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Via Rail Ocean Moncton to Montreal by TrainVia Rail Ocean Moncton to Montreal by Train

I took the train from Moncton to Montreal and it was the one of the coolest trip I’ve ever taken! I had to go to Quebec for a week on some business and while I usually drive the 1000 km I decided to make other arrangements because driving that road in the middle of winter didn’t sound like the best ...

Springhill Mining MuseumSpringhill Mining Museum

Have 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 ...

A Mother’s Day Trip to Sechelt, British Columbia in CanadaA Mother's Day Trip to Sechelt, British Columbia in Canada

Mama D and I (dd) went to Sechelt, British Columbia to celebrate my birthday and Mother’s Day with Dami’s mother and sister. We stayed at Above the Inlet B&B with Patricia and Peter and they were among the best hosts we’ve ever had! We stayed in their Leopard Suite and it was just perfect to host our Mother’s Day buffet ...

Victoria, British Columbia: Musical PenthousesVictoria, British Columbia: Musical Penthouses

After 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 ...

6 Nights in Quebec City with Mama D6 Nights in Quebec City with Mama D

Mama 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 ...

Camping at Parc national de la Pointe-TaillonCamping at Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon

Lac 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 ...

Peticodiac PanoramaPeticodiac Panorama

The ice floes have started moving and the sunny days make walking along the Peticodiac River in Riverview just lovely! The Petitcodiac River, known informally as the Chocolate River, is a river in south-eastern New Brunswick, Canada. The river has a meander length of 79 kilometres (49 miles) and is located in Westmorland, Albert, and Kings counties, draining a watershed ...

A Visit with the AnimalsA Visit with the Animals

A warm sunny day in October! It is probably one of the last nice days of the season and we have to go to the zoo and see the creatures and wish them well before winter sets in. It will be great to see our friends, these lovely animals! I read in the paper that the Moncton Zoo had some new ...

New Brunswick Nor’easter!New Brunswick Nor'easter!

Nothing says welcome back from a Florida vacation like getting pummeled by a huge mega snowpacolypse! I’ve never seen so much snow! It just keeps blowing and blowing and the snow is getting higher and higher even blocking the basement windows. Tomorrow it will be amazing to see the snow in the daylight because tonight it’s still blowing like crazy! Oh ...

Joggins Fossil CliffsJoggins Fossil Cliffs

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a museum type modern exhibit with a guided 30 minute beach walk included in the admission price. It took 12 years to build the Unesco site which opened its doors to the public in 2008, but to nature, millions of years to prepare it. Here, erosion from the twice daily high tides is a fortunate ...

Parc National du Mont-OrfordParc National du Mont-Orford

While on my trip to Quebec I Went back to Mount Orford for a some hiking. DD and I had been to the park about five years ago and since I was visiting the Eastern Townships and Brome Lake I decided to take a drive to Orford and re-explore the trails we had done. The park is close to Knowlton, Quebec ...

Nova Scotia Photo GalleryNova Scotia Photo Gallery

Pictures of Nova Scotia. The province’s mainland is the Nova Scotia peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, including numerous bays and estuaries. Nowhere in Nova Scotia is more than 67 km (42 mi) from the ocean! Awesome!

Mersey River Chalet RetreatMersey River Chalet Retreat

We finally went for our much awaited retreat last week in Nova Scotia at Mersey River Chalets. It always feels like home, without the responsibilities a private chalet would imply; no taxes to pay, no cleaning, and no worries for vandalism or storm damage when we’re gone, it’s all taken care of. We left at 12:30 and after Truro, instead of ...

Grand Manan Island FerryGrand Manan Island Ferry

The Ferry from Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick to Grand-Manan Island NB,  is an awesome 1.5 hour trip. The views from the upper deck are awesome and chances are high one can see harbor porpoises and seals. We were glad we had our binoculars with us so we were able to spot many there and back. It is cold up on ...

Treasure Hunting for Chanterelle Mushrooms in Nova ScotiaTreasure Hunting for Chanterelle Mushrooms in Nova Scotia

During our last trip to Baddeck, Nova Scotia we discovered a new passion for mushrooms. There were so many colorful mushrooms on the trails of Big Hill Retreat where we were renting a cabin. It all started with sending pictures to Dami’s friend who was able to correctly identify the Chanterelles.  After further investigating – to make sure they really ...

Saguenay: Whales to WildflowersSaguenay: Whales to Wildflowers

I can barley sleep! Not only because it is hot and humid but it is so exciting to be waking up in a new place with so much to see and do and so many places to explore! I start the day with a bike ride, the bike path runs along the Saguenay River and the view across the river is ...

DD in YYZ! (Toronto)DD in YYZ! (Toronto)

The last time I was in Toronto was with my mother when I was very little and I don’t remember anything. At the time we didn’t take many pictures so there was nothing to bring back the memories. This time around though, there are plenty of pictures although just before I left my Canon G7 broke and I had to ...

July 2016 Nova Scotia Tour (11 nights) Part 2July 2016 Nova Scotia Tour (11 nights) Part 2

After 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 ...

A Beautiful Day at The Calgary ZooA Beautiful Day at The Calgary Zoo

    Going to the Calgary Zoo is so easy and so much fun! The entrance is located right at the Calgary zoo train station. We had pre purchased tickets but we decided to go on a behind the scenes tour with the giraffes.       This is a huge zoo and we planned a whole day there, from 9-5. We started with the penguin ...

Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New BrunswickKingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Kingsbrae 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 ...

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