After crossing the Canadian mainland I had just a couple of days left before catching the plane YYZ to DUS. I took the night ferry from Sydney to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and spent another day in the Car crossing that amazing Island.
Arriving in St. John’s late at night I found a nice place to spend the night.. as I noticed in the morning I slept at the most easterly point of Canada, Cape Spear. The morning walk around the cape was unbelivebly cold, but as the sun slowly made it’s way through the dense cover of clouds I guess I was able to make some of the nicest photographs of the whole journey..
So what do I take from the drive? As I said before, Canada is a freaking HUGE country. Especially if you cross it touching the ground. Hitchhiking into Canmore, in the Rockies I met someone who walked all the way, St. John’s to Tofino. Took him 10 Months. I can only imagine what an amazing trip it must have been.. Then it’s a pretty diverse and beautiful country! Mountains, lakes, prairie, oceans, islands, huge cities with lots of traffic, then again that vast emptiness with no one else around, awesome, friendly and helpful people. There’s so much to explore, you better start now!
Some statistics of the drive.
9days — 6742km — 370 l of gas — about 90 hours driving — 8 Provinces — AB – SK – MB – ON – QC – NB – NS – NL — 1000s of lakes — only 1 Moose — 5 elk — about 17 Coyotes — 2 wolfs — again no bear.. i think they’re just an invention of some marketing agency.. nowhere to be seen
Getting back to catch my plane in Toronto was a bit of a journey.. David from Hittheroad.ca offered me a ride I just could not resist. Picking up a car in Edmonton, Alberta and driving it all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Yes, you’ve heard it right.. to the most easterly point of Canada. 6500km !
I ended up picking it up in Fort McMurray, deep in the Oil fields of northern Alberta and the fun began. Driving about 12 hours every day for about 7 days and then slowing down a little in eastern Canada. I can tell you now, Canada is a BIG Country!
So heres the first part of the drive, Alberta – Halifax.
I might add some more words later 😉
leaving the rockies
Along lake superior
Terry Fox Memorial
Northern Ontario – Along lake superior
Been there before – Northern Ontario – Along lake superior
it has been a while since my last post here and some of you might be interested in what i’ve been up to in the past weeks.
I just returned from my little island adventure, waiting for the ferry to Vancouver while writing these lines..
I took the ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island about four weeks back an then hitchhiked up to Campbell River. And while being lucky getting a lift just off the ferry, i was not so lucky leaving my camera in that first car. I’m sure everyone can imagine how unhappy I was about knowing to spend my time in that small paradise without a camera. So now there wont be too many photographs of my time up there, but fortunately I could borrow a camera for a day up there, so there will be some.
Plus my other big fortune is that I was able to get in touch with Varena and Charlie, and they were able to drop the camera off in Vancouver.
Well.. to get to the more interesting part.. how did i spend my last four weeks?
For a couple of hours work a day I was able to stay at a wonderfull cabin at Shoal Bay, right at the pacific and got fed almost like a king. The work was mostly weed wacking, mowing lawns, making firewood and taking care of all those tourists stopping by on their boats. As my parents know, things I do all the time back home as well 😉 .. Apart from me there were four to six other volunteers doing whatever work was comming up in exchange for free moorage on the dock. And over the last years there have been lots of people volunteering and putting lots of effort and creativity into the place what makes the place a peace of art itself. But you’ll figure that out when looking at the photographs I was able to lend a camera for a day.
Apart from the work there was always lots of time for hiking up to the lookout and old minesites, exploring the bay and mainland on Gregs kajak or jetboat, relaxing in the sun, and good conversations on the beautiful frontporch of the pub.
To make it short I hade a wonderfull few weeks on that remote Island!
Thanks everyone for that great adventure!