Bridge the Travel Gap

The Maritime Provinces of Canada!

‘A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.’

Acadian Monument

Acadian Monument

Hello from the Maritimes! This last week has seen a dream come true! I’ve, finally, made it to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Happy ‘belated’ Halloween! I even made my own miniature pumpkin!

Pumpkin

This is the miniature pumpkin I made!

The week started with us leaving Quebec and the Gaspesie Peninsula,

Gaspesie Peninsula

Town along Gaspesie Peninsula

but not before seeing a very picturesque village – Perce.

Perce, Quebec

Perce, Quebec

Our first maritime province was New Brunswick.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick

I would say it’s the largest of these eastern provinces. Our main stop here was in Moncton,

Moncton Art

Moncton Art with a very Maritime feel

where we learned a lot about the Acadians.

They had settled in the Maritimes in the 1600’s, but then were removed in the 1700’s by the British, only to return again in the

1700 – 1800’s. They are a huge part of the culture of this region, along with the British. It was good to get a better understanding of this big part of Canadian history.

Acadian Settlement

Grand Pre Acadian Settlement

I, also, have now seen my first bore – like a baby tidal wave that happens with the tide – there are places in the UK you can see this phenomenon.

Tidal Bore

Tidal Bore, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Then, it was a day in Charlottetown, PEI.

Confederation Bridge

My Dad in front of confederation bridge – bridge across from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.

This was the birthplace of Canada, where a bunch of politicians got together at a big party and decided to create a confederation.

Conferderation Museum

Confederation Museum in Charlottetown, we there on the last day before it closed!

It’s, also, the home of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, but she was all closed up for the year. Still, I’m glad I made it to confederation house, as its closing for the next five years for repairs.

Conferderation House

Confederation House, Charlottetown, PEI

Next day, we were on the move to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Lighthouse

Nova Scotia Lighthouse

and John and I ran off for a few days to drive around it on our own. We saw light houses, historic forts, more Acadian history and some excellent food.

Poutine

My first ever Poutine, this is Italian style. A new Canadian favourite food.

John as a happy man!

John as a very happy man, having some lobster in PEI.

I love the people here; they are so open and friendly – even more than us westerners!

Hope you are well!  Who are the friendliest nation you have met with?  Think there is a top 10 list in the making here….hmm?  Will Canada make it?

Love
Debx

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