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Atlantic Canada

Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

By SHANNON KELLY

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac Park, NB (Photo: Tourism New Brunswick)

Last week the west coast got all the beachy glory. Now we head east to focus on the top beaches in the east: sandy Maritime playgrounds, windswept dunes, surfer spots and crystalline beauties on eastern Canada’s ocean- and lake-fronts. (more…)

6 Reasons To Visit Fredericton, New Brunswick

By KAT TANCOCK

Photo: André Gallant/Tourism New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s capital has more going for it than just lobster and the legislature (though the former makes for a unique potato chip). Here are six reasons you should make Fredericton a stop on your Maritime itinerary.

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12 Memorable East Coast Fishing Villages

By ALINA SEAGAL

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo: Alina Seagal)

An adventure through Atlantic Canada is not complete until you visit a fishing village or two. Here, you’ll find the freshest seafood, a new lifestyle and some stunning coastal views. Marvel at the postcard views of Peggy’s Cove, walk along the ocean floor during incredibly low tides around Alma or simply head to the village known internationally for its tasty oysters. Hundreds of fishing settlements dot the East Coast, yet we’ve selected some of the most memorable ones for you to see. (more…)

Seaside Cove—Near Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Why We Chose It

We admit we haven’t pinpointed exactly where this was taken (if you know, drop us a line), but it’s a perfect representation of the many coves and inlets along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. The vintage effect used, with the washed-out colours, works well here, since you can image this scene hasn’t changed much in the past thirty or forty years. The effect also reinforces the entire sleepy fishing village mood. It doesn’t hurt that the photographer framed everything expertly, creating a beautiful path for the eyes through the water to the ocean.

Photo: Wade Kelly

New UNESCO World Heritage Site: Nova Scotia’s Grand Pré

The historic church at Grand Pré (Photo: H. Holm, Nova Scotia Photo Album)

Every year, UNESCO adds sites of cultural or natural importance to its World Heritage List. This year’s new UNESCO World Heritage sites include 25 places, among them a species-rich coral reef system in Palau, the supposed birthplace of Jesus in Palestine, and Nova Scotia’s own historic Acadian settlement of Grand Pré, which is a Canadian national historic site.

Founded in the 17th century, Grand Pré was a farming community that used a unique hydraulic drainage system to work the marshy land that is affected by the world’s highest tides in the nearby Bay of Fundy. Archaelogical remnants of the original village of Grand Pré can still be seen here, though the majority of the Acadian community was exiled beginning in 1755 in what is known as the Grand Dérangement, or Great Expulsion.

Grand Pré is Nova Scotia’s third UNESCO World Heritage site. Others are the historic maritime village of Lunenburg and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs palaeontological site.

A Food-Lover’s Guide to PEI’s Eastern Shores

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Rossignol Estate Winery (Photo: Konstantin Ryabitsev)

Visitors to Canada’s smallest province may be fixated on seafood, redheaded Anne (of Green Gables fame) and seeing the birthplace of Confederation, but there are many more palatable lures to explore in the eastern half of Prince Edward Island. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: The Great George—Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

New, unique, iconic or just plain fabulous Canadian hotels we love, profiled every week!

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

The Great George hotel has laid claim to a whole city block in downtown Charlottetown by annexing 15 buildings in total, each carefully restored to create a unique accommodation option in this historic Maritime city. First opened as the Regent Hotel in 1846, the inn hosted politicians during the Canadian Confederation’s Charlotte Conference in 1864. It has gone through several owners since, and in 1996 was revealed in its current state—a series of neat-and-trim painted row houses—in the largest private heritage development project in the province. (more…)

Southern Head: Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick

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Why We Chose It

Grand Manan Island, on New Brunswick’s southern coast bordering Maine, is one of Canada’s lesser-known treasures: a relaxing and beautiful Atlantic Canada destination that’s inexplicably not overly touristed. We love the mist clouding this iconic image of the island’s bluffs, and the play between the arc of beach echoed and the landmass above. The lighting, with the sun peeking through the clouds in the upper corner, is just magical. This photo alone is enough to put Grand Manan on any bucket list! (more…)

One Fabulous Day in Fredericton, New Brunswick

By KAT TANCOCK

Fredericton lighthouse and Walking Bridge (Photo: Piddleville)

New Brunswick’s capital city, Fredericton makes for an excellent stopover on a Maritimes tour. The quiet town on the Saint John River offers plenty to keep you busy, like this one-day itinerary that includes biking, shopping, a haunted hike and sampling the local bounty of food—especially seafood and beer. (more…)

Îles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands)—Quebec

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Why We Chose It

Islands are not what one normally conjures when thinking of Canada, but the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are quiet archipelago of unspoiled beaches, farmland and Maritime communities with colourful fishing boats tied up to docks. This photo captures the serenity of the islands and screams summer. The arc of the coastline sets the composition and we love the vibrant colours and the mirrored movement in the low-lying clouds and tides.

Read more: “Getaway to Quebec’s Maritime Archipelago, the Magdalen Islands”

Photo by Hobolens

Getaway to Quebec’s Maritime Archipelago, the Magdalen Islands

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Photo: Raymond Brow

On the Islands, rolling hills are carpeted with emerald fields and peppered with tiny wooden homes in hues of orange, yellow, purple, red and blue. Rust coloured cliffs yield caves chiseled out of limestone leading down to windswept white-sand beaches. Blissfully free of high rises, billboards and freeways, the Madgalen Islands (Les Îles de la Madeleine in French) invite quiet contemplation and outdoor adventure such as kite surfing, kayaking and cycling.

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The 12 Best Seafood Towns in Canada from Atlantic to Pacific

By SHANNON KELLY

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia (Photo: Chris Boris)

From Atlantic to Pacific, a dozen of the best places across Canada to tuck into local lobster, oysters, mussels and fresh fish. (more…)