Into Saint John, NB & our last stop

On Wednesday, Sept 19 we drove into Saint John with our destination being the campground at Rockwood Park.  This is one of the largest urban parks in North America and has a great camp area with full hookups.  We actually were on a hill overlooking the city and harbor.  We set up then drove into town and worked our way around the harbor to see some of the lobster boats and small homes where the fishermen live.  This is us on the small dock by a large stack of lobster traps.  Did you know lobster traps weigh 85-150 lbs each?  Each fisherman has a permit for 300 traps. Bet they have sore shoulders at night!  Saint John (pop. 70,000) is the only big city on the Bay of Fundy and has lots of industry, hotels, and docks where cruise ships off-load passengers for day trips. Since the weather was getting a bit drizzly we had to hurry to catch some of the sights and get pictures. Once it began to drizzle harder we went back to the Park and had lunch at Lily’s Cafe in the Visitor Center. Nice place with a view out onto one of several lakes in the park.  Kinda neat as it was raining and windy outside.  Next morning we set out to go see the Saint John City Market downtown and then go to Costco.  This is the first Costco we had seen in many states as Maine does not have one at all and actually the Atlantic Maritimes have about four. Wonder when and if this will change?  The City Market dates back to 1876 and was built in the style of an inverted ship with hand hewn timbers and dovetailed joints in the ceiling and actually covers an entire city block.  It has fresh vegetables, fish, meats, prepared foods and even a coffee bar.  It was clean and amazing to see a place in continous business for almost 140 years.  There were two criuse ships in the harbor so foot traffic was a bit heavy in town. We drove around awhile looking over the city then decided to go back and get ready to leave for home and the USA.  As we drove east Friday morning on Hwy 1 towards Maine, we noticed miles of high wire fence being built along the highway.  A quick bit of smart phone research determined it was wildlife fencing to keep the moose off the highway.  Seems as if the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Transportation Department have built about 324 miles of this fence to protect drivers.  They say that there are over 300 accidents a year with moose collisions. Actually we saw more moose signs in all these north eastern areas than we saw moose.  Our moose score = 0  Guess we were lucky!

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