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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 ...

New Animals at the Magnetic Hill Zoo One of the great things about having an annual pass to the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton is that now we can go anytime the weather is nice and we have the time. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic and a walk and it usually takes us 2 hours to do a nice tour to see the creatures and ...

6 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 ...

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 ...

St Jean sur Richelieu Flooding Again St Jean sur Richelieu FloodWhen 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 ...

Two 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 ...

Petitcodiac River Causeway Gates Opening Thank god I watch the news! If it wasn’t for that I would’ve missed one of most historical moments of New Brunswick: the opening of the River Causeway. After a little research I found the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper website that was counting down the hours and the minutes for this much awaited grand opening! I had a hour an 35 minutes ...

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 ...

Banff Gonfola to Sulphur Mountain We arranged to arrive early at the Gondola, taking the transit bus from the hotel. For $5 each we both bought a day pass right on the bus. The gondola trip to the mountain is short but the views are breathtaking. We didn’t quite know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised with the long boardwalk up the observatory ...

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 ...

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 ...

Peticodiac 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 weekend in Prince-Edward-Island on the Central Coast One 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 ...

Amherst, 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 ...

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 ...

Springhill Mining Museum Springhill Mining Museum - GroundsHave 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 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 ...

On my way to Saguenay It’s awesome to be able to discover a new place and see new things and when my friend told me he had rented an apartment for the summer in Chicoutimi, Quebec to spend his summer vacation I was happy to suggest I come for a visit. I have heard about the Saguenay region of Quebec many times; recently because our ...

Saguenay: 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 ...

Museum of the Fjord, Saguenay We 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 ...

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