Elsa Goes to Canada

And Drags Hubby Along

September 14th to the 29th, 2018


We put two tours of Eastern Canada together so we
wouldn't need to go back to California and start over to see both

City Tour One starts here
Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal

Province Tour Two follows
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Bretton Island

Day 1
Friday Sept 14th

Leaving from LAX at 7:45 AM is a really bad idea when you live an hour
away and need to be there three hours before the International flight


One misty, moisty, morning,
When clear was the weather...


This was our best view of Toronto
It was merely a base for the Niagara Falls boat ride


Driving in to Toronto City


Day 2
Saturday, September 15th
Niagara Falls - Hornblower Cruise
Lunch at Niagara on the Lake
Inniskillin Ice Winery
Welcome Dinner - Quinn's Steakhouse

Leaving Toronto, heading for Niagara Falls




The Welland Canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, forming a key section of the St. Lawrence
Seaway. It enables ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls.

The canal carries about 3,000 ships which carry about 40,000,000 tons of cargo a year. It allows goods
from Great Lakes ports such as Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago to be shipped to the port of Montreal
or to Quebec City, where they can be reloaded onto ocean-going vessels for international shipping.


We approached the falls from the Canadian side


Elsa drove here from California with her parents 45 years ago.
Peter last visited about 60 years ago


Comrade Elsa


They keep the falls running all night, wasting lots of water


There's no place like this place anywhere near this place
so this must be the place...


What this poncho means is that you are going to get wet


Getting ready to board our boat on the Canadian side of the Niagara River
The Maid of the Mists, operating from the American side, is passing the American Falls


The Maid of the Mist is packed like a sardine can.


We Shared our Boat with 200 of Our Closest Friends


Are We Having Fun Yet?


Nice Day for Ducks !!


The American Falls are on the left and smaller Bridal Veil Falls are on the right
The little people are standing on Luna Island.


Leaving the two smaller falls for the largest, Horseshoe Falls


This is the largest of the three, Horseshoe Falls


We should have kept our rain gear for the foul weather to follow


We call this Heavy Rain where I come from.


Need to get my Windshield Wipers Checked


Horseshoe Falls, Top View


The Inniskillen Winery makes Ice Wine, supposedly introduced in Germany
Elsa had not heard of the technique which uses juice from frozen grapes


The vineyard doesn't look unusual


The grapes are the same, too, but they aren't frozen until winter weather arrives
It takes a about four times as many grapes to make ice wine, so it is more expensive


Day 3
Sunday, September 16th
Ottawa via Kingston
Lunch at Lone Star Texas Grill
Cruise Thousand Islands
Arrive Courtyard Marriott
Dinner at leisure

Sampling Apple Cider at the Big Apple tourist stop with our new friends from Chicago


Elsa puts the "I" in Kingston


Engine 1095 is a reminder that Confederation Park was once an active train yard and that Kingston was
once home to the Canadian Locomotive Company for over 100 years. The company built more than 3,000
steam, electric and diesel engines for the Canadian Pacific Railway, including 'The Spirit of Sir John A.'
Engine 1095 made its debut in 1913 and was fully restored in 2013, 100 years after it was first built.


The "Lone Star Texas Grill' is really a Mexican restaurant


Minnie the Moose was the bus mascot. Everybody was encouraged to photograph
Minnie for judging and a prize. The winner gets to keep the Moose


Starting our Thousand Island cruise




Boldt Castle


There is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office, a wood structure manned by single customs officer.
Visitors coming from Canada require appropriate identification, as visiting the island is considered entering the United States.


We turned back after circling the island



Tour Director, Scott, chats with a few of his 40 new friends


Returning to the starting point


Mr. Grump goes to Canada



Day 4
Monday, September 17th
Ottawa City Tour
lunch at leisure
evening at leisure

Looking across the Ottawa River to Gatineau

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, in the east of southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border.
Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill,


The Rideau River ends here at the Rideau Falls


Another nice day for ducks


Hope Springs Eternal
Waiting for a Salmon to swim upstream



Taking in the view at the Tavern on the Falls


The Maman Statue at the National Gallery of Canada is a bronze, stainless steel, and marble
sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture, which depicts a spider, is among the
world's largest, measuring over 30 ft high and over 33 ft wide.


You can have your own Pregnant Spider for only $2 million.


The egg sac contains 32 marble eggs.


Special Windows require Special Washers


There is no shortage of Notre Dame Cathedrals


Whoopee yi yo, git along little dogies
It's your misfortune and none of my own
Whoopee yi yo, git along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

As sung by urban cowboys, herding cattle


Changing of the Guard at the National War Memorial




Approaching Parliament Hill



Across the street, in front of the Parliament buildings

Having lost one leg due to cancer, Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete, embarked on an
east to west cross-Canada run in 1980 to raise money and awareness for cancer research
He began with little fanfare from St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent
of a full marathon every day. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario

Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373
kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting worldwide legacy.

The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in
over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.
Over C$ 750 million has been raised in his name


Parliament Hill is the political and cultural heart of the city of Ottawa.
The Gothic-style Parliament Buildings sit atop the Hill overlooking the Ottawa River
as the politicians within debate who they can tax next


The gang's all here
Except for the ten who are missing


We have our own Private Canada


There are hundreds of individual gargoyles, grotesques, reliefs and bosses carved into the
stonework of the buildings, including four looking out from high on each corner of the Peace Tower.


Crossing the Ottawa River, going from the Province of Ontario to the Province of Quebec


Parliment Hill, from the other side


Looking from the grounds of the National Gallery of Canada


The National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art.


Totem Poles, for example


Lunch on our Own
Pizza for Elsita, Beef Stew for Pedro


Dinner on our Own
Miso Soup and Sushi as we dine in an empty restaurant


A Rum and Coke, always a favorite for the Tired Tourists


A man and his dog set up shop below our balcony


Our contribution to his cup was appreciated by man and beast


Bye-Bye Ottawa
View from the roof-top bar of the hotel across the street from ours


Day 5
Tuesday, September 18th
Depart for Quebec
Lunch at Sugar Shack
Delta Hotel
Drop-off Hotel Frontenac
Dinner at leisure

Tour-Director Scott about to pour a sample of Cabot Trail Maple Cream
An authentic cream beverage that marries the richness of pure Canadian maple syrup with fresh cream.
Cocoa, cinnamon and amaretto merge with the maple, creating a powerful synergy of flavours.
You can't make up prose like this on your own...


Minnie the Moose got carried away on Maple Cream and Canadian Whiskey with Maple Syrup
This was my entry in the Minnie-the-Moose Photo Contest
It got two votes, one from Elsa and one from me, for a shared third-place Honorable Mention
It didn't bring home the moose...


Lunch at the Sugar Shack


Making Maple Popsicles by pouring Maple Syrup on the Snow.


Mooses (meese?) don't eat maple leaves


Were at the Corner of Highway 55 and 40


Day 6
Wednesday, September 19th
Quebec City Tour
Farmers Market
Funicular - Lower to Upper Town
Lunch at Le Moulin Saint-Laurent
Albert Gilles - Copper Art
Basilica Sainte-Anne-de-Beaopre
Montmorency Falls

Our day started with cold, rainy weather


Our Local Guide, Bernard, reviews Canadian history that all of us have forgotten


Our bus couldn't go through this city-wall gate due to contruction
On to the Plains of Abraham


Place d'Armes


Our Local Guide, Bernard
Farmer's Market


Ten O'Clock in the morning is NOT too early for Ice Cream



The Old Lower Town, Quebec City


Umbrella Alley


Hotel Frontenac in the Upper City


Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is a small Roman Catholic stone church on Place Royale in the
lower town of Old Quebec City. Construction was started in 1687 and completed in 1723.


The Quebec City Mural, painted on the side of a building


Map of the Mural


Elsa and her friend, Celine Dion


The Funicular we will soon ride


Rue du Petit-Champlain






Le Chateau Frontenac
The most photographed hotel in the world


Au Relais De La Place D'Armes on Rue Saint-Anne in Old Quebec


Leaving the city for Île d'Orléans


Were're turning off now, but will return to continue straight to Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre


Crossing the St. Lawrence River to visit the Île d'Orléans


Lunch Le Moulin Saint-Laurent
with guide, Scott, the youngest of the group


Introduction to Copper Art -101


Copper Art at the Albert Gilles Studio


Making my Contribution to the Canadian Art World


This would sell for Millions if I put it on the Market


Elsa visits the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica
Hoping to leave some of her shoulder pain there


Columns inside were decorated with many sets of crutches given up by those who were healed
There was even one pair of skis mixed in with the crutches
Elsa's pain was finally relieved two months later by stopping a nightly Ambien sleeping pill


Note the Copper Art Doors made by Albert Gilles


It's not Niagara Falls...


but it's trying


Looks like Fun


Montmorency Falls


Day 7
Thursday, September 20th
Depart for Montreal
Stop at Rose Drummond
Poutine for Lunch
Sheraton Hotel

The word "Chaudière" (boiler) comes from the spray at the foot of the falls that looks
like steam coming out of a boiler. 17th century explorer maps mentioned the falls
by the name of "Sault de la Chaudière" (The Boiler’s Falls).




Straight ahead for Montreal


Only 215 km to Montreal


It's Mid-September. Are we ready for Halloween?


We can finally see Montreal
Mount Royal, on the horizon to the left of the highway, gives the city it's name





Looks like Chinatown ahead



Aren't They Sweet? Just Married !


Montreal Poutine, where we ate...


Poutine, which is a dish of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy.


Downtown Montreal. The Sheraton is ahead on the right.


Day 8
Friday, September 21st
Montreal City Tour
Notre Dame Bascilica
Westmount and Mount Royal
Ile Sainte-Helene
Le Plateau
Farewell Dinner - Vieux-Port Steakhouse

Our first stop of the day, the statue in front of the Notre Dame, was drenched with heavy rain
The Maisonneuve Monument in the Place d'Armes in front of Notre Dame


The Notre Dame Bascilica. No extra charge for wind and rain


Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its intricately designed
interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city, not religious events.


Place d'Armes in Old Montreal


Dodging rain drops on Mount Royal


Dunn's was recommended


Norse knows how to do Lunch !


A delicious Lunch, Pastrami and Chips


Farewell Dinner at the Vieux-Port Steakhouse


Sunshine, just in time for our departure


End of Tour One
Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal
Second Tour, Added to the First, Starts Here
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Bretton Island


Day 1
Saturday, September 22nd
Depart from Toronto, enroute to Halifax, Nova Scotia, a 1 1/2 hour flight
Evening Orientation

Our Air Canada plane to Halifax


Alone again.
Off to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a new group


Departing Montreal for Halifax




Air Canada bumped us up to Premium Economy
The Coach section was so full they couldn't seat us together
Another couple was seated twenty empty seats away.


Arriving Halifax


Day 2
Sunday, September 23rd
Bay of Fundy
Hopewell Rocks
Prince Edward Island
Welcome Dinner

A New Tour and a New Mascot, Lucy the Lobster


Our first morning coffee stop
Lobsters were for sale in the light house


Lobsters in Hand-Cuffs


Heading for New Brunswick


No sign of Fall Foliage


Provincial Flag of New Brunswick


Lunch overlooking the muddy Bay of Fundy
Clam Chowder and Pastrami with chips.


The Bay of Fundy has some of the highest tides in the world.


At New Brunswick's Hopewell Rocks, these eroded "flowerpot formations" stand
in deep water or on dry land, depending on the time of day


Although the tides vary from day to day, the high tide can be as high as 16 metres (52 ft)
giving the Hopewell Rocks one of the highest average tides in the world.


We arrived at the perfect time. The tide was halfway out and the water level was dropping quickly
It required good timing to walk around the rock at the right without having a wave hit your shoes


Walking on the Ocean Floor


The tides and swift current affect the base of the rocks more than the top


100 steps get you down and the same 100 take you back up.


When we arrived a half hour earlier, the area where the people are walking was under water
Now there is twenty feet of dry space and no chance of soaked shoes


Where in the World is Waldo?


There He Is !!


Click on the link below to see a time-lapse video made
by Kevin Snair, the Park Ranger who led our group

Hopewell Rocks

Heading for the bridge to Prince Edward Island


The Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island
Tolls only apply when leaving Prince Edward Island. The toll rates are
$47.00 for a two-axle automobile and $8.00 for each additional axle.


The Confederation Bridge spans the Northumberland Strait, linking Prince Edward Island with
mainland New Brunswick, Canada. Construction took place from October 1993 to May 1997
and cost C$ 1.3 billion. The 12.9-kilometre (8 mile) bridge opened on May 31, 1997.




Anne of Green Gables is Famous Here


Sunset, Prince Edward Island


Welcome Dinner Restaurant, Charlottetown


Welcome Dinner


Day 3
Monday, September 24th
Anne of Green Gables Museum
Lunch at Leisure

Rolling countryside, north shore, Prince Edward Island


We have watched many episodes of "Anne with an E" on Netflix


Welcome to Anne's House




Make a little hole first, then bury the little spud


Potatoes get planted here every 15 minutes every tourist day




Horse and Buggy Ride at Anne's House


Every attraction has a gift shop at the end


Cavendish is a resort area on the northern shore of Prince Edward Island





On the road to Charlottetown


Lunch at Leisure - Charlottetown


With the fire department next door, our hotel is safe


The elegant Rodd Hotel - Charlottetown


Hotel Decorations

Three O'Clock in the afternoon is another good time for ice cream
The local favorite is Cow's Ice Cream


Day 4
Tuesday, September 25th
Ferry to Nova Scotia
Cape Breton
Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Cruise Bras d'Or Lake
Bald Eagle Feeding

Next stop, Cape Breton Island


But first we must board the ferry to Nova Scotia


This huge trailer is being pulled behind another identical load


The Accidental Tourista leave Prince Edward Island for Nova Scotia


Our New Friends, Toby and Doc, from Arizona


The Confederation Bridge got us from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island
The ferry will take us back to Nova Scotia
From there we take the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton


Keeping a sharp eye out for icebergs


Cape Breton Island Provincial Flag


Entrance to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Baddeck, Cape Breton Island


An aeronautical experiment


Bell's experimental HD-4 hydrofoil. Designed for anti-submarine duty,
it held the world's marine speed record for several years.



A scale model of the HD-4


Boarding the Sunset Sail on the Bras d'Or Lake


Bye, Bye, Baddeck


Bald Eagle flew from it's nest on the island at left
to retrieve a frozen chicken tossed into the water
A thousand chickens are served every season



Our only group photo


Day 5
Wednesday, September 26th
Cabot Trail
Cape Breton Island
Picnic Lunch

Eglise Saint-Pierre, Chetticamp


Eglise Saint-Pierre, Chetticamp


The north coast of Cape Breton Island



Sortilege Canadian Whiskey with Maple Syrup Liquor treat after picnic lunch
as our bus driver, Brad, looks enviously at the array


On the way back to Baddeck




What do you catch with these?


Salmon for Elsita, Steak for Pedro


Mike Hall fiddling at the Baddeck Gathering Ceilidh
The Gaelic word is pronounced "kay-lee"



Day 6
Thursday, September 27th
Lunch at Leisure
Halifax Maritime Museum
Afternoon Harbor Walk
Maud Lewis Exhibit at the Art Museum

Now back in Halifax, Elsa's new BFF in the Waterfront Warehouse


A walking tour of the waterfront


Our friend, Robin, wanted us to bring a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman home for her
This was the best we could do...




Captain Nemo and the Leaky Submarine



The Fairlawn Cemetery
The Titanic began her maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912 with 2200 passengers and crew members aboard
Four days later, she hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank at 2:30 AM
700 survivors were taken to New York. 328 victims were recovered.
Many were buried at sea; 209 were taken to Halifax, the nearest major port.


The numbers on the gravestones were assigned in the order the bodies were found



Bridge to Dartmouth, across the bay


Halifax Public Garden


Guard on duty at the Citadel



The view from the Citadel



The Halifax Maritime Museum

Detailed model from the Halifax Maritime Museum


Model Steam Engine, about 2 feet tall


Mark IX World War II 21 inch Torpedo delivered 800 pounds of explosives


The 4-cylinder radial engine ran on shale oil


Counter-rotating propellers


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Maud Lewis began her artistic career by selling hand-drawn and painted Christmas cards.
She lived with her husband, Everett, in a one-room house with a sleeping loft a few miles west of Digby


She achieved national recognition in 1964 and 1965. Several books, plays and films have
since been produced about her. Lewis remains one of Canada's best-known folk artists


Maud suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which reduced her mobility, especially
in her hands, affecting the size and detail of her work, but not the popularity.


After their deaths, the house was sold to the Province of Nova Scotia and transferred
to the care of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.The AGNS restored the house
and installed it as the Maud Lewis House as part of a permanent exhibit.


Lewis was a prolific artist and painted on more or less every available surface
in their tiny home: walls, doors, breadboxes, and even the stove


Only in the last three or four years of Lewis' life did her paintings begin to sell for seven to ten dollars.
She achieved national attention as a folk artist following an article in the Toronto-based Star
Weekly in 1964. In 1965, she was featured on CBC-TV's Telescope. Her arthritis limited her
ability to complete many of the orders that had come from her national recognition.


Day 7
Peggy's Cove
City Tour Halifax
Halifax Garden
Halifax Citadel
Farewell Dinner



The most-photographed lighthouse in the world




The wind at Peggy's Cove was a hair-raising experience


This means you are on your own if you are swept away by a wave




An inflatable life raft was being demonstrated on the dock



Elsa's New Boyfriend





Lucky for us, lobsters never figure out how to crawl out of the traps.


Take the picture quickly, I need my umbrella again





William E. deGarthe carved this “lasting monument to Nova Scotian fishermen” on
a 30-metre (100-feet) long granite outcropping situated behind his house in Peggy’s Cove along the
South Shore. The sculpture depicts 32 fishermen, their wives and children, St. Elmo with wings
spread, and the legendary Peggy of Peggy’s Cove


Our tour of the Acadian Maple Syrup factory.


It won't fit in my suitcase


Lunch on Our Own in Halifax

Our Epicurean Adventure begins with two plastic bags
Mussels for Pedro and Shrimp for Elsita


Looks Easy at First...


What have I gotten myself into?


Was it More Work than it was Worth?
I'm a mess and still hungry after peeling 2 pounds of shrimp


Farewell Dinner

Farewell Dinner in Halifax


With 40 new friends...


...and no new enemies


A Toast to an interesting 8 days traveling 2000 km by bus around
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Cape Bretton



On the left, our Most Gracious Tour Director, Heather Patenaude
who lives near Halifax with her family


Day 8
Saturday, September 29th
Depart for Home
Halifax to Toronto to Los Angeles

Leaving Halifax for Toronto, homeward bound


Toronto in the distance



Tour One - Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal
The order was chosen to provide the best airline access


Tour Two - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island