Day 38 – July 14 – Grand Falls, NB to Fredericton, NB

Today involved the least stops of interest so far on this trip. We drove one of the backroads south to Fredericton and arrived in town quite early because there was only one place we stopped, other than to photograph some lovely reflections.

There is a McCain factory at Grand Falls and the first part of our morning was driving past potato farms. They obviously stagger the planting because we saw everything from small plants to full bloom to harvesting.

There is a dam at Tobique Narrows where the Tobique Rive joins the St. John River and the road goes right over the top of it. We stopped on the far side and walked back to take some pictures.

The light was lovely for long stretches of the river further down the road so we pulled over a couple of times to capture the reflections.

Near Perth.

Christ Church Anglican

Atop a rise we made another stop to check the forest view.

This was a favourite spot to drop a kayak or fishing boat. There was a home-made launch slide set down the bank.

Up and down hills again, but this time with forest on both sides and not farms.

We arrived in Fredericton about 1:30 and drove right downtown to Queen Street to see Garrison Square.

The parade ground was torn up and under renovation to make a nice park but there was a monument there commemorating the 200th anniversary of the New Brunswick 104th Regiment of Foot and their epic winter march to Kingston, Ontario that we had just read about at the blockhouse yesterday.

We walked next door to the Regional Museum of Fredericton which is located in one of the old garrison buildings. Neither of us was hugely impressed with it but they did have some interesting things and stories. The strangest was two rooms devoted to a ufologist who gave lectures and wrote books on alien encounters. I assume he was a local professor. We did not read too much of it. He was very famous though.

This 17th Century British mortar round was discovered near the site of the British seige of Fort St. Joseph (1696), which is near the mouth of the Nashwaak River.

One room was devoted to the various Accords and meetings that led up to Canada’s Confederation.

There was a room displaying lovely articles made by the aboriginal Madawaska.

It did not take us too long to tour the museum so we wandered down Queen Street to see more of the old buildings. However, there is a Thursday night market in the summer and all the vendors were setting up their tents so all the buildings were blocked by them. We may go back tomorrow and take another look.

We walked through the square and up the steps to the pedestrian overpass to get a photo of the old lighthouse.

It was after 3:30 as we drove the rest of the way down Queen Street and out of town to our hotel. So, all in all a pretty laid-back day.

We have realized we don’t do cities well. We don’t shop, we don’t picnic in parks, or go to art galleries (except once in awhile) and we don’t wander down streets looking in windows at things we don’t want or need. Once we have checked out the museums that interest us we are pretty much done. Does that make us terrible tourists, I wonder?

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