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Toronto In SeptemberToronto In September

  September, 2017 – Mama D had always wanted to go back to Toronto. We had been when I was 9, coming back from a visit with my uncle friends in Rochester NY but didn’t spend much time. This time we had 7 full days of visit. We met in Montreal where we stayed at our now favorite hotel; Hotel Bonaventure. While ...

Montreal Film Festival Bike AdventureMontreal Film Festival Bike Adventure

Montreal has always been known as being like a small town style of city. Everything is easy to get to and if you are biking in Montreal you can fly all over the city so fast it’s great! They have introduced this new BIXI bike service which allows visitors and residents to rent a bike for a few hours or ...

Of Dahlias, Gardens & GoatsOf Dahlias, Gardens & Goats

On a recent trip to MacArthur’s Nursery in Moncton we spotted a pamphlet on the wall adverting a day-trip bus tour to PEI with the Dahlia Club of Moncton. The only reason I spotted the poster was because of the Dahlia and it was similar to our first Dahlia that was blooming at home so it grabbed my attention. We ...

Two Rivers Wildlife Park Cape Breton IslandTwo Rivers Wildlife Park Cape Breton Island

On our January visit to Cape Breton Island we realized that since it was the off season and winter it would be tough to find things to do beyond winter hiking or snowshoeing in Highlands National Park so we took a drive from our cabin near Baddeck and drove to the Two Rivers Wildlife Park south of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The ...

Amherst, Nova ScotiaAmherst, Nova Scotia

It 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 ...

Saguenay: Let the pictures tell the storySaguenay: Let the pictures tell the story

Pictures 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!                                                        

Dobson Trail Winter WalkDobson Trail Winter Walk

Canadian 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 ...

Uisge Ban Falls Baddeck Nova ScotiaUisge Ban Falls Baddeck Nova Scotia

We welcomed the New Year in Nova Scotia, staying at the Big Hill Retreat near Baddeck Nova Scotia. The weather was un-believably warm, we had days close to 8 degrees Celsius and on New Year’s Day we decided to go for a hike to see the Uishge Ban Falls Trail. We had wanted to visit the park when we were ...

First the Snowpocalypse and now a Snownami!First the Snowpocalypse and now a Snownami!

Waves of drifting snow blew in this weekend! Another Nor’easter, caused by an Alberta Clipper meeting the warm southern air from the Eastern USA, blew in on the weekend and now it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and there is no way we have a hope to a clover no matter even if it has 4 or any number of leaves! It’s hard ...

Riverfront Park Trail RiverviewRiverfront Park Trail Riverview

We like to go down to Riverfront Park in Riverview and watch the tidal bore as it crawls up and down the Peticodiac River. From the boardwalk in the park we can see Moncton across the river and the chocolately brown rriver ebbing and flowing…it’s fun to watch the ducks surfing on the big push! We’re lucky to have so many ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Out on the snow in Riverview, New BrunswickOut on the snow in Riverview, New Brunswick

On 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 ...

Kejimkujik National Park Nova ScotiaKejimkujik National Park Nova Scotia

With 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 ...

St Jean sur Richelieu Flooding AgainSt Jean sur Richelieu Flooding Again

When I moved to Quebec many years ago I recall hearing every year about the floods in St Jean sur Richelieu and always wondered what was up with that?! Even though I have moved out of the province I still hear about the annual flood in the area from the CBC and Radio-One and have to say…again…what is up with ...

Fundy Geological MuseumFundy Geological Museum

If you plan to visit Joggins Fossil Cliffs, The Fundy Geological Museum can be a great complement to your visit although is fine on its own. More focused on dinosaurs and a little more kids oriented but still interesting for adults too. We really enjoyed watching the video presentation of the specialists. You have to phone and reserve if you ...

A Visit to the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek FarmA Visit to the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm

With 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 ...

Spring Picnic at Demoiselle Beach, Hopewell RocksSpring Picnic at Demoiselle Beach, Hopewell Rocks

It is finally starting to feel more like Spring, it’s been grey and cool the last few days, snow still hanging on but a sunny Easter Long Weekend sure helps shake off the winter chill. It’s been grey and cool the last few days, so it is very good that Good Friday is bright and sunny. Of course the holidays and ...

A Beautiful Day to Fly to Victoria, British ColumbiaA Beautiful Day to Fly to Victoria, British Columbia

They 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 ...