Fundy Rose: Relax on the New Brunswick – Nova Scotia ferry

Fundy Rose FerryWith family in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, we do a lot of travelling between the two provinces. Usually we drive, but if we’re headed to the Annapolis Valley we try to take the ferry instead – it saves time and lets us stretch our legs instead of being cooped up in the car. Thanks to Bay Ferries Ltd, we had the chance this summer to check out the new ferry, the Fundy Rose, which replaced the aging Princess of Acadia this year. It felt a little odd, since we had spent so many hours on the Princess of Acadia, but the Fundy Rose impressed right from the time we stepped into the passenger compartment.

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St. Martins Sea Caves: Exploring the ocean floor

There’s a reason the Bay of Fundy draws tourists from around the world, and it’s not exactly because it has the highest tides in the world. It’s because here, you can do the impossible: you can walk on the ocean floor. No scuba gear required.

On the coast of the Bay of Fundy, just north of Saint John, New Brunswick is the small town of St. Martins, where at low tide you can not only explore the ocean floor, but walk into caves along the shoreline.

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8 beautiful beaches in the Maritimes

Beach combing at PEI National Park's Cavendish BeachThe Maritime provinces – New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia – are blessed with hundreds of beaches. Whether you’re looking for white sandy beaches or something more suited to beachcombing, we’ve got it!

While our family has many years of discovering new and wonderful beaches still ahead of us, read on for a few of our favourites so far: 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