Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hector Heritage Quay

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  After the Battle of Culloden in 1746 - which was an attempt by the Scottish Highlanders to return the Stuarts to the British throne - was won by England, the Highlanders were stripped of their land, their leaders, their arms and even their kilts and bagpipes. The hardship that followed led many Highlanders to emigrate to other countries. While the families who came over on the Hector were not the first group of Scottish to come to Nova Scotia, they were a fairly large group of Highlanders and Pictou, where they landed, is known as “the birthplace of New Scotland”.

The site includes an exact replica of the Hector, a very nicely done museum, a carpentry shop, blacksmith shop and carving shop.

  The museum is accessible. The ship and the workshops are not due to steps, narrow passageways and large gravel.

  RVs can park along the street or in the parking lot at the west end of Caladh Ave. near the boat dock.  Museum

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Jitney Walking Trail

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  The paved section of this trail is about 1/2 mile long. It follows along the shore with nice views of the harbor and the village. It’s in good condition and fairly level.

  RVs can park along the street or in the parking lot at the west end of Caladh Ave. near the boat dock. Trail

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Caribou/Munroes Island Park

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  Two loops of this campground have sites tucked under the trees with enough foliage between them for privacy. The other loop is in a grassy field with ocean views.

  None of the sites are marked as accessible but they can be used. The ground is hard packed dirt and the tables have a fairly long overhang so wheelchairs fit under. We didn’t check the shower house which is supposed to be accessible.The vault toilets are not accessible.

  Some of the sites are long enough for any RV. Campground
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sackville Waterfowl Park

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  Crushed stone and boardwalk trails make a one mile loop around the lake, traveling through a variety of plant communities including birch forest and cattail marsh. We’ve not birders so I’m not sure about the species of birds that we saw but there were many ducks and also a couple of muskrats.
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  Most of the trail is accessible but wheelchair users will need to have help to complete the entire loop due to a very steep ramp on one of the bridges, uneven boardwalks and loose stone in several spots.

  We parked at the information center on Mallard Drive. The parking lot is large enough for any RV.   Park
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Monument-Lefebvre National HS

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 Father Lefebvre, a Catholic, priest, founded Saint Joseph's College in 1864, the first French-language college in the Maritimes. The college has since moved to a new location and the original school is now a small museum where the story of the deportation of Acadians from Nova Scotia and their resettlement in New Brunswick is told. The exhibits also cover Acadians living in New Brunswick who are influential in politics and business.

  A long ramp leads to the accessible entrance where pushing a buzzer should alert the museum personnel to open the door. No one noticed the buzzer when we visited so you may have to call instead. The displays are all accessible.

  The parking lot is large enough for any RV. Museum
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Musée Acadien de l’Université de Moncton

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   The story of the Acadians is complicated and sad. During the 1600s French settlers immigrated to Nova Scotia where they established farms. Their unique culture, which developed through their isolation from other European settlements, flourished for almost 80 years until the Conquest of Acadia when Nova Scotia came under British control. A uneasy peace between the British government and the French settlers lasted until 1755. Britain decided that the land should belong to British subjects and began raids on Acadians villages that continued for nine years.  British soldiers rounded up all of the French, burnt their farm buildings and loaded them onto ships. The Acadians were allowed to take clothing, money and a small amount of household goods. The ships had no destinations. Some sailed for months before finding a spot, mostly in the US, where the Acadians were welcome to live.  Over 10,000 people were deported and approximately a third of them died. In 1764 British policies changed and Acadians were permitted to move back to Canada but not to their former villages. Many settled on the east coast of New Brunswick.

  The small museum focuses on the French who returned to live in New Brunswick but also touches on the ones who emigrated to France or settled in Louisiana to become Cajuns. The admission price includes entrance to the art galleries with displays of student artwork.

  The museum is accessible.

   The parking lot is large enough for RVs. $1.00 per half hour.  Museum
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Casino New Brunswick

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   Follow the signs for RV parking which is located in a back lot. The lot is very big with plenty of room for everyone. A list of rules is posted at the entrance – sign up for a players cards and you may stay for seven consecutive days. There’s some traffic noise but other than that it’s fairly quiet. The 24 hour quiet period keeps generator use down. We were able to use free internet from the casino and one of the hotels.

  The casino entrance is accessed by walking under the covered passageway between the hotel and casino then along a slightly steep, short length of sidewalk. The casino is nonsmoking and not very large but it has a good selection of slot machines plus table games and a poker room.  The chairs are fairly easy to move and most of the card and money slots are easy to reach.  Casino

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Irishtown Nature Park

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  The trail makes a loop through a young forest, opening up for a lake view a couple of times. The surface is hard packed, crushed stone so rolling is fairly easy.  It’s about three miles long and has a very steep bridge halfway in. Most wheelchair users will need to have some help or else turn around at the bridge. Go counter clockwise for the best views if you can’t make the round trip. The loop trail is marked with red. The yellow trail is closed because it hasn’t been maintained.

  The parking lot is large enough for RVs. Park

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick

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  Local families have donated all sorts of old equipment and other articles that were necessary to operate a farm in the early days of settlement but the museum has few descriptive signs or historic information. Without that it’s more of a collection than a museum so this is a pretty quick stop.

  A couple of pieces of equipment partially blog the front patio so wheelchair users will have to cut across the grass to get to the entrance. There’s a short step up to the patio and another at the threshold. Some doorways in the museum are narrow but there are ways to get around most of them.

  The parking lot is large enough for RVs.   Museum

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Brunswick Museum

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  The museum is inside a small shopping mall along with a few stores, restaurants, and businesses. It has a little of everything - human and natural history, artwork, and hands-on children’s exhibits. Photography is not allowed anywhere in the museum.

The museum is accessible. An entrance with a push button door is located on St. Patrick Street. Getting there from the parking lot involves a street crossing and an uphill climb. It’s not very difficult but wheelchair users may need a hand.

  RVs can park in the public parking lot on Water Street just south of the museum – $1.50 per hour.  Museum

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