Okay, so here’s what’s happening. . . . we’re going to explore Atlantic Canada, September 6 – 17th!
Terreeia was born in Nova Scotia but I’ve never been to the Atlantic Provinces so we’re going there in September to see historic sights and visit some of Terreeia’s family.
Given this is the oldest place in Canada and I’m from the west coast I admit I know very little about it so I’ve been brushing up on my history and geography. NOT.
My face turned beet red Friday night while I was having dinner with my friend Virginia. I told her we were going to fly to Montreal and spend a day for a little shopping first and then take the overnight train up to Halifax.
She said, “So you’re going to Nova Scotia first.”
Halifax. I said.
“Uh, that’s Nova Scotia.”
Anyway, don’t tell anyone I said that ; )
Because to make matters worse, I was just telling Terreeia this story and she tried to make me feel better by saying, “It’s not like someone from Halifax would know where Sooke is!”
“Yes, but Nova Scotia is the capital of Halifax, so technically I should know that”, I replied.
She said “Reallly? Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia!”.
We burst out laughing, OMG I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!
I seriously need to stop while I’m ahead.
Okay, back to the itinerary, which Terreeia wrote by the way, let’s just be clear, haha.
Hopefully it’s this glamorous!
The train ride is 24 hours and we have a sleeper with shower and meals included. I haven’t slept on a train and I’m looking forward to the adventure of seeing the oldest part of my country by train. And there is wifi in the dome car, hooray!
We don’t want to zig-zag so after we arrive in Halifax we will fly to St. John’s Newfoundland. Founded in 1583, St. John’s is the oldest city in Canada and most easterly city in North America and I’m looking forward to seeing Jelly Bean Row. I would post a photo but I want to take my own to share with you.
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” –Anne Shirley
Then we head back to Nova Scotia and rent a car. Our list includes touring Peggy’s Cove, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Annapolis Royal, then we head to Prince Edward Island for coastal drives with a mandatory visit to Avonlea Village, Green Gables and maybe even fit in the Anne of Green Gables musical.
That’s our list so far. It’s a 12-day whirlwind trip and we’ve decided to keep our options open once we get there to book B&B’s or hotels. If we like a place we will stay longer but figure 2-days in St. John’s, 2 days in PEI and the rest of the time in Nova Scotia.
Here’s the map just in case you need it as much as I do!
Do you think that’s a good or bad idea? To not be heavily planned and booked?
I would love any suggestions on ‘must-see’ or do. You’re the best with filling me in on everything I need to know!! I’ll be blogging so you’ll see it too, my lovelies! xo Maria