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

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

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 Fredericton-area events I’m looking forward to this summer

Photo courtesy of Fredericton Tourism. All rights reserved.

Caber toss at the New Brunswick Highland Games.
Photo courtesy of Fredericton Tourism. All rights reserved.

Ah, summer.

Warm nights, long days, vacations, BBQs, and festivals.

Fredericton has festivals year-round, of course, but somehow I associate them more with summer.

Sure, it’s still barely spring here, but I’ve been doing my research and here are the Fredericton festivals & events at the top of my to-do list this year: Continue reading