We are now entering theMaritime Provinces with a visit to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia (and Cape Breton Island), and Prince Edward Island. The most difficult part of this journey is to pick 2 places to see in each province.

(Scroll down to read about the highlights of the Maritimes)

New Brunswick

#1 Fredericton, New Brunswick. A visit to the Maritimes has to include Fredericton because of the many facets it brings to how these provinces view the world. Here you can visit the New Brunswick Legislative Building, The Botanical Gardens, and take in Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Fredericton is not just another "big" city, it is the hub for all the activities in the region.


#2 Shediac, New Brunswick. You have not had lobster until you have been to Shediac! This is truly the lobster capital of Canada. My first trip here brought a feast of mussels and lobster that will stick in my memory for years. The locals all eat the lobster COLD! I thought this might not be that great, but I was truly wrong - a must place to visit!


Nova Scotia

#3 The Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. The Bay of Fundy is one of the most intriguing places on earth with the daily Tidal Bore! If you have never experienced this phenomenon, it is time you did. Of course, you can also visit the Hopewell Rocks on the New Brunswick side of the bay. Recently one of the rocks came crashing down into the sea.


#4 Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is the base for the Canadian Navy and is one of the most prominent ports on the east coast. Here you will find The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, The HalifaxWaterfront Boardwalk, and don't miss Alexander Keith's Brewery. BeyondHalifax are quaint ocean villages and a quiet lifestyle farms and fishing locations that will enhance your trip.


Cape Breton

#5 The Cabot Trail. This trail is not to be missed. You will Travel through the heart of Celtic Nova Scotia and will be transported through small villages, historic sites and you may even have the opportunity to race a moose down the road.


#6 Fortress of Louisbourg.

This fortress lines the shores to the east of Sydney, Nova Scotia and is frozen in history. A trek through the amazing artifacts and events at this location is astounding. You can even join in a feast that is reputed to be similar to the foods served during the Forts active days. There is plenty to see and do here for the whole family.


Prince Edward Island

#7 Charlottetown, PEI. There is nothing like stopping at the birthplace of confederation (1864)! Historical Buildings and tours in the old part of town are absolutely amazing. Each time I travel there, I take in the incredible ice cream parlor at COWS - ice cream to die for! Nearby you will find incredible parks and many historical sites to take in.


#8 Cavendish, PEI. The house of Ann of Green Gables is a museum not to be missed. If you loved the books by Lucy Maude Montgomery, then you will be enchanted with this site. Of course, there is much more you can do in Cavendish witha dip into the sea or a bike ride on a part of the Confederation Trail (it is 435 kilometers long so it is much more than just a day ride).


There is so much more to see in the Maritimes that would need to have at least 2 weeks to have a chance to take in everything. The next article will end our cross-Canada trip with a visit to Newfoundland and Labrador.

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