From the never-ending lakes, colourful wooden houses, dense forest and warm Canadian hospitality, Eastern Canada has something for everyone. I arrived into Halifax after a 6.5-hour flight from London Heathrow and transferred to this picturesque Canadian town in the province of Nova Scotia. Halifax itself is steeped in History from assisting with the Titanic disaster to the great explosion which took place in 1917. This beautiful town located on the Eastern coast is the capital of Nova Scotia and the streets are lined with restaurants and pubs along with a lovely boardwalk on the water’s edge offering Kayaking, paddle boarding, bike hire and jet ski hire, so something for everyone.
From this lovely town you can drive to Baddeck where you can begin the start of the Cabot Trail which has a few lovely hotels and is home to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum which is well worth a visit. The Cabot Trail has been voted one of the most scenic drives in the world and includes spectacular hiking trails, ocean vistas and pretty coastal fishing villages. You can take whale watching tours and visit small fishing villages along the way. An ideal place to locate yourself before you begin this scenic journey is Breton where you will find lovely hotels and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.
On returning to Halifax I took the train direct to Moncton in New Brunswick on Via Rail which itself is an incredible experience, passing twinkling lakes and colourful wooden houses along the way. Moncton lies at the centre of the Maritime Provinces and is home to the famous Moncton Boar, created from the surging waters of the Bay of Fundy tides which are the highest in the world. From Moncton you can visit Hopewell Rocks and visit the famous ‘flower pot rocks’ created by the high tides which take place twice a day. Here you can walk on the ocean floor and take in the incredible scenery along with the wildlife.
Another place not to be missed is Shediac, around a 30-minute drive from Moncton. This is the lobster capital of Canada and here you can buy a lobster meal and sit on the shores enjoying this amazing seafood with views across the waters edge. If you drive another 20 minutes along the coastal roads you can see stunning beaches with miles of beautiful sand with incredible dunes and take scenic walks on the wooden boardwalks.
On arrival back to Moncton I took a 2.5 hour flight to Toronto which is home to the beautiful Niagara Falls. These three waterfalls straddle the borders of the Canadian province of Ontario and the American state of New York. The cascading water is a magnificent sight and a journey on the ‘Hornblower’ is certainly not to be missed. For the thrill seeking amongst us then I can recommend the Zip Line where you can take in the clearest views of the falls as you gently journey down at a slow pace so you can enjoy this magnificent site.
I feel I have only just touched a tiny piece of this stunning country and there is so much more to discover and I highly recommend visiting the East Coast provinces and enjoying the welcoming Canadian hospitality – a must do trip for the seafood lovers and adventure seekers!