We were a little bit apprehensive about getting through Canadian immigration
- we had heard that they might want to see the rabies certificates for the cats (the fellow didn't ask about pets, so it didn't come up - but we had them in our "crossing the border" folder)
- we had heard that they might give us a hard time, even checking our rig, looking for guns, especially since we are from Texas (they specifically asked us about guns, but we truthfully told them that we didn't have any, the fellow repeated that it was illegal to have firearms in Canada and asked us again, and we again said we didn't have any)
- we had heard that there might be problems with certain foodstuffs (eggs, raw chicken) but he didn't ask anything about that
- he did ask what alcohol we had on board, and we told him what we had (we had checked beforehand on what was allowed)
- we had been told that we needed a special insurance paper - I don't know whether that is for immigration or in case we have an incident - we have the paper with us, but he didn't ask about it
The road from Bangor to Calais was a nice two-lane road with nice wide shoulders and truck passing lanes on the uphills. The road from Calais to Saint John is a 4 lane divided limited access highway with very little traffic - very easy driving.
We stopped at the visitor information center just south/west of Saint John to find out where we should go and at what time to see the "reversing rapids". We should have also asked "What time is it now?" Our Garmin knew that we were on a different timezone (I kept on wondering why it was telling me we would get to the campground an hour later than I was figuring we were getting there) but it didn't occur to us that we would be on a different timezone in New Brunswick - Atlantic time zone, an hour east of eastern time.
|We got the times of high and low tide - and they gave us a book with the tide information throughout the year.|
After we got checked in to our campground (Rockwood Park - right in Saint John - just a gravel lot, but it is a great location), we drove the Jeep to the reversing rapids. We were planning to get there about an hour before low tide, but, given that we were an hour off, you guessed it... we arrived right at low tide.
|Dwayne and Patti at Reversing Rapids|
|The river is flowing from left to right under the bridge, and turning to head out away from us toward the Bay of Fundy.|
|On the other side of the river, looking down toward the bridge - the river is flowing past us from right to left to go under the bridge.|
By the way, we weren't able to get online with our phones for most of today. We have WiFi in the campground, so I got on a chat session with a Verizon rep, and he was able to tell us how to change a setting on our phones to enable global data. So we should be in good shape for our on-going Canadian trip!