston, NB where it becomes 4 lane. There is an Acadian Village you can visit near Tracedie, NB as well. Also, on route 17 from Campbelton, NB to Keswick there is another lumberman's museum. You'll probably scratch your head as I did in alot of villages trying to figure out what they make their living at.
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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2006, 10:31:33 AM »
That is a trip we would like to make. Seems to be an enjoyable trip. It will have to wait though. We just never have enough time when Up there on Vacation. There is also an Acadian Village on the American side in between Van Buren and Madawaska. It has quite a few old Homes, a School House and Church along with other artifacts of interest. They probably didn't have to make alot of money in that area. People are pretty resourceful and sustain themselves off the land. That is more appealing to me these days.
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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2006, 09:09:36 PM »
Thanks for the pictures, SD. There seems to be alot of contrasting landscape: mountains and beaches.
I hope to visit there some time ;D
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2006, 10:28:18 PM »
Thanks for the trip Swamp Donkey , that sugar loaf ski resort is always on the weather channel when its time to ski . It doesnt appear to be that big but I suppose it gets lake effect snow all the time and a huge base . Your relative looks like a distinguished man .
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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2006, 05:12:46 AM »
Unk, I think your seeing Sugar Loaf ski resort in Maine.  ;) This mountain (more of a hill) is on the coast of Chaleur Bay in NB.
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2006, 09:04:39 AM »
Thanks for the pictures SD , remined me of our trip there 5 years ago. It really is beatifull country. We continued on from Cambleton up the Restigouche River into the Gaspe of Quebec. it has to be 1 of my favorie roads. All along the river we would see section markers on the river. This is for different sections that people are allowed to fish. I understand this river was\is used bysome pretty famous people\world leaders for Salmon and Trout.
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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2006, 11:10:19 AM »
Thanks for posting your pictures SwampDonkey, they do make me a little homesick but still great to see them.  I was suppose to go back home this winter for the holidays, but due to the status of my immigration paper work I am unable to leave the US at this time.  I think its for the better because everytime my wife has been there is been either November and December.  She's starting to think it's always like that.  Just the other day we say some , some Sibirean elm with no leaves and it was cold and dark, she said it reminded her of New Brunswick!!  She does have a business trip to Montreal in July so we hope to continue on to Grand Bay so that she can see what the place looks like with a lot of green.  Hopefully then I can go the the woodsmen museum, I have never been there yet.
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