Yep, it is finally time to leave Europe and cross the Atlantic for Canada. So long and thanks for all the baguettes…
You will find our new home beyond Heart’s Desire, beyond Crooked Lake, beyond Malignant Cove and beyond Upper Dyke Village. Once you get to Bear River take the quiet road to Grosses Coques and look for our place at the far edge of town where the grickle grass grows. Note: if you end up at Burnt Head you have probably taken a wrong turn at Sissiboo.
As you can probably tell I have spent unhealthy amounts of time on Google Maps, exploring the surrounding regions of our new destination, an area rich in lobster and wacky town names. Where in the world are we talking about? The west coast of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. Fear not, if I have lost you already, a Google Map is provided below 😉
Grosses Coques, literally translating from French to ‘big shell’ (thank you Google Translate), overlooks the Bay of Fundy, a stretch of water known for whales and having the most extreme tides in the world. Because of the unique shape of the bay a funnel effect is created, meaning the difference in water level between high and low tide can be as much as 14 metres. The tides are so extreme in some upper bay rivers the river flow is completely reversed by the rising tide (thank you Wikipedia).
Our winter home will be provided by our friends Colleen and Andre in exchange for some renovations. In between renovations we hope to save some money for more cycling adventures, with a 6,000 km loop around the east of Canada one possibility. You can see the basic route idea below, starting in Nova Scotia and heading anti-clockwise through Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, and New Brunswick. Click on the lines on the map to see the information we have researched, and let us know if you have any comments on the area or route ideas.
P.S. In between now and the Canada ride we will continue to post stories from our European journey, and our top 5 rides in Europe, plus stories on settling into the east coast of Canada. Check back now and again for fresh content or subscribe to the blog for email notification of a new post.