Beaches, who knew?
There are no moorings and no anchoring in Lockeport’s harbor so we spent the next two nights docked at the White Gull Marina and Restaurant. The White Gull Restaurant is a nice little place to grab a bite to eat. Apparently they fabulous fish and chips but we didn’t know that when we grabbed a bite to eat there. Next time!
Lockeport is a quiet little community surrounded by beaches. Summer had arrived in full force (but just for two days) and it was hot! We took a short walk to the town’s longest beach that is about a mile long with sand that is so fine it is difficult to get it off your feet! There were some people swimming and I wished I had worn my swim suit but it was refreshing to walk down the beach and wade in the cool water. As always we found a stick to throw into the water for Shamus! Being part lab retrieving sticks out of the water is one of his favorite games. This game of fetch was particularly fun since there were some small waves breaking on the beach. Shamus would bound over the waves to get to his stick and on his return swim to the beach he would end up body surfing back in. Tim and I couldn’t help but laugh watching a small wave roll into shore with our pups snoot and ears sticking out the front of it. Too bad we didn’t have the camera with us!
Lockeport is a working harbor with a good sized fishing fleet and a fish processing plant right next to the slips. We didn’t mind the fish processing plant as our view from the cockpit also had a nice view of the oldest houses in Lockeport and a nice little sand beach. If you need to re-provision this is a great place to do so. Lockeport has a great little food market located very close to the marina. It is definitely the best market we have been to in Nova Scotia so far.
Tim and I expected the coast line of Nova Scotia to be rocky like the Maine Coast. We definitely weren’t expecting mile long beaches with soft white sand! I have mentioned in prior posts that Tim and I aren’t beach people. Our favorite beach is on Roque Island off the Maine Coast. Like Roque’s beach we find the beaches in Nova Scotia prettier than those we have visited in the Caribbean. The contrast of sandy white beaches, and grassy dunes surrounded by evergreen trees and rocks, and the clear sparkling water is just more aesthetically appealing to us. The water being too cold to swim in isn’t much of an issue. The sea breeze blowing onto the beaches is often cool and refreshing so don’t get overly hot while strolling down the beach. In certain places the water does warm up enough to take a swim and in the places it doesn’t a quick wade into the water will cool you down quickly! Aaaah!
We docked at one of the slips owned by the LaHave Bakery around 8 PM. It is a great bakery and a convenient place to stop if you want any baked goods such as muffins, cookies, or fresh bread. We stayed on the bakery’s dock for one night and then moved a little further up the river and picked up a mooring at the LaHave River Yacht Club. That night was “sponsor night” at the club. Sponsor’s night is a weekly event where a local business sponsors dinner at the club. I know I sound like a broken record when talking about how friendly the people are here in Nova Scotia but once again we received a warm welcome by the club’s members especially Scott Young, and Fred and Heather Jeffers. We ended sponsor night with the three of them aboard Fred and Heather’s boat having a Goslings Rum night cap! Tim and I recovered just in time for them to join us the next evening on our boat! We look forward to having a rendezvous with them when we pass through the area on our way back to Maine.
We loved just walking around Lunenburg. There are signs posted throughout the town that tell you a lot about its history. Many of the homes and churches date back to the colonization of Lunenburg by the English and German settlers in the 1700’s. The buildings have been beautifully maintained by their current residents and many of them also have beautiful gardens.
Prince Inlet and Mahone Bay
Saturday we explored the mountain bike trails in the town of Mahone Bay. The trails twist through a beautiful forest. They are not technically difficult but they are fun! We need to thank Al and his wife who own the “Sweet Ride” bike shop in Mahone Bay for the information they shared about the trails. It is part bicycle shop part candy shop. An interesting concept for sure.
Round Island, "A Christmas Story" in June!
We now know that Shamus is part lab and part “Bumpus Hound.” For those of you who have seen the classic movie “A Christmas Story” - the one where the little boy wants a BB gun for Christmas and everyone keeps saying “you’ll shoot your eye out kid!” then you will recall that Christmas is almost ruined when the Bumpus’ Hounds steal the Christmas turkey right off the table.
We had a great time at Round Island and headed back to Mahone Bay on Sunday night where Bruce and Diane Jardine invited us to raft up to their Beneteau rather than have us pay another mooring fee! They will be heading in the same direction as us when they leave for their summer cruise in a couple weeks. Hopefully, we will meet up with them again.