Our fishing adventure

Sometimes when you’re on vacation, you have to let go of the plan and go with the flow.

Today, our last full day in Nova Scotia, we’d planned for a morning fishing trip and an afternoon drive up the coast to see the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove. But when we arrived in Lunenburg at the wharf, the fishing boat was out and would be another hour. We decided to head out to Peggy’s Cove for the morning, and do our fishing adventure in the afternoon, but before we were 10 minutes out of town we’d managed to make two wrong turns, the baby was melting down and another boy was complaining about tummy trouble. We scratched the Peggy’s Cove plan and wandered around Lunenburg for a bit hoping that everyone would settle down a bit. By the time we’d explored for a while, the hour had elapsed and we were able to head out to sea after all.

We had the old fashioned fishing boat and Captain Fred all to ourselves, and we started with a pleasant little jaunt around Lunenburg Harbour. Then we set anchor near the (snicker, it’s true) Highliner fish plant, and put in our lines.

Our fishing adventure with Captain Fred

Can you see the stoic look on the littlest one’s face? He was not impressed, right up until I showed him how to crank the reel, and then he was (snicker) hooked. Tristan got the (only) catch of the day, a good 3 or 5 lbs of flounder. (And? A flounder is a spectacularly ugly fish!)

So we never did make it out to Peggy’s Cove, but we can always save that for our next Nova Scotia vacation. Come to think of it, we didn’t see a single lighthouse the whole trip. Isn’t Nova Scotia supposed to be lousy with them?

Author: DaniGirl

Canadian. storyteller, photographer, mom to 3. Professional dilettante.

3 thoughts on “Our fishing adventure”

  1. Peggy’s Cove is lovely, but honestly, there’s not a whole lot to see or do there with little kids. It’s pretty much just some rocks and the lighthouse. Fishing is probably more fun for everyone.

  2. Totally agree with Amber. You were best to stay in Lunenburg. Now Tristan call tell all his buddies back in Ottawa that he was on a real fishing boat and was the only one who caught a real fish…just like a real fisherman! Would have been fun to see a lighthouse but then you would have wanted to climb to the top of it and with a toddler in tow or in your arms…umm, not so much.

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