Part 2: Across Canada Adventure with Warren Darbyson
On day seven we headed out early in the morning for Marathon, ON. This drive took us along Lake Superior, home to the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Miles and miles of shoreline and endless opportunities to stop and take in the view. That night we camped at Penn Lake Park. I recommend this beautiful little campsite on its own little lake if you are in the area and need a place to park your camper. Also, another recommendation for this town is a fantastic restaurant named Station Four: excellent food, great service, and reasonable prices. Marathon also has a few amazing beaches. One has beautiful rocks coloured like Easter eggs.
Day eight we headed for Sturgeon Falls where we stayed at the Sturgeon Falls KOA. This camp site was located at a private marina/lagoon that led out to Lake Nipissing. Very beautiful setting where we were able to enjoy watching the boat traffic. We got lucky with having a few very hot and sunny days. On the way to Sturgeon Falls ,we stopped at Aguasabon River falls and gorge. It’s a very short hike to the falls where you can view the falls and rushing water in the gorge. Well worth the stop! We are both working on the road, and the weather gave us the chance to set-up an outdoor office at the campground.
On day nine we drove to Ottawa to visit an NL dealer there called RV Canada. We then drove north of Ottawa 2 ½ hours to Lac-des-Ecores to visit the local NL dealership, Roulottes HL. We joined a very good friend of ours to have dinner in his restaurant called “La maison cachée” in Mont Laurier. If you are every going through this little town and you want an unpretentious dining experience that is locally sourced, you must stop and check it out. He also has a fantastic butcher shop of Quebec meats.
The following morning, day ten, we hit the road to Granby, QC to visit another NL dealer, VR Evolution, and then headed to Quebec City to visit E. Boudreault VR. As we were excited to reach our daughter and her boyfriend in Truro, NS as soon as possible, we drove a long day to Edmundston, NB where we stayed at Camping Basile. This is a nice little campsite with showers, laundry, and a pool.
Day 11 is the day we’re looking forward to the most! We drove through Fredericton and Moncton to finally arrive at our daughter and boyfriend’s house in Truro, NS. They just moved there in April, so we were all anxious to see each other. Also, we have spent the entire trip carrying things they couldn’t fit in their move: winter tires, bikes, hockey gear, and a large tub of houseplants that we had to work very hard to keep alive! Getting rid of this stuff will make our tour of Cape Breton and our trip home a lot more comfortable!
Day 12, 13, and 14 were spent in Truro. It was great to have a full kitchen and larger bathroom for a few days! We toured Truro, visited Halifax, took in a Dallas Smith concert, golfed at Brookfield Golf & Country Club, and checked out Dalhousie Truro campus where our daughter will start in September.