Fundy Rose: Relax on the New Brunswick – Nova Scotia ferry

Fundy Rose FerryWith family in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, we do a lot of travelling between the two provinces. Usually we drive, but if we’re headed to the Annapolis Valley we try to take the ferry instead – it saves time and lets us stretch our legs instead of being cooped up in the car. Thanks to Bay Ferries Ltd, we had the chance this summer to check out the new ferry, the Fundy Rose, which replaced the aging Princess of Acadia this year. It felt a little odd, since we had spent so many hours on the Princess of Acadia, but the Fundy Rose impressed right from the time we stepped into the passenger compartment.

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Barracks Fine Craft Shops – unique finds in the heart of Fredericton

Barracks Fine Craft shopsIn the heart of downtown Fredericton lies the Soldier’s Barracks, built in the 1820’s to house British Soldiers. Every summer this historic building is home to the Barracks Fine Craft Shops and hosts an eclectic selection of artists works, making it one of the best spots in town to pick up handmade, unique gifts. (If you’re here Saturday morning, definitely check out the Farmer’s Market as well).

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Great Vietnamese food in Bedford: I Love Pho Restaurant

I Love Pho Restaurant in Bedford, Nova ScotiaI developed a taste for Vietnamese food when a small restaurant (sadly no longer there) popped up down the street from my condo in Clayton Park about ten years ago. Four years spent in Calgary – which boasts, I think, more Vietnamese restaurants than it does Tim Hortons – solidified it into an addiction. Luckily my husband shares my love of Vietnamese food (we’re working on our daughter), unluckily Fredericton’s offerings are… inadequate.

So when I spotted I Love Pho Restaurant during a vacation run on the Bedford Highway (long story), an immediate craving took over, and I knew we had to give it a try. Continue reading

The best coffee in Cavendish: Samuel’s Coffee House

The best latte I've ever had - from Samuel's Coffee HOuse in CavendishWe love our annual trip to the Otentiks in the Prince Edward Island National Park, we really do. But because we only “camp” once a year, I haven’t invested in a french press, and instant coffee is a vile substance that barely reaches the bar of enabling me to function. Staring at my mug of insta-vile on morning two of our trip, I suddenly remembered the kind and helpful Twitterer who last year suggested we try Samuel’s Coffee House in Avonlea Village for coffee. Continue reading

5 things on my Fredericton to-do list this summer

Barracks Fine Craft shops, Fredericton TourismI recently wrote a piece for Fredericton Tourism’s new website, and the research process reminded me just how many things our family has still to explore in this beautiful city.

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