September 4 - La Manche Provincial Park, NL.
Well, our last full day in Newfoundland! We were scheduled to go out on O'Brien's puffin and whale watching tour boat in Bay Bulls at 11:30am so we didn't rush. The weather was perfect as the sun came out and the cold wind died down just as we got there.
Just a little further along the coast from Bay Bulls is La Manche Provincial Park where we stayed for our last night here. It was much nicer than Butter Pot PP but very busy with Labour Day Weekend campers. We were lucky to get one night here! Great view from the campsite too. We found a trail that led to us on a good hike to a waterfall:
September 5 - somewhere in Cabot Strait on the way to Nova Scotia.
So today we have an overnight sailing from Argentia, NL, to North Sydney, NS. We have a cabin reserved so we'll be as comfy as possible while our little van resides somewhere in the hold. We stocked up on gas and ice to hold us until we get to Cape Breton tomorrow. But since we didn't have to be at the terminal until 2pm or so we took a side trip to Castle Hill, site of the first French settlement in Newfoundland in 1662. The displays were very good and we also got earphones and a player to take up to the fort and listen to the history of the place at 19 stations throughout the site. I'd say we're getting our money's worth for our annual Parks Canada Discovery Passes!
And I finally got to kiss a cod!
Placentia is really pretty from the heights of the Fort:
And we found yet another set of Red Chairs: