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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 ...

Kejimkujik National Park Nova Scotia Kejimkujik National Park Nova ScotiaWith the summer coming to an end DD and I decided to go on a road trip from Quebec to Nova Scotia. We didn’t really have the resources or time to take any long-term official vacation this year so decided to take advantage of the Labour Day weekend and take 10 days off to visit Nova Scotia. Neither of us had ...

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 ...

20 Toes into Madawaska and Témiscouata 20 Toes into Madawaska and TémiscouataOn this trip, in hot drenching weather, we barely dip our toes into 2 big regions: Madawaska in New Brunswick and Témiscouata in Québec. Our home base will be in Edmundston at the Days Inn. We leave Friday at noon and our first stop is at the Youngs Cove covered bridge information center. It is a great place to stop ...

Parc National du Mont-Orford Parc National du Mont-OrfordWhile 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 ...

Tomifobia Bike & Nature Trail Tomifobia Bike & Nature TrailWe drove down to Stanstead, QC to do the first section of the Tomifobia bike trail today…what the heck is Tomifobia…the fear of Tommy? The Tomifobia Nature Trail (TNT) is a 19-km rail-trail in the Tomifobia River Valley, between Rte. 141 in Ayers’s Cliff, Quebec and Rte. 247 in Beebe (Stanstead), Quebec. Sentiers Massawippi, a non-profit charitable organization, purchased this property ...

The Tidal Bore in Moncton and Riverview The Tidal Bore in Moncton and RiverviewThe tides in the Bay of Fundy are the highest in the world. The Peticodiac River that passes through Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview gets tidal waters that flow in through Chignecto Bay and Shepody Bay. As the high tides enter from The Bay of Fundy the create a tidal bore; a wave of water that pushes up stream. The Peticodiac fills ...

What’s Blooming Today What's Blooming TodayThis is a collection of pictures I took this morning of the flowers blooming on our property. Some of them we have planted, some were planted by previous owners and some others just decided they wanted to grow here because it’s such a nice place! Our own little oasis! This is mid-July and so many more are coming, it’s amazing! ...

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 ...

Kouchibouguac Fall Colors Kouchibouguac Fall ColorsKouchibouguac is probably one of our favorite parks here in New Brunswick, especially since this year for the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada we bought an annual pass that allows us to get into any National Park in Canada for free all year! We’ve been back to Kouchibouguac about four times this year, maybe five, for the great cycling and ...

Museum of the Fjord, Saguenay Museum of the Fjord, SaguenayWe are going to The Museum of the Fjord in Saguenay which is in La Baie, Saguenay. I was looking for a museum to visit and stopped at the information center in Chicoutimi and this looked like a must-see attraction. It is right on the edge of the Fjord at La Baie and I am already excited about seeing whales ...

Partridge Island Partridge IslandPartridge Island used to be an island but the erosion of its bank turned it into an inlet. To get to Partridge Island, follow directions to the Ottawa House Historic site. There is a dirt road that leads to the foot of Partridge Island but there a a few private properties and they prefer people to park at the Ottawa ...

Via Rail Ocean Moncton to Montreal by Train Via Rail Ocean Moncton to Montreal by TrainI 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 ...

A Visit to the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm A Visit to the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek FarmWith only two days in Kelowna on a 7 day British-Columbia adventure I was looking for a short hike or daytime adventure that was close to Kelowna and my hotel. I saw a pamphlet for the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm and thought I’d give it a try…I was so glad I did the place was fantastic! It’s just outside of ...

A Visit with the Animals A Visit with the AnimalsA 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 ...

Amherst, Nova Scotia Amherst, Nova ScotiaIt had been a long time since I had wanted to go visit Amherst, a small Nova Scotia town rich in history. The Cumberland County museum & Archive is worth a visit for anyone interested in the past.     We enjoyed the displays and our very knowledgeable guide, a student in Criminology. There was a display, about the extinct Mi’kmaw, with this ...

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

Big Hill Retreat Such A Treat! Big Hill Retreat Such A Treat!While we visited Cape-Breton Island, Nova Scotia  for the first time, we stayed at Big Hill Retreat and  had such a lovely time. Here is the review we posted on Trip Advisor. We stayed 4 nights at Big Hill Retreat in the “Log Cabin” from September 11 to September 15 2011. Big Hill Retreat is a pet friendly accommodation. We had ...

A weekend around Saint John, NB A weekend around Saint John, NBOn Friday afternoon, after a two and a half hour car ride from Riverview, we get to the Kingsbrae Gardens in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The weather is nice and the premises not too crowded; the few cars in the parking lot are from Vermont, Maine, Quebec and New Brunswick. We have a bite to eat before going in, and we ...

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 ...

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