10 Terrific Spots in the Canadian Maritimes

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    Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

    Just a short drive from Halifax, you'll find the picturesque seaside town of Peggy's Cove on the shores of St. Margaret's Bay. After a day of hiking, kayaking, birding or whale watching in the surrounding Bluenose Coast, head into town to sample the local specialty, lobster. While it's possible to visit Peggy's Cove on a day trip from Halifax, we recommend staying a day or two in one of the charming inns or B&Bs.

    Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis

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    Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick

    If you want some insight into the Acadian heritage of the Canadian Maritimes, you'll have to spend some time along the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick. Seaside cottages and farms dot the sandy coast, and in the Republic of Madawaska, bordering Maine, you'll meet the Brayons, a people with their own distinct language and way of life.

    Brayons
    Brayons

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada

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    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, gives visitors the opportunity to dive deeper into the maritime history of the region, all while enjoying 17th century architecture, boutique shopping and one of the best culinary scenes in the region. Don't miss the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, located on the Halifax waterfront, with its collection of over 20,000 maritime artifacts.

    Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    Charlottetown, Canada's birthplace, was founded in 1765 and has maintained a sense of history with its beautifully manicured gardens, historic homes and welcoming hospitality. While you're here, swing by the Confederation Centre of The Arts to watch the award-winning musical production of Anne of Green Gables.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism PEI / Brian McInnis

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    Digby, Nova Scotia

    Digby, the self-proclaimed "Best Kept Secret in Nova Scotia," has a not-so-secret favorite dish: the Digby scallop. The fishing community pulls in some of the biggest, most succulent scallops from the waters off the shore, and you can watch the fleet come in each evening before sampling the catch of the day in one of the town's many restaurants and pubs.

    Photo courtesy of Nicole Bratt

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    Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

    The magnificent Bay of Fundy sits between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on the Atlantic coast of North America and is famous for having the greatest vertical tidal range in the world. While the towns all along the bay are worthy destinations in their own right, the bay itself offers a treasure trove of experiences, including whale watching, kayaking, sailing and fishing.

    Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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    Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

    Cape Breton is regularly ranked among the top island destinations in North America, and for good reason. Aside from the stunning coastline, Cape Breton Island has a rich cultural heritage combining Gaelic, Acadian and First Nations traditions. Don't leave without spending an evening in a Celtic pub, clapping along to the rollicking tunes of a ceilidh, a social gathering featuring folk music played on the piano and fiddle.

    Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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    Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

    When the tide drops in the Bay of Fundy, visitors to Hopewell Cape in New Brunswick are treated to quite a treat. Giant rock formations, known as the Hopewell Rocks, jut out from the beach, where you'll literally be walking on the ocean floor. When the tide returns, explore these amazing formation on a kayaking tour of the coastline.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada

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    Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

    If you're looking to spend some time basking on a beach during your Canadian Maritimes vacation, you'll find long stretches of sandy coastline on Prince Edward Island. The Cavendish region, with its beautiful beaches, picturesque lighthouses and world class golf, inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to pen Anne of Green Gables, so be sure to visit the LM Montgomery National Historic Site.

    Photo courtesy of Heather Harvey

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    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

    Lunenburg, one of the best preserved planned British settlements in North America, is also one of the best places to experience German heritage in Canada. The maritime community was settled primarily by Protestant immigrants from the Upper Rhine region of Germany, and you can still see the brightly-painted wooden houses and historic sailing vessels on a horse-and-carriage tour of the town.

    Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Philosophy and quickly bid farewell to the United States for good. She's traveled throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.

Lydia is currently "slow traveling" through South America in search of a place to call home. Florianopolis, Brazil currently serves as her base of operations. She speaks a little Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese, and loves cooking, photography, knitting and watching Spanish soccer. She hopes to get her first novel published in the next year.

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