Let’s Travel with Anne: A Travel Guide to Canada
Hi! I am Anne and I love to see different places just like you. I enjoy being in a new place and finding new friends…and well, dig interesting stories from the locals, too. Traveling is fun, right? It gives me a feeling of satisfaction, contentment, and inspiration. It makes me see the greatness of the Divine in every place my feet has set onto. How about you? Do you feel the same?
By the way, have you been to Canada?
Yes? Wow, lucky for you! You must have enjoyed the place.
No? Well, I feel for you.
Actually, for me, all the countries are beautiful. Each one has its own gem to treasure. Do you agree?
But for now, since everyone in the world is committed to saving humankind by being at home, staying at home, and follow self-quarantine in light of the COVID 19 virus attack, traveling is set aside for the meantime. While we are locked down inside the confinement of our house, why not join me in browsing our next destination so we are ready soon as the traveling ban is lifted up and going places is safe again?
Let’s talk about wonderful Canada.
I love traveling. I like to commune with nature as I travel. I also love going to beaches and seeing water. And I like to end my day in looking at the relics and antiques in the museum. I knew Canada has something to offer with nature, sight-seeing trips and a lot to show with arts, music, and museums.
So, for those who are NATURE LOVER and MUSEUM TRIPPER, get a grip and join me as I unfold Canada with my specially made travel guide for us. In this article, I will show you the list of the best places to visit, the things to do, and some tips to save money on transportation deals and accommodation.
Let me start by knowing which part of Canada shall people like us who love to experience the best of the best from nature to art shall headfirst. Since Canada is so big, let us narrow our compass from this second largest country in the entire world into five regions and see which region or regions can offer us our dream travel in just fifteen days.
The first region to look through is The Atlantic Region where there are four provinces, The Newfoundland and Labrador, the Prince Edward Island, The Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. I can feel the word RELAXATION waving at me upon hearing the names of these provinces.
Okay, so let’s start our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland has a serene Placentia Bay where tourists like us can do kayaking on its beautiful waters, enjoy a ride on ferry boats as we watch dolphins jump and see whales circling the boat. Wow, these are awesome especially when we could spot eagles and birds as we passed Woody Island.
My friend told me that tourists can also hold picnics along the beach while having a small talk to the fisherfolk. People in Newfoundland also love to perform live music so I think it would be fun if we can build campfires on the beach after visiting The Store Loft Museum.
So, Newfoundland and Labrador can offer us waters, forests, and museums where bird watching and water sports are awaiting us. Well, not bad.
Now, how about Prince Edward Island? I read that it is the smallest province in the Atlantic Region, so maybe we can stay here in a few days to roam the whole province. If ever this is our next spot, I would love to visit the Confederation Trail first and give off some sweat as we bike the 435 k trail then have a good lunch in the village while chitchatting with the villagers.
You know what, since I learned to travel, I also learned to have a small talk to the people in the village because, for me, they are the best tour guide ever. You’ll get real information and real action from them. I’d like to try that in the locals of Prince Edward Island (PEI). Then maybe in the afternoon, we could take a dip and splash in the shore in PEI National Park. Whew, I can hear waves along the shore. I can’t wait to be there.
Then the next day, we can enjoy the picturesque Basin Head Provincial Park and rub our feet on the “singing sands”. Yeah, my friend who had visited the place told me that when you rubbed your feet on the sand, you can hear it squeak. Maybe that is why it is called “the singing sands”.
Before the sun sets, she suggested that we can drop by in the Basin Head Fisheries Museum for a quick tour of the exhibit then drive a little to the Greenwich Interpretative Centre. I found out that the center has a vast exhibit showcasing the history of Prince Edward Island.
Before leaving the island on the third day, we must see the Green Gables Heritage House. They say you’ve never been to Prince Edward Island if you’ll not drop by the historical house of “Anne of Green Gables”. We should not miss this experience!
Oh, do I forget to mention the Charlotte Festival in PEI in summer? It is a musical event held in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, another must-see on the island.
And did I mention that going to our next destination, we will pass the “Fixed Link” or the Confederation Bridge? Yeah, you’ll have to fasten your seatbelt as we are going to zoom along the longest bridge in the world going to New Brunswick, our next spot!
Whenever I heard of New Brunswick, the first thing that comes to mind is the waters at St. John. Because you love nature as much as I do, I am sure the Reversing Rapids at Saint John will excite you, too! It will worth more than an experience to see nature’s oddity as the waters reverse directions, particularly on high tides. Oh, how I love to see this. Do you?
Then we will roam the Maritime’s Saint John City Market as we will satisfy our taste buds with delicious treats from the locals. I can’t wait to taste grilled seafood or have a bite of their famous bread dip in maple syrup. I heard that Saint John City Market is the oldest farmer’s market in the region since 1785! Stores a lot of stuff including nice souvenirs to take away. I hope they have unique ref magnets being sold somewhere there because that is my favorite take-home gifts. What about you? Do you already have something in mind to take away from the market?
Or maybe, you’re thinking to have a picture with the largest sculpture of lobster in Shediac! Of course, who would forget to include that in our itinerary when it is a must-see in New Brunswick? We will drop by in the Lobster Capital in the World and while you are taking pictures, I will grab my share of my yummy lobster meal at the Lobster Deck, another must-be-there restaurant in Canada!
And because a taste of nature is what we are looking for, seeing the wildlife in the Magnetic Hill Zoo will satisfy our craving. Hey, do you know that Magnetic Hill Zoo is the largest zoo in the Atlantic region of Canada? Do you also know that nature is playing a trick in the Magnetic Hill?
Okay, a family friend who happened to be there once parked her car at the foot of the hill while waiting for the others to come down. Then suddenly, she felt that the car was being pulled up. What could we expect? She panicked! At first, I thought she was playing a frank on me but as I was writing this article, I searched a bit about that hill and found out that you could really feel that pull!
Maybe, we could try that for ourselves when we get there. I sit on the driver’s side and you sit beside me then scream your lungs out as we are being pulled up!
Do you think our nature tripping in New Brunswick will end in the Magnetic Hill? No way! We still have to trail the Fundy National Park and see for ourselves the diversity of nature that is store in this God-given paradise! I would love to inhale the fresh scent of ferns and forest trees.
If we are going to leave the province, the nice option awaiting us is to ride on the ferry MV Fundy Rose to Nova Scotia. Inside the ferry, there is plenty of time for us to relax as we prepare our body for the next adventure in Nova Scotia.
Welcome to Nova Scotia, the maple syrup county! Now we are on our last stop, the Nova Scotia. It is the fourth province of the Atlantic Region we are going to look through so let us explore the many possibilities for an adventure.
First and foremost, let me remind our goal as we stop from province to province of Canada. We want to commune with nature and learn history in the museum. Here at Nova Scotia, we can experience both nature and arts as we did in the other provinces.
The Jogger’s Fossil Cliffs, for one, is one of the amazing places to be in Nova Scotia. The tourism officers from Nova Scotia are promoting this place to explore scientific studies on fossils and coals.
They are inviting tourists to have a personal experience with the 300-million-year-old record of fossils which are changing every year so I believe, we must include this in our itinerary.
Isn’t it amazing that discovering something new or something old in a certain place makes us think we are such a lucky human being to see God’s creation unfolding in our naked eye? That it is such a miracle to be able to touch them and experience them by ourselves? Yes, traveling alone or traveling with the others made me feel marvelous and accomplished especially when I get to discover special things like that. I hope you will be able to see this through as you go places with me.
Okay, so back to Nova Scotia. Aside from the Jogger’s Fossil Cliff, we must include in our top list to visit the Lepper Brook Waterfalls in the Victoria Park and climb up the 175-step of the famous Jacob’s Ladder inside the same park. Hahaha, I think we need to work up a little while we are still at home to get our muscles ready. Sprain and muscle pain are the last things I wanted when I am trailing.
One thing that attracts my attention too is the Cape Breton’s giant 60-ft fiddle in Sydney Waterfront. I am not much of a musician but you could be. This sculpture may be interesting to you so we can add this to our places to go. We might as well include buying a ticket so we can watch a concert inside Cape Breton’s theatre.
The last and would be the final stop in our Canada’s Atlantic Region trip is visiting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. For sure, you would not miss this in the world. In my thorough research, I learned that we can see a miniature ship of Titanic being displayed in the museum, along with the scale model of the only ship that survived the three world wars, including the Halifax Explosion. Wouldn’t it be fun to study history as we enjoy our stay in Nova Scotia?
Now that we cover the places of our soon-to-be adventure in the first region of Canada, it is about time to discuss how much we would save for the ticket, transportation, and accommodation?
Oh, by the way, do you have a tent? Hahaha, I know what you’re thinking. Don’t be too excited yet. Remember, the ban to travel is still on. But yes, you’re right if you are thinking we are going camping in between provinces.
So, here’s the list of the websites where we can get a quotation for our travel and accommodation to Canada.
Believe me when I say, the price for accommodation today will vary greatly in the next month due to the onset of COVID 19 disease so it would be safe for us to just browse the possible accommodation and check out the price when we are ready to fly.
I suggest the same for car rentals and other modes of transportation. As of now, ticketing information is not so generous either to relay any ticket price due to the current pandemic we are experiencing around the world.
So, while waiting for everything to be okay, let us sit back, study our itinerary and check the region of Canada I have cited above which we would stay longer or which museum we will gather tons of information. While on it, we might prepare some questions we can ask the locals or may jot down some questions on history or science or any information you want to ask to the fishermen when we get to the provinces. Sounds good, right?
Oh, before I forget, I will remind the time zone. The next thing to know when we travel from one province to another is the time zone. Newfoundland uses Newfoundland Standard Time (UTC -3.5) while New Brunswick and Nova Scotia use the Atlantic Standard Time (UTC -4).
Prince Edward Island also uses the latter time zone. This might help us in time to prepare our body with the adjustments, as well as our schedules since there will be a slight modification on the time as we transfer from one place to another.
Another reminder to travelers like us is that we must not forget to bring our identification cards, insurance of our car, RVs, or motorcycle. It would be requested for us if we travel by land via provinces. So, it would be good to prepare them in a handy pouch that should be needed.
I know you are excited to pack your suitcase and leave for Canada. I am excited too!
For the time being, while we are waiting, don’t let your excitement dropdown. Why not grab the book of Anne of Green Gables and read it so when we go to the heritage house, you’ll be more inquisitive as a mouse when we get there? Or download a photo app and explore its features so when we are in Nova Scotia, your pictures will be posted like a pro with your newly acquired photo editing skills.
Or maybe, watch National Geographic channel to heighten your interest in seeing exotic animals in the National Parks we are about to explore. Good luck and be updated!