Thanks for the replies - I did search the forum, but only typed Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador - I didn't even think to type Maritimes? :
Any further info would be great too.
Just to give a bit of info on Bass Harbour area.....
We made use of the FREE 1hr bus (leaves hourly from Bass Harbor CG) to Bar Harbor on Friday - they have a great saying "if you dont like the service, we'll give you double your money back"? ;D
was great - if you like touristy gift shops etc. There is a newspaper produced which has the menus for most of the restaurants in that area - great for planning a meal out without having to visit each place first.
There was a cruise ship in port that day - the Maasdam.
Now, we've been on a few cruises and we know the average age (these days) to be 40, but everyone we saw from this ship was somewhat older (around 100 years older).
It was only tonight when Ann-Marie read one of her puzzle magazines from the UK, which refers to the ship as a NUDIST SHIP that we got all sorts of nightmarish thoughts in our head? ;D ;D - I think it was the bit about "cruisers bobbing about in the water" that may have us double-checking our Transatlantic cruise home next April.
was the longest coldest 7hrs we've ever spent in our lives. The deep sea fishing trip left South Harbor at 9am. By 10am we were in heavy seas and a lot of the 30 or so onboard were fealing the effects.
The captain decided to pull lobster pots first - remember every passenger gets a random pot and keeps legal catches. Roughly 50% got a lobster (some got 3).
Ann-Marie got 6 small crab claws - they just rip the main 2 off each crab and throw the majority back in. My soft side comes out here and I have to disagree with this practice - if your gonna eat most of the thing then great, but to kill it for 2 tiny claws is just not on (in my book).
Then, in my pot I got the ugliest fish you could ever hope to see. It was around 6 inches long and 4 inches wide, with lots of spikes up its back. We got a pic but it will be a while before its developed (my digital has broke again, so using 35mm).
When we reached our main fishing spot it was blowing a gale and freezing cold (but still no rain? ;D).
We dropped our lines but every 5 minutes were told to reel in as we needed to move away from lobster pots - we seemed to do this for ages and quickly lost interest in the fishing.
I caught a small Pollock - and Ann-Marie caught a DUCK !! (yes, you heard it correct, a DUCK).
As she was lowering her line with 2 fish heads for bait, a duck got to it before it went under and caught the barb in its beak - so she had to "land" the duck for it to be removed. (and I had the orange sauce ready too).
After around 2hrs we (and a lot of others) were feeling pretty ill and just sat there trying not to throw-up.
The boat returned to the Harbor after nearly 8hrs and we couldn't wait to get off.
Would we recommend this tour - No.
Not due to the weather, but the boat was just tatty and provided little escape from the elements. And Im not even gonna tell you about the toilet.
Seafood Ketch Restaurant
- we had planned to go to this place after our fishing trip, but didnt think we could stomach the smell of fish after out boat tour.
However, we decided to go - it's a 20 minute walk from the CG.
The setting was very pleasant on the harbor side and there is a good choice on the menu (including non-seafood). There is a great wine list as very reasonable prices.
Our food was OK for the very reasonable prices - although a baked potato cut into quarters and fried doesn't equal the menu description of steak fries in my book.
When we ordered a couple of desserts, we really didnt want to see the waitress in the kitchen licking the cake slice clean either !!
Well, that's it for our TOO short stay in this area, as we move on tomorrow.