Canada Day 2013 Events in the Maritimes

I’ve always thought of Canada Day as the start of summer.

You know those kids that never win anything? That was me. But when I was about 7, I won a trophy for my entry into the Canada Day bicycle parade of the (very small) town in Ontario that we lived in. I suppose that award (for bedecking my bicycle in red and white tissue paper, basically) disposed me to be especially fond of Canada Day. The spectacular fireworks between Windsor and Detroit later in my childhood cemented my love for our national holiday.

If, like me, you’re celebrating Canada Day in the Maritimes this year, here are a few options for you: Continue reading

3 reasons to visit the Fundy Discovery Aquarium

Fundy Discovery AquariumThis weekend is the Fundy Seafood Festival in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and if you’re in town with kids, consider visiting the Fundy Discovery Aquarium while you’re there.

Looking for fun things to do with Amelia, we visited the aquarium a few weeks ago, and our (almost) 2-year-old daughter had a fabulous time. Continue reading

Great drives: Peggy’s Cove

The road to Peggy's Cove, NS

Driving this twisting, well-maintained road is one of my favourite things about the Maritimes.

Driving from Halifax to the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is one of life’s great pleasures.

This twisty two-lane highway is one of the best-maintained in Nova Scotia and winds through some delightful villages, the scenery periodically opening up to panoramic ocean views before twisting and turning back inland. Continue reading

Toddler Time: Rockwood Park, Saint John

If you’re travelling with young kids, finding places and activities that let them blow off steam and have a little fun is crucial. This series of blog posts, Toddler Time, will show you where in the Maritimes you can do exactly that. Continue reading

LaHave Bakery, Nova Scotia

Leaving my mother’s cottage in East Port Medway, Highway 331 winds along the Lighthouse Route on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, whisking us past the green lawns and carefully tended flower gardens of rural homes set far back from the road, and occasionally opening up to allow a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocky shoreline.

Slowing down to 50 km/hr, we approach the small town of LaHave. The roads narrow, and houses come closer to the road, eventually perching right on the edge of the street. Parking is a challenge during the summer, but now, mid-May, we’re able to find a spot right in front of the LaHave Bakery. Continue reading