As much as we hated leaving Cape Breton Island
so soon, we were also excited about what we'd find in the Halifax area
of the province. We have reservations at a campground in a suburb north
of Halifax for the next seven nights
and it will serve as our base to explore the central Atlantic coast side
of Nova Scotia.
Canso at Port Hastings; this strait separates Cape Breton Island from
Route: West on CA 105 and CA 104 to
Truro. South on NS 102 to the Dartmouth-Halifax area. West on NS 213 to
Woodhaven RV Park in Hammonds Plains in the northern 'burbs of Halifax.
I highlighted our route in yellow and marked the campground with a red
Traffic and road conditions: Traffic was moderately heavy the
whole way, even on Cape Breton Island. Parts of the route were freeway,
parts two-lane with good passing lanes up hills. Most road surfaces were
good, although some bridges were rough. There was no road construction.
Weather: We knew Halifax and southern Nova Scotia were supposed
to get 1-2" of rain today. We were pleased that the road was dry and it
was partly sunny until we got to New Glasgow, about 1/2 the distance. We
had rain off and on until we got to Truro. From there south it poured
View of Cobequid Bay from Truro; this bay is the NE
finger of the Bay of Fundy.
Fortunately, the rain was just a drizzle when we got to the RV park and
set up the camper. It continued for about an hour, then quit. According
to the local evening news, there was quite a storm in the Halifax area
in the morning. We're
glad we missed most of it.
WOODHAVEN RV PARK
We originally found this campground during an internet search and made
our reservation while we were in New Hampshire.
We found Woodhaven easily with our GPS. Check-in was quick, although the
fella manning the desk wasn't nearly as sociable or helpful as the folks
at the Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground. We paid $248 CA in cash for one
week (seven days for price of six = $35.43/night) for a full hookup site
with 30-amp electricity. Our actual cost in U.S. money was less.
We were assigned a particular site but it was occupied when we got
there. Jim called the office and the guy said to take any site we wanted
on that row near the back of the campground.
We took a pull-thru site two spaces over.
The sites in our row are double-long with hookups behind us on
the opposite side of the site for a back-in or pull-thru from the other
direction, but they don't have much space between them. It's the
first time we've seen that configuration.
Fortunately, during the time
we were here (one week) we had next door neighbors on our doorside for
only one night. No one ever parked behind any of us on our row during
the week we were here.
we wish we'd paid a few more dollars per night for a 50-amp site. They
are larger side-to-side and have more foliage for privacy screening between
Most sites are gravel with grass. Ours is on a sideways slant, which
made leveling a bit more difficult but at least water doesn't accumulate
under or near the camper. We like the location of our site at the back
of the campground. It is quieter with less traffic and we're close to
woods and a trail where we can let the dogs run loose.
We initially had a problem with the campground's WiFi. Even though we
are very close to a WiFi pole, neither of us could get online until Jim
spent several minutes on the phone with the company that provides the
service. After that we got on easily and had a good signal.
Our phone signal is also strong (five bars) and we can get two local TV
stations clearly for news and other programs.
The RV park is quite large and has two laundry rooms, two rest rooms,
two playgrounds, a pool, a store, and a rec room.
There is also a large grassy field where Jim can play ball with Casey.
During our stay she got to meet and play with several large dogs.
The park was about 3/4 full on the weekend we arrived and half full on
weekdays. There are a good number of seasonal folks from warmer climes
in the States -- the opposite of snowbirds -- as well as
Nova Scotia residents who are here on vacation or just for the weekend.
We've met some interesting people here this week.
For more information about Woodhaven RV Park, click on this
After lunch and getting settled in on our arrival day we drove about 10
miles to the nearest Walmart. It's listed online as a super-store.
Among other things, I found milk significantly cheaper than in Baddeck
($5.67 CA here for 4 liters, which is more than a gallon, so the price
isn't so terrible with our lower American exchange rate). There is no sales tax
on food in Canada.
During our stay we went to three "super" Walmarts in Halifax. None of
them had anywhere near as much food selection as most of the super-WMs
where we've shopped in the
States. (There are some so-called super-WMs in some U.S. cities that
don't have much food, either. Tucson, AZ comes to mind.)
Like Walmart, other big box stores where we shopped in Halifax have some
American brands and some Canadian brands. We often buy store
brands so we aren't afraid to try Canadian brands that are new
to us. It's all part of the fun of traveling to another country!
Next entry: exploring Halifax harbor -- huge
Saturday seaport farmers' market, tall ships, and other sights/sounds
along the busy waterfront boardwalk
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2014 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil