Canada Journals

Touring the Maritimes

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A September 2005 trip to Canada by BawBaw

Green Gables Farmhouse Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island More Photos
Quote: Fall in the Maritimes can be beautiful. This journal recounts experiences by three traveling seniors in New Bruswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. We established home base in a pleasant cottage in Alma, NB, and spread out for a series of daytrips around the area

Alma, Village of Tides

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Alma Fishing Fleet at Low Tide Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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It’s difficult to imagine a more picturesque Maritime village than Alma, New Brunswick. Nestled into a tiny delta where the Upper Salmon River runs into the Bay of Fundy, Alma is also located at a point along the coast where the giant tides of Fundy reveal a kilometer-wide expanse of seabed at low tide. The village itself is perfect enough to look like a movie set. Small businesses—lodgings of various sorts, restaurants, general stores, shops with a range of local art and gift items—occupy prim seaside Victorian and weathered saltbox structures. Like so much of the Fundy coast, trees and grass tend to grow right down to the tide line. It’s a green place tinged with sea air. It is a place of sere...Read More

Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island

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Attraction | "A Bridge So Far - North, That Is"

Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Sometimes a feat of engineering results in the creation of something that is more than the sum of its parts. This is true of the Confederation Bridge that links Prince Edward Island (PEI) to the Canadian mainland. Completed in 1997, the bridge is 8.1 miles long and 36 feet wide. Most of the bridge rises 131 feet above the waters of the Northumberland Strait, though it rises as high as 197 feet above the strait’s navigation channel. The overall result is the world’s longest bridge that passes over waters that are ice-covered during winter.The Confederation Bridge does not simply take a straight line from bank to the other. It follows a graceful asymmetrical curve. This design feature a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2010

Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island
Northumberland Strait
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cliffside Suites and Cottage

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Hotel | "Our Cottage Above the Bay"

Cliffside Suites and Cottage Photo, Alma, New Brunswick
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When we travel, Himself and Yours Truly typically prefer cottages and bed-and-breakfast accommodations to those offered by hotels. Having stayed in a good many of these, we’ve come to understand the advantages and shortcomings of each—and the vocabulary associated with their various services. Once we made the decision to visit the Canadian Maritimes during the early autumn season, Himself and Yours Truly immediately decided we needed a cottage. Mother would be joining us, and given that there would be three of us, it just made sense to look for an accommodation that would provide a semblance of privacy and hominess for all concerned. We also needed a location that would facilitate our des...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2009

Cliffside Suites and Cottage
22 Bayview Drive
Alma, New Brunswick
(506) 887-1022

Hopewell Rocks

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Attraction | "Hopewell Cape and the Art of the Tides"

Hopewell Rocks Photo, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick
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Imagine a shoreline with stark cliffs reaching into the sea. Include a mixed woodland full of assorted flora and fauna--all growing down to the cliff’s edge. Then add glimpses of trees dwarfed by their confinement to various nooks and crannies within the cliff face. Now imagine a tidal cycle with an average difference of 10-to-14 meters between high and low tides eroding the rocky shoreline. Add the force of wind, rain, and the temperature extremes of the North. And for good measure, toss in Native legends featuring a tyrannical whale king, rebellious human slaves, and the sort of punishment one might expect for acts of rebellion.The result of this intriguing recipe is Hop...Read More

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Hopewell Rocks
131 Discovery Road
Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick E4H 4Z5
(877) 734-3429

Green Gables Heritage Place

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Attraction | "Heart and Home at Green Gables"

Green Gables Photo, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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On a far edge of the North American continent, where Prince Edward Island meets the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a small farm has served as the wholesome base from which generations of girls have drawn inspiration. Now known as Green Gables Heritage Place, this farm provided L.M. (i.e., Lucy Maud) Montgomery with the model for Anne’s home in the series of books that began with Anne of Green Gables, first published in 1908. Now, despite a very limited season, it attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually. What and Where It Is Green Gables Heritage Place is a small but vital corner of Canada’s Prince Edward I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2008