Posts Tagged ‘maritimes’
Summer is the perfect time for a road trip. Whether you’re heading out with a couple great friends or with your family, road trips have that easy, laid-back attitude that let you explore – or relax –just as much as you want to. One road trip that I’ve taken a few times is to eastern Canada, also known as the Maritime provinces. With beautiful ocean views, incredible seafood, and the perfect chilled-out summer atmosphere, it’s a trip I would love to make every year… if only I had the time! Here are a few stops you’ve got to make along the way.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The southern shore of the province boasts the famous Hopewell Rocks. Also known as the Flowerpot Rocks, these massive formations have been created by erosion from dramatic tides that pour into the Bay every day – at its greatest point, the Bay of Fundy’s tides rise by over 55 feet! Camp in Fundy National Park, or just stop at the rocks for a quick photo-op on your drive across the province.
Clam Digging in Prince Edward Island
Two of the times I’ve visited the little island, I ended up digging clams. Once we came upon them by accident, the other time we booked a memorable ocean boat cruise. They gave us a wetsuit and a rake and plopped us in chest deep water to give it our best shot! We followed our hard work by a clam bake on the beach. There is nothing more delicious than clams fresh from the ocean, especially with the satisfaction of having found them yourself. And PEI’s notorious red sand around you and rolling fields behind make for such a picturesque landscape.
Tidal Bore Rafting in Nova Scotia
On the Shubenacadie River, a strange and special thing happens when the tide comes in. Twice daily, the tide creates bores (tidal waves) that can reach nearly 10 feet. There are many rafting companies in the area that will drive tourists directly into these strong waves. You don’t have to work as hard as you would white-water rafting, but you get all the fun of being splashed by huge waves. During calm parts of the tour, you’ll often see eagles flying through the forested landscape. It makes for a very fun day.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
If you don’t have a lot of time for your vacation Newfoundland might not be a possible stop…it’s a bit far compared to the other provinces. If you do have the time, it is well worth the trip. Newfoundland has the atmosphere of an entirely different country, and staying in St. John’s while you’re there is a great cultural experience. This pretty, hilly city has a beautiful harbor, interesting local cuisine (try the Jiggs’ dinner!), and a vibrant night life. The pedestrian-only George Street is lined with pubs and restaurants, and often features festivals and musical acts. Drive just outside the city and begin to experience the ruggedness of the province’s rocky landscape.
What’s your favorite road trip? Let us know in a comment below!