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Alberta and British Columbia 18 Nights Itinerary (without a car) Alberta and British Columbia 18 Nights Itinerary (without a car)From April 29th to May 17th 2016, Mama D and I went on a trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the British Columbia Sunshine Coast and Vancouver island. It was a lot of fun to plan and so much more to experience! The itinerary was built around the train trip and everything went smoothly, and as planned. We were very ...

Out on the snow in Riverview, New Brunswick Out on the snow in Riverview, New BrunswickOn a February day when it feels like Spring as the temperatures climb above freezing and the sun is shining down and the sky is blue it is a perfect day to go snowshoeing. Living near Moncton, in Riverview New Brunswick we have many options for snowshoeing right close to home. We sometimes go to the Dobson Trail but on ...

Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New BrunswickKingsbrae Garden is approximately 2.5 hours from Moncton and one hour from Saint-John. The entry fee is valid for 2 consecutive days. We spent 3 hours while we visited in late June. We had wanted to go for many years and we were finally there. We enjoyed everything but didn’t have enough time to visit the Café, the art gallery ...

Victoria, British Columbia: Musical Penthouses Victoria, British Columbia: Musical PenthousesAfter visiting Sechelt for a special 3 generation Mother’s Day and a very special birthday, Mama D and I (dd) were on our way to Victoria on Vancouver Island. After a 3 hour ride on Malaspina Coach including a ferry ride, we hopped on a Pacific Coach bus for another 3 hour ride including another ferry ride. It was a ...

Anne Murray Center Anne Murray CenterNo visit to Springhill, Nova Scotia is complete without going to the Anne Murray Center.  You don’t necessarily have to be a diehard fan to appreciate and might be surprised. Beautiful inside out, and so well presented with letters from famous people, pictures with famous people, trophies and hit records. When we visited the Anne Murray Center we had the chance ...

6 Nights in Quebec City with Mama D 6 Nights in Quebec City with Mama DMama D had been wanting to visit Quebec City for a long time and we had a great 6 nights staying in a private apartment in Old Quebec. I flew there with a transfer in Montreal and took a short cab ride to our apartment. After dropping my bags I walked to the train station to welcome Mama D and ...

A weekend in Prince-Edward-Island on the Central Coast A weekend in Prince-Edward-Island on the Central CoastOne of the greatest things about living in the Moncton, New Brunswick area is that we can go for a weekend trip in PEI, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. With family on vacation in PEI we decided that it was time to return to the island we barely visited and meet up with G and C who were camping at ...

A Beautiful Day to Fly to Victoria, British Columbia A Beautiful Day to Fly to Victoria, British ColumbiaThey were calling for thunderstorms but fortunately the risks had disappeared by the morning and we were able able to fly! No delays, no glitches, it was a perfect trip. I (DD) met Mama D in Montreal and we flew to Victoria, British Columbia where the weather was warm and not too humid. The isolated picnic bag was great to ...

Banff to Jasper Sightseeing tour Banff to Jasper Sightseeing tourWe had an awesome 10 hour tour with Lynn and Harry from Sundog. Among the stops along the way were the Chateau at Lake Louise and fortunately the water had started to melt, creating interesting Colors and patterns. Everybody on the tour was friendly and we were pleased to meet Judy  from Melbourne Australia who took all portraits along the ...

Touring the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Touring the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova ScotiaThis was Dami and DD’s 3rd tour of the Cabot Trail. We took the Englishtown Ferry to cut down some driving time and we stopped at most interesting lookouts. At the first lookout, DD aka mama bear got to pick a handful of wild blueberries! In Cape North we visited the North Highlands Museum where we bought lots of souvenirs including an ...

Riverview Winterlude Riverview WinterludeAfter the Groundhog Day Storm and the relentless never ending snowfalls here in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada we have started to learn the importance of never taking a mild sunny day for granted. We have been shoveling out from Nor’Easter after storm after Nor Easter and the snow piles on the side of our driveway are now about 8 ...

The Sandpipers At The Johnson’s Mills Mudflats The Sandpipers At The Johnson's Mills MudflatsWe drove to The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s protected lands along the Bay Of Fundy at the Johnson’s Mills Grande Anse Mud Flats. We had stopped at the site on another trip along that coast but the site had been closed and so after seeing on the CTV News a report about the hundreds of thousands of Semi-palmated Sandpipers that ...

Fredericton to Kouchibouguac – Goodbye Summer! Fredericton to Kouchibouguac - Goodbye Summer!The last weekend of September was looking like the weather would be perfect for doing something special so we decided to drive to Fredericton to see the fall colors and to explore a bit more of the city we have not really taken the time to visit while we’ve been in New Brunswick. The City of Fredericton offers guided tours of ...

Via Rail Ocean Line Sleeper Trip Moncton To Montreal Via Rail Ocean Line Sleeper Trip Moncton To MontrealHow lucky am I! I am going to Montreal again and taking the train, my new favorite way to travel. The Ocean Line is the Via Rail line that runs from Halifax to Montreal. I get on in Moncton and prefer the train to flying. I get a cabin for one or a cabin for two and have my own ...

The Fortress of Louisbourg The Fortress of LouisbourgThe Fortress of Louisbourg  is an amazing historical site in Nova Scotia. We have been here three times and it is always an amazing visit; we get swept away in the history of the place! The entire site is an accurate recreation of buildings and includes re-enactments of events and daily life by authentically costumed actors and guides on site. This ...

Saguenay: Let the pictures tell the story Saguenay: Let the pictures tell the storyPictures from my trip to The Saguenay region of Quebec. The city is divided into three boroughs: Chicoutimi (which includes the former city of Chicoutimi, as well as Laterrière and Tremblay township), Jonquière (which includes the former city of Jonquière, Lac-Kénogami, and Shipshaw) and La Baie (which corresponds to the former city of La Baie). It is beautiful!                                                        

Springhill Mining Museum Springhill Mining MuseumHave you ever wanted to tour a coal mine? If yes, come to Springhill Mining Museum and you’re in for quite a piece of history. So many people in the world have been touched and inspired by the stories of the three Springhill mining disasters. More than 400 miners died in Springhill over the years but they will forever be ...

July 2016 Nova Scotia Tour (11 nights) Part 2 July 2016 Nova Scotia Tour (11 nights) Part 2After postponing writing this second part many times it’s about time we post it. We’re so thankful for taking notes! A pictures paints a thousand words but still, there are some details we wouldn’t have remembered without notes. This article is about the second part of an 11 night trip to Nova Scotia we made this past summer. We toured ...

Camping at Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon Camping at Parc national de la Pointe-TaillonLac St. Jean is an amazing lake, so big and round on the map! We were going camping at the Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon which is on the shores of St. Jean Lake. There campsites are only accessible by bicycle or canoe/kayak which is great because it means that our fellow campers will likely not be making as much ...

Dobson Trail Winter Walk Dobson Trail Winter WalkCanadian winters are lovely, harsh, tormenting, delightful and always unpredictable and exciting! Every year there is something new to experience and every part of the country gets to experience different winter sensations. I’ve been lucky to have lived all over Canada and have passed winters in The Northwest Territories, Alberta, British-Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. Every province has a different winter…sure almost ...

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