New Brunswick Highland Games Festival

New Brunswick Highland Games at Old Government House, in FrederictonIt’s difficult to imagine a better setting for the provincial New Brunswick Highland Games Festival.  Government House in Fredericton, with its imposing building, sweeping lawns, and centuries-old trees soaring overhead, is at once awe-inspiring and relaxing.

Highland games are a celebration of Scottish culture, and they’re held throughout the world. The New Brunswick Highland Games is a comprehensive affair with competitions in bagpiping, drumming, heavy events (more on this later), and highland dancing alongside a Scottish festival featuring entertainment, clan booths, and a variety of workshops (Gaelic for beginners, a beer-tasting workshop, and a heavy events workshop where you could try your hand at turning a caber were among this year’s highlights). Throw in some food vendors and a kid’s corner, and you’ve got something for everyone. Continue reading

5 things to love about the trail system in Oromocto & Fredericton

The Fredericton Riverfront trail systemLiving near the Trans Canada Trail is one of our favourite things about moving to Oromocto. This section of the trail runs right from Oromocto all the way into Fredericton, and traverses some stunning scenery along the way.

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, or walker, you’ll find adding some time on the trails while you’re in the Fredericton area soothes the nerves, lets you see New Brunswick at its finest, and encourages you to explore (and isn’t that what travel is all about?).  Continue reading

Chess Piece Cafe: New Pâtisserie in Fredericton

Chesspiece-Cafe2If the buzz on Twitter is any indication, the Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Cafe is the hottest thing to open in downtown Fredericton since we moved here almost a year ago.

Intrigued by the buzz (and the promise of sugary deliciousness), I popped in recently for a business meeting and was delighted to find I’d stepped into a bright, sophisticated space – on looks alone, the Chess Piece cafe has carved out a distinct niche. Downtown Fredericton has several great cafes, but none quite as refined as this. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at NovaScotian Crystal

NovaScotian Crystal showroomWatching the craftsmen at NovaScotian Crystal take material from molten goop to a sparkling piece of fine crystal is mesmerizing. When the weather allows they open up the door to the glassworks and you can see these master craftsmen at work right from the boardwalk.

Ever since the shop opened up on the Halifax waterfront in 1996, I’ve made a point to stop and watch the spinning, shiny, hypnotic process every time I’m there when the doors are open. It’s one of the iconic images of the Halifax waterfront for me.

So when Larissa Law, NovaScotian Crystal’s Marketing & PR Coordinator, offered to give me a behind-the-scenes tour I didn’t just jump at the chance – I drove 826 kms round trip to make it happen. Continue reading