Friday, May 31, 2013

Canadian RV Tour 2013 Background

With our boat-sitters arriving today it's all systems go for tomorrows departure to Nova Scotia, first stop Halifax. In fact this will be the first time Dee and I have visited the east coast and indeed any of Canada's three maritime provinces, so were excited to be visiting new ground.

Nova Scotia - One Of Canadas Three Maritime Provinces
Nova Scotia or 'New Scotland', so Dee will feel very much at home, is actually located almost exactly halfway between the Equator and the North Pole (44ยบ 39' N Longitude), it's provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the second-smallest province in Canada, with an area of 55,284 square kilometers (21,300 sq mi), including Cape Breton and some 3,800 coastal islands.

Cabot Trail - One Of Many In The Province
The province's mainland is the Nova Scotia peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, including numerous bays and estuaries. Nowhere in Nova Scotia is more than 67 km (42 mi) from the ocean. Cape Breton Island, a large island to the northeast of the Nova Scotia mainland, is also part of the province, as is Sable Island, a small island notorious for its shipwrecks, approximately 175 km (110 mi) from the province's southern coast.

Osprey (taken in British Columbia 2012) - Province Bird Of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia lies in the mid-temperate zone and, although the province is almost surrounded by water, the climate is closer to continental rather than maritime. The temperature extremes of the continental climate are moderated by the ocean. Described on the provincial vehicle-licence plate as Canada's Ocean Playground, the sea is a major influence on Nova Scotia's climate. It's cold winters and warm summers are modified and generally moderated by ocean influences. The province is surrounded by four major bodies of water, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Fundy to the west, the Gulf of Maine to the southwest, and Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.

RV Tour 2012 - Revelstoke Alberta
With over 472 bird species recorded in the Province, and the fact that most of this years RV tour will remain on or around the coast, we're really looking forward to a whole new experience, so stayed tuned for updates. You can also follow me on Twitter:

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