Ottawa to Newfoundland

Driving from Ottawa to Newfoundland. Planning to take highway 30 to bypass Montreal. We took this route last year. Our plan is to over-night in Fredericton and drive to North Sydney the following morning. We will be taking a night crossing.

Marine Atlantic schedule

Don’t forget to book your reservations.

Very busy, trying to finish some things around our daughter’s house that needs to be done. The rain storm tonight put a monkey wrench into some of my outdoor work related plans.

The main thing is not to panic.

Left Anprior at 5:30am and had breakfast at a restaurant in Quebec just before Highway 30. Got on 30 at the toll entrance and then took highway 20 at Levis to River du Loup . Note: Personally, I would prefer some English added to the signs in Quebec. Bilingualism is not bilingualism in Quebec. It’s  Unilingualism on all road signs.  They should consider the tourist. That being said, Quebec is a beautiful province and the people we met were very friendly.

We then took highway 85 as it enters New Brunswick from Quebec. This is a great highway. We had virtually no traffic between 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Over-nighted at The Day’s Inn, Oromocto. The room was clean.

This was a long day!

I’m not a lover of long trips. My day, would be around 600 to 700kms with over nights.

The road to th Newfoundland Ferry from Oromocto to North Sydney.

My wife has a cooler full of cucumbers. It’s an effort to keep them from going bad in the heat.  Success!

We ate at a restaurant, on Queen Street, a couple of hours before boarding. Forgot the name! It’s across the street from the sandbar, where the  boats are moored.  Not fond of haddock but it wasn’t too bad deep fried. Service was good and the restaurant was clean.

The ferry crossing was uneventful as I took a tylenol and slept through the night. Mad rush to the elevators to get down to the vehicle. One elevator broken. Always amazed at how fast they get the traffic flowing.

I wish the government would twin the highway from Port Aux Basques to some point where the flow of traffic can filter in without people rushing. The speeds and where people pass are frightening,

We stopped at The Big Stop, in Deer Lake, for breakfast. They have done a great job on the reno. Breakfast was good, especially the fish cakes and bologna (balogna). Some of us pronounce it with the ba,,

We arrived on The East Coast (Con Bay South) at around 7:00pm.

Bakepple Yogurt

Bakeapples are one of my favorite wild berries and I decided why not use them for bakeapple yogurt. I usually buy yogurt that has the various berries incorporated into the mixture

My yogurt of choice is The Beatrice twelve pack but normally there are four vanillas in the packaging. I’m not a fan of vanilla yogurt so usually my wife or one of the grand-children gets to eat those.

One day, all the flavors were gone and only a couple of vanilla were left.

BakeApple Yogurt or Cloudberry Yogurt

I decided to mix some bakeapple jam, that we had in the refrigerator, into the vanilla yogurt. The result was a delicious tasting bakeapple yogurt.

As mentioned above

“Beatrice is my yogurt of choice

as I like the consistency

as well as the price.”  stevewish

But you can use your favorite brand of yogurt. Personally, I like straining the bakeapples,  after cooking, through a strainer to remove the seeds.

I also discovered that I can have my own Partridge Berry Yogurt, Blueberry Yogurt, Marshberry Yogurt or whatever is available in the refrigerator.

Sometimes, I use the natural berries in the vanilla yogurt.

Please feel free to comment or offer suggestions.

The following picture is from The White Sails Inn in Eastport. Please click the image to visit the website.

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I look forward to bakeapple, partridge berry and blueberry picking seasons. We like to keep freezer bags of frozen berries in the deep freeze.

We prefer  to freeze the blueberries on a tray before packaging them in the freezer bags, They hold their shape and are much easier to separate. We just pour the partridge berries into the bags and put them in the deep freeze. The bakeaplle freezes well, however; this year we may try the same method as we do with the blueberries.

It’s always a joy to take out frozen berries and use them for your favorite recipe or jam.

Apparently, bakeapples are scarce this year because of the frost. Hoping to be able to buy some when I get home in mid august.

Aug 13,2015: Checked with our daughter, who is visiting family, in Birchy Bay. No bakeapples!  Have to check other places around the island. I like my bakeapples.