Valentine’s Day Round-up 2016

What to do in Fredericton this Valentine's DayAhh, Valentines Day. Possibly the day on the calendar with the most potential (good and bad). Reviled by many, anticipated by some, and often kind of an afterthought to parents preoccupied with, well, parenting.

If, like me, you’re a procrastinator just beginning your search for the perfect thing to do for Valentine’s Day 2016 (or if you just haven’t settled on anything yet), check out these ideas in the Fredericton area: Continue reading

Art, wine, skating, and campfires: 2016 Fredericton FROSTival lineup launches

The skating party in Officer's Square during FROSTivalDid you know that Fredericton is host to Atlantic Canada’s largest winter festival? FROSTival kicks off this weekend, and from the looks of it, 2016 is their biggest year yet!

If you’re like me and tend to consider winter more an opportunity for hibernation than fun, the idea of a winter festival can be a little difficult to get behind. Being further inland than most Maritime communities, though, Fredericton has a fair dose of winter each year and does a great job of making the most of it.

Fredericton FROSTival runs over four weekends between January 21 and February 14 in 2016, and there’s a little something for everyone: 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

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

Why I’m Running the Runway Run in Halifax

Runway Run logoIn just over a week, I head to Halifax to check out the Halifax International Airport’s Runway Run! While I get to go out on runways fairly often at work, the safety gurus frown upon using them for a casual jog at lunchtime, so I’m really looking forward to this experience.

It isn’t just about fun, though. The run is raising money for the Nova Scotia Lung Association, a cause important to me because I have asthma.

I vividly remember my first asthma attack: I was 6 years old, and I honestly thought I was going to suffocate. I was terrified. Luckily, these days I’m able to live without being tethered to my inhaler, but that’s a recent phenomenon and is thanks in part to the advocacy, research, and programs funded by the Lung Association.

I couldn’t run today if it wasn’t for their work.

I’ve set a modest fundraising goal of $200, but I’d love it if my awesome readers (that’s you!) could help me blow that goal to smithereens! Your donations can help other people living with lung disease to lead active lifestyles, too.

Donate here – any amount helps, no matter how small!