Saturday, 4 July 2015

Canada's East Coast Top 10

My East-Coast Top 10
First lets start with a little Geography lesson: Canada's Maritime provinces include New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia but are usually mentioned in conjunction with the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Together they are known as Canada's Atlantic Provinces or the East Coast (of Canada). For this post I will be focused on the maritime provinces, as I have yet to visit Newfoundland and therefore can not speak to it's top things to see/do but it is on my Canadian Bucketlist. Okay now that we have got through that why travel here??
Well the beauty of Canada's East-Coast begins around the coastline of each of these provinces where you will see breathtaking cliffs, lighthouses and of course the big blue ocean. But once you travel through the provinces you realise they have even more to offer including the old world charm of P.E.I, the natural and unspoiled beauty of Nova Scotia and the natural wonders of New Brunswick. So here we go, Check out my Top 10 things to see and do in Canada's East Coast Provinces:  
#1. Prince Edward Island (P.E.I)

Why Go/Famous For:
- being Canada's smallest province
- quaint, old world town
- potatoes (for real)
- Anne of Green Gables
- Cavendish - red sand beach

#2. Confederation Bridge

The Confederation bridge connects the provinces of P.E.I and New Brunswick. The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge in the world over ice-forming waters (in the winter obviously). It is just something special to drive over and cross - not to mention makes a quicker route to P.E.I than by a ferry!

#3. Hartland Covered Bridge

While on the topic of bridges, why not visit Hartland Covered Bridge, which is the world's longest covered bridge. It is 1,282 ft (391 m) long and features a driveable road as well as a pedestrian walkway. It is something neat to see while on your journey around the East Coast.

Where: Hartland, New Brunswick

#4. Wildlife Watching

All around the East Coast there are fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing. Some of the more popular or common ones include: Moose, Deer, Bald Eagles, Puffins, Grey Seals, Whales etc.

I did a wildlife cruise in Digby, Nova Scotia where we spotted seals as well as did some Lobster fishing! The Eagle was just along a shore line in New Brunswick and the Moose was off the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia.
#5. Magnetic Hill
"The Magnetic Hill is an example of a gravity hill, a type of optical illusion created by rising and descending terrain. To experience Magnetic Hill today, drivers must pay a fee to drive their cars to the end of the road (which has been preserved). When a car is placed in neutral, it will begin to roll backwards, apparently uphill. Observers will also note that water in the adjacent drainage ditches also seemingly runs uphill." Source.

Where: Moncton, New Brunswick

#6. Reversing Falls

Another odd natural phenomenon is the Reversing Falls in New Brunswick. The "falls" which appear more like a series of rapids have something that makes them a little different than others (as the name suggests). During a high tide the water actually move upstream through the falls/rapids.

Tip: This is something that needs to be planned around the tide times. Check out the Falls at both low and high tide to see the real difference!
Where: Saint John, New Brunswick

#7. Ministers Island

Although is may not look or sound like anything extra special - this Island does has something unique about it. It is only a part-time island, during low tide you can walk or drive right onto the island. It is pretty neat to be able to say you have driven on the ocean floor!
Where: St. Andrews, New Brunswick

#8. Whale Watching
Whale watching in the East Coast is one the best chances to see a number of different species of whales;
"With more coastline than any other country in the world, it makes sense that Canada offers some of the world's best whale watching. Both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts feature viewing opportunities for a long list of species". Source
Some have also referred to the East Coast as the "whale jackpot" with more than 20 species of whales frequenting the waters. Some of the most common species include: Minkes, Humpbacks, Finbacks (featured in the pictures above).

#9. Hopewell Rocks

The Hopewell Rocks also named the flowerpot rocks are found on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Here again you have one of those amazing opportunities to walk on the Ocean Floor. It is quite different to walking on a beach during a low tide as here in the Bay of Fundy it has the most dramatic tide in the world. This is a must-do while in the East Coast!
"Located between the shores of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Maine, the bay is believed to have the highest tides in the world, with over a hundred billion tonnes of seawater flowing in and out twice a day. Each tide takes about twelve hours for completion." Source.

#10. Cabot Trail

One of the most scenic drives in Canada, but don't forgot to also get off the road and explore the park itself. We took a break driving a did a little hike to St. Mary's Falls, among other little pit-stops to take pictures of the breathtaking views or because we spotted a moose! This was the highlight of my East Coast trip. The views do not disappoint, as well as the variety of hiking trails, whale watching and other activities that this National Park has to offer.

Where: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

My East-Coast Bucketlist

- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
- Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Nova Scotia

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