Fredericton, NB, Canada

Kings LandingThe 20 RVs left Houlton Maine in groups of three or four RVs every 15 minutes, on a sunny Monday morning — day three of the caravan.  We crossed the border into Canada with no problems, except for three RVs that were selected to be searched.  Don’t be a Texan.  Canadian guards think that all Texan’s carry concealed weapons!!!  We traveled 75 miles to Fredericton, but stopped briefly for a few hours to tour "Kings Landing".  This small community is a historical settlement which was re-created in the late 1960’s when the buildings were moved to this site to allow construction of a hydroelectric dam nearby. The homes, farms and stores date back to the 1800’s. We visited with the "residents" dressed in costumes of the period. Please be certain to click on extra photos. It tells a wonderful story which you must see.

Mirror on St John RiverEveryone arrived that afternoon at Hartt Island RV Resort, near Fredericton — a beautiful river side RV park where we so appreciated the sunny weather that day. That evening, we embarked on a sunset cruise with a small patio boat. We could not believe our eyes as we stared in awe at the multitude of eagles along the flat river and small lagoons. The water was like glass, with vegetation along the shore, creating an exact mirror image of the shores.  The sunset was gorgeous.

Costumed guide in FrederictonThe following day we drove only five miles into nearby Fredericton, a beautiful treed community.  Two tour guides dressed in 1800’s attire guided us through many city blocks pointing out various historical sites. At 11am we all gathered by the city square to witness the changing of the guard (a Tattoo) performed by local students in full uniform.  We concluded in the City Council chambers of the city hall where the city’s history, depicted on 27 tapestries, was described to us.

Spinning shaft of generatorA few of us were really interested in the Canadian Mactaquac hydro electric plant on the St John river. We were met by a very knowledgeable young student who gave us a wonderful tour into the bowels of the plant and generators — definitely more than you would see these days in USA power plants.  The dam, originally expected to last 100 years, will only last 60 due to the mineral in the New Brunswick rock used in the cement — it is really leaking.

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