A First-Timer’s Guide to Visiting New Brunswick’s Own Little Paradise

So it is your first time heading to Grand Manan Island? Here’s how to plan your trip. Perhaps you’ve heard that writer Willa Cather once fell in love with the island, regularly visited for nearly two decades and even wrote at least one story about it. Or maybe you learned that ornithologist and painter John…

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Hike Your Own Hike: At Fundy National Park’s Moosehorn-Laverty Falls Loop

Zooming in to the practical details of a popular hiking trail in New Brunswick. So you’ve arrived at Fundy National Park, with your boots laced up and your water bottle full. You tighten your ponytail, maybe roll up your sleeves, clip the chest straps of your backpack, and pull out the map. Where to go…

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Face The Sun At The New Brunswick Sunflower Festival

The Green Pig Country Farm and Market is holding its flower festival from August 20 until August 30. Next time you want to surprise someone with a bouquet, just a single sunflower will do. In fact, every time you hold one sunflower, you actually have thousands of little flowers in your hands at once. That…

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Flowers Upon Flowers At Kingsbrae Garden

In Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea, there is a 27-acre horticultural masterpiece open to the public every day. “These peonies are the size of my head,” I thought as I walked past rows of my favourite kind of flower bush. Plush, round, and hued in several shades of pink and white, the many majestic peonies caught my attention…

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Moon Mist Ice Cream Is (Mostly) A Maritime Thing

The popularity of this pastel galaxy treat is fueled by its unique flavours, aesthetics and nostalgia. While the pale purple, blue and yellow swirls of Moon Mist ice cream is simply a beauty to behold, reminiscent of pastel sunsets over the Atlantic ocean, the flavour isn’t so easy to pinpoint at first. One lick in…

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Day-Tripping “The Lobster Capital Of The World”

In Shediac, New Brunswick, even the sidewalks and bridges are decorated with its famed crustaceans. The Maritime travel bubble has opened this week and that means tourists from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland will be flocking to New Brunswick to explore its beaches, resorts, villages and nature parks – for the first time…

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There’s A Historic Moncton “Castle” You Can Rent On Airbnb

Once a convent and orphanage, the manor now houses luxury condos. From the outside, the Gothic archways with hood moulding rise at the entrances, creating a majestic verticality, much like the nearby Tudor and Gothic arch window openings with mullion tracery, the large turret on the south-east corner and the towered frontispiece. In case you…

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Spring Means Fiddlehead Season In Eastern Canada

“It often involves a ride in a canoe to get to the best picking grounds.” Spring in Canada is a much-welcomed season for obvious reasons. It brings more daylight, warmer temperatures and the end of cabin fever. It’s also the time to pull out recipes for fresh, seasonal produce like asparagus, rhubarb and spinach. For…

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This East Coast “Pink Church” Sells Vintage And Antique Treasures

But it is the stories of objects and people that make this boutique precious to the community. Nearly everything is in shades of white or pink and sparkles in a little room lined with windows at the base of The Pink Church‘s steeple. There are sequined handbags, lace gloves and vintage wedding gowns on display.…

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Poutine Râpée: Acadian Comfort Food

“When people say they’ve eaten poutine râpée, it’s an event.” Every region has its own comfort food—that dish that you just can’t wait to get back home to eat again. For Montreal, maybe it’s a smoked meat sandwich. Or in Newfoundland, the Jiggs’ dinner. For folks with Acadian roots, it’s likely poutine râpée.  Acadians, the…

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