I have decided that there doesn’t need to be a specific structure with blogs, so I will be blogging about things I like such as eating, travelling, aesthetics etc.
Here’s a short summary of my 8 day trip to 3 provinces.
Day 1: Flew in to Halifax around evening from Toronto. Walked around the town and harbour/seawalk.
Day 2: In the morning, we drove to Pier 21 Museum. It’s a very interesting museum and gives you a bit of history about immigrants in Canada particularly people landing through Pier 21 (spend at least an hour there). There’s a market near the museum, but there has nothing. There’s a coffee shop nearby where we bought the blueberry maple coffee beans.
In the afternoon we drove to Peggy’s Cove which is about 1.5 hours away from Halifax.
We drove to Lunenburg to sleep in the evening. The Italian restaurant Trattoria Della Nonna was very good.
Day 3: Lueneburg is a very pretty city. It’s listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You can take a ride on the blue nose, but I am not sure if it’s still under construction.
Lueneburg’s land mark is the 3 churches. It’s nothing really, but it’s a nice place to take pictures.
We drove to Wolfville (about an hour north of Lueneberg through highway #12). We went to Gaspereau Vineyards (apparently renowned brand in NS, but the wine is rather dry) and Luckette Vineyards where it serves simple lunch (and where we bought the cranberry apple wine).
We hurried to Moncton, New Brunswick and arrived in the evening, which was about a 4 hour drive. Please don’t try the japanese food there even though it’s owned by asians.
Day 4: On Saturdays, Moncton havs farmers market. It’s quite neat to check it out. I felt I was in Quebec because there were so many french speaking people. There are museums near the university but it was closed that day. I’ve also heard magnetic hill is a good attraction too. It’s an optic illusion so once you parked your car to N, your car will actually go up.
We went to fisherman paradise for lunch (DO NOT GO THERE) before we took the confederation bridge to PEI.
We stayed a night at summerland, but there was nothing open. In hindsight, I would probably stayed in Charlottetown for a few days and explore PEI instead of moving to different hotels.
Day 5: On our way to Charlottetown, we went to Anne of Green Gables Museum. We also went to a restaurant called Fisherman’s Wharf where it serves delicious lobsters and includes a salad and dessert bar with all you can eat chowder and mussels (well obviously its not the best quality, but it’s great value). We spent the evening walking around the city. I just love this place so much. It’s a very cute city and has nice architecture.We went to a Chinese restaurant in the evening which was actually legit, it was a short drive away from the city centre.
Day 6: We did a little bit of sightseeing in the morning. I liked the Founder’s hall which was located at the Charlottetown Tourism info center. The museum is very interactive and provides history about Canada’s confederation. Spend some time walking around the city and check out their museums if you have time, their tourism is very well done there. St. Dunstan’s Basilica is a gorgeous church and can’t be missed. If the locals direct you to Cow’s ice cream store, save your money because you will be disappointed when you expect to get the best ice cream you will ever have.
We took the morning ferry back to NS. The PEI ferry terminal was less than an hour drive from Charlottetown. The ferry trip was about 1.5 hrs. I then drove straight to Sydney, which was one of the bigger cities in the Cape Brenton region. The hotel we wanted to stay was full so we stayed at Hampton Membertou, which was a brand new hotel with a nice restaurant shared with the convention center just across the hotel.
Day 7: There wasn’t any exciting museums in Sydney so I drove to Louisburg where it’s famous for the Louisburg Fortress. It’s a historical site and there will be live actors reenacting the era when you go in August. Afterwards, I drove about 3 hours to Truro to stay overnight because it was only an hour away from the airport and I didn’t want to rush myself to catch the flight the next morning. Truro is a small town so do not expect anything, although the VIA rail has a stop there.
Day 8: Flight back to Toronto