Kejimkujik, Hubbards, and Costco… Oh my!

June 4, 2014 21:41 – 21:41

Today, I ventured down to the seashore portion of Kejimkujik National Park, about 140 km southwest of my hotel.

From the descriptions online, the trails at the seashore part of the park looked more interesting. That part of the park is also closer, even though it looks further. Go figure.

The park abounds with these beautiful purple flowers.

I also saw some fiddlehead ferns, furled, unfurling, and unfurled. Here’s one furled:

And here are some unfurling:

I decided to take the trail to the Harbour Rocks. I’m glad I did. The views were spectacular, including some odd large birds that I couldn’t make out from about 900 metres away.

It’s called Rock Harbour for a reason.

Upon leaving the park, it was after 1:30, so I decided to stop for lunch. I stopped at a little place called the Seascape Restaurant, where I had a huge portion of fish & chips (exquisitely fresh haddock and perfectly unpeeled potatoes from PEI).

On the drive back to the hotel, I saw a sign advertising Shore Club Lobster Suppers (in Hubbards, and yes… there is a place there called Old Mother). It seemed vaguely familiar. I decided to check it out on the way back, and learned that they have lobster suppers this time of year Wednesday through Saturday. Since today was a Wednesday, my dinner plans were complete. Dinner was excellent—three trips to the mussel bar, one trip to the salad bar, a 1.5 pound lobster (odd that lobsters aren’t measured in kilograms or grams in Canada, yet), and blueberry shortcake for dessert. The latter was on a tea biscuit… not my favorite. It would’ve been better on my own homemade shortcake, but the delicious blueberries & whipped cream made up for any short(bread)comings.

A trip to Canada would not be complete without a stop at Costco. Before heading down to Hubbards for dinner, I stopped at the local Costco, which is about 2k from the hotel. If they’d had cooked lobster, it would’ve made dinner a difficult choice. But, they didn’t. I did buy a couple of chamois cloths, however, which I haven’t seen in the U.S. Costcos for quite a while. I cut them up and used them to clean lenses.

Tomorrow night, I’m reserved at the Best Western in Moncton. I haven’t stayed in a BW in quite a few years, so this is a test. I also haven’t decided what to do tomorrow. Cape Breton Island is too far for a side trip. I’ll scope out some good side trips in the morning—since Moncton is only a couple of hours away.

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