By Laura Pellerine
The exclusive and beautifully restored Kingsbrae Arms is a 19th-century mansion with just 10 elegant rooms nestled in the quiet seaside village of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick—the type of town where saltwater taffy is sold from brightly painted shingled shops on the main strip. (more…)
Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.
Why we chose it: The photographer claims to have set the ISO too high on this shot, so apparently this result is serendipitous. The composition is excellent—leaving two-thirds of the image to open sky is a perfect choice. And though the infrared filter likely amplifies the crispness, the blues and the otherworldly look of the trees, it doesn’t give the image that false, over-manipulated look common in infrared shots. It’s believable that the blind eye might actually see this in nature. (more…)
By Carissa Bluestone
Winter is far from over, but if you plan to visit one of Canada’s most popular summer destinations this year, don’t waste any time snatching up the choicest hotels and tours. If you do, you may miss out on early-bird discounts or have to postpone your dream vacation altogether. (more…)
By Carissa Bluestone
Voting for the New 7 Wonders of Nature closes on Friday (11:11:11 a.m. GMT, to be precise). As we reported in September, New Brunswick’s amazing Bay of Fundy is one of the nominees, the sole Canadian destination on the list. It’s up against iconic natural areas like the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, and as of Sunday it was not on the list of top 10 finalists, so every vote counts.
New Brunswick tourism officials expect a win would greatly grow tourism and employment in the region, and some are even holding voting events.
The winners will be announced on Friday at 7:07 p.m. GMT.
By SHANNON KELLY
Is anything better than a good ghost story? Have your own to tell after you spend a night at one of these hotels known for their paranormal activity. After hearing creepy tales of murders, hangings and ghosts snuggling up to guests in bed, you’ll be thankful if things merely go bump in the night. Happy Halloween!
1. Fairmont Algonquin
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
The most haunted room in the 19th-century hotel is rumoured to be no. 473, where guests report seeing a weeping bride, the ghost of a woman who apparently took her own life in the room after being left at the altar. Guests have also recounted sightings of a ghostly bellhop roaming the halls. The hotel revels in its haunted history, telling campfire ghost stories and giving ghost tours. Book it.
Criteria for the finalists included unique beauty, diversity, ecological significance, and an even distribution across continents. The Bay of Fundy, on the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is a popular tourist attraction for its dramatic tide changes (100 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out daily), its unique rock structures, and frequent whale sightings. Among the other finalists are the Brazilian Amazon, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The campaign is the brainchild of New7Wonders, a Swiss-based foundation who managed to draw more than 100 million votes to elect the new seven wonders of the world in 2007.
If you vote, you might just win a free trip in the process. As an added incentive, Tourism Nova Scotia and Tourism New Brunswick have devised a contest: cast your vote for the Bay of Fundy and win a six-night trip to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that includes admission to Fundy’s Hopewell Rocks, a lobster cruise, airfare, car rental, and accommodation. Only Canadian residents are eligible.
To vote, go to www.n7w.com and choose your seven favourites from the finalists. Voting closes November 11, 2011. The seven new natural wonders will be announced shortly thereafter.
By Tim Johnson
As rich in culture as it is natural beauty, New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive offers a lovely mix of sun-kissed beaches, delicious roadside cuisine and the wonderful joie de vivre of the Acadiens. Although it’s just 150 kilometres from Moncton to Miramichi, you should take your time and enjoy—split the drive into two or three days to make sure you properly soak up the sun, tucking into some poutine râpée and seafood pizza along the way. (more…)
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