Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada

For our day off we decided to make a trip over to New Brunswick.

Some of their highway signs are a little different than ours.

Does anyone know what this sign means? This isn’t a quiz, we couldn’t figure it out. If you know, please send me an e-mail. We saw this sign several times on Highway 2.

Our destination was Grand Falls. The city of Grand Falls has approximately 6,000 people (New Brunswick has approximately 750,000).

Although the Falls didn’t have a lot of water flowing over them, they were still quite pretty. The Falls are 75 feet high and the Gorge is about a mile long. The St. John River is 450 miles long.

To help with scale, the Visitor Center is the building on the right, way above the gorge.

The Dam was finished in 1928 and is 579 feet long with a flow of water of 400,000 gallons per second (compared to about 90% of Niagara Falls).

There is also a zipline that you can take across the gorge. We didn’t take the time to go on it this trip but while we were there we saw several people zipping across the gorge.

They are a little hard to see but there is an adult and a child on the zip lines.

The rocks are limestone and sandstone. These deep holes are called “Wells in Rocks” and some of them are 27 feet deep and 15 feet wide.

The Ron Turcotte Bridge crosses the Gorge.
Ron Turcotte is a thoroughbred race horse jockey best known as the rider of Secretariat, winner of the US Triple Crown in 1973. At the age of 36 his career ended in 1978 following a tumble from his horse that left him a paraplegic. He lives close to Grand Falls.

St. John River

1 comment:

  1. The sign in question refers to the "Fiddlehead Route". A scenic route through New Brunswick