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Unicorn Tour

Yesterday I took a bunch of Mopar drivers on a tour of Western Nova Scotia

1y ago

A couple of months ago I started planning a one-day cruise around the western end of my home province, Nova Scotia. The plan was to go by myself, but I threw the idea out into a couple of FB groups I'm in, and the idea stuck with one of them, the Maritime Challenger Club. I'm personal friends with 4 of the attendees and FB friends with most of the others, and a bunch of us do the show circuit together as a Mopar contingent.

Warning, heavy pics and historical/touristy stuff.

The route

The route

My 2010 SRT8 was the only Charger there, leading an initial group of 9 Challengers. I'm used to being the unicorn in any group. In the six years since I moved back home to NS I have only seen one other 2006-20010 SRT8, a black one that I've only seen two years at the same show. And I go to a lot of shows and meets.

I started out by filling up in New Minas at approximately 6:45am and then went off to the first meeting spot just up the highway, where I met up with 3 friends from the area in a couple of cars. From there we headed south to Chester Basin, where we met up with the 7 other cars.

Lunenburg deserves much more than a 30 minute stop -- it really should be one half of a day trip, so I made the decision to bypass it.

Lunenburg Waterfront

Lunenburg Waterfront

(picture from Nova Scotia Tourism) Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries continue to greet visitors with their colourful façades.

Our first stop therefore was Port Medway Lighthouse Park (1687 Port Medway Rd, Port Medway, NS, B0J 2T0 ), where we complained about the damp pavement.

Next up was Fort Point Lighthouse (21 Fort Lane, Liverpool, NS, B0T 1G0 )

Shot out of a cannon...

Shot out of a cannon...

There's lots more to see in Liverpool, but, as with Lunenburg earlier and subsequently Shelburne, we pressed onward rather than spending more time exploring.

As mentioned, I also decided to bypass Shelburne, which would be the great second half of a day trip including Lunenburg.

Dock Street, Shelburne

Dock Street, Shelburne

(picture from Nova Scotia Tourism)

Our next stop was the Seal Island Light Museum (2422 Highway 3, Barrington Head, NS, B0W 1E0 )

the Fresnel lens

the Fresnel lens

This is just a museum for the Seal Island Lighthouse, which, surprise!, is located on Seal Island, 25km off the SE tip of NS.

We passed by, but didn't stop at, the Shag Harbour Incident Society UFO Interpretative Centre, 5615 Highway 3, Shag Harbour, NS, B0W 3B0

from Wikipedia: The Shag Harbour UFO incident was the reported impact of an unknown large object into waters near Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, a tiny fishing village on the Atlantic coast, on October 4, 1967. The reports were investigated by various civilian (RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard) and military (Canadian Forces navy and air force) and the U.S. Condon Committee.

We stopped at Yarmouth for lunch and to fuel up a couple of vehicles. One attendee threatened to find a touchless car wash to take his "never been on wet pavement before" Rallye Redline Challenger through. He didn't follow through though.

Yarmouth stop, prior to everyone going various places for lunch

Yarmouth stop, prior to everyone going various places for lunch

Leaving Yarmouth after lunch we moved on to the Baccaro Point Lighthouse at Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park (39 Lighthouse Rd, Cape Saint Mary, NS, B5A 5B4 )

This was where my friend with the drone got it aloft and got some flyover videos (which I'm still waiting to see, although I have the one still image used as the hero image).

Also at Cape Saint Mary, we took a few minutes to check out a few fishing boats.

Next to last, we stopped at Église catholique Sainte-Marie, a Catholic church Church Point.

from Wikipedia: Église Sainte-Marie is one of the largest and tallest wooden buildings in North America. Built in the form of a cross, the church nave measures 58m (190 feet) in length, with transepts that are 41m (135ft) across. The church spire rises 56m (184ft) from floor to steeple, with its cross adding another 1.67 m (5ft 6in). Originally 4.6m (15ft) taller, the church steeple was struck by lightning in 1914, requiring part of the spire to be rebuilt.

from their website: A historical place of worship, the church, with its steeple rising 56.4 m (185 feet) above the ground, is the largest wooden church in North America. Built over a period of two years, from 1903 to 1905, by 1500 volunteers under the supervision of a master carpenter who could neither read nor write, it features large columns which are actually complete 20 m (70ft) tall tree trunks.

And 5 minutes from the church was out last stop, Le Phare de la Pointe (Church Point Lighthouse), 115 Lighthouse Rd, Church Point, NS B0W 1M0

Then it was onward to home, filling up at the same station where I had started the trip, 12 hours and 5 minutes and 585km later.

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Comments (3)

  • Thanks for this post! You really put a lot of effort into it and I enjoyed reading it. Since we can’t travel, it was very interesting! Plus those Challengers all in a row are so beautiful! And your unicorn too!

      1 year ago
  • Looks like a great little trip! I need something a little more modern to take drives like this that I enjoy. Your gen SRT Chargers are at very nice prices down this way...

      1 year ago
    • They were, and still are, given much less attention than Challengers, so they were rarer to start with (in SRT guise especially), and now this first modern gen is 10 years old, so they are becoming even more rare.

      They are surprisingly nice...

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        1 year ago