Top 5 spots to get a great coffee in downtown Fredericton

Lattes in bowls at the Best Coast Coffee Gallery in Broad Cove, NSThere’s nothing like a great coffee to start your day off right, clear away the cobwebs of jet lag, or keep you functional until the business day is over. Luckily, downtown Fredericton provides some phenomenal coffee shops (in addition to the ubiquitous Second Cup).

Give these favourites a try when you’re in town: Continue reading

LaHave Islands: Nova Scotia scenery in a nutshell

Crescent Beach Road, winding through the Lahave IslandsThe LaHave Islands are Nova Scotia scenery in a nutshell: rocky islands, ocean lapping at their bases; wharves piled high with lobster traps and surrounded by boats; forested roads that suddenly open up to sweeping ocean views; and a serene, 2-kilometer beach finishing (and starting) it all off.

While the LaHave Island archipelago boasts over 20 islands, Crescent Beach Road gives you access to 6. Look for Crescent Beach Road off of Route 331 between Rissers Beach Provincial Park and Bridgewater. It’s a short road, but so packed with scenery you’ll need to leave extra time for lots of stops if you’re driving. Continue reading

Nova Scotia icon Bluenose II sails again

The Bluenose II in her home port of Lunenburg, Nova ScotiaEver wonder why Nova Scotians are called buenosers? Yeah, me too. It turns out the fine folks in charge of the Bluenose II don’t know either, but the term originated in the 1700s and as a catch-all moniker for anything Nova Scotian, it was used to christen the original Bluenose. A racing ship launched in 1921, the Bluenose spent two decades undefeated. In 1963, the replica Bluenose II was launched, and it’s acted as an ambassador for Nova Scotia, and Canada, ever since. In 2009, a restoration was announced to ensure that our ambassador remained seaworthy… and she’s been out of commission ever since.

But, after a lengthy, controversial, and costly refurbishment, the Bluenose II is back in business. As luck would have it, we were in Lunenburg for the celebrations marking the start of the Bluenose II’s 2015 sailing season, and got to check out the deck of this Canadian icon for ourselves. Continue reading

The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café: a soothing escape in Brackley Beach, PEI

Gardens at the Dunes Studio Gallery & CafeAt the intersection of beauty and deliciousness, wonderful things happen. The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café, with its stunning gardens, locally crafted art, pottery, and jewelry, and intriguing café offerings made it onto my must-do list over two years ago. Unfortunately our 2013 trip to Prince Edward Island wasn’t quite long enough to squeeze it in, and it took two years for us to get back to the island. The Dunes was worth the wait. Continue reading

Quirky road races in the Maritimes

The Bluenose marathon is a great event with a different quirky slogan every year, but it takes more than that to get on this list!

The Bluenose marathon is a great event with a different quirky slogan every year, but it takes more than that to get on this list!

I recently had the pleasure of writing a guest blog for the Fredericton Tourism website profiling some of Fredericton’s quirky road races (it’s a good read – go check it out, I’ll wait right here.)

The running scene in the Maritimes has really developed into something fantastic over the last 10 years or so, and I had to ruthlessly cut many races because they either weren’t during the summer or were too far from Fredericton.

Read on for the rest of my list of quirky road races in the Maritimes. After all, running is a lot more fun with a passel of pirates, abundance of aviation, or plain old history to entertain you! Continue reading