|West Coast Harps||
Spent 3 days in Montreal, walking, hiring bixi bikes, eating at cafes and generally gawking.
Next stop Truro, Nova Scotia and then Newfoundland. Much curiosity about the harp from train passengers.
Left Vancouver on ViaRail travelling the "Canadian" as part of the "Artist on Board" program where I get my meals and travel in exchange for playing 3 x 3/4 hr sets in the skyline cars plus a couple of short performances in Vancouver and Jasper stations.
I've finished the first leg of my journey, having arrived 4 days later in Toronto, and only 9 hours behind schedule! Tomorrow I continue my travels to Montreal and after a few days exploring the city get aboard the "Ocean" ViaRail train to Truro Nova Scotia. From there to Sydney and then on the overnight ferry to Argentia, Newfoundland.
More to come when wifi permits (none on the trains).
Vancouver Central ViaRail Station
Writing this from New Glasgow, located on the Northumberland shore of Nova Scotia, near the ferry that runs from Pictou to Prince Edward Island. It's also a couple of hours' drive from Cape Breton which I haven't visited on (this) trip. I've been staying the last few days with a friend in Thorburn, making day trips to Pictou, Antigonish, and joining a music session at a local pub "The Dock".
Thorburn is like many Nova Scotian villages; a scattering of old houses, a handful of tall, white churches (many for sale) and many graveyards, one for each sect. Cape cod style houses built late early 1900's wooden with tall, steep roofs, straight and simple. Reminiscent of a child's drawing of a house complete with laden apple trees out front. My apple-leather-making food dryer would be smokin' here..
Since the last blog I've driven the western and north western shores skirting New Brunswick, always seeking the back-roads which are asphalted but mysteriously sign-posted. I've met lots of locals asking for directions and even they don't know.
Fly back from Halifax to Nanaimo tomorrow, with one stop in Calgary. The weather has cooled and my suitcase is empty of clothes as I'm wearing them all - toodle-oo - Alison
West Coast Harps
2235 Hummingbird Drive
Nanaimo BC V9X 1G6