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Updated on May 9, 2012

An east Coast Adventure

I do not like the brand of tourism advertising that labels a place the best. For one thing, I believe it is simply not true and creates competition where none need exist. There are great sights, activities and food wherever you travel and an old saying keeps coming back to mind; different strokes for different folks.

Having said that, Canada is a wonderful place to visit all year round; whether you love the beach, or skiing down a mountain slope, fishing, hiking, shopping, taking in a show, fairs, parades and the list goes on and one.

I am not simply saying that because I was born and continue to live here, I am saying it as someone who has traveled from coast to coast from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and spend time in both Vancouver British Columbia and Saint John’s Newfoundland.

I have lived in three of the ten provinces, visited all ten and the Yukon. I have not yet been to the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, but one day maybe.

Canada’s cross country train service is reviving itself and if you do not want to drive or fly is a good way to cross the mainland. Unfortunately, it will not take you to Newfoundland and you need to spend at least a few days there to really get a grip on the Canadian experience.

You can also take the bus which will take you to all the provinces. If you only have a two or three week holiday, I do not recommend that you try and see the whole country during the period, you could hit the big cities or the National Parks but there is so much more to see and do.

If I was bold enough to suggest one Canadian holiday package, it would begin in the middle of July in Saint John’s Newfoundland. This journey will take you around four provinces and you begin and end in Saint John’s.

Fly into the Saint John’s airport and rent a car. Be sure to climb up Signal Hill and enjoy the view over the Atlantic Ocean.

The next stage takes you to the ferry at Port aux Basques. The ferry ride from there to North Sydney Nova Scotia is a must and you can meet and mingle with people from all over. Once you are in North Sydney you can chart the rest of your voyage which takes you through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and back to North Sydney for the ferry ride back to Newfoundland.

You will want to make all your bookings in advance, hotel, motel, campground, and ferry and car rental. This way you will not be disappointed or delayed in your journey.

Canada is a diverse and fascinating country and there is much to see and do no matter what appeals personally to you.

The West Coast is equally as fascinating as the East, simply different and all the places in-between have so much to offer the eager traveler.

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Restigouche Sam, Campbellton, NB Bob Ewing, photo
Restigouche Sam, Campbellton, NB Bob Ewing, photo
Bobaventure, Quebec, Bob Ewing photo
Bobaventure, Quebec, Bob Ewing photo


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • Svetlana K. profile image

    Svetlana K. 

    8 years ago

    Very beautiful ! Thank you for tour !

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have traveled coast to coast and this is, indeed, a beautiful country.

  • nightwork4 profile image


    8 years ago from ontario. canada

    i love travelling all over canada. a lot of people go south for vacations but my family prefer to travel inside our country. PEI is my favorite place here but i love all of canada and i'm proud to be a canuck.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Canada , eh.

  • nadim313 profile image


    9 years ago from Kuala Lumpur

    thanx for replying for my request

    canada huh, will never heard anything nice from canada, but since your already wrote about i might consider

  • Lgali profile image


    9 years ago

    Beautiful! Beautiful!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    We did enjoy Newfoundland when we were there. Thanks for visiting.

  • kaylee.kenzie profile image


    9 years ago from Canada

    New Brunswick is a good substitute for NF LOL but nothing can replace living in Newfoundland.

  • Lifebydesign profile image


    9 years ago from Australia

    Funny Bob, know that you mentioned it, I never saw US flags, just Canadian. lol

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Dottie, we have thought about moving back to Newfoundland but for now we are happy here in New Brunswick and, as both of us were born in Ontario and have family there, it is always a draw. Thanks for visiting.

  • Dottie1 profile image


    9 years ago from MA, USA

    Thanks for the tour of Canada Bob. It really looks so beautiful and for a nice place to live and/or visit. I still have some living roots in St. Johns, Newfoundland where both my maternal grandparents were raised. Besides an overnight stay in Montreal years ago I have not been to Canada. I appreciate you taking the time to write this hub. Maybe one of these days a visit to Canada will become a reality. I'd sure like that! :)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Hi, we used to wear a Canadian flag on backpack so people would know. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Lifebydesign profile image


    9 years ago from Australia

    Hi Bob, if I didn't live in Australia I would definitely consider Canada! I loved what I saw when I was there - its such a crisp clean kinda place. Do you ever get people asking you if you're 'American' instead of 'Canadian' when you're travelling overseas? lol

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Zsuzsy

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob you are absolutely right the whole of Canada is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I too have traveled most of it I still need to check out PEI, New Brunswick, New foundland/Labrador and Nunavit. Soon I hope that I will be able to dip my toe into the Atlantic (well our side of the Atlantic) the same as I did in the Pacific.

    Great hub regards Zsuzsy

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    P.E. I. is beautiful it is has been a few years since I was last there but likely will be there this summer. Thanks for stopping by.

  • PeacefulWmn9 profile image


    9 years ago from Michigan

    Beautiful! I love that you included the video of Prince Edward Island. I've wanted to visit there ever since watching Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlee. Wonderful Hub.



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