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THE MARITIMES

PEI - PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

At the time of our visit there was only one way to get to this charming little island - by giant ferry.  In fact we were here during the winter and it was amazing to see how these ferries cut through huge and very thick ice flows.  It made quite a racket inside the cabin.  Now folks can drive directly to the island over the Confederation Bridge.  It opened to the public in 1997.

We spent nearly all of our time in PEI's biggest city - Charlottetown.

One of my fondest memories on this trip was the unbelievably calm and serene shoreline along the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  It looked like the Arctic -- completely frozen -- and walking along the edge there was absolutely no noise because there were no waves.  It was completely frozen.  The only noise came from the wind occasionally whistling by.

We stayed at the Rodd Royalty Inn and Suites Hotel.  The kids absolutely loved the big indoor pool and overall, it was a nice place.

We were pretty lazy on this trip and didn't do much exploring.  But there are some good sites to help you make your plans including the Prince Edward Island Visitors Guide and PEI Tourism.

Seafood abounds here especially in the summer time and the island is world famous for its tender, plump, juicy, succulent mussels.

One restaurant that we sampled was just great - Lobster on the Wharf.  My wife and I started our meals with a cup of seafood chowder and then wolfed down a couple of lobsters.

NEW BRUNSWICK

During our whirlwind tour of the Maritimes we managed to spend only a night in the nice little town of St. John.  And getting there was the interesting thing.

We had driven our car onto a ferry on the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy for the six hour crossing aboard a very big ferry.  It looked like it wanted to snow as we shoved off and the sun faded to clouds.  Later, it really let loose.  It probably snowed 10 inches during the crossing and when we arrived in St. John, roads were really bad.  Ironically the crossing, despite the raging snowstorm, wasn't too rough.

We'll definitely be spending more time in the Maritimes and highly suggest it to you.

NOVA SCOTIA  

Halifax is an invigorating city even in the winter time.  It is also home to a huge Canadian submarine base.  You see them coming and going all the time.  At least we did.

The city sits on the waterfront with nice views.  We spent a couple of nights here and just drove around and enjoyed the various sites.

Our hotel was the Holiday Inn Select and it was a very nice facility with a nice indoor pool.

We weren't doing restaurant reviews at the time of our visit so I can't help you there.  But this is a very nice waterfront town.

Digby is billed as the scallop capital of the world.  And you know what?  If there is a better, fresher, more tender scallop anywhere in the world, I've never bumped into him.  The only thing that came even close--believe it or not---were giant deep fried scallops at a buffet restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and of course, those had to have been delivered to the restaurant frozen.

We sampled these beauties at a place called the Fundy Restaurant.  It sits right on the waterfront and the fried scallops were out of this world.  We highly recommend this place to you.

The nearby Bay of Fundy is home to the wildest tides in the world!  They vary by up to 22 feet and one river actually flows in two directions depending on whether there's an incoming or outgoing tide.  When driving your car onto a ferry sometimes you drive up the ramp and sometimes you drive down the ramp at the same ferry landing depending on those wild tides!

 

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