Canada, Life List, North America, The Maritime Provinces

Canadian East Coast

September 10, 2013

Sorry for jumping around with the posts lately. Excuse me as I, again, cut short the European series, with the updates on my most-recent travel to the Canadian East Coast. 


About 2 summers ago, my friend, Vanessa, and I, briefly talked about how cool it would be to do a road-trip around the Canadian Maritime. Time, being the most elusive thing on earth, came and went yet the idea remains just that: an idea. Then, in the spring of this year, something changed (more like, Air Canada had a seat sale) and the wheels started to turn. Before we knew it, companions gathered, flights booked, itinerary created, and we were on our way to the lands of seafood and salty air. We flew into Moncton, New Brunswick, rented a car, and drove around. Here is a quick recap of how those six days went.


The rough itinerary: Moncton – Charlottetown – Cape Breton Island – Halifax – Saint John – Moncton.

East Coast

The Numbers

Number of people: 4
Number of days: 6
Number of flights: 3 (2 going there, 1 returning)
Number of ferry ride: 1
Distance covered: 2,198 KM
Number of hours spent in the car: 22 hrs. over 6 days.

Best & Worst 

Best Chowder: Jean’s Family Restaurant, 1999 Mountain Rd. Moncton, NB. Their clam chowder was so, so delicious that we contemplated on buying mason jars so we can take them home to Toronto.
Best Fish & Chips: The Fish and Chips Boat at the Catch of the Bay Fish Market, Masstown, N.S.
Best Meal: Shrimp tacos with rice and black beans from Stayner’s Wharf, Halifax.
Worst Meal: High Tide Cafe’s Atlantic Crab Wrap  at Hopewell Rocks
Cold wrap, bland stuffing, and under-cooked fries.

Cold wrap, bland stuffing, and under-cooked fries.

Best Experience: Driving the Cabot Trail, hands-down!
Most-Overrated Experience: A tie between Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish and the Reversing Rapids of Saint John
Anne's House

Anne’s House

Reversing rapids. Meh. Overrated at best.

Reversing rapids. Meh. Overrated at best.

Most Pleasantly Surprising City: Saint John, N.B.
Market Square, Saint John

Market Square, Saint John

Cutest Small Town: Baddeck, N.S.
The Telegraph House, Baddeck

The Telegraph House, Baddeck, N.S.

To sum it up, it was ruggedly beautiful, kind of rough, yet very, very charming at the same time.


  • Reply Lisa October 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Looks like a great quick summary of the Maritimes! We probably spent the same amount of time driving on our West coast trip… maybe more!

  • Reply Aswin January 8, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Cabot Trail, really? Gotta do it next time then!

    • Reply Pauline January 15, 2014 at 12:32 am

      YES! I TOLD YOU this when you were planning your East Coast trip! And nice email address… copycat! :p

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