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Uisge 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 ...

Maccan Tidal Wetland Park Songbird at the Maccan Tidal Wetland ParkMaccan Tidal Wetland Park is located between the towns of River Hebert and Nappan on the Fundy shore in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada. It is a beautiful place to watch the tidal bore with a posted list of the tide times. It is also a nice place for a stroll around the pond to watch birds, ducks, ...

DD in YYZ! (Toronto) Toronto Dundas SquareThe 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Out 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 ...

Kingsbrae 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 ...

Christmas on Cape Breton Island These days it seems the stores start playing Christmas music right after Halloween and in Canada as the days get longer in November and December we all start to feel the cabin fever that results from being buried under snow and ice with wind chills that constantly remind us that the only place worth on Earth would be on the ...

Spring 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 ...

Kouchibouguac Fall Colors There are 60 kilometers of bike trails in Kouchibougouac and when the autumn leaves are red and orange it is amazing to ride the gentle trails around the park!Kouchibouguac 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 ...

Big Hill Retreat Such A Treat! Big Hill Retreat Log CabinWhile 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 ...

Kejimkujik 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 ...

A 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 ...

A weekend around Saint John, NB Kingsbrae Gardens - Pond and MillOn 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 ...

Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum Old Picture of The Ottawa HouseThere are so many reasons to visit the Ottawa House. Tucked away in Parrsboro, near Partridge Island, the house was built in 1765, 10 years after the Acadian deportation. It was the hub of life in the area and many prominent families and politicians have called it home. It was one of the finest Inns in Canada and we can ...

Of 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 ...

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 ...

Treasure 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 ...

Scratching the Surface of the Fundy Shore in Nova Scotia The Fundy shore of Nova Scotia has so much to discover and explore. Stretching from Amherst to Digby, it is one of the biggest regions of the province. Our visit consists of two days in early June and our starting point is The Coastal Inn Hotel in Sackville, New Brunswick. We had a planned itinerary but as usual we made ...

Victoria, British Columbia: The trip of a lifetime! Mama D and DD just returned from an 8 day trip to Victoria, British Columbia and it was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. We packed a lot in those 8 nights and 7 full days of sightseeing. We hope this itinerary will inspire you to plan your own trip to Victoria, British Columbia, one of the best ...

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